Andy Dawson’s review of ‘Mosquito FB.VI: Airframe, Systems and RAF Wartime Usage (Aviation Guide No. 2)’ by Dave Brown


Aimed squarely at the modeller, Mosquito FB.VI: Airframe, Systems and RAF Wartime Usage (Aviation Guide No. 2) by Dave Brown, provides a wealth of detail on its subject and will be a great aid to those wishing to model the de Havilland Mosquito.

The book is divided into 12 chapters and 2 appendices; the first chapter provides a historical overview of the Mosquito FB.VI, with subsequent chapters providing detail of the various parts of the Mosquito airframe. A final chapter gives details of the camouflage and markings used on the Mosquito FB.VI 1943-45.

Each of the chapters dealing with details of specific areas of the Mosquito airframe are lavishly illustrated with both drawings of the various components discussed along with detailed photographs from airframes extant in the UK providing ample detail for the modeller in each case.

Chapter 12, dealing with the camouflage and markings used on the Mosquito FB.VI, is illustrated with a large number of colour side profiles showing the markings used on Mosquito FB.VIs in each of the theatres in which it was used. In addition, the scheme for the BOAC Mosquitoes used is also included as a 2-view (plan and left side) colour drawing, along with a similar 2-view detailing the reference standard night fighter scheme. Immediately following the colour scheme illustrations are 8 pages of 1/48 scale plans which include a large number of details (e.g. 2-tier RP rails).

The appendices provide brief details of the squadrons which used the Mosquito FB.VI and production data.

For those looking for a modelling reference for the de Havilland Mosquito FB.VI, I would strongly suggest that that is a book you should consider buying!

Andy Dawson, December 2009

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