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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Fündekals BOAC PR. Mk.IV de Haviland Mosquito
1:32 Scale



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The de Haviland Mosquito is well known as England’s multi-role bomber, heavy fighter, recce, and night fighter of WWII that was constructed almost entirely of wood.  One of the most interesting and secretive jobs the Mossie carried out in RAF servise was as a fast transport. Operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), they carried small high-value cargoes to and from neutral countries while crossing hostile, Nazi-controlled airspace.  Some 520 BOAC flights were made between 1942-1945 under the guise of delivering mail, diplomatic pouches, and newspapers and magazines to neutral countries.  The thirteen BOAC Mossies were repainted to remove all national insignia and modified to carry up to four passengers – many of whom were OSS and MI6 agents.  BOAC flights also carried intelligence data back to the UK, as well as high-quality ball bearings from Sweden.  These were also the fastest Mosquitos in the air, by virtue of being stripped of all armament and armor.

Fündekals is a lower-cost but high-quality decal manufacturer who typically does a print run of a subject and then moves on.  Most of their releases focus on WWII subjects, but they often go into more diverse territory as well.  Their BOAC Mosquito PR. Mk. IV sheet covers two schemes worn by one BOAC Mossie:

These decals are beautifully printed and are in perfect register.  Carrier film is precisely applied right at the edges of each decal.  In all, they look great and receive outstanding scores for print quality, subject matter, and detail.  These decals are sized to fit the Tamiya kit.

Speaking of subject matter, this particular airplane, G-AGFV, was the only PR. Mk. IV modified for BOAC missions.  And of all the stripped down fast Mossies, this was probably the fastest of them all, at least for a time, owing to additional powerplant modifications. The decals cover the first incarnation of G-AGFV wearing the temperate land camouflage scheme colors as well as the later temperate sea camouflage scheme more befitting flights over the North Sea.  The historical notes and photos that accompany these decals are also top-notch, reveal the depth of research done on this subject and add truly fulfilling depth to the history behind this particular airplane and the broader missions it flew.

To keep costs down for the scale modeler, the instructions are not printed and included with the decals.  As with all Fündekals products, the markings guide is available as a PDF file that can be downloaded from their website.  Here’s the link for the instructions:
http://www.fundekals.com/images/f8_Mosquito_PRIV/BOAC_MosquitoPRIV_Inst_12-16-2015.pdf

Many thanks to Jonathan Strickland and Fündekals for the review sample. You can find and purchase this and other Fündekals sheets on the web at: http://www.fundekals.com/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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