Wooden Wonder: 1/48th Monogram Mosquito
This is a real vintage kit of Monogram's, dating back to the mid-60's. My version was released in the 70's however the plastic is the same. Definitely dated now but still buildable, I guess. This is my 1/48th Monogram Mosquito build from 20 years ago.
Notable Kit Features:
Relatively few parts
Multiple build options in box (Bomber. Fighter-Bomber, Night Fighter...)
Decent surface detail
6 Options for decals
The Mosquito aircraft is such an iconic aircraft, it would be a requirement for many WWII fans of Allied Aircraft. As a lot of RCAF personnel flew in this aircraft it made its way into my collection early, I have a couple of more Tamiya versions to build up one day as well given the inspiration, time and shelf space.
Gear doors are molded shut (but can easily be opened up)
Some pin ejector marks
Fuselage is reported to be too narrow
Tail is reported to be too tall
Detail is 70's vintage (not bad for a 60's kit but quite dated ;)
Kit Additions / Modifications:
Replaced night-fighter antennas with steel staple ends
Used third-party decals
The paint scheme for this 1/48th Monogram Mosquito aircraft was my standard finish in oil paints at the time. The Mossie scheme is pretty basic at least, with just the two camouflage colours. Pretty much no weathering done on this example as I was building "museum examples" at the time.
The After-Build Report:
After so many decades, of course there are much better kits of the 1/48th Mosquito on the market now, so I wouldn't recommend the 1/48th Monogram Mosquito for a build (unless it is a Just for Fun, Nostalgia or a practice run on an inexpensive kit). The 1/48th Airfix Mosquito kit would be another competitor to this inexpensive kit. The top two choices would go to the 1/48th Tamiya Mosquitos or (New Tool) Revell Mosquito B Mk.IV (04555 / 03923) kits. The Revell kit has a lot of detail and options, albeit with some reported issues, and the Tamiya was the undisputed "King of Mosquitos" in 1/48th, until the arrival of new Revell kit in 2008.
Completed build #68 - October 2003 using the 1/48th scale Monogram #5408 kit.
Feel free to comment or ask any questions - Keep on building, gain experience, challenge yourself if you like, but try not to stress yourself out over the build - it is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby after all - Cheers