Tamiya 1/48 scale conversion
by George Schmidt (builder)
Ben Schmidt (photographer & researcher)
Bristol Beaufighter Mk.Ic
1/48 scale Beaufighter Mk.VI is available online from
This is my father's latest model, a Bristol Beaufighter
Mk.Ic backdated from Tamiya's Mk.VIc kit. It represents a heavily
sandblasted and weathered workhorse of No.252 Squadron, baseed at Idku,
Egypt in December 1941.
This aircraft has recently received heavy damage to it's
rear section, and a brand-new replacement rear section with Azure Blue
undersides has been added. The front section remains in the early Desert
Scheme Sky Type "S" undersides. The code letters are an unusual size, as
are the size and position of the serial numbers. The profile of this
aircraft can be seen on the IPMS Stockholm website.
Backdating / Conversion
The backdating/conversion involved:
Scratchbuilt early "tube
type" non-hedgehog exhausts,
a KMC resin "flat" tail,
a modified vertical tail
with two lights as opposed to the one on the Mk.VIc tail in the kit,
a scratchbuilt tube of
some sort (not sure what it is, exactly!) on the ventral surface,
early type wheels from a
CMK Mk.If conversion kit.
The short intakes and
large early propeller spinners were extras kindly provided (but not
mentioned in the instructions!) in the Tamiya kit itself.
The KMC resin cockpit set, Squadron vacuform canopies,
and Eduard pre-colored etch seatbelts were used.
Many additional interior details were added to both
fuselage sidewalls from the "spares box" and scratchbuilt items:
the landing light was
drilled out and detailed with bulbs, reflectors, and wiring,
the observers' hatch was
cut and positioned "open" with scratchbuilt handles, hinges, and
both boarding hatches
were positioned open,
the engines were
detailed with two pipes to each cylinder and four internal "V"
supports per engine,
the navigation lights
were drilled out and filled with Tamiya clear red and blue to
represent the colored bulb in a clear housing,
the new tail lights are
CMK clear resin bulbs (top blue, lower clear), and
the decals are a mixture
of Decals Carpena and ADS Decals, with Microscale red decal sheet
being used for the red-doped gun and cannon port coverings.
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Model by George Schmidt
Images and Text Copyright ©
2005 by Ben Schmidt
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