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HK Models, 1/32 De Havilland DH 98. Mosquito Mk.IV to Canadian B Mk.25


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The plan is to build Mosquito almost out of the box, however I would like to address few glaring problems, namely the bloated shape of the front section, including the windows, the leading edge above the radiators and few minor details as I go.

The final result should look like this RCAF DH 98. B Mk.25, based in Greenwood Nova Scotia within the 8th. OTU. Serial KB380. 

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B.Mk.25 was upgraded B Mk.XX, which was Canadian version of B Mk.IV. The main visual differences were paddle blade props and uncuffed exhaust stacks. 

If Mosquitos gurus can help with some detail drawings I would be ever so grateful.

Let's began with the picture of the box,,,,, nah just kidding. Let's began with looking at pictures that matters

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I have been working on this for a few evenings already, rushing through as I suppose to have an eye surgery tomorrow . That was cancelled , so now, I can just slow down and give you quick run down of my glue-slapping progress. :)
 

Sick slide-mold technology

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Working on the re-shaping the nose contours, never mind the window that is badly shaped and placed

 

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New clear part is oversized to accommodate for the filling and blending of the connecting perimeter 

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Shaping in

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Lots of resin help to secure it in place.

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Here you can see the dull hammer-head shape of the leading edge. I decided to cut it, bend it and re-shape it.

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support blocks from underneath won't be visible.

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Finalized shape of the nose, much better. Could be better , but I ran out of thickness :)

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New angle of the leading edge.

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More polishing...

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Top parts are sanded to submission.

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Last night was the landing gear night. Assembly is straightforward except for one mistake in instructions. Part F2 should be part F3. 

again I rushed , but it’s all in there and the fit was pretty good. 
 

Eduard resin wheels are an absolute must here. 
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I pre-painted the parts prior to the assembly, just to cheat my way out of it. :)

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1 hour ago, belugawhaleman said:

Looking good Martin, .....hope the eye problem is not too serious.

Regards;

Paul.

Thank You Paul, it is just a Lasic surgery, but I have been coughing for a while now, so that has to be addressed first. Gonna gurgle on some radioactive Barium on Wednesday and life is good. 

 

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4 hours ago, HubertB said:

Good work on correcting the botched shape of the wing LE.

I know there is a limit to what can be done, but I am sure you have noticed the leading edge shape is wrong outside of the nacelle as well ….

Hubert

I see a purchase of a Tamiya kit happening. The position of the windows look so dreadfully wrong, didn’t anyone measure a real plane. Maybe there isn’t one?

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27 minutes ago, Bomber_County said:

I see a purchase of a Tamiya kit happening. The position of the windows look so dreadfully wrong, didn’t anyone measure a real plane. Maybe there isn’t one?

Tamiya offers only the version bastardising the look of the Mossie with a guns-nose and a flat windscreen canopy …

I have the HK kit, but the shape errors have pushed it to the bottom of the stash. The more I think of it, the more I wonder if the solution is not to graft the Revell nose to the Tamiya kit …

Hubert

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18 minutes ago, HubertB said:

Tamiya offers only the version bastardising the look of the Mossie with a guns-nose and a flat windscreen canopy …

I have the HK kit, but the shape errors have pushed it to the bottom of the stash. The more I think of it, the more I wonder if the solution is not to graft the Revell nose to the Tamiya kit …

Hubert

I’m hoping that Martin’s work here may give us some ideas to at least juice it up a bit. I still have my stalled HK BOAC kite sitting on the SOD. 
Martin’s fearless, so let’s see what happens…

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Martin

First and foremost, good luck with your eye surgery - nothing more important. I just had major oral surgery last Saturday and have been mostly sidelined from building as I can't wear my mask yet and that means no painting. I now have two projects underway but pretty much stuck in the mud - maybe today I'll be able to wear the mask without too much pain and carry on but for me, health issues these days are at the top of the list. 

Following your progress with all the corrections and work you have done so far, I tip my hat to you, some brilliant modification and correction work. After seeing what you have gone through up to this point, I'm so glad I bought and built the Tamiya Mossie when it first came out and if the erg ever rises again, I wouldn't hesitate on buying another one.

 

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Thank you for your support guys, appreciate that. 

Carl , thank you for the thought, I already ordered the resin exhaust on evilbuy :)

Thank you Phill , yes there are some Mossies around. In matter of fact there's one being restored just 30minutes from Calgary. Will investigate asap.

Thank you Hubert, yes I was looking at the rest of the leading edge and the plan is to ill it with epoxy and sand the hell out of it. If you see any more glaring discrepancies please chime in. I also noticed the strange looking canopy, but decided to leave it as is.

Thanks Ernie, that is the plan. This kit is not all that bad, there is definitely a potential. I know Tamiya created absolute marvel, but for bomber of two stage merlin versions are only HKM kit available.

Thank You Peter, always nice to have you around. I will try to make it presentable. Maybe my build can help to someone else with inspiration and ideas.

Having said that Revell kit is not an option either, in matter of fact it would be a step back, I tried that path years ago. I could consider kit-bashing Tamiya, but that elevates the price tag  rapidly. Needless to say, that I paid only $100 for this kit. So, let do it and see if it was worth it. :)

And again guys, I know nothing about Mosquitos and this is a big learning experience for me. Any help and input will be highly appreciated. Be critical and bold. You won't hurt my feelings :)

Cheers

Martin

 

 

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The Falcon vac canopies and nose, made for the Revell kit, look « less awkward » than the kit’s parts, and are not that expensive… But that means making the bomber nose aperture smaller, IIRC. The kit’s main canopy frame fits in the Falcon vac canopy, btw.

Hubert

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