Fundekals 1/32 Mosquito PR.IV BOAC G-AGFV Decal First Look
|Date of Review||March 2016||Manufacturer||Fundekals|
|Subject||Mosquito PR.IV BOAC G-AGFV||Scale||1/32|
|Set Number||N/A||Pros||Three camo options|
|Cons||None noted||Skill Level||Novice|
Fundekals has released this interesting decal sheet for a very distinctive Mosquito PR.IV in 1/32 scale. When the UK entered World War 2, the government charged British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) with the job of flying courier missions between Britain and various countries where its embassies were still in operation. While most of those flights were conducted by the usual transport aircraft, the task of reaching Stockholm, Sweden over open waters patrolled by the Luftwaffe required something special. In 1942, the RAF used a Mosquito with its markings painted over to make the flight and with that success, Mosquito PR.IV DZ411 was transferred over to BOAC. If you'll recall, BOAC's logo and callsign is the 'Speedbird' and in 1942-43, this stripped-down PR.IV became G-AGFV and was the fastest BOAC aircraft as well as faster than most other military aircraft at the time making the name 'Speedbird' quite appropriate.
This decal set provides the markings for G-AGFV as it appeard in three different camouflage schemes throughout the war as well as after surviving two crashes. This set will work with the HK Models or Revell 1/32 Mosquito B.IV and the instructions (downloadable from the Fundekals website) walk you through the details to render an accurate model. The third paint scheme (not shown above) is the late-war Slate/Extra Dark Sea Gray over Night camouflage which is also very distinctive.
If you're looking for an eye-catching subject for your B.IV, why not build a Speedbird Mosquito for your next project!
My sincere thanks to Fundekals for this review sample!