**** DONE: Beaufighter Mk 1F 219 Sqn RAF

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  1. jamierd

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    #1 jamierd, Aug 24, 2010
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    on 25th october 1940 Beaufighter R2097 flown by Sgt hogkinson+sgt Benn claimed the first of 11 kills in Beaufighters and the first ever kill by a Beaufighter, aircraft was coded FK_ still searching for that last letter although i am told its possible the aircraft was not marked with codes yet.I am going to make my first attempt at scratch building though not to the extent Airframes went with his Beau in the earlier group build.The kit itself is very easy only 85 or so parts. so i am going to attempt to improve the cockpit a little possibly a few other little bits to will deal with them as i come to them though .
     

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    That's going to be another biggie Jamie.
     
  3. jamierd

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    its all part of my plan fill the house with big models and move the kids into the garden shed models dont make half as much noise
     
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    Nice one Jamie, and BIG!!
    I wish I could get away with that! My son's bedroom use to be my model room before he came along and I was exiled to the back porch to sweet in the summer and freeze in the winter!
     
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    It was either move to the back room where I couldn't be seen or heard or my models melted...looks good!
     
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    I have a great thing going on here as terry has already done this kit everything i need to know is on his thread at least as far as scratch building goes anyway
     
  7. Airframes

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    Nice one Jamie. The kit goes together well and, considering its age, is rather good. It'll be nice to see the early night fighter in this scale mate, and if you need any help/references etc, just shout.
    As long as you change the bulkhead position in the cockpit, you can get away with minimal detailing and it'll look sound, especially if the canopy roof is closed.
    I'd need to check, but I think even these early aircraft had the 'porcupine' exhausts, and the 'Quickboost' sets (two types, short and long) are excellent, and great value for money.
     
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    my exhausts have just arrived they look good.which way am i moving the bulkhead and how far lol. i have got hold of 5 books so far
    Beaufighter in action squadron signal
    Beaufighter aces of WWII airaces
    Bristol Beaufighter camoflage and markings
    Beaufighter12 profile
    The bristol beaufighter sam modellers datafile
     
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    That last book is a great reference, although I only have some pages Jan sent me. I'll need to have a look at the instruction sheet, but from what I remember, the bulkhead up front needs to be moved further back at least, even if the entrance well isn't modelled. Also, the bulkheads in the Observer's station didn't exist - this was open. Have a look at the pics of the internal fittings on my model, to give you an idea of what's needed, and if you need more info, just ask.
     
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    had a look seems to be a half height buklhead behind the pilot seat and the main bulkhead about an inch further back
     
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    Looking good. Is that for the BOB GB ?
     
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    Yep, the half bulkhead comes up to just below the top of the pilot's seat. The main bulkhead, with the armour-plated doors, is in line with the first (forward) fuselage transit joint, which is moulded on the outside of the fuselage halves. If you decide to add any internal detail in the rear fuselage, note that the Mk1 didn't have the ammo tanks for the cannons, as in my model. The guns were drum fed (each weighing 60 pounds !), with the drums being loaded onto each cannon through the floor (or lack of !). Extra magazine drums were stored on the sides of the fuselage, and were changed by the Observer.
    To be honest, unless the rear upper escape hatch is open, not much can be seen of the interior, especially looking forward, and if the forward bulkhead doors are closed (as they are on the kit part), no light gets through to the mid-section anyway, so you can get away with a lot - or more correctly, with nothing !
     
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    Look forward to your build mate...should be easy with Terry in the Observers seat !:D
     
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    1/32? Great choice!
     
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    Jamie, that is going to be one huge machine and a nice selection.
     
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    Better reinforce the shelf it's gonna sit on......and maybe make it a bit bigger!:D:D
     
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    well here is my first real attempt at scratch building many thanks to airframes for his earlier masterclass
     

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    Great stuff Jamie ! Just the rear section to do now then ! With the rear hatch closed, and the seat facing aft, not much can be seen of the inside, so it should make life easier -- I think about 70% of my build was taken up with the bl**dy interior !!
     
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    Real nice job Jamie!
     
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