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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2013, 08:13:55 AM »
Words can not describe the feelings I have for such a wonderful aircraft as the Mosquito.  Watching this video makes me wish I had one of my own. 

Mossie Photo Mission by Scott Slocum

Really had no idea how small the cockpit on the Mosquito actually was until I watched this video.  Not a lot of room with two people stuffed in there. 






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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #51 on: January 08, 2013, 09:25:17 AM »
Amazing. It is access to items like this make the Internet a good thing.

For those who live near Ontario, Canada, KA114 is scheduled to be at the Hamilton Airshow in June. 
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #52 on: January 08, 2013, 07:20:07 PM »
Thanks for that video. A truly amazing aircraft!

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #53 on: January 09, 2013, 12:25:28 AM »
Another video:

Flying DH Mosquito KA114.





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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #54 on: January 09, 2013, 12:44:17 AM »
As long as we're posting YouTube Mosquito videos, I've got to post this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OZq-tlJTrU

Maybe it could inspire some of the upcoming sci-fi builds.

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #55 on: January 09, 2013, 03:03:00 AM »
Nice  ;D

Man, all of those airworthy Mosquitoes....... 8)
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #56 on: October 10, 2015, 12:04:35 PM »
the "Vihuri" was a Finnish project to build a copy of the Mosquito (pattern aircraft captured & provided by Germany) to be powered by DB engines.

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #57 on: October 10, 2015, 12:39:07 PM »
It wouldn't have used He 219 nacelles.
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #58 on: October 10, 2015, 10:10:23 PM »
It would probably looked more like a Calquin


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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #59 on: October 10, 2015, 10:14:03 PM »
the "Vihuri" was a Finnish project to build a copy of the Mosquito (pattern aircraft captured & provided by Germany) to be powered by DB engines.


Does anyone have proof that this was a real project?  I have my doubts.
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2015, 04:47:13 AM »
I still think the fuselage can be converted into a great looking Koi-like fish.  :-\ :-*  ;D
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #61 on: December 25, 2015, 04:50:44 AM »
test turret


Two views of the trial turret installation:





Another view of the turret:


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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #62 on: December 25, 2015, 10:09:03 PM »
Coincidently I have been reading a bit on the history of the Mossie trying to workout a timeline to get Australian production started simultaneously or even ahead of UK production. 

Thinking along the lines of the very things that concerned the Air Ministry and RAF, i.e. lack of defensive armament could actually have been an advantage in Australia, in addition to the use of non-strategic materials and the use of traditional woodworking skills.  Perhaps combined with Australian licence manufacture of the RR Merlin for the Hawker Australia Hurricanes there could have been Mosquitoes in limited RAAF service as heavy fighter, PR and bomber, may be even a torpedo bomber or dive bomber variant, prior to February 1942.  Still top secret, they could have been rushed to the North prior to Japans attack, aided in the defence of Darwin and maybe located then launched a counter attack against the carriers.

Is any of this possible on the time lines involved?  I know the idea of the Mosquito evolved from militarised variants of the Comet an Albatross.  An idea I had was Australia could have been interested in local production of a General Reconnaissance (GR) version of the Albatross, then as war approached a bomber version could have been investigated, to which De Havilland could have responded, "well actually there is something suitable we have been working on..."  Assuming the originally planned Blenheim project had gone ahead earlier, including heavy fighter and reconnaissance variants that were obviously in urgent need of replacement by early 1940, there could easily have been justification for Australia providing super priority to the mosquito.  This would have made sense especially as it would not have made significant demands on the existing aircraft production capacity which would have been switching to the Beaufort or even Beaufighter, by then.

Anyway, RAAF 1941/42 heavy fighter, PR, unarmed bomber, possibly torpedo bomber and attack (Molins gun or 40mm cannon)versions.

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #63 on: December 25, 2015, 11:21:03 PM »
Not sure you could have got it into production any earlier, according to the Sharp/Bowyer book, Britain only got 20 built in 1941 and Australian production go-ahead was given in March 1942

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #64 on: December 26, 2015, 03:44:03 AM »
An alternate scenario that might work is this:

"The construction of the prototype began in March 1940, but work was cancelled again after the Battle of Dunkirk, when Lord Beaverbrook, as Minister of Aircraft Production, decided there was no production capacity for aircraft like the DH.98, which was not expected to be in service until early 1941. Lord Beaverbrook and the Air Staff ordered that production focus on five existing types, namely the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Vickers Wellington, Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley and the Bristol Blenheim. Work on the DH.98 prototype stopped; it seemed that the project would be shut down when the design team were denied the materials with which to build their prototype. 

The Mosquito was given new life in July 1940, after de Havilland's General Manager L.C.L Murray, decided to transfer development to one of its subsidiaries in either Australia or Canada.  With the de Havilland Canada already committed to production of DH.82 Tiger Moth trainer aircraft to support the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Australia was quickly chosen.  This seemed a doubly prudent move given the impending fears of invasion in the UK.  As it was, during the Battle of Britain, interruptions to normal production due to air raid warnings caused nearly a third of de Havilland's factory time to be lost. 

In November 1941, the Australian de Havilland factory at Bankstown commenced production of the first Mosquito prototype. Initial delays were caused by the unavailability of Canadian birchwood, and Australian coachwood had to be substituted.  The Australian team were greatly assisted by a contingent of British engineers and technicians led by Test Pilot Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr.  The first aircraft would fly on 1st April 1941, with de Havilland himself at the controls,.  This was an incredible achievement given the timeframe involved.

Initial production was split between RAF and RAAF requirements with the former receiving priority.  The Air Ministry ordered 19 photo-reconnaissance (PR) models and 176 fighters. A further 50 were unspecified; in July 1941, the Air Ministry confirmed these would be unarmed fast bombers. By the end of January 1942, contracts had been awarded for 1,378 Mosquitos of all variants, including 20 T.III trainers and 334 FB.VI bombers..."


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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #65 on: December 26, 2015, 03:46:25 AM »
Another interesting option might be if the USA took up production and ongoing development...
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #66 on: January 01, 2016, 03:47:06 AM »
One you can get a conversion kit for:


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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #67 on: January 01, 2016, 07:22:27 AM »
Very nice Greg. But is in the wrong scale.  :o
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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #68 on: January 01, 2016, 03:24:49 PM »
A very simple whiff, the Sea Mosquito is ready in time to see service with the British Pacific Fleet, the question is what would it have flown from?  Maybe instead of working in a second hanger/half hanger on the already tight Armoured Fleet Carriers and a light unarmoured version of them they could have done an armoured flight deck (as opposed to hanger and flight on the Armoured Fleets) version of Ark Royal and a larger, light version of that instead on the Light Fleet Carriers.

Cheaper, easier and quicker to build as well as being able to operate larger aircraft.  The key specification to get them past the Admiralty and government could have been the need to operate Beauforts/Beaufighters, making Mosquitoes a synch.

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #69 on: January 01, 2016, 10:04:50 PM »
Paragon Designs did/does the Sea Mosquito in 1/72, got one in the stash. They might be hard to find these days though ---

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #70 on: January 02, 2016, 12:55:08 AM »
Seams like the Verlinden conversion is out of production too.

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #71 on: January 02, 2016, 03:26:59 AM »
Very nice Greg. But is in the wrong scale.  :o


No its not! ;)

Seams like the Verlinden conversion is out of production too.


I have one in the stash - they do come up for sale on Ebay relatively regularly.

Paragon Designs did/does the Sea Mosquito in 1/72, got one in the stash. They might be hard to find these days though ---


Indeed.  Alley Cat also did a 1/24 conversion:

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #72 on: September 17, 2017, 05:16:25 AM »
A different option if one wished to make a turret armed mosquito would be to modify a TT Mk.35/TT  Mk.39:



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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #73 on: December 31, 2018, 05:19:41 AM »
Cool:

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Re: De Havilland Mosquito
« Reply #74 on: December 31, 2018, 05:21:26 AM »
Random idea:  Mosquito with 75mm cannon from B-25
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