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Tamiya Mossie: A Plastic Wonder?

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Now it’s time to start working down under and that means putting the 20mm cannons, the bombs and the fuel tanks in place. Even the bay doors are multi-part affairs assuring accuracy wherever possible. But it’s the undercarriage that Tamiya have outdone themselves.

Last year, I built their F4U-1A Corsair and like previous entries into their 1/32 series, they supplied those “like ‘em or hate ‘em” rubber tyres. Personally, I think they look ok even though they’re not weighted, but the thing that makes them a pain in the neck, is the mould seam line that is virtually impossible to remove, especially between the treads which in that case was a diamond pattern. This time, however, Tamiya have played their ace. This time, they have come up trumps. Each weighted tyre now consists of no less than 14 separate pieces of styrene. There’s an inner carcase on which you attach the sidewalls and then ten individual tread segments that interlock with a Swiss precision meaning no seam lines in any way shape or form, just a pair of beautiful black circles.

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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