Mossie DK333 "Grim Reaper"

By Wayne Bowman

MATERIALS USED

Kit:
Revell/Lodello (Mexico) 1/32 deHavilland Mosquito B Mk IV
Accessories:
Paragon Canopy, Paragon "weighted" resin wheels
Ultracast resin 250lb bombs
Waldron instrument bezels & faces
Milliput & Tamiya Filler - lots of it!!!!
Paints:
Gunze H330 Dark Green, H331 Dark Sea Grey, H77 Tire Black, clear coat & dull coat
Decals:
Roundels and Fin Flash robbed from Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire kit.
Aircraft Codes (F HS) modified from Aeromaster 1/48 Lancaster sheet
Numbers and letters for "DK 333" from a 1/72 Xtradecal sheet (to the best of my memory)
Grim Reaper scanned from hand drawn image & printed on white decal film using laserjet printer

PREAMBLE

I actually built this model a number of years ago but I didn't have any good photos of it. As Santa was nice enough to bring me a new digital camera for Christmas, I thought, "what better subject to play with my new toy".

CONSTRUCTION NOTES

Positive Elements

Negative Elements

Scratch built additions and corrections

Weathering

Comments

I originally had some difficulty finding good reference material for the Mosquito, particularly covering the cockpit and interior. Not too long after I had scratch built the interior and buttoned up the fuse, Paragon released their FB Mk VI interior set and SAMI released their Datafile on the Mossie (figures eh!!!). These pointed out some errors in the sources that I used, the net result being that there are some minor inaccuracies built into my example.

In support of this project, I also took a road trip to Ottawa to take some pictures of the Mosquito MkXX that is on display at the Canadian Aviation Museum there. This provided me with a lot of detailed info re. the nacelles and bomb bay. The staff at the museum was excellent and let me "cross the ropes to take pictures. They are posted in the Walkaround section of the Aircraft Resource Center if anyone wants to check them out.

DK 333 was one of the original OBOE equipped Pathfinder Mosquitoes, and the reference material I had of this and other early Pathfinder A/C showed that the forward windows and nose transparency were "blacked out". One shot from the SAMI Datafile also shows an OBOE A/C with what appears to be a small unpainted "porthole" in the flat portion of the nose transparency, so I incorporated that aspect into my DK333 as well.

Overall this was a fun and educational experience for me. I cut my teeth on a lot of new techniques and did more scratch building on DK333 than I had done on any previous model. The fit was nothing to write home about , the end result being a model that weighs about 3 pounds due to all of filler that I had to use on it.. Though I'm sure that I could do a better job on it now that my modelling skills have progressed somewhat, I'm still happy with the end results and enjoy having a 32 Mossie on my shelf.

© Wayne Bowman

This article created on Wednesday, July 20 2011; Last modified on Monday, May 20 2013