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  1. Hi mates! For the past several months I’ve been working on a model of the DAP (Department of Aircraft Production) Beaufort Mk.VIII. This is the improved version built in Australia under license from Bristol during World War II. 700 new Beauforts were built by DAP, and were used extensively in multiple roles. “Bar the Gates with Beauforts!” My model represents “Snifter,” a Mk.VIII from 32 Squadron that was used for anti-submarine patrols out of Lowood, Q, from May 1944 until the end of the war. The model is rendered in glorious Braille Scale, as all true models should be. Special thanks to Ed Russell for his help during this build. No matter how silly my questions were, he always had the answer. Thanks also to Tony O'Toole, always a source of great information. You can find the WIP here, and as usual here is my Executive Summary: Project: DAP Beaufort Mk.VIII “Snifter” Kit: Special Hobby DAP Beaufort Mk.VIII Kit No. 72027 Scale: 1:72 (The One True Scale) Decals: Snifter markings and codes from Encore kit 1010, other decals from Special Hobby kit Resin: From the kit including top turret fairing, cockpit, seats, instrument panel, engines, tailwheel strut, exhausts, spinners, carburettor intakes, Browning machine guns, and bombs; High Planes Models 72023 including YAGI aerial supports Photoetch: From the kit including all antennae, and bomb rack details; Brengun photoetch set 72059 including main gear doors, machine gun sights and details, and main landing gear details; Marabu Designs photoetch 72002 British landing lights Canopy/turret Masks: Montex set 72123 Paint: Gunze H302 FS34092 (standing in for Foliage Green), H364 Interior Grey Green (my own custom counterfeit recipe), H47 Red Brown, H414 RLM 23 Red, H34 Cream Yellow, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H38 Steel Red; Testors 1139 Semi-Gloss Black, 1795 Gunmetal, 50160 Acrylic Flat Clear, Floquil 110100 Old Silver, Lifecolor FS 24092 Foliage Green (thanks Procopius!); Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black, Alclad Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Pastel chalks Improvements/Corrections Removed Mk.I tail and rudder from fuselage, replaced with Mk.VIII tail and rudder Removed Mk.I turret fairing and replaced with resin Mk.VIII turret fairing Detailed cockpit and interior with plastic strips to represent structural members, added photoetch instruments and plotter Added campaign map of Australia and goose neck lamp to navigator’s desk Scratch-built navigator’s swivel seat Added strip of clear plastic behind portholes to prevent them from pushing through into the fuselage Scratch-built shelves for radio gear behind pilot, radio and electrical boxes made from spare photoetch parts Drilled holes in front greenhouse and top turret for gun barrels Twin Vickers guns from new Airfix Blenheim kit added to nose, detail with Brengun photoetch Replaced kit landing gear doors with Brengun photoetch Cut out areas of wings for navigation lights and landing lights Navigation lights made from pieces of clear plastic from plastic knife; cut, sanded, and polished to proper shape Navigation lamps made by drilling small hole into the clear plastic navigation light, and painting the inside of the hole with the proper colour (clear red for port, clear green for starboard) Built up inside of engine cowlings with plastic strip to reduce its diameter and better represent the actual cowling Landing lights added from Marabu Design photoetch; landing light lens from vacuform plastic Drilled out fuel dumps Scratch-built wing fuel vents Detailed main landing gear with Brengun photoetch Detailed bombs and bomb racks with photoetch Added rear fuselage ASV antennae from photoetch; each is attached via a 0.015” hole drilled into the fuselage side Added photoetch/hypo needle pitot tube and photoetch radar transmitters to forward fuselage Added photoetch attachment points to pylons Added photoetch drift sight bracket to starboard forward fuselage Drilled holes in leading edge of wings for guns, added hypo needle tubing to represent gun barrels Added resin supports and photoetch YAGI aerials under each wing Added photoetch ammo belts and gun sight to top turret guns Added main aerial from 0.005” Nitinol wire Deployed D/F antennae modified from kit-supplied photoetch Added upward firing gun window from clear plastic sheet with painted framework, gun barrel is resin Elapsed time: 5 months! Bloody hell! On with the pictures! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I'm enjoying moving on to another challenge! Cheers, Bill
  2. Hi mates, Time for a new project! I finished the last project yesterday, so time is a wasting. I asked my fellow Britmodellers to have a digital look at my stash and tell me what to build. The Bristol Beaufort won a tightly contested battle, 2 votes to 1 cast for the de Havilland Sea Hornet. The kit is from Special Hobby, and represents the DAP (Department of Aircraft Production) Beaufort Mk.VIII. This is the version license built in Australia for the RAAF. At this point, I like the markings and camouflage scheme for A9-486/QH-K "Scotty's Homin' Pidgin," piloted by Off Bill Scott, 100 Squadron RAAF, Tadji, New Guinea, in 1944. This will be my first model of an RAAF aircraft, and the scheme of Foliage Green and Earth Brown over Sky Blue. Nick Millman, please stand by - I have a feeling I will have a question or two for you! Or I could do it without any paint, like this: The kit has an impressive number of resin components, plus a good-sized fret of photoetch parts. It doesn't look like any aftermarket is necessary, but knowing me I will probably find some reason to buy some. I've already had a look at an additional PE fret from Brengun that looks quite nice. Oh, man, there goes my wallet again... Here are the raw materials: I won't get much accomplished in the next few weeks, as I have some medical things to attend to, plus a week at the cabin. In the woods! With beer! And the dogs! And lots of fishing! And hiking! And the family, too, can't forget those guys! Oh, and the hobby shop in Jamestown and the Antique Mall in Salamanca (where there are several stalls full of old model kits, where I found some great bargains last year)! As you can tell, I'm anxious for the short holiday to start. Cheers for now, Bill
  3. Finished this a while ago but bad weather, DIY etc. prevented me from photographing it. The High Planes kits are made of very strange soft plastic but cover this interesting variant of the Beaufort used towards the end of WW2 for freight. This and other examples carried the message 'japan has surrendered' under the wings to inform renegade units of the Japanese Army. the model is airbrushed using Acrylics which I am not a fan of and will stick to enamels in future as they seem a lot more hard wearing. Some pictures...
  4. New project and something a bit simpler than my vacform Sparrow. Decided on a High Planes DAP Beaufort transport version complete with 'Japan has surrendered' message on the underside of the wings, like this.. The kit came from ebay The plastic is odd and doesn't like poly cement much and comes in two shades of plastic with some spare flash. Oh and a few white metal bits too. The cockpit interior is basic but there is some detail on the inside of the fuselage. Started with the cockpit, mostly scratch and am close to sealing up. Couldn't resist the now compulsory navigators lamp!