TYPE: Medium-altitude tactical bomber
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and bombardier/navigator
POWER PLANT: Two Rolls-Royce “Merlin” 76/77 liquid-cooled engine, rated at 1,710 hp each
PERFORMANCE: 361 mph at 28,000 ft
COMMENT: The de Havilland DH.98 “Mosquito” was a British multi-role combat aircraft with a two-man crew during WW II. It was one of few operational front-line aircraft of the era constructed almost entirely of wood and was nicknamed “The Wooden Wonder”. Originally conceived as an unarmed fast bomber, the “Mosquito” was adapted to roles including low to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft, and fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft.
When “Mosquito” production began in 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Entering widespread service in 1942, the “Mosquito” flew high-speed, medium or low-altitude missions against factories, railways and other pinpoint targets in Germany and German-occupied Europe. From late 1943, “Mosquito” bombers were formed into the Light Night Strike Force and used as pathfinders for RAF Bomber Command heavy-bomber raids. They were also used as “nuisance” bombers, often dropping “Blockbuster” bombs – “cookies” – in high-altitude, high-speed raids that German night fighters were almost powerless to intercept.
On 21 June 1941 the Air Ministry ordered that the last 10 “Mosquitoes”, ordered as photo-reconnaissance aircraft, should be converted to bombers. These 10 aircraft were part of the original 1 March 1940 production order and became the B Mk IV Series 1. The prototype flew for the first time on 8 September 1941.
The bomber prototype led to the B Mk IV, of which 273 were built: apart from the 10 Series 1s, all of the rest were built as Series 2s with extended nacelles, revised exhaust manifolds, with integrated flame dampers, and larger tail planes. Series 2 bombers also differed from the Series 1 in having a larger bomb bay to increase the payload to four 230 kg bombs. This was made possible by shortening the tail of the 230 kg bomb so that these four larger weapons could be carried. The B Mk IV entered service in May 1942.
In April 1943 it was decided to convert a B Mk IV to carry a 1,800 kg “Blockbuster” bomb (nicknamed “Cookie”). The conversion, including modified bomb bay suspension arrangements, bulged bomb bay doors and fairings, was relatively straightforward and 54 B.IVs were modified and distributed to squadrons of the Light Night Striking Force. 27 B Mk IVs were later converted for special operations with the “Highball” anti-shipping weapon
Total “Mosquito” production in all variants during WW II was 6,710 aircraft. Because the aircraft were made entirely from wood mainly furniture companies were involved in production. Fuselage shells, wing spars, special wood veneers, many of the other parts, including flaps, flap shrouds, fins, leading edge assemblies and bomb doors were also produced in High Wycombe, which was well suited to these tasks because it had a well-established furniture manufacturing industry (Ref.: 24).
Kurzbeschreibung: Diese Bildergalerie beinhaltet Flugmodelle aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg im Maßstab 1:72 als Spritzguss, Resin- und Vacu-formed Bausätze sowie selbst angefertigte Umbauten (Conversions) .
Liebe Besucherin, lieber Besucher,
Sie finden hier Fotos von Flugzeugmodellen aus dem II. Weltkrieg im Maßstab 1:72, Flugzeuge also der United States Army Air Force (USAAF), der United States Navy (US Navy) der Royal Air Force (RAF), der Royal Navy (RN), der Imperial Army Air Force (IAAF), der Imperial Navy Air Force (IANF, beide Japan), der Deutschen Luftwaffe (GAF), den Marinefliegern und der Luftwaffe der Sovietunion. Innerhalb der jeweiligen Luftstreitkräfte können Sie wieder auswählen können zwischen Jägern, Jagdbombern, Bombern , Trainern usw, aber auch Projekten, die nie geflogen sind, sowie Nachkriegsentwicklungen, deren Anfänge in die Zeit des WW II zurückreichen.
Ich habe diese Modelle aus reiner Freude für mich selbst gebaut, nicht etwa, um sie irgend jemandem zu zeigen oder gar auf einer Ausstellung vorzuführen.
Im Laufe von vier Jahrzehnten sind dabei mehr als 1.500 Modelle fertig gestellt worden und viele harren noch – teils schon seit Jahren – des Baues, der endgültigen Vollendung oder nur des letzten Finish.
Die Verfügbarkeit des Internets und der Digitaltechnik hat mich nun aber doch verleitet, meine Modelle einem größeren Kreis sichtbar zu machen, was ich hiermit anbiete.
Brief description: This picture gallery contains aircraft models of World War II on a scale 1:72 as injection moulded, resin- and vacu- formed kits as well as home-made conversions.
Here, you will find photos of aircraft models of World War II on a scale 1:72. e.g. those of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), the United States Navy (USN), the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Navy (RN) , the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF), the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force (IJNAF), the German Air Force (Luftwaffe, GAF) and the Air Force of the Soviet Union. Within these branches of the services you can select between fighters, fighter-bombers, bombers, trainers etc. Also you can select projects, designed on the drawing board as well as post-war developments, whose origin dated back into the time of WW II.
Important notice: Among the aircraft models shown here there are many aircraft from the former German Air Force (Deutsche Luftwaffe). They all show the swastika as a national symbol of that time. I would like to point out that this is not a political statement, but rather a source of historical information on the types of aircraft flown by the German Luftwaffe before and during the Second World War. It is to be taken as a reference for all aviation enthusiasts, and not taken as an expression of any sympathy for the Nazi regime or any Neo-Nazi or Right wing hate Groups.
I have built all these models just for fun and never, it has been my intention to show them anybody or to present them at a show. Over the years more then 1.500 models have emerged, and many more kits have not been completed yet, or are still waiting for the finish or the last little detail.