Revell 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter – under US$40.00, free shipping from UK, arrived in a week
For fellow Americans who have been tearing their hair trying to track down the new Revell Beaufighter, there are several sellers on eBay with prices under US$40.00 (got this one for $37.50) including FREE SHIPPING from the UK! This one just arrived 20 minutes ago, a week after ordering.
The hoorah is true. It beats the socks off the Tamiya Beaufighter 50 ways from Sunday.
Full (and accurate) interior (unlike Tamiya). All control surfaces separate (unlike Tamiya). Droppable flaps. Very detailed landing gear and gear bays. Early and late horizontal stabilizers and elevators, early and late vertical fin (extended dorsal fin). Extremely nice and fine surface detail with engraved panels.
This release can only be made as a TF X, because the (separate) clear perspex for the navigator is TF X, but the fact it’s a separate sprue from the rest of the clear parts, and the “arrowhead” radar antenna being on a sprue, means that a Mk. VI will come, and with the completely separate one piece horizontal stab, a Mk.I is not impossible.
Very nice decals for a full D-Day striped early TF X “Torbeau” of 489 (NZ) Squadron at Langham, June 1944, and a late version of 254 Squadron at North Coates, May 1945 (might be from a post-war photo, which is why it has no rockets).
Drawback: the late version doesn’t have rockets, which photos show the particular airplane did carry on operations. Only external ordnance is the torpedo. I can live with that.
Overall assessment: a great bargain, and a real advance in what you get.