The Mosquito was undoubtably one of the all time great aircraft. From its unpromising beginnings, when lack of interest by the air ministry almost caused the project to be abandoned, the aircraft became one of the most versatile of any serving in WW2. Used as a light bomber, fighter bomber, night fighter, maritime attack bomber and photo reconnaissance aircraft, the aircraft proved to be able to do just about anything asked of it with great success and a low loss rate.
There are seven sprues molded in light grey plastic, plus one holding the clear parts. There is no evidence of flash and everything looks to be up to Tamiya's usual high standard. The detail included is good, the machine-gun armament can be displayed by leaving off a panel, although there is no detail for the cannon. There are resin aftermarket updates available for this kit if the builder wishes to remedy this. The bomb bay doors may be shown open and again the detail level looks to be impressive. The pilot access door may be shown open and a boarding ladder is included. There are optional parts and ordnance included according to the variant being built, either a NFII night fighter or FBVI fighter bomber. The clear parts are nicely done and should allow the cockpit detail to be seen. The instructions are of the usual assembly diagrams and look easy to follow. Paints are given as Tamiya paint numbers.
Marking are provided for 3 aircraft, from 143, 157, and 487 squadrons, each with a different camouflage scheme. The decals are nicely printed, in perfect register. Seat belts are included on the decal sheet, I'm not a fan if this method of doing seat belts but it is probably better than the moulded-on type found in many kits.
This really is a well designed and manufactured kit. There is enough detail to build an impressive aircraft model and, as mentioned, there are enough aftermarket detail sets to really produce something special.