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Tamiya Mossie: A Plastic Wonder?

The eyes of any kit is the canopy. Adding to the glorious fuss of the pilot’s office is the inclusion of the canopy inner frame as a separate assembly over which sits the crispest, clearest piece of styrene you’ve ever seen. Once again, you have a set of bahookie (or is it kabuki?) tape masks that you need to cut yourself, but that’s no biggee although I wouldn’t have argued at a pre-cut set instead.

Three beautifully rendered figures are included with this kit, a seated pilot and the navigator either seated beside him or about to board the aircraft via the ladder that leads up to the open starboard hatch. A nice touch is the separate clear goggles as opposed to simply being painted on their heads as well as decals for their rank insignia.

Oh-oh, I just used the ‘D’ word. Decals. Much discussion has been had regarding the usability of Tamiya’s sheets of which I will not utter here. That being said, I now regret using them. I chose masks for the Corsair and I wish I had done the same in this instance. Being made primarily of wood, the outer skin of the ‘Wooden Wonder’ is pretty much featureless. There is little in the way of panel lines and rivet detail for decals to be sucked into, so being as thick as they are, there was nowhere for them to go and as a result, a lot of the stencil details sits quite proud of the surface and in certain directional light, become very noticeable. Even with liberal lashings of Daco Products strongest and finest setting solution, they still sit there like little placards or, in the case of the Incidence warnings, wing-top straps.

There are three marking options of which two are the grey/green camouflage. The other is an all-over silver painted scheme of an Borneo-based RAAF aircraft and you need to know what version you want to build right from the get go as there are specific parts for each variant such as needle or paddle propeller blades, exhaust stubs and cockpit components.

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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