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Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.1

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Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.1

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I was surprised that, given this lovely kit is now out and among us, there wasn't already a review in here.
Hey ho...it's a hell of a job, but I suppose someone has to do it!

To begin with, this is clearly a 1/144 kit produced by someone who intends to treat 1/144 kits as proper kits, just like 1/72, 1/48 and bigger.
On my example, the plastic was flawless.
The engraved lines are evident, without being domineering.

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NOTE the side consoles in the cockpit, the beautifully formed props and the sensible approach of attaching the finely moulded undercarriage legs to the sprues. The doors are very finely rendered and as close to scale thickness as is practical...and look at those wheels...perfect.

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NOTE the two-part engines and the attention paid to the cowlings. I know it's been mentioned before, but it's worth noting the clipped wing tips...

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The transparencies are all very clear and the canopy framing is very nicely defined. Of note are the transparencies for the wing tips. That is a nice touch and I appreciate it muchly.
The decals, as we've come to expect from this company, are excellent in all respects. This is the "Coastal" boxing and I also appreciate how some thought has gone into the selection of options, with the RAF nicely represented, alongside one from Down Under and, to be different, an Italian.

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Unlike some companies, nothing appears to have been skimped on the instruction sheet, with clear diagrams a-plenty and colour call-outs throughout. No need for guesswork here.

Now I want to build it... :D
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Merlin

I think you posted the wing sprue twice, instead of showing the fuselage interiors?

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Close, Boss...but no banana!

I'll be giving close-ups of the cockpit and Observers area in a build-up, so to appear.

Of note, (now that I've assembled the wings), is that the asymmetric 6-gun arrangement is faithfully represented, thanks to very good, clean moulding of parts. I was unaware of the gun ports until I'd put the two wing halves together and lo and behold...there they were...outstanding!
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Being the "Coastal" boxing, would I be correct in assuming this makes it eligible for the current Group Build? If so, you will be extinguishing the life of a pair of members of the class Aves with one piece of mineral aggregate.
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"Mineral aggregate?"
"MINERAL AGGREGATE!?!"

You're not trying hard enough matey...especially when you've got Mick, Keef, Ron and Charlie to consider! :mrgreen:

My dilemma is that this kit is intended for magazine reviews. I have some leeway, because it's a privately acquired item, but generally, stuff in reviews should not have previously been on public display and should remain out of sight until after publication. :?
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Build it, keep the photos out of sight until you do the review for SAMI then post your progress shots here. With your inimitable wit, of course! ;)
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Of course, I have another and could build that, take slightly different photos and just post those in the GB sans words...after all, a picture apparently paints a thousand of 'em.
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I've just started one (actually a Mk.Ic) and the only negative aspects I've noticed is that the detail in some areas, like the engine, is a bit soft but worse, while the u/c doors have lovely inner detail, the bays themselves are completely void!!! On top of that, there are NO location holes for the legs!!! The u/c bays are the only places where the F-Toys kits beat these hands down!

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Correction: I've just noticed that the engine firewalls have a structure upon or against which you place the forward main u/c legs. I still find it flimsy :roll: .

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You've seen this?
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