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Second Beaufighter

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.

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10 responses to Second Beaufighter

  1. See? It *is* like riding a bicycle! 🙂

    Nice result.

  2. Nice model. I’ll tackle it one day! Is it my imagination or was there once an Airfix 1/24 Beau for a brief period?

  3. This is a great Beau, Greg!
    Welcome back to modeling and welcome aboard the fantastic iModeler!

  4. Looks great! and welcome, this is very user friendly.

  5. Nicely done! The Beau looks sexy in black!

  6. Thanks, it does look rather sexy in black – and sinister!

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