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New Airfix Beaufighter

June 3, 2016 in Aviation

Here are a few pictures of the new Airfix 1:72 TF10 Beaufighter which I built for the new issue of Airfix Model world Magazine. Terry Higgins provided lots of invaluable research towards this build and the magazine features a supplement on these late Beaufighters by Terry. The kit is superb, it practically builds itself. I added some Eduard details to add a bit of extra detail to the kit. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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25 responses to New Airfix Beaufighter

  1. With every new release Airfix is raising the bar!!! Would love to have a new Airfix 1/48 scale version of the Beaufighter (or the Supermarine Swift). Alan you did an amazing job on this one!!! Will definitely buy the Airfix mag for more photos of this model and the supplement on the late Mark Beaufighters.

  2. Looks great !! A for cry from my old Frog kit.

  3. Nice work, Alan. Panel fading looks spot-on.

    • Thanks Rob, took quite a while to get that look, Terry provided a lot of photos and I worked from one of the actual aircraft and photos of several others on the Squadron to get something which was representative.

      • Were the panels this obvious? I love the work you’ve done, but in 1/72 would panel lines be visible?

        • Thanks Bryan, its all about how you view the build. Remember you are viewing the model close up here whereas really we view them from about two or three feet away. The paintwork is done to be viewed at that distance. In 1:72 you need to enhance the contrast a bit to make things stand out a bit at normal viewing distance.

  4. Outstanding workmanship, Alan….it’s plain to see why the magazine chose you for the build.

  5. Alan, beautiful job.
    Such a great hulking brute of an aircraft! Some were being used as target tow aircraft in the Far East into the 50s!

  6. Nice job, Alan. I love that scheme on the TFX. I did my 1/48 Tamiya in that scheme with decals for 455 RAAF Sq. from Southern Sky Decals in Oz.

    Again, great work!

  7. Very nice! Love the Beaufighter – just looks like it means business.

  8. That’s a nice Beaufighter. I haven’t built an Airfix kit in years and this has rekindled my interest in them.

  9. Wholly Molly, is that nice!
    California Steve

  10. Really nice Alan, always had a fondness for the Porpoise nose Beaufighter. I keep hearing good things about the new Airfix kits,but have concerns about the panel line depth. Whats your opponion on that ?

    • Thanks Terry. I never worry about panel lines.I think people make far, far too much of this. If people find them a bit big, use a lighter wash and that will make them less prominent. I think Airfix are fairly consistent these days, I don’t have an issue with any of the current kits and I’ve built most of them.

  11. Well done, Alan, another excellent build of yet another great new kit from Airfix.

  12. Nice build & paint..
    Like you beau..

  13. Master Modeler.
    The finish in incredible fine.

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