Jump to content

Beaufighter Mk.21 Conversion


Recommended Posts

G'day everyone.

 

With my Beaufort project finished, I summoned up the mojo to deal with a few outstanding issues on this project.  And shortly after that, it was done!  This is the Airfix Beaufighter TF.X with some modifications to turn it into the first Mk.21, as flown on May 26, 1944.  The work needed for the conversion was relatively tame compared to the Beaufort, but I ended up making a bunch of extra work for myself with resin engines and Eduard lowered flaps.

 

Here are some details

Kit:  Airfix Beaufighter TF.X

Aftermarket:

 - Barracuda resin wheels with tread pattern

 - Eduard general photoetch set

 - Eduard photoetch flaps

 - Eduard masking set

 - HPM resin autopilot housing, instrument panel and rear canopy

 - CMK resin hedgehog exhausts

 - Vector resin Hercules engines

 - Quickboost resin undercarriage doors

Paint:

 - Exterior: Gunze H-302 (approx. RAAF Foliage Green)

 - Interior: Mix of Tamiya XF-81 (Dark Green 2 (RAF 2)) and XF-21 (Sky)

Decals:  From the HPM set, tail number modified into A8-1 (the font is not quite correct but close enough.  If I stumble across a better set in future I'll repaint and re-decal that area)

Other modifications:

 - Drilled out the gun ports in the lower fuselage

 - Left off the HPM machine gun barrels as A8-1 and A8-2 didn't have the extra wing guns

 - Drilled out bulbs in the wingtip lights

 - Opened up tubes on the front of the exhausts by rotating the point of an exacto knife

 - Added EZ-line aerial wire

 - Removed second antenna behind DF loop

 - Added greebling inside the fuselage (slightly visible from just the right angle)

 - Added feature on front of canopy (rear-view mirror?) from styrene card

 

And now, here are the photos!

51479501067_b7c86edf18_b.jpg

 

51480279556_63f4292887_b.jpg

 

51480278711_5c83ed2751_b.jpg

 

51481001119_798bf84b3d_b.jpg

 

51480505393_102bf000ca_b.jpg

 

51480279666_09595aa428_b.jpg

 

51480505073_4977d1e771_b.jpg

 

51481203885_dc9c262474_b.jpg

 

51481000364_2006ce4c0f_b.jpg

 

51480504648_656be94c7d_b.jpg

 

51481000504_36700b5d21_b.jpg

 

51481000579_747b7e0f52_b.jpg

 

This is definitely one of my better finishes for an aircraft with a single colour all-over.

51481204090_24a8f256b2_b.jpg

 

The canopy windows are big and very clear.

51481203975_be809d3ff6_b.jpg

 

The after-market flaps, wheels and gear doors all look great!

51480279316_70e4a8b1f1_b.jpg

 

Finally, here are a few side-by-side with the Beaufort.

51480504328_396df8767e_b.jpg

 

51481000024_b68b8bdfb0_b.jpg

 

51480278506_912c871617_b.jpg

 

51480504098_bb5c6fbbd1_b.jpg

 

51480278301_c424d12c35_b.jpg

 

At this rate, I think I'm actually finishing kits faster than buying them this year! 😮

 

 

 

 

  • Like 37
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Totally awesome Beggsy, that a fantastic and supremely accurate DAP Beaufighter and a fitting tarmac buddy to your superb Beaufort.

Although a somewhat plain scheme, the attention to detail and historical significance makes up for the lack of colourful markings. 

Cheers and beautifully modelled.. Dave 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

This is stunning looking beaufighter.

I am planning same conversion and will be happy if i got it finished to look near to your model.

Again great work

Regards Djordje

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, djos said:

I am planning same conversion

 

Which parts are you looking at using?  I saw that CMK do a full conversion set now.  If the rest of it has as much detail as the hedgehog exhaust I used, it should be great.  The HPM set is pretty good too, but hard to find these days.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, Beggsy said:

 

Which parts are you looking at using?  I saw that CMK do a full conversion set now.  If the rest of it has as much detail as the hedgehog exhaust I used, it should be great.  The HPM set is pretty good too, but hard to find these days.

 

Hi Beggsy. i purchase CMK, and only still not decide which model to use, Hasegawa or Airfix one.

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 hours ago, k5054nz said:

On reflection, seeing the amount of AM required makes me sad there's not a mainstream Mk.21 out there.

 

Most of the AM was just detail upgrades.  The CMK set and the Airfix kit together would make a perfectly good Mk.21, I just decided to go all-in on the details.

  • Thanks 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

 

In excellent news on the "Aircraft-built-at-Fishemans-Bend" front, the Avro Lincoln conversion set from Blackbird has just come back into stock, and I've ordered one.  That's going to be a big project!

 

If anyone else had been eyeing up that set, get in quick and order yourself one!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...