When I was gearing up to tackle Eduard’s Bf 109E-7 Trop, I figured I’d probably want to chase it with something sporting a dead-simple paint scheme. Between the Lavochkin La-5, Yakovlev Yak-3, P-47D Thunderbolt, and the Messerschmitt, well, that’s four camo jobs in a row.
I need some modeling sorbet to cleanse the palate. The Mosquito NF Mk.II is just such a frozen treat.
The De Havilland Mosquito NF Mk.II
The Mosquito is a triumph of the idiom “you can’t keep a good idea down”. When De Havilland showed their design for a wooden-construction, twin-engine aircraft to the Ministry of Defense, they were told to piss off. They built it anyway, at their own expense, and when the twin Rolls-Royce Merlin-equipped prototype blew past the vaunted Spitfire’s top speed, orders started pouring in.
Thus the Mosquito, one of Britain’s most versatile aircraft of the war. Name a role, and it probably served in that capacity. Over the course of World War II, it operated as a heavy fighter, light bomber, ship raider, photo-recon plane and, equipped with radar, as a night fighter. In such a role, its four .303 Browning machine guns and four 20mm cannons gave it a devastating punch.
And as for simple paint schemes, well, you don’t get much simpler than this:
I’d originally intended to bust out a highly detailed Aires cockpit set for this build, but I’ve decided to save that for another Mosquito that I intend to build as a Malta-based Night Intruder (similar to the night fighter, but dispatched against enemy airfields) at some point in the future. Thus, this one will be built stock, save for the decals.
Stay tuned for built reports!