Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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de Havilland Mosquito is one of my favorite aircraft and holds great appeal for
many modelers. But one of the problems of modeling this aircraft is the limited
number of camouflage schemes that can be applied. With this new release from
Scale Aircraft Modeling as part of their Combat Colours series, modelers and
those interested in camouflage development can get new insights into the various
schemes with which the RAF experimented.
Some of the various schemes brought to our attention are quite interesting and
would make for a very different Mosquito model: PR schemes in Olive Gray, Medium
Sea Gray and Sky Blue or Sky Gray, Dark Slate Gray and Sky Blue; bomber schemes
in Dark Green, Dark Earth and Azure Blue; and finally a “Highball” equipped B IV
(Special) serving in the Far east in Dark Green, Medium Sea Gray and Azure Blue
with a four-bladed prop and an arrester hook for carrier landings. Paul Lucas,
the author of this monograph, provides evidence of all these schemes. The
evidence ranges from eyewitness accounts to RAF documentation, and is quite
persuasive. Of course, acceptance of the proof presented rests with the reader.
I for one may be willing to accept even the weakest of documentation merely to
do one of these interesting experimental schemes.
Paul does describe the more traditional making and color schemes and discusses
the variation within them, such as the shifting demarcation line on Mossies with
black undersides. He also discusses and raises a number of questions about
Canadian produced Mosquitos - did they have the ANA colors applied? Finally, the
red and red striped tails, great looking and prevented PR Mossies from being
shot down by P-51s.
This is a well written and a highly interesting book. I unreservedly recommend
this to anyone who is interested in the RAF and the Mosquito. Now to get the
two-stage Merlin conversions.
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