This article is part of a series:
The first Bristol Beaufighter model I built was in the early 1970’s when I was a teenager. It was 1:32 scale and I remembered that it didn’t fit together very well. I recall painting the model entirely in black and even fabricated the exhaust flame suppressors using drinking straws. It looked pretty horrible. Forty years later, I decided to take a crack at modeling again and bought the Tamiya 1:48 scale Beaufighter kit. At first I wanted to paint it in the green/gray camouflage scheme, but that didn’t work out. So what I have here is the black paint scheme. I built a lot of Tamiya armor models back in the day and my go-to manufacturer for aircraft models was Hasegawa. But Tamiya did a nice job on this kit and It turned out pretty well for me.
6 additional images. Click to enlarge.