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Combat Colours Number 5

The de Havilland Mosquito in RAF Photographic Reconnaissance and Bomber Service: 1941 to 1945

by Paul Lucas

artwork by David Howley


S u m m a r y

Publisher Scale Aircraft Modeling – Guideline Publications
ISBN: 0-9539040
Media and Contents: 48 pages + covers. Extensive photographs and profile artwork.
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: A fascinating and detailed discussion of the development of camouflage for the Reconnaissance and Bomber versions of the Mosquito. Numerous photographs and excellent profiles that work with the text.
Recommendation: Highly recommended to those who love the Mossie and RAF camouflage theory and practice.


Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman

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The 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.

Review Copyright © 2003 by Steven Eisenman
Page Created 11 January, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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