Modelling the de Havilland Mosquito Book Review
|Date of Review||March 2006||Title||Modelling the de Havilland Mosquito|
|Author||Roy Sutherland||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|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!
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:
- 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
- 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!