AUSSIE DECALS 1/48 A48050
RAAF MOSQUITO'S


A48050 RAAF Mosquito's


Review by David Harvey


Introduction

The RAAF used the Mosquito during WWII in both Europe and eventually in the Pacific theatre. The aircraft was eventually manufactured in Australia after several production problems relating to the glue and wood used in the aircraft. Unfortunately a great number of the aircraft manufactured locally were sent straight to storage and never used.

Whilst there have been 1/48 renditions of the Mosquito in existence prior to the Tamiya version, none are anywhere as well made as this. A number of after market decal sheets were also made but few covering the RAAF use to this extent. Aussie Decals has made a good combination of markings that cover the majority of colours used on the Mosquito in RAAF service.

The decals

This sheet of decals covers the following markings:

  • Mosquito FB.40 A52-3, No 1 Air Performance Unit RAAF, May 1944. This aircraft has the scheme of RAAF Earth brown and Foilage Green uppers and RAAF Sky Blue underneath.
  • Mosquito FB.40 A52-67 No 5 OTU, RAAF Williamstown, early 1945. Overall Foilage Green.
  • Mosquito FB.VI A52-525, J*NA, No 1 SQN RAAF, QLD 1945. Overall Aluminium.
  • Mosquito FB.VI A52-526, E*NA, No1 SQN RAAF, Morotai, July 1945. RAF Medium Sea Grey overall and RAF Dark Green Camouflage uppers with Foilage green touch up on the tail.

I have been waiting for some time for a RAAF sheet for the Mosquito to be produced and have checked my main reference, Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service by Stewart Wilson, for the accuracy of these markings. I also visited the Australian War Memorial Collections Data Base for further images when Stewart Wilson's book was not helpful enough. On checking the accuracy of these markings a few problems were found, these are listed below. I sent the information to Aussie Decals and they have since modified their instruction sheets, the original and corrected sheets are shown below.

The first set of markings, for A52-3, are correct but there are a few problems with the original instruction sheet and the printing process. The grey numerals used for the aircraft tail number are streaky on the review set, most likely from the printing process. I consulted Damian of Aussie Decals about this problem and he will now included two sets of grey numerals on each sheet. The colour layout and placement of the tail numbers is also incorrect according to the references above. The tail number should be positioned with the last number forward of the tail plane (see AWM image VIC0984C for correct placement). The camouflage demarcation line behind the wing is also too far to the rear on the instruction sheet. Once again see the AWM image for correct line or page 156 of the Stewart Wilson book. Aussie Decals has since revised the instruction sheets for this set and you can print out the corrected sheet from the image at the bottom of this page. On having another look at the original images found on the Australian War Memorial collections database (last few pages when search is done on RAAF mosquito) i'm unsure if the camouflage colour continues onto the rudder of the aircraft. Both Tania and I have had a look and in some images it appears that there is a faint line that continues onto the rudder but it doesn't appear to be the same colours as the rest of the aircraft scheme. This may just be the result of the angle of the sun and rudder so it is up to the modeller to decide. Damian is also of the belief that the rudder is not painted the same colour as the fuselage and will include this in future instruction sheets as an option.

The second set of markings, A52-67, appears on page 161 of the Stewart Wilson book and appears to be correct in all detail. I have modeled the first aircraft in the line up and this is the second aircraft in the row.

The third set for A52-525, J*NA, is correct except for the 'J' to my eye. On page 140 of the Stewart Wilson book is a very good image of the aircraft in flight that shows the letters well. In the image the 'J' appears to be more rounded and thicker than the supplied 'J', once again this is to my eye and I will happily be corrected. Aussie Decals have since amended the 'J' to what Damian believes is the correct style.

The last set of markings for A52-526, E*NA, appear on the cover of the Stewart Wilson book but there are no photos in the book that I could find nor could I find anything on the AWM data base. The drawing on the cover of the book shows the 'A' to be segmented into four parts whilst the decals is segmented into two, which is correct I don't know. The information I received from Aussie Decals is that in the photographs used as reference the vertical split on the letters is readily visible but not the horizontal split. If anyone has any further information on this issue please forward it to Aussie Decals so it can be rectified if needs be.

INITIAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

REVISED INSTRUCTIONS


* the roundels may appear to be oval rather than round in the amended images but this is only due to the transferring of the images from the original design program to a JPEG image.

Conclusion

This set has been awaited by a great number of people for some time now. Prior to this you would have to make up the markings for the RAAF Mosquito's from various sources. Apart from a few problems with the instruction sheet (since amended), the only real inaccuracy is the 'J' in the J*NA markings to my eye, to that end I recommend this set for those interested in RAAF Mosquito's and those wanting something different. Now I can only hope that more sets are released with the nose markings of the WWII aircraft and the unit emblems of the later aircraft.

 

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