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Mosquito cockpit photos on the web, links, descriptions

Lets talk about Mosquito cockpit photos on the web:
First, credit where credit is due:

http://www.mossie.org is a GREAT web site and this first group of photos are found there, and taken by Phil Broad, to whom we are all indebted!


This color picture looks b&w- only the dark red, wheel-shaped, handle for the landing gear shows that this really is a color picture. The bomb-bay hydraulic control in this cockpit has a white knob, the flap handle is black. THe interior gray-green on the inside of the fuselage shell just looks gray. The hydraulic control levels are bare metal- plated steel, stainless steel or aluminum. The handles on the magneto switches look like bare aluminum.

Looking down at the rudder pedals. The rudder pedal yokes and foot rests are black. The bare metal (probably plated or polished) twin hand pump for canopy de-icing system is visible, and the handles on the pump rods seem to be something more than just bare metal.

Engine instruments, ventilator outlet, three knobs probably associated with dimmers, a white paper in a holder (Compass deviation card?)

The inner (right side) engine and propeller knobs are just visible- on this airplane they are shiny black with a large, whilte “P” which I take to mean Propeller (ie “Pitch”)

The prop feathering buttons are black and white, diagonal-striped,with small red markers in the middle. At the center-bottom, somewhat out of focus, you can see the Observer’s Oxygen Economizer, a black box- bakelite perhaps. with a light color (paper or aluminum) plate in the middle. The oxygen hose is dark gray or black, with light highlights or possibly a light color on the external spring wrapping. The grab handle above the passage to the nose compartment is light in this picture,

Almost everything is black with white details, and interior gray-green. In this view, the color details are the red covers on the two buttons for the IFF self-destruction equipment. and the red handle on the forward (ie left or port) radiator flap control. The destruct buttons are at the front edge of the big electrical box

More Observer’s sidewall and black boxes, black and white instruments, black cable wraps, bare metal connectors for the big cables, switch levers, etc. The forward (left/port) radiator flap control lever is red with a dark yellow knob, the aft (right/starboard) radiator flap control has a white lever with a dark yellow knob.

http://www.mossie.org/images/Phil_Broad/RS709_det/GMOS-16.jpg Pilot’s sidewall alongside the pilot’s seat. Mostly gray-green fuselage shell interior, with a black engine and propeller control box, black electrical boxes, black, white and gray wires and cables,, black and dark red placards (anodized?) The smaller black metal bit, aft, is the pilot’s intercom connection, there’s a dark reddish-brown covered receptacle hanging on a small cable from the nest of cables under the black metal piece. The clip at the front edge looks like its for the receptacle.

The larger electrical box is no remote radio channel push button selector.
There may be a dark red/brown center on the electrical control knob mounted just about the pilot’s armrest. I suspect the straight black tube mounted at the top of the sidewall, just below the canopy, is for the Bowden cable that leads from the rudder trim control (above the center of the instrument panel) back to the rudder trim tab

Same area as GMOS-16 but from above..Its easier to see what things are and how they work from a higher perspective

Looking down onto the engine and propeller control box, control yoke “Carbon Mic” hookup, pitch trim indicator, etc. Part of the engine instruments too. Placards, brackets, gauges, throttle box, levers, cockpit lights, etc, all black. Cockpit sidewall interior gray-green. Dark brown center on knob that’s probably a lighting dimmer.

Looking aft at observer’s seat (a nice, dark brown shiny upholstery with modern belts, and no armor plate. Not exactly authentic 1940s. All structure interior gray-green, black panel for fuel cocks and engine cutouts. Fuel cock handles are black, cutout buttons are red. Black receptacle for observer’s headphones, hanging on a medium brown cable. Large multi-wire cables along observer’s side wall are covered in a glossy black material.

Looking straight up at the canopy roof escape hatch- canopy metal framework is all interior gray-green inside, except for the actual hatch, which has a black frame, and the canopy frames that the hatch touches, which are all yellow.

Low angle of pilot’s seat and sidewall. All seat structure is black, with black or very dark cushions. In this picture the engine supercharger instructions placard looks distinctly brown. Root Beer color. Photo-flash intense light and age are the likely cause.

In bomb aimer’s station, looking forward, out the nose transparency. Everything is interior gray-green protective paint, except clear windows, a black rubber hose carrying dry air to the sandwich-construction bombardier’s “flat” window.


A pretty nicely restored B-35 cockpit. The condition of the trim wheel at the bottom of the column that supports the pilots instruments shows why I think this is a restoration. So its nice and clean and you’d like to hope the colors are mostly original, cleaned up, or touched-up/repainted with originals as references.


A nice view up past the pilot’s seat, showing the vacuum system control, details of the seat and its mounting to the bulkhead.


Here’s the pilot’s sidewall, showing trim indicator, engine and propeller controls, misc.. stuff.


This is a recently ( 2005) built fuselage in New Zealand, the second they produced. This electrical box looks very much like the photographs of 1940s production Mosquitos. I say we give them credit for getting the colors right, just as they so clearly got the shapes right.

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This is a fighter-bomber (F Mk-26, XXVI) fuselage, with a slightly different rudder pedal box than the bomber version.

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This is a refurbished instrument panel, hydraulics, etc, from NZ2308

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The left side of this picture shows the bomb switch panels

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Original radio transmitter and reciever.

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Phillip Treweek has hundreds of very, very nice images of historic airplanes- from in flight to in the bilges. Civil and military, new and old. Replica Fokker Dr-1s to F-111s and F/A-18s, major airliners.

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Philip Treweek’s photos:

NZ2305 F 40 converted to T-43, sold from Oz to NZ
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NZ2328 FB6.
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Not hugely restored, photo looking aft from entrance. Cockpit is partially stripped, partially disassembled. Dirty gray-green. Intercom and related electrical stuff black with grey/beige cables. Fore and aft trim indicator is black. Control stick is black on both sides.area under the glare shield is interior gray green. Fuel cocks and one cutout button visbile, but not vaccuum control or whatever that other selector is. Engine control torque rods visible behind pilot’s seat.

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looking straight across from entrance at instrument panel, stick, rudder pedals in same stripped/disassembled state as fmead14.html above. It looks un-restored or at least maintained as built, so wooden pieces are interior gray green, as is seat and related structure. Instrument panel faces are black, rudder pedal yokes are aluminum paint. Cable bundle running across behind the instrument panel is in white/cream wrapping, other cables black, gray, dirty silver? Tubing for instruments and controls is dull aluminum or silver paint. The handle of the control stick appears to be bare metal under a black finish which has worn and cracked off.

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Another un-restored, maintained as built example, and not as dusty or disassembled as NZ2328. Wooden structure is interior gray-green, rudder pedals silver paint, control column black, throttle box black, black levers including parts that stick out the bottom. Relay rods to engine control torque tubes appear to be interior gray-green. Push-button at aft edge of throttle box is either black or missing, I think missing. I’d expected red. Radio control box and compass case are dark gray, Radio box has black over silver id plate, centered, and gray cable that connects to the back. Radio box and throttle box have crinkle finish, semi-matte, unlike control column which is semi-gloss and smooth.

Dark redish brown floor under pilot’s feet, Dark gray leather(?) rubber(?) over moving parts the control column sticks up from, between dark red foot-boards. Elevator control rod from control column to elevator trim mix appears to be aluminum paint. Left most, larger, inner, friction adjust knob has aged to dark orange. Smaller, outer, right hand friction knob is black. Seat height adjustment lever is chipped black finish over natural metal, with bright red pushbutton at the top, push to unlock probably. Glycol de-icing fluid pump handle and body are shiny natural metal, Sanitary tank or possibly first aid kit under seat is interior gray-green over redish primer

Oh, pure gold! Observer’s sidwall, looking back and up from entrance.
Black electrical boxes. Black knobs and bell-shaped bases for… lamp dimmers? Black gauge and control on a black bracket at the lower back corner of the sidewall electrical box. Black electrical gizmo (terminal strip, ??) has receptacle for observer’s intercom. Dirty white cable bundles along sidewall, with darker brown discoloration like caramel stripe in ice-cream. Bare metal connectors where cables meet sidewall box. Gray individual wires in harness the dips down and then rises over entrance hatch. Dark gray oxygen hose. Wide yellow stripe over entrance hatch. Some sort of gray, crinkle finish metal box next to observer’s leg cushion- trailing antenna winch?

More gold, looking back at observer’s and pilot’s seats, with original-looking harness. Big radio box on shelf in back. Dark upholstery on observer’s cushions and pilot’s cushions- black or dark brown color. Original???

Inside of crew hatch- interior green, Beware of propellers red letters on white, solid yrllow latch handle, brown leather loop at top of door rib, etc

The compliment to #9, this shows the pilot’s side up to the canopy frame, seat, sidewall, etc. Wooden surfaces all int. gray-green, Prop knobs same orange as larger friction knob, control stick semigloss black, everything screwed to sidewall is black or dark gray. Tube that carries emergency harness release is light gray/translucent

Looking sligfhtly forward to the instruments and controls Interior gray green, black, dark gray.Orange knobs on throttle box, red prop feathering buttons, seat adjustment lever unlock button. Black, white, gray, wires and cables

FB Mk VI NZ2336, Box B, various stuff on the Navigator/Observer’s sidewall- this is a GREAT photo- you can see the bare metal over what might be trailing wire antenna, I think I see a crank on it. The whiteish tubing that the various wire bundles are collected in is aging and discoloring, but very clearly a light color, with silver or natural metal connectors where they attach to Box B. There is also a dimmer and an instrument lamp, and a short cable with a 1/4″ female connector for the headphones/mic. AND the twin red buttons to destroy the IFF and/or radar key components (magnetron?)

Spitfire spares

Flickr Mosquito cockpit pix:
DH Mosquito cockpit shot
low angle view of whole instrument pannel. Very clear.

DH Mosquito cockpit shot LH instrument pane
Engine instruments, throttes and propeller control, stick, dimmers, compass.

DH Mosquito looking rearwards from navigator's seat
Navigator’s back armor, 1154 Transmitter/receiver, Direction finding looop hanging inside canopy.

This is a look down toward the rudder pedals, showing the low instrument panel, etc. You can see the wingnut and spool assembly that locks the two rudder pedals together to immobilize the rudder.

Full instrument panel, A fighter-bomber, I’d guess, since there’s the bomb interval stuff on the center pedestal, This is a really nice photo, of a possibly un-restored example.


Lower instrument panel and obvserver’s side. Bomb controls, rudder pedals some kind of drift sight or other complex aparatus.

Nice view of a fighter version’s pilot’s sidewall, from compass back to the person sitting in the seat

These next two are (C) Andrew Critchell. The watermarks further say lRPS http://www.aviationphoto.co.uk
Dave Hall’s 1:1 scae Mosquito crew compartment replica. This is not an actua Mosquito, as you can see from the former rings in the bombardier’s compartment, and the absence of cables, hoses, rods, levers, etc. I think this is extremely cool and I’d love to experience it. But its like a big RC model or super detailed static scale model. You
can get an idea how the builder(s) think it should look. Not a primary source, but a secondary source for sure.

My de Havilland Mosquito cockpit drawings:

Mosquito Pr/B Mk IV cockpit and nose This is the set of drawings, on Flickr

de Havilland 98 Mosquito B Mk IV Cockpit Port side 12

My Mosquito crew compartments port side drawing

Mosquito Cockpit Stbd, colored - in

My Mosquito crew areas starboard drawing

My Mosquito from seats forward cockpit drawing

My Mosquito cockpit nose-on drawing

/4332165664/in/set-72157623358284910/”>Forward view (as if looking forward from the wing spar)
Aft view (into the nose transparency)

Other Mosquito cockpit information I’m looking for:

(I wrote this note to the nice folks at http://www.warbirdrestoration.com, who have a huge stash of Mosquito documents and sell scans of ’em for UKP 5 each or UKP 600 for the whole set of 6000 (!). Now if I only had 600 UK Pounds I didn’t need…. Anyway, I thought this explained what I’m looking for and hope to find pretty well and so I’m putting a copy here in case someone else who has any of this information might find it.)

If *you* have a stash of de Havilland Mosquito engineering and production drawings, perhaps we can make an arrangement…

I’m looking for Mosquito B/PR Mk IV cockpit reference drawings. Dimensions wouldn’t hurt but aren’t required. My purpose is to produce as complete as possible a modeller’s reference drawing, for scale models from 1/12 to 1/144. Not for a replica cockpit, or large scale flying model, or building my own Mosquito in the basement.

One or more general-arangements showing structure, glued-in and screwed-in equipment/structures and bolted/clipped/snapped-in furnishings (seat, emergency O2 bottles, fire axe, etc) would be great. Something showing the momocoque, decks, bulkheads, rudder pedal box and “ferrule” locations would be very worthwhile. Port, starboard, from above, from the front, from the rear views would be useful. Sections at the plane of the instrument panel, bulkhead between bomb bay and cockpit, cockpit side of the front spar and cockpit aft bulkhead would be great.
Individual part drawings for Junction Box B, Junction Box C, the emergency Oxygen bottle and observer’s elbow cushion assembly at the forward edge of the starboard fuselage half, the Pilot’s controls, Observer/Navigator’s Controls, Observer/Navigator’s plotting board, the Vaccuum bottle rack below the window in the port nose compartment, the little plywood and bungee cord signal cartige holders, electrical subsystem, wiring installation, flight, engine and navigation instrument installation, hydraulic subsystem, pnenumatic subsystem, intercom, radio, lighting, oxygen and ventelation subsystems… I have The Mosquito Manual so I have the isometric views that show the fuselage, wings, and everything installed. I’m hoping to not have to enlarge and redraw the cockpit parts of those and then laboriously add information from photographs.

Obviously engineering drawings are a fiction to some extent- what was actually built and flown was a fuselage shell as formed by the hard tooling, with individual bits and pieces attached per tooling, drawing or Mk 1 worker-eyeball. I would not be surprised that there is no drawing that shows everything, I’m expecting to have to draw it, not just find it, but there must be a drawing (or a succession) for the shell with all glued and/or perminantly fastened structure. More than likely its schematic in nature- relative locations and or dimentions correct but the fine scale shape only generally accurate. Accurate, dimensioned bits and pieces would be specified separately.

Since I don’t have enough money to buy a complete set, I depend on you to evaluate what you have and make recomendations. Obviously I’ll run out of money before I run out of interest (grin). I imagine a good start would be 5-10 images, UKP25-50 + shipping. I’ll be happy to let you know what helps and what doesn’t, should you want to keep a list of likely answers to this kind of question. If you’ve already done this, say, for other modelers, or Cutting Edge, Eduard or Cooper Details, perhaps you have a list of recomended images already?

Many thanks, in advance!

Here’s a low-quality scan of my best drawings to date, I need to make a better scan, but I also need to incorporate all the pix I turned up at http://www.mossie.org&#8230; this is far from my final drawing!


Monogram de Havilland Mosquito, kit problems, cockpit/interior colors

Hi friends,

I have always thought Mosquitos were Pretty Darn Cool. I’m also an avid model builder and enmeshed in the coils of a typical “Advanced Modeler’s Syndrome” (AMS) situation I’m attempting to build a reasonably accurate 1/48 B/PR Mk IV (series II) from the old Monogram kit. (hahahaha! Yes, I now have the Tamiya B/PR Mk IV… its a long story.)

I’m hoping to build DZ411 in its BOAC markings.

Putting the kit parts up against templates from scale plans revealed the following problems, all no doubt known but I’ll list them anyway:

* Fin and Rudder about 1/4″ (6mm) too tall. (Either Modeller’s Datafile or AeroDetail give a correction drawing…)
* Horizontal Stabilizers not wide (span) enough.
* Fuselage is too square in cross-section.
* Fuselage is .140″ or about 3.5mm too NARROW, though wing tips are the right distance apart.
* Cockpit, bomb bay, nose compartment not quite the right shape, under detailed, inaccurate.
* Main and tail wheel wells are completely empty except for gear legs. Main gear well should have bulkheads fore and aft, engine oil tanks, gear retraction mechanisms, ribs and spars visible. And underside skin as well as the inside of the topside skin visible. Tail wheel should have a mud-guard inside the well.
* Main gear legs rake too far forward. Mud-guards have one, large, stiffening rib, should have two, large, ribs
* Propellers too small in diameter.
* Pilot and observer seats are the same- should be different! Nose compartment interior entirely fanciful. Rectangular windows in the wrong place and oddly shaped. Nose transparency to fuselage joint 1/8″ or more in the wrong place.

So far I’ve

> widened the fuselage 0.040 by inserting a strip of styrene between the two halves
> started to approximate a cockpit using styrene stock, the True Details Mk II/Mk IV resin set, and 3 parts from the kit, the two fuselage halves and the bomber control yoke!
> inserted bulkheads fore and aft of the main gear door cutout
> Added wing ribs, underside skin and spars in one main gear well
> made a couple of trivial oil tanks for the gear wells
> sawn off the rudder and fin (oops- I can now see it can be trimmed as it sits)
> Figured out how to stretch the horizontal stabilizers: cut the top and bottom halves but not at the same spot, so one side overlaps the cut on the other side. Insert styrene stock to fill.
> schemed how to scab 0.05″ on the outside of each fuselage half if I decide to, while preserving the original wing root location. (Have to cut through extra for the wing… ugly…
> Considering improving the main gear legs
> Ignoring that the nacelles may be too close to the fuselage and thus props too small (should be 12 feet 0 inches, 3 inches in 1/48 scale)- I haven’t measured them or the spacing yet!
> bought two sets of resin exhausts (5 on a side) to use to fake-up the 6-on-a-side on the outside setup my reference pictures show
> Got the BOAC markings for an FB VI, mostly corrrect for the B/PR Mk IV.
> schemed how to widen the nose and canopy clear parts and either use them as is or vac-form replacements over them…
> started drawing the plans I can’t find for the cockpit and wheel wells.

And that brings us to the questions I’m hoping someone has answers for:

Fire Extinguisher Color:
I count 3 fire extinguishers one clipped between access holes on the front of the rudder pedal box, one clipped near the floor at the Observer’s feet, one clipped to the Port cabin wall for the pilot to use. What * C O L O R * would 1941-1945 RAF cockpit extinguishers be? The rare, old, item in a surviving airframe is a brownish dull red is that weathering or correct?
An informant tells me the fire extinguisher was copper on the outside weathered to reddish brown, like a penny.

Emergency Oxygen tank Color:
The box/rack visible from the front on the starboard side of the nose contains emergency/portable oxygen. The main tanks in the fuselage are black. What * C O L O U R * are the emergency O2 bottles, 1941-1945?
From pictures I’ve found subsequently, I’d say black works, as does silver (aluminum).

Emergency/Portable Oxygen bottles appear to have a pressure gauge and valve. Colors? Appearance? Any detailed photos somewhere?

Regular oxygen flows from six tanks in the aft fuselage through valves at each crew station and into “Economizer, Oxygen Mk II”s. Are there two of these, one for each, or 3, one for each seat and one for the nose? – Ah, got this one. I can see from all my photo references that there are two and only two Economizers in a Mosquito cockpit. One for the Pilot, one for the Observer. I suppose the BOAC birds carried an extra one for the passenger. What an Economizer, Oxygen, is is a boxed version of the little plastic sack between the source hose and the mask on your emergency oxygen masks on airliners the Economizer is a place where oxygen can gather while you are not inhaling there’s a non-return valve that closes when you’re not inhaling, and the old oxygen systems such as the one in the Mosquito weren’t actually demand systems you set the knob for a given flow rate. Without the economizer, what you didn’t breathe in would simply dump into the cockpit, hence the name “economizer”.

Anyway,  I’ll post these answers on the Mosquito forum tomorrow.

What colour are the hoses which carry O2 treated breathing air?
Couldn’t be easier they’re all around the cockpit. They’re white.

The floor-boards between the pilot’s seat and the rudder pedals look smooth and reddish-brown phenolic board? A wood product? Have I got that color right? Still seems like dark brown, I’m going with it.

The throttle has two levers outboard, on the far left, which have round, black, knobs. There are two levers inboard, on the far right of the throtle quadrant which have square, often orange yellow handles. The quadrant itself seems black, with bare aluminum trim and placards, and a red button on the inside (toward the pilot) at the back end.
Are those colors correct for 1941-1945? Is the yellow-orange for real? I’d still like to know.

In the aft part of the engine nacelle, the rear spar cuts diagonally across the bay containing the main gear when retracted. Are the two radius rods that anchor the gear to the rear spar the same length, or do they stagger to match the slant of the spar? Still not sure (reason suggests they’re the same so they hinge the same… but I’ve seen a photo of at least one wheel well showing these to be silver in color same “Aluminum” paint as the rest of the landing gear.

Along the aft bulkhead, does the aft bulkhead come down vertically, parallel to the sides of the opening for the wheels? NO! It comes down at a slant, the bay is slightly larger at the bottom than at the top (top is top)

I have more questions, but this is a good start. There are still some questions there, but I’ve got most of it.