DAP Beaufighter 21
DAP Beaufighter 21
1/48 scale Beaufighter Mk.VI is available online from
Here is David Charles' 1/48 scale model of an Australian
built DAP (Department of Aircraft Construction) Beaufighter 21.
The Beaufighter 21 was a unique Australian variant that
operated in Australia and the Pacific theatre during the Second World
War; and well into the post-war era. It was originally based on the
Beaufighter Mk.X, but more than 140 modifications and improvements made
this the hardest hitting of all Beaufighter variants.
David modified Tamiya's 1/48 scale Beaufighter Mk.VI to
represent the RAAF's "Whispering Death".
Fuselage Modifications and
All header pipes added
from cylinders to collector rings. Cowl braces added. Magnetos and
plumbing added. Long supercharger filter added.
New Sperry auto-pilot
housing made for nose.
Air intakes added to
Front cockpit, including
instrument panels and controls, completely rebuilt (except for
control wheel and seatbelts) to Mk.21 standards. Seat is folded
back, ready for pilot entry.
New DF loop made. Bolts
added to housing.
About 60 new items made
for addition to fuselage interior.
New accurate H.F. aerial
Brace added to top of
Hatch cut open, modified
and detailed. Rear cockpit completely rebuilt (except for seats and
Cover added to dinghy
Tail surfaces separated
and reshaped. Detail added.
Incorrect trim actuators
removed from top of tailplanes and new actuators built below
Sratchbuilt Mk.21 tail
Tail wheel bay
Flare chute added (port
side). Trailing aerial fairlead added (starboard side).
Air scoops/vents added
to fuselage in five places.
Blast tubes added for
All the usual control
wires added, holes drilled, aerials fitted, details added and so on.
Mainplane Modifications and
Forward lights rebuilt.
Rear lights painted over (both sides)
Rocket rails rebuilt
Flame dampening exhausts
scratchbuilt (both sides)
Inside of undercarriage
doors totally rebuilt to Australian pressed style. Actuators and
plumbing added. Undercarriage detailed (both sides)
Braces added to oil
cooler inlets (both sides)
Black tape to doped
Resin lights added to
Landing lights and cover
Gun ports removed (both
All the usual detailing
-vents drilled, cowl flaps thinned, ports opened and so on.
The model was painted in an overall well worn and
stained coat of RAAF Foliage Green.
Markings were from Aussie Decals sheet A48019, which has
recently been re-released. The markings on this sheet include:
Mk.21 A8-159 E.SK "Ginger Meggs" Tail Art. Nose Name "Nancy"
Mk.21 A8-116 N.SK "Gremlin" Tail Art. Nose Name "Babs"
Mk.21 A8-120 P.SK "Barren Joey" Tail Art. Nose Name "Pattie"
David chose the second option.
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Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2004 by David Charles
Page Created 05 May, 2004
05 May, 2004
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