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Title: Airfix Beaufighter TF.X
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ww2nut - November 2, 2015 03:37 AM (GMT)
Hi guys,

I've had little bench time lately but am pushing forward with the new Airfix Beaufighter. This is a great new kit from the Airfix folks, but not worth replacing Hasegawa kits for in my opinion. The interior detail, while it could have been better, is still much improved over the Hasegawa kits. Airfix also gives you some spare parts allowing more versions to be built from the kit.

I have painted the interior, joined the top and bottom wing halves, and installed the seats in these photos.

The second photo shows the major components put together without glue, to demonstrate how well the parts fit. The will be just a little filler needed at the wing roots, and that's it.

Since taking these photos the cockpit side consoles have been painted and installed. Weathering and seat belts added to the interior. I'm also using a Yahu Models instrument panel to replace the basic Airfix decal panel that is provided. You really can not see a lot of the interior once it's closed up, so I don't plan to add much detail inside in an effort to keep this project moving.

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Big Kohona - November 2, 2015 03:45 AM (GMT)
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KaneoheAFB - November 2, 2015 05:50 PM (GMT)
I have been sniffing around this release, looking forward to listening to your commentary on this one Joe. The tail assembly on this kit is interesting. Looks great thus far Joe.
Aloha Clint

Zambudio - November 2, 2015 11:17 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (ww2nut @ Nov 2 2015, 03:37 AM)
This is a great new kit from the Airfix folks, but not worth replacing Hasegawa kits for in my opinion.

Hi Joe,

I shall be watching this build with great interest! I also thought about getting me the new Airfix Beaufighter, but, like Big Kohona, I have a good stock of its Hasegawa counterpart so I'll probably pass. Anyway, can you please share your views on the Airfix kit merits vis-a-vis Hasegawa's ones?
From what I read here and there, the Airfix has a definite edge on detail, both external and internal (and also that the fuselage on the Hasegawa kit is shorter by circa 5mm).
Cheers,

Z.

ww2nut - November 3, 2015 04:15 AM (GMT)
Hey guys,

Yes, the Airfix kit offers a more detailed interior, and both the long and short upper cowling air intakes, both styles of rear crew canopy...framed and unframed, the small clear blister that houses the dorsal DF loop as seen on many earlier versions, and two styles of elevator/stabilizer styles to model early and late production TF.X aircraft. One could easily build a MK.VI from this kit. Two styles of landing lights are offered as well.

The engines are not as crisply molded and a little less detailed than Hasegawa's. I'll get pics of this once I start getting the engines painted.

So far I'd pick the Airfix kit over Hasegawa, but I won't be selling my Hasegawa kits...especially since I have interior sets for them already. The Airfix interior has nice rib detail, a fairly detailed cockpit, and excellent fit so far. They are both very good...and though I haven't built my Hasegawa kits yet, I'm willing to bet the Airfix fit is better...based on my experience with modular construction Hasegawa kits.

I'm adding Brassin exhausts, Barracuda Studios wheels, and will use aftermarket decals. I'll also add the missing air duct on the left side of the cockpit, and use a Master Metal gun barrel on the aft crew station's gun.

Joe

Falcon50EX - November 4, 2015 04:43 PM (GMT)
Looks very nice so far Joe.

Count me in as a member of the "I wont add too much detail to the interior, because you can't see very much and i want to keep this build moving" camp.

-d-

PS: Jen Wright did an excellent write up on the new Airfix F4F. Very nice work, as usual.

ww2nut - November 10, 2015 05:56 AM (GMT)
Here's where this one is tonight...just about to close it up once I paint and install the tail strut. I added some shadow to the interior ribbing with just black pastel powder and a stiff brush. It looks exaggerated but this is necessary to give the proper effect through the thick canopy sections.

I added a Yahu Models instrument panel, which looks much better than a decal, seat belts, hot air pipe on right side of cockpit, and a couple small levers/knobs.

The wings are built up and primed, but more on those in the next installment.

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dixieflyer - November 10, 2015 03:35 PM (GMT)
Looking good Joe.

Warren

Bert - November 11, 2015 05:59 AM (GMT)
Good to see you're back at the model bench Joe. Looks like an interesting build! Keep the pics coming. Always liked the look of that beast of an aircraft.

-Bert

ww2nut - November 17, 2015 01:46 AM (GMT)
Thanks Bert and Warren,

Here's where I am now. The fit has been very good and construction moved quickly. It's very handy that Airfix gives you perfectly closed gear doors, that way I didn't have to mask off the gear wells. I applied a little diluted white glue and attached the doors...once painting is done, I'll remove them and install the extended landing gear and doors.

The canopy is just placed on for the photos, near perfect fit, though it had a flow line, as did the one from the 2nd kit I bought. I was able to remove it with careful sanding and polishing. The dual lens landing light cover is badly crazed on both kits, I didn't need it fortunately since my aircraft had the lights covered over.

Once I apply my just arrived canopy masks and build the cowlings up, it will be about ready for paint. This one will be a two tone RCAF coastal strike aircraft.

The wing tip lenses don't fit well...so you can see I'm still blending those in as well. Not a big deal...just something to be prepared for.


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dknights - November 17, 2015 04:04 AM (GMT)
I'm no fan, but that looks good.

KaneoheAFB - November 17, 2015 10:57 PM (GMT)
Its interesting to look at the Airfix panel lines and geometry after coming off a couple Hasegawa Beaufighter builds last year. There is a lot of nice things I have noticed about this Airfix kit based on your pics and progress Joe...looks like I'm going to have to pick one of these up soon and bite the bullet. Although the clear parts sound like a hit or miss, I'll have to pray to the Airfix gods.
Looks great Joe. Nose camera has got me interested in where your taking it. The RCAF two tone sounds pretty sweet.
Aloha Clint

Ruudster - November 19, 2015 07:37 PM (GMT)
looking very nice Joe!

ww2nut - December 25, 2015 05:51 AM (GMT)
It's been a month of very little modeling time but I'm finally getting back at it this week.

Wing tip lights added, fuel drains drilled out, engines mounted, engine cowl rings painted ModelMaster Gun Metal...will remove them again before painting, as they are separate parts that fit very well.

The model is officially ready for some paint now. I've also added some landing gear detail, but more about that later.

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KaneoheAFB - December 26, 2015 04:04 PM (GMT)
Joe this looks great! Does the antenna trailing tube (lead) come with this new release?
Wing lights look super as well as the tidy fit on the intakes. Get some licks in for me because I'm down for the count with a sinus infection, got in a fight with a Yule log of two part epoxy putty.
Be Healthy and happy and thank you for all your thoughtful and insightful WIP threads this year Joe.
Much aloha Clint

ww2nut - January 6, 2016 09:53 PM (GMT)
Thanks for the kind words Clint...paint is going on now. Should have more updates next week.

Joe

ww2nut - January 17, 2016 12:36 AM (GMT)
Finally moving forward with this one. The paint is mostly on, just need to add red primer patches and around the nose gun ports. Keen observers of the Beaufighter will notice I have the wrong air intakes on the cowlings. I should have used the short ones but didn't realize my error until too far along. That's what happens when you trust art work instead of photos.

The colors are from Mr Color, decals are Avieology of Canada. Flat coat will go on after I light sand the surface with fine micro mesh, then I'll continue with the weathering. Panel lines were highlighted with water soluble artists oils.

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dknights - January 17, 2016 01:04 AM (GMT)
Looks beautiful. I have several Avieology sets. How were they to use?

ww2nut - January 17, 2016 03:26 AM (GMT)
They worked well, though the insignia markings were a bit thick. Careful nudging, Microsol, and future settled them down. I can recommend them.

Joe

Big Kohona - January 17, 2016 06:00 AM (GMT)
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dixieflyer - January 17, 2016 03:33 PM (GMT)
Joe, really beautiful work so far. Thanks for answering the question from David as I too have several sheets from them, but haven't had a chance to try them yet.

Warren

ww2nut - January 18, 2016 04:17 AM (GMT)
Happy to help Warren, I have of few of their sheets, I was pleased with these and will use them again. Printing is good, opacity was very good. ^_^

Joe

ww2nut - January 23, 2016 09:15 PM (GMT)
Thanks all!

Here's where it is today. I painted the two patches on the port side of the rudder and the nose gun ports with primer red...using WEM's enamel "Rotbraun" for the color. I've coated the model with Testors new CreateFX Clear Flat, which is water based, and works very well for a good flat finish. This is the best water based product I've found for this and it seems to be quite durable as well. In the nose close up, even though its a bit blurry, you can see I have started to chip off some of the "High Temperature Black" paint from the cowl ring on the starboard engine. I see a lot of these done in bronze, but this isn't correct. Coastal Strike aircraft were given a coat of this special paint on their cowl rings, which chipped off in service, revealing an aluminum colored surface beneath.

I still have to add dirt, grime and chipping and some additional fading in some areas to the model. I will also add the Brassin resin exhausts which are painted and weathered.

The landing gear has been detailed, painted and is ready to install. The props are painted, as is the rear machine gun, which also had it's barrel replaced with a Master Models metal part. I still have to paint the rocket rails and the rockets themselves.

This one is taking a while longer than expected, but i think the results will be worth it.

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Ruudster - January 23, 2016 10:39 PM (GMT)
Love the looks of it!

ww2nut - January 24, 2016 12:31 AM (GMT)
Thanks Ruudster. ;)

Barry Numerick - January 24, 2016 05:20 AM (GMT)
Looking great, Joe. I like the flat coat. Will have to give that one a try. Did you thin it, and if so, with what?

ww2nut - January 24, 2016 05:23 AM (GMT)
Thanks Barry,

I actually shot it straight from the bottle using my old Paasche H. There was some tip drying but I kept a water soaked cotton swab near by and cleaned it as needed. Thinning might be a better solution. It shot very well though, nice coverage and smooth using about 35psi...or about double the pressure I use with my Micron C.

Joe

ww2nut - February 9, 2016 04:39 AM (GMT)
Did I mention I hate rockets? A full day spent cleaning up, painting, assembling, and weathering the 8 rockets and rails was needed to get them ready for installation but it's finally done. All that's left to do is attach the various radio and sensor wires and probes. I'll do a couple very minor touch ups and she's done at last. The belly shot is lousy in that all the subtle weathering on the undersides is nearly invisible in the photo. I will try a better shot when I do the final glamor pics...for now, here's where it is.

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Happy modeling all,

Joe Youngerman

Timmay! - February 9, 2016 01:04 PM (GMT)
Looking good, Joe. Where was this bird stationed? Timmay!

stimpy - February 9, 2016 01:16 PM (GMT)
That's a beautiful looking build!

ww2nut - February 9, 2016 05:37 PM (GMT)
Thanks guys...

Timmay, this aircraft was flying with the Dallachy Strike Wing, 404 SQ, RCAF, (operating as part of Coastal Command under the RAF, early 1945).

Joe

Timmay! - February 10, 2016 01:43 PM (GMT)
Thanks Joe. ^_^ Timmay!

Ruudster - February 10, 2016 03:36 PM (GMT)
Lurvly! Makes me want to buy it and build it!

ww2nut - February 12, 2016 12:03 AM (GMT)
Do it Ruudster! ;)

Joe




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