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. Although some saw combat use, the majority served in the training role.
The next production variants, the Mk. VII & Mk. VIII saw extensive combat use by the RAAF in antishipping and light bombing roles. Early versions had a turret previously used in the Bristol Blenheim, the Bristol B.1 MkV with two 0.303 Brownings. Vickers K guns were added ingimble mounts in the nose. This covered the serial range A9-180 to A9-499.
This High Planes set includes the additional parts and decals to build the early RAAF DAP Beaufort Mk. VIII 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)
- Browning 0.303 turret guns & turret fairing (PU resin)
- Turret Doors (clear resin)
DAP pattern Tail Fin (PU Resin)
- ASV II fuselage aerials (photo etch brass)
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