“ Brand: Airfix „
I've always had a great fondness for this model as it was the first one I bought for myself and attempted to do properly. Based on the famous plane which first flew on July 17 1939, the Beaufighter was instrumental in defeating nightime raids by the Luftwaffe and became instrumental in skirmishes over the Channel due to it's armament of four cannons in the nose, six 0.3 inch guns in the wings, a dorsal gun, rockets and torpedos. Powered by twin Bristol Hercules XVII 14 cylinder engines it was more than a match for any opponent it faced.
The kit comes in 52 grey plastic pieces and 2 clear plastic for the cockpit and dorsal turret. It is rated at an Airfix skill level of 2, so medium builders should be able to complete without too much difficulty. The eight page A4 instruction sheet shows 9 construction steps allowing you to build one of 2 variations. Either no.263 squadron RAF or no.404 RCAF squadron.
At the time of building this I loved the design of the aircraft and the model recreates those lines. However, as the years have passed, I have become more demanding from my models and looking at this now, the lack of internal detail is shocking. Basically there is none. The landing gear bays have no detail preferring to provide a solid landing gear assembly instead. When you compare it to the alternatives, you begin to see that this kit is probably for the younger modeller.
The kit is a 1:72 scale model and will measure 165mm x 235mm upon completion. It is not a gift set so you'll need to purchase paint, glue and brushes. It requires eight paints. The fit is good so you won't need filler and at arouns about £6 it's good for what you are paying. Just make sure that you know what it is you're buying. If it's just for fun get this, if you're after more try the Hasegawa version.
Airfix 1:72 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X # 02003