Bristol Beaufighter Antennas and Position Lights

Published: January 28th, 2018     
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Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
Price: $5.00
Product / Stock #: QB 72 541
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

This set for the new Airfix Beaufighter is a bit different. It includes a replacement antenna and pitot tube which are direct replacements for the kit parts. They are, as usual, nicely cast with no air bubbles.

The other 3 bits are position lights molded in clear red, blue, and amber resin. The unusual bit about these is there are no instructions telling you where they belong on the model. The kit doesn't include position lights and there is nowhere in the kit instructions on where they could be. In fact, looking around the web there is a complete lack of info on Beaufighter position lights. So, what is a modeler to do?

I grabbed my copy of Airfix Model World magazine issue 86 from July 2016 which has a nice Supplement on the Beau and guess what? Nothing about position lights. However, the plans of the underside do show 3 circles under the fuselage just in front of the tail wheel. Maybe? The only other thing that I have seen that may support that is Aviaeology has a decal set that the instructions show 3 decals numbered 24 that look like they go there but the pic I can see is too small to tell me what they are or what order they go.

So, if anybody out there reads this and knows more, please post a reply.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

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