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Tim's Airfix Beaufighter - COMPLETED


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Joining you with the recent Airfix Beaufighter.  A 2015 purchase direct from Airfix.

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Parts,  to which a lot of interior green has just been applied.

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Planning to build this option.

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And my only previous Beaufighter,  this Matchbox model, built 1987.

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This is proving to be a popular kit indeed, I’ll have to do a count back to see how many we’ve actually got going on here.
Cheers and all the best.. Dave 

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Step 10 of the instructions mentions sanding/scraping off the small blisters from the inboard upper wings. There were only on much latter Beaus.

 

This is looking good so far.

 

 

 

Chris

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Engines finally fitted.  That and the cowlings, far too complicated for their own good.

My props will have a 1mm shaft right through the engines and rear bulkhead, and be removeable.

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But persevered, and finally able to start airbrushing, Humbrol 165 underside.

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Coming along well Tim,.... looking forward to seeing some paint on it mate.

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Hi Tim,

 

camouflage is looking great! Your method of masking is very interesting and effective - what do you use to attach the paper masks? Presumably, the masks need to be quite closely attached to the surface of the model to get a sharp(ish) demarcation line between the colours, but at the same time can be varied to give a soft edge?

 

Great stuff!

 

Cheers,

Mark

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6 minutes ago, 2996 Victor said:

camouflage is looking great! Your method of masking is very interesting and effective - what do you use to attach the paper masks? Presumably, the masks need to be quite closely attached to the surface of the model to get a sharp(ish) demarcation line between the colours, but at the same time can be varied to give a soft edge?

Today I used WhiteTak - which doesn't really come off cleanly, so not recommended.

I aim for a slight standoff for that soft edge you mention, and try to avoid shooting my airbrush into that gap.

 

I do have alternates, wich I'll apply tonight, to see how they detatch tomorrow.

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16 minutes ago, theplasticsurgeon said:

Today I used WhiteTak - which doesn't really come off cleanly, so not recommended.

I aim for a slight standoff for that soft edge you mention, and try to avoid shooting my airbrush into that gap.

 

I do have alternates, wich I'll apply tonight, to see how they detatch tomorrow.

Thanks, Tim, that's brilliant! I think that very slight soft edge makes for a much more realistic finish. When I try it out, I'll have to be extra careful to keep the airbrush perpendicular!!!

 

I'll be interested to see how it goes tomorrow!

 

Cheers,

Mark

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13 hours ago, 2996 Victor said:

Thanks, Tim, that's brilliant! I think that very slight soft edge makes for a much more realistic finish. When I try it out, I'll have to be extra careful to keep the airbrush perpendicular!!!

 

I'll be interested to see how it goes tomorrow!

This is the experiment I started last night

I put some of my OfficeProducts WhiteTak that I used and didn't recommend onto the tail.

Bostik BluTak onto the port wing, and Uhu WhiteTak onto Stdb.

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And results this morning.

Bostik BluTak and Uhu WhiteTak came off cleanly.  OfficeProducts WhiteTak left a residue - and won't be used again.

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7 hours ago, 2996 Victor said:

Interesting, Tim - I hope the residue comes off.....Thanks for posting this :)

 

Cheers,

Mark

The residue comes off, by rolling a small ball of WhiteTak over that area, which lifts it.

 

Back to my build, and decals today.  Joining 27 Squadron RAF in the Far East.

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Looking very good.  Thanks for the rundown on the Tak issues. That is helpful.  I'm still waiting for Daves decals to finish my Aussie one.

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