Tamiya’s 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter Mk VII
This is the later version of the several night fighter variants with the thimble nose. The model represents an aircraft from 604 Squadron, RAF, based at Church Fenton in 1943. Built straight out of the box except for a little scratch building to enhance the cockpit & a change of decals. Built in 2006, this model is lucky to have a spot in my family room with permission from the Household Authorities (to be fair, she has over twenty of her paintings on our walls!).
As I picked it up to dust, I noticed that the transparencies were a bit dull & that some of the weathering had worn off…so fresh Future & Prismacolor silver pencil, a touch of colour on the panel lines & a bit of pastel here & there along with some fresh photos & here it is.
Yes I have a Mk X in RAAF colours & another in the stash to build. There’s something about Beaufighters: big, pugnacious & ugly…Love ’em!
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