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Tamiya Mossie: A Plastic Wonder?

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Most modellers have their Yins and Yangs when it comes to their hobby and my Yang is repetition – having to do the same thing more than once. Now, I concede that what I about to gripe about is kind of like complaining that your steak was too tasty or that you had too much legroom on your flight, but having to build two full Merlin engine assemblies was, for me, a bit of a sigh-inducing task, not least because I wasn’t intending to show both exposed, so the option to just go with one would have been nice.

As with previous 1/32 releases, Tamiya have supplied plates and magnets that are conspicuously concealed within the engine and the covers to allow you to remove them in order to display the stunning power plants they’ve included. Both of them! So unless you fancy just gluing these covers in place and given the realistic cross-sectional thickness of the covers, this might prove tricky not to mention a tad unstable, you have to go double-Merlin.

It goes without saying that, along with the bearers, firewall and undercarriage nacelles that they form part of, you are left with intricate and exquisitely detailed engines that are more than acceptable all by themselves without any additional wiring and plumbing.

It’s worth mentioning that this kit is big. Like really BIG! To make sure the wings and the fuselage mate together as intended, you have a total of 5 screws to aid in this task. Four attach the outer wing surfaces to a cross-member that encompasses the rear of the cockpit and fuel tank/bomb bay and the other, this entire assembly to the fuselage itself. Needless to say, the precision of the engineering means that you will be smiling like the Cheshire Cat when it all locates perfectly and precisely, negating the need for any filler whatsoever.

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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