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1/48 Tamiya Mosquito FB MK. VI 418 Squadron (Lou Luma)

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1/48 Tamiya Mosquito FB MK. VI 418 Squadron (Lou Luma)
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:23 AM

The Mosquito is one of those subjects that I've always liked.  The wooden wonder was quite remarkable. For starters, it may be the first recorded use of epoxy which binded the balsa and birch wood together.  I also learned that it was such a pain in the rear to the Germans that they took special measures to combat it, one being the development of the TA 154 "Moskito" and the modification of some He 219's.  I recall that some Luftwaffe units, perhaps JG 300, started striping the paint off their Bf 109's for extra speed to catch the blistering fast Mossies.  I think I even read somewhere that the Luftwaffe considered a Mosquito kill a double score due to the difficulty in that endeavor, which was mostly positioning and luck.  Herman Goring said this in 1943 (hilarious):

"In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set - then at least I'll own something that has always worked. "

History would show that Goering was the real "Ninocompoop", but that's another story.  I'll be doing 418 Squadron (RCAF) James "Lou" Luma's "Moonbeam McSwine".  Luma was the only American Mosquito ace with 5 kills from January to March of 1944. Luma said this about his first kill, an ME 410 ace:

     The night of 21/22 January 1944, 1st Lt. James 'Lou' Luma (USAAF) scores the first of five victories with 418 Squadron RCAF. Luma encountered an Me 410 twenty miles S.W. of Wunstorf : "We did a quick orbit to port, coming behind him and chasing him for about 15-20 miles. We were on his tail and gave him a 2-3 second burst of cannon and m.g. from about 250-100 yards. Strikes on the fuselage were followed by a ball of fire which enabled us to identify E/A as a 410. A large piece broke off to the left and he went down."

Anyways, its high time I build this one again.  It will get Ultracast seats, wheels, and I grabbed the Master metal gun barrels.  I picked up a set of Montex paint masks too.   

I started with the cockpit, which is fairly nice.  After a coat of XF-1 flat black, I made my own custom RAF interior green color with Tamiya paints, namely XF-71 cockpit green and a touch of XF-19 Sky grey.  No big whoop. 

I added individual dial decals from Aeroscale.  I'm starting to prefer these over Photoetch, particularly on Tamiya kits with their blank dials.  

  

Here's the Ultracast seats, which are an improvement.  

 

The assembly was put together.  The detail is very nice.  You can get really carried away in here if you like (wires and stuff), but I figured that since the glass is closed it wouldn't be seen and would be pointless.  I removed the kit 303 barrels and drilled out the guns to accept the metal ones later on.  

The bomb bay is nice too.  I wasn't sure if Luma was strictly a fighter pilot or if he did bombing missons as well.  I figured I'd add them for the heck of it as I'd hate to hide all that detail in there.  

  

I'll be closing it up soon..

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by damouav on Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:37 AM

Another brilliant build in the making from the desk of Mr lawdog esq.

Most of your builds to date are the exact same as I wish to have in my modest collection,  you build and I watch and most importantly learn from your skill.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:16 AM

That looks fantastic! I really like how the black undercoat subtly accents things. I have the Tamiya in 1/72, so will be watching your build. Thanks for posting!

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:34 AM

Yes sir. Looking forward.

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Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:02 PM

Joe,

As usual I'll follow along here for the excellent information, the elucidation, and the joy of seeing your build progress to its usual eye candy finish.

I'm a little confused regarding what you said here:

"I added individual dial decals from Aeroscale.  I'm starting to prefer these over Photoetch, particularly on Tamiya kits with their blank dials."

Did you mean, by any chance, Airscale?

Mike

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:58 PM
Looks really good so far Joe! My wife bought this kit for me last spring for our anniversary so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing you put it together.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:51 PM

As usual the cockpit looks fantastic!!!

Sad to say I love the Mosquito but so far haven't built a single one. Looking forward to tagging along with you here.

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:10 PM

In the immortal words of Steve Martin in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels": "WOW! All I can say is "WOW!".

Gary

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, September 22, 2017 3:03 AM

1943Mike

 

Did you mean, by any chance, Airscale?

 

Yep....that's what I meant.  I'm a tool.

 

Thanks for all the kind words folks!

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, September 22, 2017 4:33 AM
Can't wait to see what you do with this one. I have a half built NF.XIII in the soon to be finished pile

 

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Posted by 7474 on Friday, September 22, 2017 7:08 AM

I have this and the the Mk IV in the stash, might do a dual build. Looking forward to your version. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:51 AM
Thanks guys..

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:06 AM

It's been awhile, but I have been plugging away at this guy here and there.  I got the fuselage closed up around the cockpit without much issue. I thought the nose was going to be a problem but it fit fairly well.  The wings and engine nacelles also presented little trouble and fit together great.  The fit of the wings to the fuselage has clever inserts with a "pin" that go in from the bottom to ensure they are a tight fit (see the holes in the spar). I still needed some putty at the joint though.

 

On another note, I had a ton of trouble getting the canopy glass to fit properly.  I remember having this issue last time too.  It just doesn't fit right.  I ended up pressing it into place and used Tenax to hold it.  I then used some Perfect Plastic Putty to hide some gaps.  This isn't Tamiya's best work here, very Monogram-like. I'll be holding my breath when I do remove the canopy masks. 

All the seams were filled primed and the lines pre-shaded with XF-1.

     

I pulled out the Maketar masks and started on the markings  I decided to paint in the "Red X boxes" too.  

It was time for the scheme.  My research showed that the night fighter Mosquitos, particularly Moonbeam, was Medium Sea Grey/RAF Dark Green over black.  I guess they left the factory in all grey and green, then the nightfighters were sprayed black underneath.  I started with the XF-83 RAF Ocean Grey.  I figured weathering might be a challenge on such a large flat wing, so I added some white and faded it randomly.  I then added condensation streaks. 

  

I used Blue-tac worms as masked for the RAF Dark Green. These leave a nice feathered edge.

Down went the XF-81 RAF Dark Green.  I used the same weathering technique, but added XF-57 Buff instead of white.

Now the fun part, removing the masks. I also taped off the fuselage codes "TH-U" and sprayed those with stencils.  It's easier this way. I did some postshading weathering too.  

The underside was the most challenging.  I find it hard to paint black convincingly.  I started with XF-1 Flat black and worked my way to Dark Grey, particularly XF-24.  I added some white and streaked it a bit.  Here's where I said good enough.  I'm hoping it pops with a light grey panel line wash.    

Time for gloss and a switch to building the landing gears. 

  

 

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:43 AM

Very cool Joe!! I always say I'm gonna paint and mask some markings like the red X boxes but never do. I don't usually paint things in that order. I love that trick though. I guess in need to get out of my comfort zone. Beautiful work so far. Great job on the underside. Pictures I've seen seem to often show it as a very, very dark brown color as it fades with dark grey highlights where either metal buckles or is rubbed. What you have looks great. This all looks great. Markings look gorgeous too. =]

Can't wait to see more. 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:34 PM
Looking good Joe, I think you did a great job with the black on the bottom, and the light gray wash should help it pop

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:55 PM

A Lawdog WIP is always a treat, no exception here.

Looking good, Joe. I like what you are doing with the black. I mean, I like it all, I just dislike black and you're making it come to life.

-Greg

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Posted by Hunter on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:44 PM

Joe,

Sir, I am always amazed on how well your WiP's are done. Your approach to each of your subjects is well thought and prepared. Your build looks absolutely perfect! Well done sir.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, October 07, 2017 12:05 AM

Excellent work as usual Joe. Your builds are one of the benchmarks against which I measure my progress in this hobby. (So far the benchmark is still WAY up there for me Big Smile).

What is that structure just aft and, perhaps, a bit under the starboard wing on top of which you so expertly seated the roundel. (The letters you said you masked so they're painted, I guess).

BTW, is that roundel a decal or did you paint it using a mask? If you painted it I'd be hard pressed to know how you could mask for it .. if it's a decal you sure got it to settle down.

Mike

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Posted by bstarr3 on Saturday, October 07, 2017 2:11 PM

wow very nice work, lawdog. I love the look of the mozzies, and would definitely like to do one someday. I've been in a PTO mood lately though

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, October 07, 2017 3:51 PM

Looking exceptional.  Now you’ve got to tackle the Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito.  lol!  Seriously, what you’ve got is fantastic and beautifully done.  Great job on the camoflauge as well as the black underside.  Markings are just crisp!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, October 09, 2017 5:05 PM

Another fantastic work of art Joe.  This one's on my to do next after I finish the TU-2S

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Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, October 09, 2017 9:27 PM

Lawdog,

I haven't built anything in almost two years. After visiting this thread last week, I've started setting up my work bench in my new house, and I've been inspecting some of the British subjects in my stash. I also realized I don't have a Mosquito, which is something I need to rectify. 

Anyway, on to your build. Phenomenal as always. Your builds seem so pure... like you don't stress about anything. You eyeball colors, you paint insignias, you don't go nuts with aftermarket. Why, it's almost like you're having fun! It seems so natural to you, I love it. Hope I can make a kit half as good as you, buddy!

Keep it up. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 09, 2017 10:55 PM

1943Mike

 

What is that structure just aft and, perhaps, a bit under the starboard wing on top of which you so expertly seated the roundel. (The letters you said you masked so they're painted, I guess).

BTW, is that roundel a decal or did you paint it using a mask? If you painted it I'd be hard pressed to know how you could mask for it .. if it's a decal you sure got it to settle down.

 

Thanks all,

Mike, I have no idea what that is.  All markings at this point have been painted on with the use of Montex masks.  I haven't reached the decaling stage yet.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 09, 2017 11:00 PM

RadMax8

Lawdog,

Why, it's almost like you're having fun! 

Thanks Max,  I have my moments, but if it wasn't fun, I wouldn't still do it.  It's mostly just experimenting and finding tricks and techniques that work for you.    

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Posted by 1943Mike on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:23 PM

Joe, your masking was great! The WIP is, as always, a magnet for those of us who aspire to learn some of your modeling skills.

RE: That long, fore/aft, pipe-like structure on the starboard fuselage: It's like an itch I can't scratch - not at all important nor necessary to know what it is when building the model. I just got it in my head to try to find our what it is and have been unsuccessful. Even the starboard view of this diagram doesn't show it AFAIK:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/36948891623_d12a1975ed_k.jpg

Of course the difference between a bomber (XVI) and a fighter-bomber (VI) may account for the lack of the structure in question on the schematic.

 

Mike

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:31 AM

That paintwork looks great! Especially the way you handled the undersurfaces. I also really like the painted red on the upper wing instead of using decals with all that excess film on them.

Can't wait to see more.

-BD-

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:30 PM
Thanks guys.. Mike, agreed, now I'm curious but have no idea what it is. I know that area is wooden. Brandon, a sheet decal certainly wasn't feasible for this. Montex supplied masks but they wrinkled up and I couldn't get them applied straight. I switched to trusty old Tamiya tape.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:56 AM

lawdog!  Nice finish.  I've never done the clay ropes, but this is encouraging me.  Really nice finish and clean build.

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