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Any 1/48 Beaufighters out there? (Other than Tamiya)

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Any 1/48 Beaufighters out there? (Other than Tamiya)
Posted by Compressorman on Friday, May 11, 2018 6:33 AM

Are there any good 1/48 Beaufighters? I would love to build one but can only find the Tamiya. I have read that this kit is fairly old and light on details, I have never seen one myself. If anyone has built the Tamiya and can tell me about it or suggest some aftermarket items to spruce it up a little I would love to hear about it.

Chris

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Posted by Bish on Friday, May 11, 2018 6:53 AM

I don't build 48th myself, but a search showed that currently tamiya is the only option. But according to scalemates Revell are meant to be relkeaseing a new tooled TF.X this year. Whether that still goes ahead given the issues Revell have had this year is another matter.

A company called Accurate Minitures did 3 versions whyich are a couple of years older than the tamiya kits, but i am not familiar with this company and don't know if you could get the kits.

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Posted by Phil_H on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:03 AM

Yup, the Tamiya kits are the only game in town.

As far as I know, the Accurate Miniatures kits were announced but never made it to market.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:07 AM
The Tamiya kits are it but they are really nice kits. I have one but have not built it yet. Plus there is plenty of aftermarket if needed

 

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Posted by Compressorman on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:23 AM

As far as aftermarket goes, Eduard makes some pe for this (48215) but I cannot find anything out about it other than a black and white pic that doesnt help much. Has anyone seen this in person?

Chris

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Posted by Bish on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:29 AM

If you go on the Eduard website, youcan find the instructions to there sets. Fortunatly hannants links directly to them. Not sure which variant you are after, these are the instrcutions for the TF.X which looks to be an older set

https://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/48319.pdf

And this is the more recent set for the VI

https://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/49868.pdf

This is the hannants page which lists all the beaufighter aftermarket, should give you an idea.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?adv=1&product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=&product_type_id=all_aircraft_accessories&code=&scale_id=955&keyword_search=Beaufighter&setPerPage=100&sort=0&search_direction=0&save_search_name=&save_search=

 

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Posted by murph on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:42 AM

I built the Mk. VI Night Fighter version of the Tamiya kit.  The kits goes together really well.  I used no filler whatsoever.  Yes, the kit is a bit light on exterior detail but it builds up very nicely out of the box.  There is lots of interior detail but it is all lost and can't be seen once you close up the fuselage halves.  There are decal seat belts that are somewhat satisfactory.  A friend built the Mk. VI that is done up in Mediterranean theater camo and markings and is equipped with rockets and rails.  He did it without any aftermarket and it turned out REALLY nice.

There is much aftermarket available for this kit at Sprue Brothers.  Here's a link but it also includes 72nd and 32nd scale stuff as well.

http://store.spruebrothers.com/searchresults.asp?Search=beaufighter&Submit=

I really enjoyed this kit.  It was a clean, easy build and it's a very good prepresentation right out of the box.

Hope this helps.

Mike

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Posted by Compressorman on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:51 AM
Thanks guys, you have been a big help! Chris
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Posted by Cdn Colin on Friday, May 11, 2018 8:12 PM

I've built the Tamiya kit and thoroughly enjoyed it.  What do you mean by "light on details"?

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Compressorman on Saturday, May 12, 2018 5:49 AM

Cdn Colin

I've built the Tamiya kit and thoroughly enjoyed it.  What do you mean by "light on details"?

 

As I wrote, I dont mean anything by it, I have never seen the kit or the finished model in person. I read it online.

 

Chris

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:02 AM

Here's a few pictures of mine that might help you make your decision.

I drilled out the little intakes on the front of the exhausts.

I especially like the night fighter antennae and landing lights.

Ultracast has some detail parts as well.

https://www.ultracast.ca/category-s/171.htm

https://www.ultracast.ca/category-s/245.htm

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Compressorman on Saturday, May 12, 2018 3:03 PM
Thanks Colin! Nice looking build btw. I may go ahead and get this. Chris
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Sunday, May 13, 2018 11:56 AM

Compressorman....the 1/48 Tamiya Beau is the only game in town - maybe a LITTLE underdetailed, especially the Hercules sleeve valve radials.  The leading edge of the engine cowls is actually an exhaust collector ring - and the exhausts from the cylinders face towards the forward to feed the ring - they're not represented - there's also a 3 armed cowl brace on the front of the reduction gear housing that's missing - these ommissions make the engine look a little....bare.

But it's typical Tamiya - great fit, excellent surface detail, and a very easy build.  I really enjoyed mine.

There are, as you've seen, LOTS of aftermarket bit to really dress one up. 

Go for it!  You'll like the build.

Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 13, 2018 1:20 PM

I put in the exhausts and bracing on mine, but it is pretty hard to see since it's all painted black.

 

John

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Sunday, May 13, 2018 3:21 PM

Very nice detailing on that engine! It really makes all the difference

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by Silver on Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:00 PM

Their is no match to take out tamiya.Hasegawa In 1/72 scale takes 2nd place.I myself took the the Revell 1/32 scale and rebuilt it w/ sceatch building and super detailed it and their is no match in the world to take it out..Try the revell 1:32 scale.

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