1/72 scale Hasegawa Beaufighter MK VI
This model was built 11 years and was one of the first 1/72 scale projects I completed in this scale. After years of thinking 1/48 scale was the only thing worth building I was presently surprised how much fun this scale could be, especially now that a lot of company’s are putting out some wonderful kits. It also saves a lot of space in the Man cave.
I had no problems at all with this kit. Every part fit perfect.
I chose an MTO aircraft flown by an So. African Squadron, thus the simple paint scheme.
A little pre-shading and post weathering was done with Model master enamels. The gun barrels were bored out for the tail gun and the lower mounted cannons. An antenna wire was added, and custom seatbelts made from leaded foil and small gauge wire.
I did notice one thing in particular about this model, and that is how solid it is when competed. Its surprisingly heavy, for such a small model. What I didn’t realize at the time I completed it was how important that solidness would be. The first contest/show I took it too, I watched in horror as a small child reach out onto the contest table and crabbed my beloved Beafighter. The damaged was minor, just the antenna wire and the rear canopy. An easy fix, as it turned out, but I’m not sure too many other models could have survived this brutal attack.
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