A while back on another site someone started a thread about building a kit without painting any of it. Just a pure build to see how well you could do without hiding flaws with paint. Most everyone said “no way.” But I kinda liked the idea and so[...]
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 fl[...]
Ju88 crashed after take off in Holland, June 3rd, 1941.
On June 3, 1943, This MK.V1c Beaufighter ran off the airstrip into ditch when landing at Dobodura, Papua New Guinea.
Following the shock[...]
Here’s my version of the 1/72 Airfix Bristol Beaufighter TF. X. As most builders seem to, I chose to depict NE829, flown by No.144 Squadron from RAF Banff in Aberdeenshire.
Built straight from the box, this is a great little kit, with a fit go[...]
American Volunteer Group squadron flight leader Robert 'R. T (“for tadpole”) Smith standing next to his P-40 Warhawk fighter, Kunming, China, 23 May 1942.
Smith resigned his commission as a second lieutenant in 1941 in order to join Colonel [...]
This is the still new Airfix kit. The kit itself is superb, featuring solid engineering and great fit. I finished it straight from the box, including kit decals for 45 Squadron in Malaya during 1949. I did make seatbelts from painted Tamiya tape[...]
Another nice Airfix kit completed. This is a very well engineered kit that essentially fell together. The only finicky issue was that the propeller/shaft assembly wouldn't seat fully in the engine until I filed out the opening some. This was [...]
One of the benefits in building these models is discovering and learning more of not only of the subject but of the men and squadrons that flew these often dangerous missions. Doing research at times when searching for particular markings or [...]
These photos show my Airfix 1/72 Beaufighter which represents one of the aircraft that took part in the attack on Z-33 on the 9th of February 1945, if I recall correctly this one made it back.
As for the kit, well what can I say apart from I re[...]
Now on to the 2nd part of the review. Going back over the kit in a nutshell. This new tool Revell Beaufighter brings us a kit with a few more detail bits than what the Tamiya kit does not have an option for. 2 different V tails, the ability[...]