Mosquito Models

Jeff Bobo has built a lovely radio controlled Mosquito PR.XVI model from Brian Taylor plans and has sent me some images along with the following details:

General comments:

Since I was a kid, I have loved warbirds, and in particular the DH Mosquito. I started flying models when I was 15. I had to wait over 40 to find time, money, room, motivation... and an understanding wife (!) for making this old project. The thing I really appreciate with this model is that it is an UNARMED WARBIRD. The only weapons it carried are cameras. Flight performance is great. Here are some details about the model:

- first decision to make a mosquito: Summer 2004
- first plan and parts delivery by B. Taylor: Spring 2005
- beginning of fabrication: Summer 2005
- end of fabrication: Jan 2006
- first flight: 03-14-2006
- total number of flights: 22 so far

All images and image text courtesy of Jeff Bobo.

 

Summer 2005, beginning of fabrication. Wing ribs are stuck 
		and the port wing is stiff enough for cowling adjustment Summer 2005, beginning of fabrication. Wing ribs are stuck and the port wing is stiff enough for cowling adjustment. For a larger (2048x1536, 602kb) version of this image, click here.
Summer 2005, the fuselage is built in two halves like the original Summer 2005, the fuselage is built in two halves like the original. The fit to the plan is very important at this step because the two halves must fit together at the end. For a larger (2048x1536, 628kb) version of this image, click here.
The 2 half fuselages not far from being removed from the plan and 
		stuck together The 2 half fuselages not far from being removed from the plan and stuck together. For a larger (2048x1536, 605kb) version of this image, click here.
Fall 2005, wing construction is in progress. Aileron, flap 
		and external tanks eject controls are mounted. Nacelles are being sheeted. Note the flap servo mounted as close as possible to the control horn Fall 2005, wing construction is in progress. Aileron, flap and external tanks eject controls are mounted. Nacelles are being sheeted. Note the flap servo mounted as close as possible to the control horn. For a larger (2048x1536, 602kb) version of this image, click here.
Close up of the Futaba 3010 servo that controls the starboard flap Close up of the Futaba 3010 servo that controls the starboard flap. For a larger (2048x1536, 614kb) version of this image, click here.
Another view of the wing under construction Another view of the wing under construction. My messy workshop is covered with pictures and drawings of models I have already made: C337, DC3, F4U and other future projects or models under construction like the DH98. For a larger (2048x1536, 626kb) version of this image, click here.
Winter 2005, Saito FA100 engines and Unitracs landing gear are mounted Winter 2005, Saito FA100 engines and Unitracs landing gear are mounted. The overall aspect of the model is now very smooth after paper and cellulosic/talc coating. For a larger (2048x1536, 578kb) version of this image, click here.
Winter 2005, the fuselage with the two unpainted pilots and canopy 
		in my guest room which is warmer that the workshop Winter 2005, the fuselage with the two unpainted pilots and canopy in my guest room which is warmer that the workshop (winters are cold in Toulouse). For a larger (2048x1536, 728kb) version of this image, click here.
Cockpit view, a few details of the instruments were obtained 
		with a scanned picture of an existing mosquito printed to match scale 1/8 Cockpit view, a few details of the instruments were obtained with a scanned picture of an existing mosquito printed to match scale 1/8. For a larger (2048x1536, 708kb) version of this image, click here.
Canopy is adjusted and painted, as well as the crew Canopy is adjusted and painted, as well as the crew. The model has received two airbrushed coats of Humbrol 144 (PRU blue) paint. For a larger (2048x1536, 671kb) version of this image, click here.
The model with a fresh coat of paint The model with a fresh coat of paint. For a larger (2048x1536, 615kb) version of this image, click here.
December 2005, the first visit to our flying place in Muret December 2005, the first visit to our flying place in Muret. For a larger (1600x1200, 842kb) version of this image, click here.
Close up picture by my buddy Alain Audounet, another Mosquito lover Close up picture by my buddy Alain Audounet, another Mosquito lover. For a larger (1600x1200, 731kb) version of this image, click here.
January 2006, a proud owner with his PR XVI freshly varnished (3 component 
		polyurethane for cars) January 2006, a proud owner with his PR XVI freshly varnished (3 component polyurethane for cars). This makes the paint resistent to glow fuel and significantly improves the colour aspect. The first engine tests can begin. For a larger (1600x1200, 771kb) version of this image, click here.
The completed model assembled The completed model assembled. For a larger (1600x1200, 722kb) version of this image, click here.
In january, the sun is low and all details appear In january, the sun is low and all details appear. For a larger (1600x1200, 1.25mb) version of this image, click here.
Close-up view of the model Close-up view of the model. For a larger (1600x1200, 723kb) version of this image, click here.
January 2006, long test period (engine balance, vibration tests) January 2006, long test period (engine balance, vibration tests). All this is required prior to the first flight. Engines run 15/8 propellers and they are within 300 rpm of each other from idle (less than 2000 rpm) to full throttle (8600 rpm). At full power, the static thrust is close to the model weight! For a larger (1281x967, 574kb) version of this image, click here.
Flight #2, Alain is there to get this picture Flight #2, Alain is there to get this picture. For a larger (1062x766, 148kb) version of this image, click here.
June 2006, the model has now about 20 flights, it was damaged twice but repair was possible June 2006, the model has now about 20 flights, it was damaged twice but repair was possible (carbon and glass fiber replaced some wood parts too brittle). The spinners are now painted in red, following Brian Taylor's advice. Take off at Limoges national scale competition. For a larger (3456x2304, 3.31mb) version of this image, click here.
Limoges, left bank Limoges, left bank. All pictures taken at this competition are done by my friend Stephane Perussault who is a dude, as well for shooting, building or piloting models! For a larger (1051x623, 162kb) version of this image, click here.
At Limoges, the model was ranked first in static and third in flight At Limoges, the model was ranked first in static and third in flight. Realism mark was excellent for this PRXVI, either due to the flight trajectories as for the magic sound of the two four stroke Saitos (engine heads are visible on this shot). For a larger (1853x1220, 542kb) version of this image, click here.
Slow roll: Easy! Slow roll: Easy! For a larger (1500x1006, 425kb) version of this image, click here.
Final approach. Smooth landing with all flaps down performed by a fully concentrating pilot Final approach. Smooth landing with all flaps down performed by a fully concentrating pilot. For a larger (1425x886, 334kb) version of this image, click here.
Muret, july 2006. Realistic ground view with with static scale propellers mounted Muret, july 2006. Realistic ground view with with static scale propellers mounted. The rising sunlight reveals many scale details of the aircraft. For a larger (2048x1536, 265kb) version of this image, click here.
Another view with static props. They are made with balsa and, of course, they cannot be used in flight Another view with static props. They are made with balsa and, of course, they cannot be used in flight. For a larger (2048x1280, 833kb) version of this image, click here.
A proud looking enthusiast ready to dismount these static props and fly! A proud looking enthusiast ready to dismount these static props and fly! For a larger (2048x1536, 656kb) version of this image, click here.
 
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