1/144 de Havilland Mosquito B.IV--PR.IV ‘Swift Warrior’ (RAF, Swiss AF, Soviet AF) - Mark I
The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British multi-role combat aircraft developed in 1939. The Mosquito was constructed almost entirely of wood and, as such, it was dubbed “The Wooden Wonder'. Originally conceived as an unarmed high-speed bomber, it was later adapted to many other roles, including day-time tactical bomber, night bomber, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, maritime interceptor and photo-reconnaissance aircraft.
The Mosquito B Mk.IV was a day and night bomber variant, whose prototype first flew in September 1941. Some 300 aircraft were built (incl. Srs.I a/c); Series II model entered service in May 1942. It was a two-seat, twin-engine, mid-wing monoplane, of a composite wood construction, fitted with a retractable undercarriage. The crew was seated under conventional canopy and for bombing a glazed nose was provided. It was powered by two Merlin in-line engines turning narrow three-bladed propellers. Its internal bombload was 2,000 lb (908 kg), while a provision was also made for two 50-gal (227 1itre) underwing drop tanks or two 250lb bombs.
27 Mosquito B Mk.IVs were converted to the PR Mk.IV photo-reconnaissance aircraft, equipped with four vertical and one oblique camera. The first operational flight by a PR Mk.IV was made in April 1942
Total war production of all Mosquito models in Britain gave more than 6,700 aircraft. In 1942 production was also launched in Canada in Australia, adding totals of some 1,100 and 210 aircraft, respectively.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito B Mk.IV (Srs.II), DZ633, Red AZ-D, No.627 Sq., Royal Air Force, Woodhall Spa airfield, June 1944
2) de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito B Mk.IV (Srs.II), DK333, Red HS-F �»Grim Reaperʼ, No.109 Sq., Royal Air Force, Wyton airfield, January 1943
3) de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk.IV, E-42 (ex-DK310), White B-4, KTA War Technical Detachment (Kriegstechnische Abteilung), Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe), Federal Aircraft Works F+W, Emmen Air Base, 1946
4) de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito B Mk.IV (Srs.II), Black DK296, VVS KA (Air Force of the Red Army), summer 1944
This injection-moulded kit contains 64 parts and eleven clear parts (the cockpit canopy, nose window, wing tips with position lights etc.). A comprehensive decal sheet is included.