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Tamiya Mossie: A Plastic Wonder?

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What is there to say about Tamiya’s newest release that hasn’t been said many times before? Therefore, I won’t bore you with an exhaustive parade of superlatives and instead, I’m going to go straight for the jugular and tell you what was wrong with it. Right, here goes………………

Ok, that’s not working. Typical Tamiya, eh? Once again, their labours have paid off big time for the modeller who wants a kit that will offer little or no obstacles during its construction, allowing them to bask in the sheer giddy enjoyment of parts falling together. Maybe this part of the process is your least favourite, the painting and weathering being the icing on your cake, in which case you can safely prance through the meadow of assembly with gay abandon knowing little will stand in your way.

The comprehensive 52 page instruction book breaks no modelling taboos and as expected, has you start with the cockpit. 16 steps later you are sewing up one of the best-detailed offices this side of resin. That’s not to say it wouldn’t benefit from the odd bit of aftermarket – be that scratch-built by your own fair hands or bought in – but I chose to build out-of-box and I am in no way disappointed by what I can see through the crystal clear canopy. I did replace Tamiya’s hull-plate-thick photoetch seat harnesses with a set of fabric belts by HGW as I like to place mine in a manner than looks like they’ve been cast haphazardly aside and this can be tricky with heavy-duty etch.

Whilst at this stage, coupled with the things that make a Mosquito fly are the things designed to make other aircraft not fly – the 4 7.7mm Browning machine guns which along with their ammo boxes and feeder belts are part of the cockpit assembly process. If you so desired, you could simply stop here and display this gorgeous sub-assembly all by it lonesome – it’s that good.

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About Gary Bottoms (MakingModelsAgain)


Gary, that is a beautiful looking Mossie. I was wondering why it looked familiar...we have crossed paths on YouTube on several occasions. Once again, a fantastic build. Great to see it in 487 Squadron markings too. Best wishes, Ian
MAR 22, 2016 - 04:51 AM
Great review, love your writing style Gary! Really nice build as well, just a shame about the decals. I constantly wonder why Tamiya persist with the thicker decals while putting out such magnificently engineered kits. Cheers, D
MAR 22, 2016 - 05:04 AM
LOVELY job Gary...! Makes the heed spin...;-)...! Scots RULE...!
MAR 22, 2016 - 06:04 AM
Gary, splendid mossie! For such a big build, you did a fantastic job of paring the feature down to show important aspects, while not overwhelming it with too many images. Excellent work. A shame Tamiya makes the decals and P/E so thick.
MAR 22, 2016 - 08:57 AM
Hi Gary Beautiful work as usual! All the best Rowan
MAR 22, 2016 - 01:35 PM
the wooden fighter aircraft of the royal-air-force.
MAR 23, 2016 - 03:16 AM
Loved the video!
MAR 23, 2016 - 07:21 AM
I had a chance to get this one for almost half-off over Christmas AND I BLEW IT!!! I'm so mad. I thought, "this isn't a plane I'm all that crazy about," but it looks like another GREAT Tamiya 1/32nd kit to go along with their two Corsairs.
MAR 24, 2016 - 09:36 PM
Gary, Just another extremely well written build/review in your personal style that has become one of, if not my favorite. You certainly did justice to the kit, and the end result looks truly outstanding. From what I could see in the pictures, the decals are ok, but up close and personal is the only way to see just how good or bad they are. Joel
APR 05, 2016 - 11:16 PM