Author Topic: 1/48 Sea Beau  (Read 2602 times)

Offline tankmodeler

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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2018, 01:02:52 AM »
Oooooo! Me likey!
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2018, 02:24:25 AM »
Looking good so far.  One question for you though, what about your wing guns?  In the interest of weight-savings would there been wing guns.  Since there are four 20mm Hispano's in the fuselage would the .303s be necessary for the torpedo attack/anti-shipping role? 
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2018, 03:24:07 AM »
Looking good
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2018, 06:36:45 AM »
This is shaping up nicely, my preferred scale is god's own 1/72 scale but I have to admit the bigger scales allow much more scope for detail.  Like the concept too Mr Wombat.

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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2018, 07:31:45 PM »
Thanks, guys! :smiley:


@ Jeffry: In Reply #4 I mentioned losing the wing guns & have since discovered that, more often than not, the Coastal Command TF Mk.X Beaufighters (Torbeaus) had their wing guns removed & the aircraft relied only on their heavier 20mm armament to save weight. So, yeah, as a weight-saving & space-for-the-hydraulics measure, the wing guns are going ... I just haven't puttied up the gaps, yet. ;)
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2018, 03:49:39 PM »
It appears I'm not the only person to build a folding-wing Beaufighter.

Marcel du Long sets a high standard to aim for:



http://www.marceldulong.com/plastics/raaf-target-towing-bristol-beaufighter
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2018, 04:13:21 PM »
I hate those, "Slam, cop that done it before" pix. it is gorgeous though.

Time for you to put your own stamp on this idea. Plus I actually think you wing fold placement is more practical as he oil cooler is still integral to the wing

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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2018, 05:01:22 PM »
Time for you to put your own stamp on this idea. Plus I actually think you wing fold placement is more practical as he oil cooler is still integral to the wing

Workin' on it! ... Actually, I'm in the study avoiding being subjected to "Home & Away" ... But I will be working on it after 2000hrs! ;)

I considered where the wing fold went quite carefully before I made a decision. The major points for its location are (1) to reduce plumbing for the oil coolers & (2) to allow the outer wing to fold down over the lower wing to reduce the height of the aircraft. The penalty for that is a slightly wider foot-print but it's not that much wider than the tail-planes & I believe the lower height to be more important than taking up slightly more deck space.
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2018, 05:45:23 AM »
Man, those panel lines... :(
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2018, 06:20:59 AM »
Man, those panel lines... :(

Yeah! just horrible -- and German style tires (tyres)   ???  not seen any photos of any Brit aircraft that had tires like that during the war.

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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2018, 08:19:58 AM »
Man, those panel lines... :(

Yeah! just horrible -- and German style tires (tyres)   ???  not seen any photos of any Brit aircraft that had tires like that during the war.

Can't say I'm a fan of the over-worked panel lines but the tyres look like the kit supplied parts & the resin bulgies I have.

Actually, it's the tyres that are concerning me with my build at the moment.

What I have are the regular Beaufighter tyres, which are the round-walled, soft-sided tyres used for land operations. I'm wondering whether I should find some straighter-sided, hard-wall tyres for naval operations & I've had a bit of a look but everything I can find for naval aircraft of a similar vintage (right up to the Tracker) have a smaller diameter than the Beaufighter tyres.

Any suggestions? Otherwise I'll just have a go at modifying the kit wheels, unless I get lazy & just go with the kit wheels as they are (I won't be using the resin bulgies on this build because the bulge is very wide & shows the tyres must have been quite soft).
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2018, 09:28:04 AM »

 but the tyres look like the kit supplied parts & the resin bulgies I have.


not sure why (see below)



Actually, it's the tyres that are concerning me with my build at the moment.

What I have are the regular Beaufighter tyres, which are the round-walled, soft-sided tyres used for land operations. I'm wondering whether I should find some straighter-sided, hard-wall tyres for naval operations & I've had a bit of a look but everything I can find for naval aircraft of a similar vintage (right up to the Tracker) have a smaller diameter than the Beaufighter tyres.

Any suggestions? Otherwise I'll just have a go at modifying the kit wheels, unless I get lazy & just go with the kit wheels as they are (I won't be using the resin bulgies on this build because the bulge is very wide & shows the tyres must have been quite soft).

What diameter are they Guy ?
« Last Edit: November 28, 2018, 09:39:14 AM by kitnut617 »

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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2018, 09:39:33 AM »
23mm or a touch over 7/8"

So, converted to RW; 80.5cm or 31.4"(+/-)
« Last Edit: November 28, 2018, 09:42:50 AM by Old Wombat »
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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2018, 09:43:55 AM »
Sorry, I can't help there, I forgot this is 1/48 and I was going to suggest using something in that scale if it was a 1/72 kit. For my Sabre Mosquito I had made up some wheels which were to be as big as a B-25 wheel

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Re: 1/48 Sea Beau
« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2018, 09:47:03 AM »
All good! :smiley:

Mind you, the photo you posted is good! It made me realise how over-scale the upper undercarriage parts are on the kit, which works in my favour, as I don't have to bulk them up for naval op's! 8)
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