Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X Fighter Aircraft
This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 Scale #67 Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X Kit from Tamiya. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
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- Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in grey.
- Ready to assemble precision model kit.
- Includes two highly-detailed figures to man the plane.
- Two types of markings and three types of weapons are included for dressing up plane.
- Weapons loadout includes 3-inch rockets, 500 pound bombs, and a torpedo.
- Top of plane fuselage includes an accurately detailed gunner's bubble.
- Extremely detailed instructions included in box.
- Scale: 1/48
- Wingspan: 370mm.
- Fuselage Length: 270mm.
- Tamiya Product Number: 61067
One 1/48 Plastic Series #67 Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X Kit
Requirements & Suggestions
- Plastic cement (tes3501) (tes3502) (pls00002) (tam87012) or glue (hlc107)
- Paint (see MARKING OPTIONS)
- Paint Brushes
- Sprue Cutter (xur410a) (tes8940) (exl55594)
- Modeling Knife (exl16001) (xacx3627) (exl16018)
- Tweezers (tam74003) (exl30416) (tes50632c)
- Pin Vise (1mm & 2mm drill bit)
- File or Emery Board
- Water for Decals
- Toothpics or Glue Sticks
- Adult Supervision
Making use of its sturdy construction and ample weaponry, the RAF's multipurpose Bristol Beaufighter fulfilled a wide variety of duties throughout World War II. At first, these planes showed their effectiveness as night interceptors, until that duty was passed on to the faster Mosquito. The Beaufighter's main role became ground attack and anti-shipping strike.
The next generation of the Beau, the TF.Mk.X, used a 1770hp Hercules XVI engine and heightened anti-ship attack capabilities. Its deadly arsenal consisted on one eighteen-inch torpedo or two 500 lbs bombs, plus eight rocket projectiles. The nose of the plane housed a special navigation system as well as an Al Mk.8 radar for surface and submarine detection. Starting in early 1944, the TF.Mk.Xs were deployed to Coastal Squadrons 144, 235 and 404. In a typical anti-ship attack, the rocket equipped Beaus would first approach the enemies ships at low altitude, firing their rockets. The torpedo equipped Beaus would then follow up, launching their torpedoes at the weak spots of the damaged vessels.
In the Normandy Invasion, the Coastal Squadrons moved their bases to the south of England. From there, the Mk.Xs attacked and sunk many German destroyers and torpedo boats. In March 1945, in the span of only forty-eight hours, Squadrons 236 and 254, flying Mk.Xs, located and destroyed 5 U-boats.
- Two decal sheets with markings for 2 aircraft
- 1: Coastal Squadron 236, 1944
- 2: Coastal Squadron 254, 1944
- Airframe & Detail Colors
- Ocean Grey (RAF), Red, Gun Metal, Chrome Silver, Gold Leaf,
- Semi-Gloss Black, Clear Green, Clear Red, Flat Black, Flat White,
- Flat Yellow, Flat Green, Copper, Flat Brown, Flat Flesh, Sky Grey,
- Sky, Black Green, Khaki, Field Blue, Flat Earth, Red Brown, Field
- Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children.
- Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives.
- The paint suggested for use with this model should be used only by an adult in a well-ventilated area.