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  1. I’m not an SME, are there any other differences between these two versions? I’d love an H-34 in 32nd. Decals might be an issue....
  2. Looking good Tim, you are off to a great start! I'll be following along with your build. Quick question - on your picture of the real thing at the top of this thread, is it me or does the ALQ-144 look "different"? Might just be the lighting?
  3. So I'm finally off and running (walking?). The Tamiya Mossie is absolutely amazing. You really need to spend a great deal of time reviewing the instructions and planning your approach to building and painting. First off will be the cockpit which is an absolute masterpiece. I'm guessing close to a hundred pieces make up this area. At first, I wasn't thrilled about building this aircraft because it has a fixed canopy and a lot of the cockpit detail would be hidden. In all actuality, there will be more visible on the Mossie than the previous single-seaters I've built. The kit canopy is huge and is amazingly clear. Plus I'm planning on leaving the side entrance door open. Pretty much everything will be visible. To enhance that, I'm still planning on removing the upper escape hatch but more on that later... Period photo's show an extremely "busy" cockpit with lots of small fittings, wires, etc. Tamiya did a nice job but obviously they couldn't capture everything. Between the cockpit, the amazing bomb bay and the engines, I'm going to have lots of fun. Anyway, to start things off, I'm going with the pilot's seat. Here is how it looks through the access hatch: I assembled the basic seat and then added a few extra touches: The seat support tube was drilled out, as was the relief tube and I added the drain tube to the "portal". Can't have our plastic pilot piddling all over his cockpit, can we? I wasn't going to bother but since you will be able see the underside of the pilot's seat through the door (as in the view of the real thing above), I decided it was worth it. d I also added a canopy locking lever (Tamiya had this molded to the side of the seat) and it's associated cable that runs to the harnesses connection behind the pilot's armor plate. Don't worry about the ejector pin marks, typical Tamiya, everything gets covered with other bits. After looking at these pictures, I think I'm going to re-do the bands that secure the cable to the armrest support. Anyway, that's it for now guys. Thanks for looking and STAY SAFE!
  4. I don't think so. This is coming from the top of the Corp itself. Obviously, the whole China is the new Boogeyman thing is political but how to implement the Pacific Pivot(tm) is coming from within. If anything, you will see the politicians jumping in to second guess this if it impacts weapons production or manpower levels in their home districts. Maybe the next war really will be a "clean one" with long range precision fires and UAV's doing all the dirty work but again, our track record of forecasting what the next war really looks like is pretty bad.
  5. Well, to start things off - here's the obligatory box shot, in retrospect, I'm sorry I covered the box top. The artwork is some of the best I've ever seen. The BarracudaCast resin radios are gorgeous but it turns out that for a late Mossie, they were relocated to the aft fuselage to make room for Gee navigation equipment so I many not end up using them. Still need to research this a bit more. On the subject of Gee equipment, the owner of Barracuda said he'd planned on releasing a resin Gee setup but hasn't responded to my email on a time frame. If anyone has any info on this, please let me know. Only other bit of aftermarket I'll be using are the Barracuda resin ammo chutes (the Tamiya ones are pretty basic and also don't show the cartridges present in the feed chutes), the Barracuda & Aviaelogy decals and I've got a harness set inbound from Eduard. I find that that the stainless steel Tamiya PE harness are just too stiff and you can't get them to look like soft fabric. Lastly for tonight - as noted, my subject (at this time) is KK-Q, a later war Mossie from 333 Squadron. A kind gent over on Britmodeler posted the only pic I've seen of this aircraft and a really wonderful profile. He allowed me to repost these on my build log. Both are courtesy of Bengt-Arnie Stangvik. First the original KK-Q Note the large 100 gal slipper tanks. And here is his wonderful profile: Note the overpainted codes from 235 Squadron and the overpainted aft fuselage which previously had invasion stripes. Also note that the serial number was simply masked off and EDSG was painted around it. This profile differs in some details from the Avialolgy illustration but I've got plenty of time to research things before the painting stage. That's it for now, thank you for looking!
  6. Still plugging away on getting all the parts and paints in. Just received the AMS Resin 100-gal slipper tanks. These are a characteristic of Strike Wing Mosquitoes. My initial search showed them to be out of stock everywhere I looked and I was almost at the point of looking for a different subject to build. Thankfully, a kind gent pointed me over to BNA Modelworld (https://www.bnamodelworld.com/) in Australia. Great service and quick mailing. I had the tanks within a week of ordering. If anyone is thinking about building a Coastal Command Mossie, get over to their site quickly. I think they only had a few left and as noted, these are critical parts! As far as the tanks themselves, they are of high quality (which is to be expected with AMS). This is turning into quite the international build. Tanks from Australia, decals from Canada, the kit from Japan and the paints (if they finally get stocked in the US) from the UK.
  7. So... after doing some more reading, I'm gravitating towards KK-Q (see below). This Mossie was originally assigned to No. 235 squadron as LA-A. When 235 started to convert to rocket equipped aircraft, LA-A was transferred over to 333 Squadron. It's original fuselage codes were then over-painted but remained visible, as you can see in the profile below. In addition, you can also see where the under-fuselage invasion stripes were also over-painted (it seems that Coastal Command retain these stripes longer than the rest of the RAF, where they served as an IFF means). I'm a fan of slightly odd-ball schemes and also, all the over painted areas breaks up what would otherwise be a somewhat monotone paint job. The only issue I have is that it's not 100% certain if the lower surfaces were repainted in Sky or left in the original Medium Sea Grey. I need to do a bit of research on this. This leads to another problem. For a late-war aircraft, good quality pictures of Strike Wing Mossies are surprisingly few. If anyone knows where I can find some good pictures (ideally of KK-Q but I'll settle for other Banff Mossies), please point me in the right direction. Despite some neat schemes from other Banff units, I’m still partial to the rocket-less 333 Squadron, the “outrider” mission is kind of cool. It’s interesting that these Norwegians were flying missions over their home territory and often targeting Norwegian ships and installations. During one mission briefing for a mass strike on a harbor, one of 333’s pilots took the stage and pointed out a particular house in the recon picture. He asked if the assembled crews could avoid targeting it because it was his parent’s house!
  8. It’ll be online, updates posted here. Just be forewarned- I build slowly!
  9. It's going to be a Coastal Command Mossie in the field applied Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky. More than likely a 333 (Norwegian) Squadron aircraft. 333 Squadron often flew as "outriders" to scout and protect the main strike force. As such they apparently didn't have rockets installed, which is good because no one offers the Coastal Command-specific RP setup. Only items these aircraft had mounted were 100-gal slipper tanks. See the link below for my options. Kind of leaning towards "F-3". https://www.ultracast.ca/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=AOD32033 Another potential option is "VV-A", seen below on the decal sheet and further below after making an emergency landing in Sweden after being shot up on a mission. It appears that VV-A also was not fitted with RP's, just the 100-gal slipper tanks. We'll see how it goes. Also, please note that, as with my F-51D project, I have no doubt that within a month or so of completing this build, Tamiya will be announcing a new Coastal Command Mosquito.
  10. As my F-51D project winds down, I've started preparing for the next one. I'm pretty much addicted to Tamiya's 32nd series and having completed their F4U-1D and Mustang, I decided to take a shot at their Mosquito FB.VI next. Thanks to an awesome wife who got me this rather expensive kit for Christmas, I'll be starting this build shortly. I spent a great deal of time thinking about what subject to build. There are many interesting and historically noteworthy subjects out there so it took me quite a while to selection one. I was assisted in my decision when I read this book: Truly a fascinating and somewhat overlooked part of WW2. These crews took heavy losses flying (very) low level anti-shipping missions over Norway. It kind of fits my general criteria for somewhat more off-beat subjects. In addition, many of these Mosquitoes were repainted in the field in the Special Duties Scheme - A, which (on paper) is Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky lower surfaces. Personally, I really like this option, it's a nice break from the run of the mill Green / Grey "Night fighter" Scheme that 90% of RAF Mosquitoes were finished in. These aircraft got worked pretty hard so I'll also have some nice opportunities for weathering. So that's where things stand right now. I'll be posting more info later and once I've got my F-51 100% will jump into this project full speed (which for me probably means I'll be finishing this build around Christmas). As always, any comments, suggestions, etc are always welcome.
  11. Interesting... I might have to check that book out. On a related note, this site has probably the best summary of Soviet tank / APC info on the web. I'm currently reading their report on the T-54 on my lunch breaks. Great details, lots of pictures and very good info on the technical development of each of the vehicles they showcase. https://thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com/p/home.html
  12. I gave it a (very) quick skim. Will read more later. Interesting stuff but still leaves me with concerns when it appears the Marines are completing exiting certain fields, such as armor. The US historically hasn't be very good at forecasting what the next war is going to be like. Hope these guys get it right, not like you can reconstitute an armor branch on the fly.
  13. Great job, I really like the metal finish and weathering, looks very realistic.
  14. Looking good, love the cowling interior.
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