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Query - Aussie Mk21 Beaufighter's with bombs

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I am looking for images or information regarding Mk.21 Beaufighter's armed with bombs. I have trawled the IWM and AWM collections, as well as a few other sites and have found images of bombs attached both under the fuselage and also outboard of the engines.

 

What i have yet to find is an image that clearly shows a Mk.21 bombed up in any fashion. I am also looking for detail information, photos or drawings on the bomb attachment points for the wings or fuselage.

 

I am looking for a candidate aircraft to build a bomb armed Mk.21 from the 1/48 Tamiya kit.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Matt

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Hiya Matt,

               Here is a Mk.21 with bombs fitted;

https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/uk/raf/beaufighter/australian-beaufighter-of-no-31-squadron-raaf/

 

And another;

http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/tooley220/media/cGF0aDovMjJzcW5SQUFGMV96cHN5YWhqYmJ5Ni5qcGc=/?ref=

 

This isn`t a Mk.21,...... but I think that the bomb racks were identical;

RAAF Bristol Beaufighters

 

This may be of use too?

https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/168190-give-beaufighters-bombs/

 

And this;

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/where-to-place-bomb-racks-on-wings-of-beaufighter--t245055-s10.html

 

All the best

                Tony

Edited by tonyot

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Tony,

 

Those are great photos, none of which I have seen before. I have a much better idea about their location on the aircraft.

 

Now, to scratch build or obtain pe/resin racks?

 

Matt

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G'day Matt,

                  I put a few photo's on the thread of RAAF Beaufighters , 250Ib bombs, 3 x 100Ib napalm bombs, 20 Ib cluster bomb racks , 300Ib depth charges, large home made fragmentation bombs , all on 30 Sqn Beaufighters.

While RAAF Beaufighter units in the UK used the under fuselage bomb racks , Pacific based units only used the wing racks.

Edited by Sydhuey

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The bomb racks are likely the 'Universal' type, almost a standard fit for Commonwealth aircraft from 1930's to mid '70s

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I recall seeing the Aussie Camden Mk21 had Universal bomb carriers fitted, maybe our Aussie mate who curates that collection might be able to confirm?

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Thanks for the help all, I have picked up a few new images that will help with my build and have decided on an subject.

 

Build thread can be found here:

 Matt

 

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On 11/11/2018 at 04:57, Finn said:

Don't know if you found these two images during your search:


https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C231921

 

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C235520

 

Jari

Both these photos show British built Beaufighters. In the first photo LY-K is A19-200, a Mk.X, which was with 30 squadron RAAF between Sept and Nov 1944. In the second the camouflage points to a British built aircraft and not an overall green Australian built aircraft.

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