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De Havilland Mosquito
100 Gallon Fuel Tanks




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 48118
Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$9.95 from Ultracast website (Add shipping and handling to above: USD$4.00 in North America)
Contents and Media: Two parts in cream-coloured resin.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautiful quality casting; welcome accessory for frequently seen feature on Mosquitos; easy casting block removal and assembly, simple design but vent and cap detail present; single locating pin on resin part.
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green

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Ultracast add to their range of resin accessories for Tamiya's Mosquito kits with this new set of two 100 Gallon conformal fuel tanks.

Tamiya supply the smaller 50 gallon drop tanks with their kits, but the 100 gallon version was frequently seen fitted to the Mossie in Europe and the Pacific..

Detail is as good as the smooth design of the real tank permits. Cap and vent detail is present, and a single locating pin is cast on the top of the tank to ensure positive placement under Tamiya's wing.



Wartime photos show that British manufactured drop tanks for Mosquitos (50, 100 and 200 gallon) were smooth, as depicted by Ultracast. Pictures of Australian Mosquitos at home and in the Pacific suggest that some of these drop tanks may have been of pressed metal construction with a tidy, narrow seam down the vertical centreline. If this is the case for your subject model, it will be a very simple matter to add a weld seam using putty or your favourite weld-depiction method!

The one-piece tanks are attached to their casting block with a thin strip of resin. Cleanup will be very fast and simple, but do take care not to slice off the locating pin.

This is another typically high-quality offering from Ultracast.

Recommended for anyone building a Tamiya 1/48 scale Mosquito.

Thanks to Kevin at Ultracast for the review sample

The full catalogue of Ultracast accessories, conversions and figures may be viewed and purchased at Ultracast's Web Site.

Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Images Courtesy Ultracast Website
Page Created 23 March, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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