AntSizedMan wrote:Cool news about the Beaufighter, had a look at the casting on your site and the detail looks fantastic.
Had search to see if i could find a guide but no luck, be fanatastic if you could make them available, especially the Blenheim. Really like the Blenheim as it was my 3rd kit built as a child after the spitfire and Hurricane, airfix maybe.
My recollection of 1/72nd scale Blenheims in the Good Ol' Days is that Frog did a Mk I or Mk IB and Airfix did a Mk IV. Of course, Frog disappeared into the ether but the Airfix Blenheim survives to this day. Both versions have been done in 1/144 - Atlas Editions have a diecast Mk IV in Free French camo, whilst Diverse Images issued limited editions in pewter of a Mk I of No. 62 Squadron and two Mk IV's, one from No. 114 Squadron, the other from the same Free French as the Atlas item. All three are well and truly OOP, and the Diverse Images' releases command very high prices (around 70 quid on evilBay).
Both companies are also responsible for the lion's share of Beauforts in 1/144, too. The Diverse Images' Mk I is finished as the No. 42 Squadron aircraft that FO Campbell flew in an attack on the Gneiseneau
in Brest harbour. Campbell was killed in the attack and was awarded the VC posthumously. The Atlas variant is a Mk IB finished as a Coastal Command bird, although the colours look decidedly odd in the photos I've seen. Again, both are OOP. I recall Bruce Scott telling me about a 1/144 Beaufort made by Airspede, but I've never seen photos of one.
I know Bruce has the Atlas version, so he may be able to comment on the accuracy (or otherwise) of both model and finish.
There's a nice set of Blenheim 3-views on Wikipedia you can download (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Bristol_Blenheim.png
) which make an interesting contrast with those for the Beaufighter (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/Bristol_Beaufighter.svg
). The linage from Blenheim to Beaufort to Beaufighter is certainly apparent and the wing sections look similar, but I'd like to see the three superimposed as Moresby's profiles suggest decided differences, irrespective of the profiles being drawn to different scales.
And I'll place advance orders for both Blenheim and Beaufort, Peter!
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