Bristol Beaufighter VIF
by Alex Bernardo
Kit: Matchbox 1/72 Scale Beaufighter X
The subject Beaufighter was attached to the 416th NFS (Night Fighter Squadron) stationed in Algiers on August 1943. The Squadron was equipped with Beaufighter Mk VIF, until mid 1945 when they received Mosquitos.
416 Squadron's Beaufighters were fitted with either Mk I (arrow-head) or Mk VII/VIII (thimble-nose) AI radar sets. The Squadron claimed four confirmed victories by the end of the war.
The kit cockpit simply consisted of a seat, rear bulkhead, and floorboard. I therefore decided to beef up this area.
The following scratchbuilt built items were added to the cockpit:
All these cockpit modifications may sound pretty standard. What made this phase of the project difficult was that I decided to detail the cockpit after the fuselage halves were glued together and other external details were applied!
External modifications included:
The model was painted overall with Aeromaster's "Medium Sea Gray" acrylic paint followed by Testors' "Dark Green" acrylic paint. I sprayed on Tamiya's "Clear Gloss" acrylic paint before applying decals. The panel lines were highlighted with a thinned mixture of Tamiya's "Smoke" acrylic paint.
Decals were custom made and were printed on an Alps printer.
I sprayed a coat of Polly Scale "Clear Flat" acrylic paint after the decals had set.
Exhaust collector rings were painted using Testors' enamel paint mixture of steel, brass, and flat black. Landing gear was painted with Testors' "Flat Gray" enamel. Tires were painted with Polly Scale's "Grimy Black" acrylic paint.
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