1:48th Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter Mk VIc

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  1. Loiner

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    #1 Loiner, Feb 21, 2011
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    I was going to stretch this out, but have ended up doing it all really quickly (for me), so here it is from beginning to end.

    The kit had the option of night fighter version (VIf) or Coastal Command version (VIc). I learned after much research that most of the night fighters were gone by late 1944 (replaced by NF Mosquitos), so as I wanted a late war Beau, went for the action packed Coastal Command version.

    The colour scheme was either the extra dark sea grey and dark slate grey camo upper with sky under, or the later extra dark sea grey all over upper with sky under, which looked much cooler i.m.o. and was used from '44 to after the war.

    While doing the research, I happened to be in Hendon in London so popped into the RAF museum for the first time ever, and what did they have there .. a Coastal Command Beau' in extra dark sea grey over sky! One of those amazing coincidences in life.

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    One item needing particular research was the material of the leading edge of the cowls, which many modellers portray in a bronze or copper colour, some in steel. My findings were that mostly the Bristol radial egine exhaust rings cowls were made from brass (although some were in steel), and quickly discoloured due to the heat as they were hollow exhaust collector rings.

    Anyway, the kit went together like a dream (as all my Tamiya kits have), good inside detail, very little filling to do, just the usual seem along the fuselage join and the wing joints, which came out really well after treatment. The cockpit and pilot didn't get an enormous amount of attention as they were going to be sealed in, so the finest details wouldn't be seen, but got a genarally good but quick going over. The masking and painting went well, the only difficulty was the decals played up a bit, which I normally don't have any problem with.

    All in all, I would say that despite being the largest aricraft I've built, it probably went the smoothest and easiest.

    Anyway, enough rambling, the build photos ...
     

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    Not bad...:thumbright:
     
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    Nice one! I seem to remember I had problems with the kit decals in the nightfighter kit.
     
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    great start Loiner.
     
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    Very nice work Loiner. I think I will have to get one of these eventually.:thumbright:
     
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    #8 Loiner, Feb 22, 2011
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    Thanks. I finished the kit at the weekend, including a new display base tailored to fit in the glass display cabinet, and just got these photos taken of the finished article. I made the base large enough to easily seat two aircraft, which can be switched around as required, so my put Mk IX Spit on this one with a few RAF extras ...
     

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    Just wondering, is the log white pipe shown inside the fuselage a heating system?
     
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    It appears to be a hot air duct with heat proof lagging (most likely asbestos fibre lagging), with the hot air probably fed from a heat exchanger heated from exhaust gases.

    As with a lot of internal detail, you can hardly see it in the finished model.
     
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    Nice work. And yes the duct was fed via the engine exhaust H/E, and ran to the observer's position in the rear.
     
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    very well done loiner.
     
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    Very very cool 8)
     
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    #16 Loiner, Feb 23, 2011
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    Thanks guys :)

    The display base was made from an old notice board. As I had two (and the wife was throwing them out when we moved house last year), I made the second one into a generic rough airfield parking area, which could be in the PTO. The two match in the display cabinet quite well.
     

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    lovely work , i have this kit and will be pleased if mine comes out half as well

    great idea with the notice board bases, you can often pick these up at "pound stores"
     
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