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Beacon Models - new 144th Battle of Britain range

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This just popped up on my Instagram feed.

Designed by Bryan Wall from Wingnut Wings this will apparently be a collection of planes designed for modellers and wargamers. Initial release will be through Kickstarter (standard for most wargames these days), doesn't say if the kits will come to retail in the future.

Sounds pretty promising, I'm sure we can all give them a shopping list of types to produce!

First model announced is the Spitfire Mk. 1 above.

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Will should be popping along to the forum shortly to spread the word.... Also, dont worry he has a long list of BoB kits ;)

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A good early Spit (and this one seems to look very good) and a not so troublesome BF-109E - plus a couple of others :mrgreen: will definitely be very welcome. Although I would be even more happy about something less mainstream. But I understand the business idea, of course!
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I'm guessing if the initial release is 4 planes.

A Spit Mk1
Bf109E

Hurricane Mk1
Ju-87B

I'll definitely sign up for several of the first two.

Now the latter will already be in many modeller's stash, but a Stuka without required etch (as per Eduard) would definitely be of interest to some and the Sweet Hurricanes are generally only for sale on the secondary market in the UK.

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This is fantastic news.
A decent Bf 110C would be a great addition too. Fingers crossed!

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Wow. Christmas come early for me. I’m in it for the Spits all the way.

It’s too much to hope for but a BP Defiant or Blenheim - or even a decent Battle (even less likely with Zvezda competition) - would be beyond brilliant.

Great news.

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ID19 wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 18:30
A good early Spit (and this one seems to look very good) and a not so troublesome BF-109E - plus a couple of others :mrgreen: will definitely be very welcome. Although I would be even more happy about something less mainstream. But I understand the business idea, of course!
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It's also a shame that one of the most representative fighter planes of all the time doesn't have a good model of its Mark 1 (and Mark V!). I hope their Kickstarter will raise all the funds, I'm definitely in for Spitfire, 109, and Stuka.

If they will not do, I will produce the Mark 1 with Heroes Models, this lack must be filled (I already had this idea but I expected someone starts to do it in plastic finally).

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Hopefully I'm not stealing Will's thunder before he gets to post here, but here's the list of aircraft as per his comment on reddit:
We're planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign in late autumn, and the idea is that we'll be developing a complete collection in one box. Depending on how much backing we get, we're planning to develop the following kits which will be included in the box collection:

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A

Hawker Hurricane Mk.1

Bolton Paul Defiant Mk.1

Bristol Blenheim Mk.1F

Messerschmitt BF109E-4

Messerschmitt BF110C

Junkers Ju87 Stuka

Junkers Ju88

Dornier Do17

Heinkel He111
Super excited to see the Blenheim, Ju 88 and Bf 110 on there. I'll have to finish off my old Crown Ju 88/Bf 110/He 111 kits so I can justify buying some more WW2 twinnies!

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Definitely count me in on this. A Blenheim would be a dream come true.

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Hi All!

Boy, this escalated quickly!! You can say what you like about the dark side of social media but their algorthims are incredibly effective!!

Much of what I've told people through DM on insta has already been said here. Bryan's name and the wingnut connection are certainly a huge reassurance for people, it would seem. But to toot my own horn just a little, I've been designing plastic kits for over ten years too, and I've done dozens of kits for the Flames of War and Team Yankee ranges in particular. So together we're a pretty effective design team!

The plan as has been mentioned is a kickstarter initially - we're primarily interested in the scale models market but there's so much crossover with the tabletop at 1/144 that we're designing with both markets in mind and will be produced box sets to suit both.

These will be available through as many distributors and retailers as possible once they are in production, as we have big plans to expand the 1/144 range as well as other subjects in other scales. My specialism has always been warships, and that's what I will likely pursue while Bryan focuses on aeromodels.

To tool all the models that we dream of tooling (as listed above) in one big Battle of Britain box, we will need to raise a lot of kickstarter money - we're still deciding whether to just do the Spit and 109 first and then the rest as a second kickstarter when we have a trusted track record of delivering. But there's no doubt that getting this in front of as many modelling eyes as possible with be the key, and you can really help us with that by liking and sharing our social media content, for which we will be sincerely and genuinely grateful :D!

Here's our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beaconmodels

and our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beacon_models/

We will post a link to our pre-launch Kickstarter page soon, where you will be able to create and account or login and get notification of when the campaign goes live.

We've been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reception, thank you all so much!

Will.

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