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Modelling the de Havilland Mosquito

Modelling the de Havilland Mosquito Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2006 Title Modelling the de Havilland Mosquito
Author Roy Sutherland Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2005 ISBN 1-84176-765-4
Format 82 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


I was pleasantly surprised to see this title appear on the shelves a few months ago. The de Havilland Mosquito is one of my favorite aircraft. The aircraft was constructed primarily of non-strategic materials - wood! The aircraft was faster than most fighters and definitely faster than any bomber of the day (until the jets arrived that is).

Powered by a pair of Merlin engines, the reconnaissance version of the Mosquito (as depicted on the cover) was the lightest and fastest of the lot, and was the SR-71 of WW2 - it could out-run any fighter or other air defense system as long as both engines were running. Only toward the end of the war did a fighter appear that would threaten the Mosquito recce birds - the Ta 152H. There were many 'unofficial' stories of Mosquito crews outrunning even the P-51 Mustang!

Modelling the de Havilland Mosquito

When I picked this title up for a closer look, I was even more surprised to see who wrote the book - master modeler Roy Sutherland. For those of you who've been in modeling for a few decades, Roy owned and ran his own aftermarket detail company before getting tied up with another emerging company of interest - 21st Century Toys. Roy is the resident expert who ensures that designs and the quality of the markings are as nice as possible before those 1/18 scale masterpieces show up on store shelves. With all of that work to do, where did he get time to write this book? Never mind - he did his usual excellent job with this title. Coverage includes:

  • Introduction
  • Tamiya Mosquito B Mk.IV in the box
  • Building the Tamiya 1/48-scale de Havilland Mosquito B Mk.IV
  • Converting Tamiya's 1/72-scale Mosquito FB.VI to a NF Mk.XIII
  • Converting Tamiya's 1/48-scale Mosquito B Mk.IV to a PR Mk.XVI
  • Converting Tamiya's 1/48-scale Mosquito NF. Mk.XIII to an NF Mk.XIX
  • Gallery
  • Further reading

An excellent discussion of detailing, painting and weathering techniques is covered and illustrated with each project.

This is a definite must-have for the Mosquito-lover as well as the WW2 aircraft modeler!