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Mark 1 Models 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 14:35
by MerlinJones
In-box review here.

"Work begins in the cockpit" is the traditional refrain for larger scales and it's great to be able to say the same of 1/144 kits today. Seat, instrument panel and an exquisitely moulded control column furnish the tiny office.

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The Observer also gets a nice, sturdy seat to rest upon;

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Needdless to say, but I'll say it anyhow...all fitted very snugly;

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Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 14:41
by MerlinJones
The Mk1 Beaufighter was armed with four cannon under the nose and six machine guns in the wing. These were arranged with four in the starboard wing and two in the port, the asymmetry necessary because of the port landing light. Mark 1 have provided this arrangement, possinle probably only because of the quality of the plastic and their moulding.

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No drilling was required, although if I'd been careless with the glue...
Likewise, some thought has gone into the design of the wing-fuselage joint and the result is a gap-free join, with the correct dihedral added to the wing;

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On the Mk.1, the tail planes were horizontal and pins and holes facilitate a good join in this area;

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Moving onto the engines, Mark 1 were not content to fob us off with vague cylinders embossed on a disc. Instead, they give us two sets of nicely moulded cylinders per engine, encased with a very finely moulding cowling.

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Similar attention was given to the undercarriage;

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Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:22
by MerlinJones
On the old (1950s) Airfix kit, that protrusion at the rear of the nacelle was just a blob. It was omitted entirely from both FROG and Matchbox kits. Whilst I appreciate that we're some 50 years on, it's good to see that this vent has been properly included.
...And the detail on the inner faces of the undercarriage bay doors is also there.

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Two types of exhaust are offered and the one I'm building uses these;

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Besides being very clear, the canopy was a perfect fit.

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Some new kits have gimmicks. I wouldn't call transparent wing tips a gimmick...more like a dashed good idea.

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Yes, I know that there should just be a tiny little red or green bulb in there, but what the heck. :P

Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:51
by smeg1959
I'm beginning to salivate ... ;)

Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 17:09
by MerlinJones
Humbrol H224 and H123 applied, with H171 for the exhaust and collecting rings, H90 underneath;

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I then gave it a coat of Klear and then added the decals, which behaved beau-tifully!

Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 17:11
by MerlinJones
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.1C, No.236 Squadron, RAF, Wattisham Airfield, Spring, 1942

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Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 17:13
by MerlinJones
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I really REALLY do want more!

'Nuff said.

Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 16:15
by MerlinJones
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Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 21:53
by smeg1959
Definitely looking at adding a few Beaus to the display cabinet in the hopefully not-too-distant. Lovely!!! :mrgreen:

Re: Sneak Peek-Mark 1 1/144 Bristol Beaufighter Mk1

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:24
by Mark_W
Very nice!