The RAAF used the Mosquito during WWII
in both Europe and eventually in the Pacific theatre. The
aircraft was eventually manufactured in Australia after
several production problems relating to the glue and wood
used in the aircraft. Unfortunately a great number of the
aircraft manufactured locally were sent straight to storage
and never used.
Whilst there have been 1/48 renditions of the Mosquito
in existence prior to the Tamiya version, none are anywhere
as well made as this. A number of after market decal sheets
were also made but few covering the RAAF use to this extent.
Aussie Decals has made a good combination of markings that
cover the majority of colours used on the Mosquito in RAAF
This sheet of decals covers the following
- Mosquito FB.40 A52-3, No 1 Air Performance Unit RAAF,
May 1944. This aircraft has the scheme of RAAF Earth
brown and Foilage Green uppers and RAAF Sky Blue underneath.
- Mosquito FB.40 A52-67 No 5 OTU, RAAF Williamstown,
early 1945. Overall Foilage Green.
- Mosquito FB.VI A52-525, J*NA, No 1 SQN RAAF, QLD 1945.
- Mosquito FB.VI A52-526, E*NA, No1 SQN RAAF, Morotai,
July 1945. RAF Medium Sea Grey overall and RAF Dark Green
Camouflage uppers with Foilage green touch up on the
I have been waiting for some time for a RAAF sheet for
the Mosquito to be produced and have checked my main reference,
Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service
by Stewart Wilson, for the accuracy of these markings.
I also visited the Australian War Memorial Collections
Data Base for further images when Stewart Wilson's book
was not helpful enough. On checking the accuracy of these
markings a few problems were found, these are listed below.
I sent the information to Aussie Decals and they have since
modified their instruction sheets, the original and corrected
sheets are shown below.
The first set of markings, for A52-3, are correct but
there are a few problems with the original instruction
sheet and the printing process. The grey numerals used
for the aircraft tail number are streaky on the review
set, most likely from the printing process. I consulted
Damian of Aussie Decals about this problem and he will
now included two sets of grey numerals on each sheet. The
colour layout and placement of the tail numbers is also
incorrect according to the references above. The tail number
should be positioned with the last number forward of the
tail plane (see AWM image VIC0984C for correct placement).
The camouflage demarcation line behind the wing is also
too far to the rear on the instruction sheet. Once again
see the AWM image for correct line or page 156 of the Stewart
Wilson book. Aussie Decals has since revised the instruction
sheets for this set and you can print out the corrected
sheet from the image at the bottom of this page. On having
another look at the original images found on the Australian
War Memorial collections database (last few pages when
search is done on RAAF mosquito) i'm unsure if the camouflage
colour continues onto the rudder of the aircraft. Both
Tania and I have had a look and in some images it appears
that there is a faint line that continues onto the rudder
but it doesn't appear to be the same colours as the rest
of the aircraft scheme. This may just be the result of
the angle of the sun and rudder so it is up to the modeller
to decide. Damian is also of the belief that the rudder
is not painted the same colour as the fuselage and will
include this in future instruction sheets as an option.
The second set of markings, A52-67, appears on page 161
of the Stewart Wilson book and appears to be correct in
all detail. I have modeled the first aircraft in the line
up and this is the second aircraft in the row.
The third set for A52-525, J*NA, is correct except for
the 'J' to my eye. On page 140 of the Stewart Wilson book
is a very good image of the aircraft in flight that shows
the letters well. In the image the 'J' appears to be more
rounded and thicker than the supplied 'J', once again this
is to my eye and I will happily be corrected. Aussie Decals
have since amended the 'J' to what Damian believes is the
The last set of markings for A52-526, E*NA, appear on
the cover of the Stewart Wilson book but there are no photos
in the book that I could find nor could I find anything
on the AWM data base. The drawing on the cover of the book
shows the 'A' to be segmented into four parts whilst the
decals is segmented into two, which is correct I don't
know. The information I received from Aussie Decals is
that in the photographs used as reference the vertical
split on the letters is readily visible but not the horizontal
split. If anyone has any further information on this issue
please forward it to Aussie Decals so it can be rectified
if needs be.
* the roundels may appear to be oval rather than round in
the amended images but this is only due to the transferring
of the images from the original design program to a JPEG
This set has been awaited by a great number
of people for some time now. Prior to this you would have
to make up the markings for the RAAF Mosquito's from various
sources. Apart from a few problems with the instruction
sheet (since amended), the only real inaccuracy is the 'J'
in the J*NA markings to my eye, to that end I recommend this
set for those interested in RAAF Mosquito's and those wanting
something different. Now I can only hope that more sets are
released with the nose markings of the WWII aircraft and
the unit emblems of the later aircraft.