The Beaufort became the RAAF aircraft of choice for its Bomber requirement in 1938, and became the basis for the largest production order up to that time in Australia, with aircraft slated not only for the RAAF, but also as a source for the RAF.
The design was slightly modified, with different wheel wells and engines, and the first 50 were designated as the Mk V. These had P&W R-1830 Twin Wasp engines with 2 speed superchargers. The next version, the Mk VI, was identical except that the engines were only fitted with single speed superchargers. The Mk VII variant, used the same engines as the Mk VI, but with 12’ Hamilton Standard propellers, ASVII radar and under nose turret. Vickers K guns were added in gimble mounts in the nose. The final version was the Mk VIII with Hydromatic propellors, plus two turret variations.
To fill a need for transports, 46 Beauforts were converted by removing the combat equipment and adding a turtle deck from the rear turret position to the fin. The type saw extensive use in 1944-45 with various communications units and for a short while in the post war. This covered the serial range A9-701 to A9-746.
This High Planes set includes the additional parts and decals to build the early RAAF DAP Beaufort Mk. IX Beaufreighter from the Airfix Bristol Beaufort I (2021).
Detail set includes:
Twin Wasp Engines, Cowls & Gills (PU Resin)
DAP pattern Nacelles (3D Print)
DAP pattern Undercarriage Doors, Intakes & Exhausts (PU Resin)
Curtis Electric C532 -D-F20 11' 6" dia Propellers and Hubs (PU Resin)
- Rear turtle deck fairing (clear resin)
- ADF loop aerial (PU resin)
DAP pattern Tail Fin (PU Resin)
- Wing bomb racks (PU Resin)
NOTE: The propeller blades are very fine and may distort in shipping. If this happens, simply dip in hot water for 10-15 seconds to reshape to the correct shape.
Materials: Resin. 3D printed polymer
Paint and cement not included. Suitable for ages 14 to Adult