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1/48th Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter

March 10, 2015 in Aviation

I thought it was about time to build something with whirly things on the front, so I finished my newly-acquired Beaufighter – I’ve never built one of these before, but I figured I couldn’t mess up a Tamiya kit (wrong). There are two boarding access doors on the belly that were supposed to be ‘functional’, but I couldn’t figure out how to make ’em work correctly….oh well – they’re closed. Model Master SAC bomber tan over gray primer (works for me). I opted not to install the rocket assembly but always have that option should I change my mind. I was gonna do the tan/green camouflage pattern, but after the tan coat, I said to myself, “…you better quit while you’re [somewhat] ahead…”.

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24 responses to 1/48th Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter

  1. Nice build Craig, those access doors are a pain, I did the same as you and glued them shut.
    Well done sir.

  2. I’m with Simon. I glued mine shut too. I never like things that move on a model, apart from propellers. Great build. Looks very good.

  3. Craig,
    I like the Beaufighter and really like what you have done with this one.

  4. Nice work Craig / looks good. I too built one of these and like everyone else, my doors are closed. I think it looks better that way any way.

  5. Nice Beau – I’ve got a couple of 1/72 – gonna have to drag them out sooner or later and build ’em up! I really like the Beaufighter.

  6. beautiful model…even if the bottom should have been blue and the top two tone…you rascal

  7. touche…i always liked the way the copper shrouds stood proud on the aussie green and night black…how do you build so darned fast

  8. Nice build Craig, very clean.

  9. Lookin’ good, Craig ! I’ve had Beaus on the brain since I saw one in an ooooold Alan Ladd movie, “Paratrooper”. They tried to pass a yellow bottomed Beau off as a German aircraft. At least it was sitting on the tarmac with “Jerries” scrambling all over the place…..Ah, the good ol days !

  10. I’ve always liked the Beaufighter since building an Airfix 1/72 kit when I was a kid, but I’m sure it didn’t look anywhere as good as yours, another nicely turned out model.

    • Thank you, George… may not replicate an “actual” aircraft, but for my first-ever Beaufighter, it turned out a little better than I had hoped for. Top notch Tamiya quality – any issues encountered were self-inflicted. 🙁

  11. Congratulations Craig!! Nice plane and build- I also like the camouflage scheme

  12. Craig, great Beaufighter! SAC bomber tan comes in a rattlecan? I’m gonna get me some of that!

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