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The de Havilland Mosquito – Part 1

The de Havilland Mosquito – Part 1 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2017 Title The de Havilland Mosquito – Part 1
Author Richard A. Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2016 ISBN 978-0-9935345-1-5
Format 192 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £18.95


Always a fighter female, Aunt Millie never fathomed fascination with de Havilland Mosquito bombers.

Show Aunt Millie this book.

Penned by Richard Franks, The de Havilland Mosquito – Part 1 lovingly and lavishly recaps Mosquito "Bomber & Photo-reconnaissance" variants over 192 pithy pages.

Eighth in Valiant Wings' terrific "Airframe & Miniature" range, its follows the publisher's favored format.

That means hundreds of photos and drawings. Dozens of pages outlining technical details. Illuminating isometrics charting type evolution. And four appendices recapping kits and references.

The book's model builds offer plenty of model-project inspiration:

  • 1/72 Hasegawa B Mk IV
  • 1/72 Tamiya B Mk XVI conversion
  • 1/48 Airfix PR Mk XVI
  • 1/32 HK Models B Mk IV

Savor those "camouflage & markings" notes. Over three dozen of Richard Caruana's excellent color profile, plan and inset views will help select a scheme. Official markings specs will help fact-check RAF decals. And "in detail" shots and tech-manual excerpts will help detail that miniature masterpiece.

Don't forget to download this volume's free bonus content in PDF format at You need just 1.4 mb for this superb supplement. And don't forget to read the author's dedication.

Unfortunately, this fantastic folio quickly went out-of-print. But you can still find it at book and hobby retailers – and on-line. I absolutely loved it. Grab one while you can – before Aunt Millie does!

Rabidly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.