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1/72 - Bristol Beaufort Mk.1 by Airfix - 3D renders - release Autumn 2020

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2 minutes ago, Max Headroom said:

@dogsbody those are some neat photos. Thanks for sharing.

 

Trevor

 

More to come that I'll post here:

 

 

 

 

Chris

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Chris,

 

Hot damn! Awesome Beaufort pics- keep 'em coming! Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Mike

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On 1/6/2020 at 12:37 PM, klr said:

 

The only problem with this new kit is that Airfix is unlikely to sell enough to ever consider doing the Australian versions, what with the different engines, props and larger tail.

If they don't, I predict the aftermarket will  gear  up to provide the cowls, exhausts, engines, props, and tail; if not; that's OK with me, as I can rob my spares bin or cannibalize my Special Hobby kit. Just give me an accurate airframe and a halfway decent cockpit/wheel bays- I can do the rest, or I shouldn't call myself a modeler.

Mike

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@dogsbody Thanks for those images - especially the sumptuous cockpit photos! Just seen that the kit profiles include a 217 squadron machine in EDSG/DSG over black - so I'm a happy bunny!

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1 hour ago, vppelt68 said:

Is that a Temperate Sea Scheme over Mediterranean Blue? V-P

Looks like TSS over black on my big screen computer. The images are quite pale though - that DG/DE isn't very, but it does look very smart.

 

Andy

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FWIW- L9866 looks like a million bucks! (765,400 pounds sterling!)

Mike

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The top profile is representing Campbell VC but Paul Lucas has questioned if it should be OA-T not X and there is also uncertainty if the codes are perpendicular to the in flight line or follow the slant of the underside demarcation line, photos of 22 Squadron machines tend to show both ? I discovered this when researching for my special hobby model which still remains on my shelf of doom. 😀

 

Mike

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I just hope Airfix get's the bomb bay doors right for the torpedo.

 

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Chris

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, dogsbody said:

I just hope Airfix get's the bomb bay doors right for the torpedo.

 

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Chris

 

 

 

Looks like a bit of silvering under that forward stencil decal...😂 I will get my 🧥 

 

Excellent image of matelots and crab fats working together though, wouldn’t  have happened in my day ! 😀

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2 hours ago, mick b said:

Excellent image of matelots and crab fats working together though, wouldn’t  have happened in my day ! 😀

Amazing what can happen in a war.

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Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/a-new-decade-of-airfix-modelling-excellence

 

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Beaufort headlines new aircraft tooling announcements

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One of the undoubted highlights of the new range, the Bristol Beaufort had the distinction of being the only monoplane produced for the Royal Air Force designed from the outset as a torpedo bomber and reconnaissance platform. This is a computer rendered 3D development image from the project

(...)

Undoubtedly, the kit which will have attracted the most interest following Monday’s range launch will have been the unexpected addition of a new Bristol Beaufort Mk.I tooling in 1/72nd scale, an aircraft which has the distinction of being the only monoplane produced for the Royal Air Force designed from the outset as a torpedo bomber and reconnaissance platform.

Entering Royal Air Force service with No.22 Squadron Coastal Command in January 1940, the Beaufort proved to be a rugged and highly manoeuvrable aircraft, although its engines proved to be something of an ongoing problem. Initially employed laying mines in enemy waters, Beauforts would later mount attacks against the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, however, in the European theatre, the aircraft would operate more usually in a medium bomber role.

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Representing the fact that these new models are still at quite an early stage of development, this next series of images feature computer rendered 3D images of the Beaufort (...)

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V.P.

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Airfix are really spoiling us with their interior detail.

 

Just can't wait for this one!

 

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Really happy there is a 217 option in the kit, I have the decals for a malta based aircraft and if the kit does come with 217 then that’s both the options I was!

 

2 have been preordered.

 

Rob

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9 hours ago, Nick Nichols said:

 

From Scalemates:

 

"217 Sqn. L9866, MW-J | RAF St. Eval February 1941 | Extra Dark Sea grey, Dark Green, Night"

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-a04021-bristol-beaufort-mki--1260478

 

Sounds like confusion creeping in to me. Too early to be Dark green/Ocean Grey & afaik, Dark Green & Extra Dark Sea grey were never a thing, I immediately took it as TSS over Night when I saw it.

Steve.

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Well done Airfix for the 1/72 builders. Now that you've done all the research, how about you scale it up to 1/48 for the rest of us?

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Having a strong Malta connection, ill build a version operating from Malta .

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6 hours ago, stevehnz said:

Sounds like confusion creeping in to me. Too early to be Dark green/Ocean Grey & afaik, Dark Green & Extra Dark Sea grey were never a thing, I immediately took it as TSS over Night when I saw it.

Steve.

Steve,

 

I'm with you on this.

 

Kits at War K7/7 gives the following markings options:

 

N1357/AO-I of 22 Sqn RAF at RAF Thorney Island in 1940 in Dark Green (DG)/Dark Earth (DE) over Sky

L9802/GX-S of 415 Sqn RCAF at RAF Thorney Island in 1941 in Extra Dark Sea Grey (EDSG)/Dark Slate Grey (DSG) over Night

 

Xtradecal X72079 gives the following markings options:

 

N1172/AW-S of 42 Sqn RAF at Wick but detached to Thorney Island in 1940/1941 in DG/DE/Sky

AW196/BX-Y of 86 Sqn RAF at North Coates but detached to St Eval in 1941 in ESDG/DSG/Sky

L9802/GX-S of 415 Sqn RCAF at RAF Thorney Island in 1941 in EDSG/DSG over Night (the same aircraft as in the Kits at War sheet).

 

My interpretation of the colour schemes are that the aircraft started off during 1940 in DG/DE/Aluminium (thanks to Heather Kay for the reminder), before transitioning to DG/DE/Sky which was totally unsuitable for Coastal Command operations, they transitioned to the more suitable EDSG/DSG/Sky finish during 1940 and by late 1941 this had transitioned to ESDG/DSG/Night which was best suited to night time Coastal Command operations.

 

Whilst the decal sheets are not a definitive source, the schemes depicted in those sheets chime with my understanding of how Coastal Command schemes developed.

 

Are people getting confused because Dark Slate Grey is actually a green colour?

 

I must say I'm looking forward to this kit and intend to model an aircraft from Thorney Island .

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14 hours ago, dogsbody said:

 

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Chris

What is the bracket on the fuselage above the nose of the torpedo ?

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32 minutes ago, Wez said:

My interpretation of the colour schemes are that the aircraft started off during 1940 in DG/DE/Sky which was totally unsuitable for Coastal Command operations

Actually, Coastal Command aircraft were painted aluminium underneath. That changed to Sky during the summer.

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10 minutes ago, Heather Kay said:

Actually, Coastal Command aircraft were painted aluminium underneath. That changed to Sky during the summer.

Heather Kay,

 

I'd quite forgotten about the initial scheme, thanks for the reminder.  Post suitably edited.

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19 minutes ago, Mick4350 said:

What is the bracket on the fuselage above the nose of the torpedo ?

It’s here on this Australian example too

 

http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/slideshow.php?set_albumName=Beaufort-A9-141

 

but google-fu also shows contemporary examples without it too. Initially I thought it was a step but the photo above doesn’t show a hatch, so that seems a bit odd. Is it a bracket for an instrument dial? If so what and why?

 

Trevor

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