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PostPosted: Fri 17 Feb 2017 19:02 pm 
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Ratch wrote:
Could the Mossie have been constructed in metal :?: Wasn't it's wooden construction done for expediency :shrug:
Well, conservation of materials in short supply.

Yes, absolutely it could have been constructed in metal. But then it's a completely new design, isn't it?

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Feb 2017 19:38 pm 
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Ratch wrote:
Wasn't it's wooden construction done for expediency


The design was conceptualised in 1938, I think wooden construction was chosen because DH were familiar with the timber technology that would be used in the Mosquito construction and they had no particular track record of building aircraft in metal. The surface of the Mosquito is incredibly clean, something you couldn't achieve with metal skin and the cleanness is one of the keys to its staggering performance.

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DH were familiar with the timber technology that would be used in the Mosquito construction and they had no particular track record of building aircraft in metal.
Given that the DH 95 Flamingo was Britain's first all-metal aeroplane, it's probably fair to say that no manufacturer had a particular track record, but if any did, then it might be DH :)

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Being wood did give the Mossie a particularly low radar signature (sort of early stealth), so a metal version would have been more visible to air defences (and heavier, therefore slower, and even more lethal if an engine failed on takeoff?). Not so sure it would have been a great idea - after all, there were a lot of other conventional (metal) twins, but very few with comparable performance.

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The Mosquito wasn't the last DH Aircraft to have wooden construction. The Vampire also utilised the same construction on the nose and cockpit area.

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Given that the DH 95 Flamingo was Britain's first all-metal aeroplane, it's probably fair to say that no manufacturer had a particular track record, but if any did, then it might be DH :)


It was DH's first. I can think of a number of stressed skin construction machines from Brit manufacturers prior to the 95 that first flew in December 1938, after the Mosquito had been sketched out.

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Oops. I was wrong :)

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The Mosquito was a De Havilland Private Venture project which was allowed because of the wood design. This was classified as a Non-Strategic material and could utilize many of the work force of were in the wood industry which it actually did when it went into production. This only happened when the 'Private Venture' prototype was demonstrated to the Air Ministry and showed it was almost as maneuverable as a Spitfire and 'at the time' was faster than the Spitfire. The initial order was for a fast bomber, but all of that order got changed to be for PR use. Then the Night-Fighter order followed. The Mosquito was used as a bomber escort, they followed the bomber streams into Germany and picked off the German night-fighters that were attacking the bombers frequently. All you have to do to find out is to read the book 'Mosquito' by Sharp & Bowyer to find all the details. The book is forwarded by Geoffrey De Havilland himself. BTW, try to find the 'Edited' version. The Ultimate Mosquito though was the DH101 Napier Sabre engined design. This was to be able to carry 10,000 lbs of bombs, 8,000 lb in the bomb bay and one 1,000 lber under each wing. It would have been about 1.2 times bigger than the DH98 Mosquito.
Here's a photo of the size difference. I have a set of drawings that Tony Buttler sent me after this profile appeared in an Air-Britain Militaria issue and I started asking questions about it. I have a build started but it's a long term project as most of it has to be drawn first. To build a 1/72 version of it, you would need a 1/60 scale Mosquito as a base. However, most of it is quite different even though it looks similar
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@Tractorplovdiv - Thanks; I'd never seen a photo of those bomb racks before (or indeed any allied "heavy" with external bomb racks).

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Glide bombs like the GB-1 were carried externally.
https://sites.google.com/site/swampfire ... &width=320

The Disney Swish rocket bomb was also carried on the B17 racks.

The Bat & Azon guided bombs were carried under the wings of Liberators/Privateers.


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She was unique and did have a top speed of 425 mph though she couldnt mix it in a dog fight though my money would have been on a welkin or whirlwind if they had better engines as the whirlwind suffered with the perigrine which was unreliable, which was a shame as the aircraft had a thin chord so could have a chance in a tight turn and the mid situated tailplane. So there were others with potential though the range may have been a problem also due in part to having two not one. And yes wood was a quick fix but there are many reasons as to why the mosquito didnt go on escort duties we can only debate.


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