AUSSIE DECALS 1/48
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
This revised sheet of decals covers the following
- 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.
- 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
In the constant search for accuracy, Damian Casey of Aussie
Decals has revised this set of decals to reflect new information
that has appeared since the markings were released at
the Melbourne Expo 2007. The amendments include:
- A52-3 having the camouflage line adjusted to correctly
reflect photographs of the period and the addition of
a variation of the aircraft that was found in the AWM
archives. The variation is that the images in the AWM
archives shows the aircraft with the rudder not being
camouflaged completely as per the original instructions.
It appears that at some stage the rudder had been replaced
but not painted at the time of the photographs being
taken. As there are also images of the aircraft with
the full camouflage as per the diagram you can take your
choice of finishes.
- A52-525, J*NA has had the 'J' modified to more correctly
reflect the photographs of the aircraft in flight.
* the roundels may
appear to be oval rather than round in the images
but this is only due to the transferring of the images
from the original design program to a JPEG image.
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. With the revision of these instructions and some
markings I highly 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.
Review set courtesy of Aussie
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