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de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk.VI/B.VI/B.XX/T.III

Xtradecal, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Numbers:

Xtradecal Item No. X72232 - de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk.VI/B.VI/B.XX/T.III

Scale:

1/72

Contents & Media

Decals for 13 subjects with colour-printed painting & markings guide.

Price:

£7.99 (£6.66 export price) plus shipping available online from Hannants.

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Excellent production quality, great value.

Disadvantages:

None noted.

Conclusions:

These are superbly produced decals. They provide some interesting colour schemes for a number of different Mosquito marks; I highly recommend them.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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F i r s t L o o k

 

The sheet subject to a “first look” here offers 13 options that cover a variety of operational theatres and air forces, and include some post-war choices. The colour schemes range from bright and eye-catching to clean-cut and simple. All are appealing choices in my opinion.

 

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I could not help but note the title to the sheet does not include either the B.Mk. IV or F.8 option included with the set (the F.8 was a converted B.Mk.XX used in the PR role by the USAAF). I should be the last person pointing out typos (definitely a case of throwing stones whilst living in a glass-house), as I am a terrible typist and a worse proof-reader. I mention this apparent oversight for clarification purposes only.  
 
The decals are supplied in Xtradecal’s usual polythene zip-lock bag. The instructions are nicely produced in colour, and clearly indicate markings placement. A brief note regarding the aircraft and its location is given for each subject. Some entries include a modeller’s note drawing attention to aspects such as exhaust style fitted and the use of long-range slipper tanks. A list of Xtracolor paint codes is also provided for the colours required, as well as RAF colour-names. The decals appear superbly printed with excellent colour density and registration.

 

 

The specific subjects covered are:

  • B.Mk.IV, DZ421 / XD-G of 139 Sqn, RAF Marham, Norfolk, early 1943;

  • T.Mk.III ,TV970 / FK-V of  20 Sqn, RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England, 1946;

  • B.Mk.XX, KB253 / RI, RCAF, 1944;

  • B.Mk.XX, KB288 / 46-VI, RCAF, 1944;

  • F.8, 334926 / "The Spook" , 3rd Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), USAAF, La Marsa,  Tunisia, November 1943;

  • FB.Mk.VI, RF838 / EO-A of  404 Sqn, RAF Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1945;

  • FB.Mk.VI, RS623 / VV-A of 235 Sqn RAF Banff Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1945;

  • FB.Mk.VI, HR399 / OB-R of 45 Sqn RAF, Joari, India, April 1945;

  • FB.Mk.VI, RF751/ B of 211 Sqn RAF, St. Thomas Mount, India, July 1945;

  • FB.Mk.VI, NT233 / SM-X flown by of Gp Capt Bower, CO 138 Wing and Flt. Lt Cairns of 305 (Polish) Sqn, RAF Hartford Bridge, Hampshire, England, 1944;

  • B.Mk.IV, TA272 / A of an unknown RAF Sqn, Far East 1945;

  • T.3, VT588 / RAO-L of 608 Sqn, RAF Manston, England, August 1948;

  • FB.Mk.VI, HR623 / CI of 618 Sqn, RAAF Narromine, NSW, Australia, 1945.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

These are superbly produced decals. They provide some interesting colour schemes for a number of different Mosquito marks.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Hannants for this sample.


Text and Images Copyright 2016 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 18 February, 2016
Last updated 18 February, 2016

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