Revell 1/32 de Havilland Mosquito Mk.IV model kit
|Revell 1/32 de Havilland Mosquito Mk.IV model box artwork.|
|Starboard wing and spinners.|
|Port wing and wheels.|
|Tailplane, rudder, propellors and other small components.|
|Remaining small components.|
|Sample page from instruction sheet.|
Mark Proulx has written a few notes about the Revell 1/32 Mosquito kit:
The Revell Mosquito has been available for some time now and has been released in a number of different boxes. The model released by Lodella in Mexico, while not up to the standard of other releases, is still the only 1/32nd scale kit available.
The kit captures the outline of the Mosquito quite well. Out of the box, the model is built to represent an early B Mk IV Series ii with five spoke wheels. Options include a removable cowling and emergency exit enabling a view of the left Merlin engine and the cockpit. The only markings included in the Mexican release are for a Mosquito of 105 Squadron.
Inaccuracies can be found in the cross-section of the fuselage, canopy too high in profile and the flat-sided nacelles. Black discs on the decal sheet are supposed to represent the camera ports, as no clear parts are included. However, these problems are minor and a very nice model can be built out of the box. The model has raised surface detail and the wheel wells are sparse in their details, common for Revell kits of that era. The cockpit and nose section can use some additional detailing and the size of the model lends itself to those who wish to undertake that task. The model has the bomb bay doors molded closed, and here again, plenty of extra details will need to be added if it is decided to open this area up.
Multi page instructions guide the modeler through the construction sequence, however the text is in Spanish. The decals supply the fuselage codes printed in dark gray, so they will need to be replaced.
Considering its age and large 1/32nd scale, many overlook the Revell Mosquito. However, when completed it still captures the graceful design of Geoffrey De Havilland's wooden wonder.
Mark Proulx June 2002
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