Well, here is your morning Mosquito update. Green is pretty well finished, I am just studying the exhaust stain pattern on the nacelles and dampeners etc.
At this stage I should have sorted decals out but I have no idea what I am going to use here. I will need to find a Mosquito sheet on line with the correct roundels and finflashes and then figure out the serial and codes...shouldnt have left it this late me-thinks
Thanks for looking in
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2019 13:02:53 GMT 12 by agalbraith
Post by agalbraith on Aug 10, 2019 12:23:59 GMT 12
Excuse the blown out colours here again. I have pretty much finished all the sub assemblies. Undercarriage is finished, all doors are done and ready for fitment and prop is nearly finished.
I am just about to go around and tidy up some paint etc, then its glosscoat time.
I tried to restrain myself with the weathering on the ultracast resin shrouds (still took me the whole day before I was happy with them) as I want to show her not too worn out. I will add some pastels or something to do the exhaust stains, quite honestly that worries me the most as my airbrushed practices didn't impress me much. I think I can do better with pastels and washes etc.
Eagle eyed viewers will notice the trailing aerial mast fitted. HR339, never had this radio fit. But a unique facet in Mosquito production was that Standard Motors continued on fitting these throughout production.
Probably wont be too many updates until I finish her
She's looking great! They are (understandably) hard to read from the website, and generally they look spot on but for the ultra-particular:
If the markings on the rear hatch (29?) include the word 'locked', this should be left off. It should just have an arrow with the word 'lock' over each latch.
If 25(?) says 'fire access' (it looks more like the position and marking for the primer panel but I can't quite tell) this should be left off.
I'm wondering about the red emergency markings for the canopy. There is a 1946 mod sheet for *Yellow* emergency markings for the canopy, with a note that says these should be applied in red if the aircraft is finished in yellow, white or silver(aluminium), and that the other red airframe stencils should be applied in black in this case. There is nothing to suggest that the canopies were previously marked. FWIW I have seen hatches with yellow, red and no marking at all.
39a and 39b ('Emergency Rescue - Break in top of aircraft)appears in the same 1946 mod as the hatch stencils.
I'm fairly sure the long range oil tank marking (and possibly the fuel tank marking but I'm not quite so sure about that one) should be left off.
All of this is of course open to correction. Looking forward to the next update.
Post by agalbraith on Aug 14, 2019 12:29:03 GMT 12
Well I was feeling really pleased with how the weathering was starting to come up and the start of the stencils. Must remind myself....less is more, less is more! Still a fair bit to go. Only done the nose and most of the engines.
Anthony, Just a small point, but most if not all FB.VI Mossies which came to NZ had been modified with a fuel cooler mounted on side of fuselage under wing root on, I think, starboard side. Apparently these were fitted to prevent air bubbles forming in fuel lines, particularly at higher altitudes (not that the FB VI was a particularly high flyer). Have you ever come across this mod? I have a photo somewhere showing the location, on a Mosquito fuselage with no wings. This mod may have been applicable to many other versions too. The visible cooler was simply a cigar-shaped (well, a half-cigar split along its length) less than a foot long, from memory. David D
From memory the fuel cooler mod is part of the larger tropical equipment modifications that include water tank, food rations, sunblinds in the canopy and a few other things excluding (again, from memory)the engine air filter mods. I wouldn't have thought this mod was carried out on aircraft deployed in France during hostilities (the period represented by the model). I suspect these coolers must have been removed in service in NZ, judging by how common they are. The Air Force Museum had a large number at Weedons, and I came across a cupboard containing about half a dozen at the Ashburton museum while checking out some F-27 documents.
Post by agalbraith on Aug 26, 2019 13:34:23 GMT 12
Hi David & Alex
Yes I was aware of the coolers and the tropicalization of the Mosquitoes. I used to know a chap in the UK (who passed a few years back) who was part of the team who modified some of them to come to NZ (and other countries).He mentioned the filters and coolers. John Smith's (RIP) Mossie still has it's fitted. It seems many of 75Sqn's machines retained them in service, but seemed to have a cover over the front.
Thanks for your interest chaps! David, will you be there on Sunday? Be nice to catch up again