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1/48 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X RD136 (Black Friday Pt.2)

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Whilst waiting for some glues and paints of annoying unrewarding fiddly bits to dry on other stuff, I have started the next aeroplane for the work bench. This is Tamiya's aging Beaufighter with a few tweaks here and there, and I plan to model it on RD136, one of a small batch of Weston built aircraft which retained the Hercules XVII but received the Mk.XII wing and the Mod T361 tailplanes and enlarged elevators. It also sported a Lockheed tailwheel.

 

First up was to attempt to improve on the "fishbelly" appearance of the Tamiya kit. I did this with 3 saw-cuts per side, and whilst both sides were marked out with a scriber and the lines washed with black paint, I cut and glued one side at a time retaining the other as an alignment reference. As a confession - I did this on a TLAR basis, and removed 2mm of depth at that second panel line from the tail.

 

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This is how it went back together compared to the unmolested other side

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The second side was hacked up to match and the centreline seam taped to help ensure it would all go together in the end (Yes, I know, I'll have to fettle the nav's internal compartment pieces)

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A trial assembly shows a more Beaufighterish outline, which will do. Time to tidy up the joins etc.

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I hope this turns out nice!

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Whilst the filler on that dries, I've started an Italeri boxing of Accurate Miniatures' B-25 :D

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1 hour ago, sovereignhobbies said:

I hope this turns out nice!

Serious work so far there and I'm sure that you'll turn it into a fine model and worthwhile tribute to its crew.

I'll watch and learn if you don't nind.

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8 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Ooh can you do a WIP on the b25 I have one to do 

I'll start one tonight. Last night I only cut out and glued together some interior structural parts, chiefly so that I could precisely identify where the internal colour demarcations need to be. They'll be all dried/set this afternoon so I can untape the fuselage halves and get some photographs to begin.

 

9 hours ago, RWG686 said:

Serious work so far there and I'm sure that you'll turn it into a fine model and worthwhile tribute to its crew.

I'll watch and learn if you don't nind.

Be my guest! :D

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Hi folks,

 

Apparently I did a better job on one side than the other. It's almost there now though, but as evidenced, one side has much more feathered out filler than the other :whistle:

 

There's a low spot still apparent which has just had what's hopefully its last dab of filler then I can rescribe the lost panel lines

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Thanks for looking in!

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The fuselage was left thus:

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I airbrushed a light grey enamel on just to see what I really had. As evidenced, this was absolutely nowhere near good enough!

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Out with Infini Model's nuclear grade 220 grit hard sanding sticks to remove plastic where there are clear high points. This was later smoothed down with a 600 grit stick, then a 1000 grit sanding sponge each iteration.

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Leading to:

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Another shoot of grey reveals that most of the basic mismatch has now gone, but there's still a visible line where I cut it. The Squadron green putty is softer than plastic so even with hard sanding sticks it will always disappear at a quicker rate than the plastic.

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Some Mr Surfacer 1000 was employed to fill the remaining depression where the cut line was.

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After another sanding we have this, which for a quick build I think shall do.

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I think the cut'n'shut was worth the work since the Beau looks pretty good in profile now.

 

That brings us to tonight. The interior has been loosely painted in Interior Grey-Green, dark washed using a linseed oil based wash slightly thinned with our naptha. The panel is just light black with the kit decals and has the instrument faces 'glazed' with Clearfix. The two halves are glued together and is drying.

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I've made the blisters over the Mk.XII wing's fuel feeds which hopped up and over the main spar.

 

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I'm also adjusting the wingtips to represent a Mk.XII wing. The rear lenses are filled and faired in, to be painted over and hidden in due course, whilst to represent the smaller navigation light lenses I made saw cuts most of the way down the lense such that I could paint silver down the cut line to give the lense the appearance of being smaller. I took the opportunity to drill them out and tint to represent the bulbs. Once the glue is dry on these they'll be cleaned up, faired in and polished.

 

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You may notice I have sawn out the root and tip ends of the ailerons too. 

 

This is now all glued together.

 

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I cut slots and fitted small pieces of brass tubes for the elevator hinges.

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Here's how the tailplanes fit on the kit. I'd hoped for better, but it's not too bad. I've certainly paid more for a lot worse in the past...

 

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At least they're square though!

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The Beaufighter is now ready for exterior painting :)

 

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RD136 wasn't brand new when lost, and Extra Dark Sea Grey is well known for fading quite quickly due to chalking as a principle mechanism, often displacing a blue appearance. The weathering I will do will darken this model, so I have started by diluting Extra Dark Sea Grey with some blue-grey to give me a base to start from.

 

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Here's the result compared to the pure original:

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This was given the salt treatment, blown over with a darker tint closer to the original ESDG, then blended after that with a slightly lighter mix heavily thinned.

 

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These aircraft were seen to show darker smears from various liquids such as the windscreen anti-icing, petrol, engine oil, hydraulic oil and so on, so as said above it will start to turn darker again soon.

 

I neglected to take any photos but the Sky underneath was also cut with light grey for this one.

 

The aircraft now has an identity. There are still stencil decals to apply. Joy.

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The fuselage was left thus:

402cc036-807c-4cae-a1dc-2edaf91aa34b.jpg

 

I airbrushed a light grey enamel on just to see what I really had. As evidenced, this was absolutely nowhere near good enough!

2357fd7d-c049-4747-b923-db8280a7ab72.jpg

 

Out with Infini Model's nuclear grade 220 grit hard sanding sticks to remove plastic where there are clear high points. This was later smoothed down with a 600 grit stick, then a 1000 grit sanding sponge each iteration.

def46074-4404-4bfa-888b-2c6881d95b9b.jpg

 

Leading to:

aeebe6b7-8660-4ab9-9fb5-6d98b91807ec.jpg

 

Another shoot of grey reveals that most of the basic mismatch has now gone, but there's still a visible line where I cut it. The Squadron green putty is softer than plastic so even with hard sanding sticks it will always disappear at a quicker rate than the plastic.

e979c111-49d8-496e-8059-bb7fdc328bf9.jpg

 

Some Mr Surfacer 1000 was employed to fill the remaining depression where the cut line was.

89b2ce8f-536f-4a41-a6ed-d22b0942b6eb.jpg

 

After another sanding we have this, which for a quick build I think shall do.

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f173f68f-59b3-46bd-bcae-7d36677954b8.jpg

 

685d8e75-0b7f-48b2-b577-6fc3d770f038.jpg

 

I think the cut'n'shut was worth the work since the Beau looks pretty good in profile now.

 

That brings us to tonight. The interior has been loosely painted in Interior Grey-Green, dark washed using a linseed oil based wash slightly thinned with our naptha. The panel is just light black with the kit decals and has the instrument faces 'glazed' with Clearfix. The two halves are glued together and is drying.

50dbbf13-518d-49c1-bbcf-351c4f68bc10.jpg

I've made the blisters over the Mk.XII wing's fuel feeds which hopped up and over the main spar.

 

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I'm also adjusting the wingtips to represent a Mk.XII wing. The rear lenses are filled and faired in, to be painted over and hidden in due course, whilst to represent the smaller navigation light lenses I made saw cuts most of the way down the lense such that I could paint silver down the cut line to give the lense the appearance of being smaller. I took the opportunity to drill them out and tint to represent the bulbs. Once the glue is dry on these they'll be cleaned up, faired in and polished.

 

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You may notice I have sawn out the root and tip ends of the ailerons too. 

 

This is now all glued together.

 

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I cut slots and fitted small pieces of brass tubes for the elevator hinges.

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Here's how the tailplanes fit on the kit. I'd hoped for better, but it's not too bad. I've certainly paid more for a lot worse in the past...

 

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At least they're square though!

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The Beaufighter is now ready for exterior painting :)

 

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RD136 wasn't brand new when lost, and Extra Dark Sea Grey is well known for fading quite quickly due to chalking as a principle mechanism, often displacing a blue appearance. The weathering I will do will darken this model, so I have started by diluting Extra Dark Sea Grey with some blue-grey to give me a base to start from.

 

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Here's the result compared to the pure original:

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Here's the result compared to the pure original:

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resized_96df9942-8493-43f8-9351-81018a9f

 

This was given the salt treatment, blown over with a darker tint closer to the original ESDG, then blended after that with a slightly lighter mix heavily thinned.

 

resized_bcf46e7b-be4d-4afb-bccd-fefd0ba8

 

resized_98786ec9-bfb5-45eb-a2e6-9550e8ce

 

These aircraft were seen to show darker smears from various liquids such as the windscreen anti-icing, petrol, engine oil, hydraulic oil and so on, so as said above it will start to turn darker again soon.

 

I neglected to take any photos but the Sky underneath was also cut with light grey for this one.

 

The aircraft now has an identity. There are still stencil decals to apply. Joy.

 

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Is this the Beau that went into the water close to the rock wall and still has the crew in it Jim?

Very good work,the faded grey looks superb.

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On 06/07/2020 at 13:28, Miggers said:

Is this the Beau that went into the water close to the rock wall and still has the crew in it Jim?

Very good work,the faded grey looks superb.

 

I think that one was NV422 described (note that all list squadron code as EE but it's clearly photographed to have been EO):

(source https://wartimes.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?t=588)

Bristol Beaufighter, NV422 EE-C
Pilot: F/O H.C. Lynch, J/35785, RCAF, Mallory town, Ontario, Canada
Navigator: F.O. Knight, J/36373, RCAF, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aircraft damaged, the pilot tried to land on an elevation, but the terrain makes this an impossibility. The plane breaks in half during the ensuing crash and the cockpit section slides down the hillside for more than 500 meters. Sadly, the crew did not survive in the crash.

 

As compared to:

Bristol Beaufighter, RD136 EE-Q1
Pilot: F/O H. Smook, J/36168, RCAF, St. Malo, Manitoba, Canada
Navigator: W/O A.M. Duckworth, J/97139, RCAF, Angus, Ontario, Canada

Aircraft cause of loss has not been established

 

Both the pilot, Harry Smook, and navigator, Alan Murray Duckworth, both Canadians, were lost none the less.

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A little progress to report. I kinda need to start painting engines, undercarriage legs and all that sort of stuff. I need the Lockheed tailwheel for this particular airframe. Most of the Dallachy Beaufighters showed evidence of fabric patches on the cannons, the wing fillets etc stuck on with red dope so I should study the Avieology photographs to see if any are visible on RD136.

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I've been a bit heavy handed with the clay wash (by Flory) which I've tried for the first time. I'll have to do more to make that stand out less...

 

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I do like the Beaufighter, it always seemed like a Working Class Mosquito to me! Proof that the Heavy Fighter concept wasn't a completely blind alley too.

Very nice work on updating the kit Jamie.

Duncan B

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Great looking Beau 🙂🙂

 

I have always liked the Beau, ever since I built the Matchbox kit many, many years ago 😁

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I always though the beau was the aircraft the Blenhiem fighter grew up to be and the beaufort the bomber the blenhiem could have been 

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Tidy work again Jamie.

Given that the wing root doping was to stop the attachment screws making a bid for freedom after working themselves loose due to vibration I'd say your on safe ground to represent it.

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I realised the wheels in this kit are unweighted, and found myself greatly lamenting Ultracast's decision not to supply to trade any more hence I haven't got any I can take from stock. Wanting to just get this done rather than ordering/waiting/spending more again I just did it the cheapskate's way and weighted the wheels using a cigarette lighter.

 

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I realised I hadn't painted the rocket rails so they're not added yet and hence it's not actually finished. Also, I've just been gently reminded that there shouldn't be any wing guns - what a snafu! I'll get rid of those!

 

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Look at those frigging wing guns saying "Ha ha you smug git - thought you had the wings sorted when you caught the blisters and that landing light didn't you?". They'll have to go...

 

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And don't forget about me!

 

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