de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB. Mk. XVIII
- 5 July 2011
The Mosquito earned the reputation of being one of the most outstanding aircraft of World War II. Constant success in its various fighter-bomber, maritime and ground attack roles made it is a very respected foe by its opponents. Its wooden construction provided resistance to punishing damage and afforded quick repair.
My first twin-engined kit – the wooden wonder. However, the Mosquito did not stand up to the test of time well due to it’s wooden frame – there is a meagre amount of airworthy specimens today.
Airfix is pretty good with replacements – write in to them quoting item bits and they will dispatch a piece to you even if it is an old kit (the Mosquito was from the old Heller-Airfix days previously wrapped in the ‘graph grid’ boxing; provided spares are available).
The canopy from the Mosquito was misplaced due to a ‘mishap’ flying the model around like a school boy near a high-rise apartment window.
It canopy was unglued and never to be found again.
Delivery timings are in the order of 3 months for Singapore and 1.5 months for USA. Kudos to airfix for sending a box and customs clearance that is 1500% the size of a spare piece.