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1/72 De Havilland Mosquito Mk.XVI 4023

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The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a true multi-role combat aircraft long before the MRCA (as Panavia’s Tornado was initially known) was ever conceived. Its official genesis was as an unarmed photo-reconnaissance platform and Air Ministry Specification B.1/40 was drawn up on this premise, while future fighter and bomber variants were to be explored. It was what today is called a private venture project and was built principally of a laminated balsa/birch plywood (non-strategic materials at the time), and later was dubbed the “Wooden Wonder”.

Two decal options allow the B.XVI model to be completed as either an aircraft of 571 Sqn from No.8 (Pathfinder) Group flying from RAF Oakington in September 1944 (in a dark green/ocean grey/medium sea grey scheme) or a 109 Sqn aircraft from RAF Wyton in 1944 (in a dark green/ocean grey/matt black scheme). Various stencil markings are provided.

This is a well-produced kit which will build into a delightful model of the bomber variant of the Mosquito but it is not for the novice.