- Manufacturer: Tamiya
- Scale: 1:48
- Aircraft: De Havilland Mosquito NF Mk.II
- Markings: RS-B W4087 | 157 Squadron | England 1942
- Aftermarket: Barracudacals Stencils | Ultracast tailwheel | Quickboost fenders
I decided to tackle Tamiya’s 1/48 De Havilland Mosquito NF Mk.II as a nice, easy build sandwiched between two more complicated projects – Eduard’s 1/32 Bf 109E-7, and Wingnut Wings’ Sopwith Pup Type 9901a. The kit’s strong reputation and the nightfighter’s all-black paint scheme seemed ideal for a less-intensive build.
For the most part, I got exactly what I wanted. Tamiya’s Mosquito is a solid kit. Personally, I don’t think it’s in quite the same league as their best (such as the P-47 series), but it’s good all around and, once you get done with all the cockpit detail, builds up very quickly. In terms of fit, the Mosquito is about as close to perfect as you’re likely to find. In terms of detail, overall detail is strong, but there are a few dropped balls, namely the sad excuse for a tailwheel.
I won’t go into my issues with the clear coats and decals…as those are issues of my own making, rather than any fault with the kit.
Overall, while this kit didn’t stand out as particularly amazing, there was very little to complain about, either. It’s just a very well executed, straightforward kit. If Mossies are your thing, Tamiya’s iterations are the ones to get.
- On the Bench
- Build Report 1: Cockpit and Main Assembly
- Build Report 2: Painting
- Build Report 3: Do-Over
- Build Report 4: Markings and Finishing Up
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