Bristol Beaufort Mk.I
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH 72026 - Bristol Beaufort Mk.I Torpedo Bomber
grey injection moulded parts on four sprues, 13 clear parts
on one sprue, 25 finely moulded resin parts, 1 small PE fret
containing seven parts, decals for two aircraft and
instructions with history, build diagrams, parts plans and
painting and marking instructions.
USD$21.96 from Squadron.com
||Long awaited subject,
highly detailed and beautifully done; excellent resin
detail; ; very clear injection moulded canopy and turret.
||Red in the British
markings looks a little on the bright side; some experience
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Beaufort Mk.I is available online from
This is one of the
models Iíve been waiting a long time for. Apart from the old Frog
offering, there have been a couple of Beaufort variants available from
High Planes in Australia which, although very detailed and very
accurate, were a bit hard for us ďNungersĒ to tackle. Now along comes
Special Hobby from MPM, bless their cotton socks, to bring us this
So, what do you get for your hard earned lolly? Lots and lots of nice
grey engraved plastic, 76 parts in fact, although not all are used in
this kit. The overall quality of the styrene is perhaps not quite as
good as Tamiya or Hasagawa, but is certainly better than many other well
established companies that I could mention.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The transparent sprue is
crystal clear and distortion free, with thin parts included both for the
Mk.I and for later Marks (for example, the. turrets for the Mk.II).
The resin bits (drool) by CMK are as well detailed as you would expect
from that company.
The PE fret is quite small and only has seven parts, fortunately. No,
really, I love PE. (NOT).
Decals are supplied for two aircraft, both being British as I donít
think anyone else used the Mk.I. The decals are printed by a company
named Aviprint who I havenít heard of before. They look fairly good
although the red may be a bit bright but I think still usable.
Instructions are standard Special Hobby fare with clear build diagrams
and colour and marking charts.
There are a few oddities. Special Hobby supplies six engine-cowling
halves. Initially I thought they were giving us the Mk.II bits but I
think the Mk.II cowlings were a different shape. However you do get the
two engine- nacelles for the Mk.II with the exhausts along the sides.
Well, you can expect a build report on this one very soon.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett Green
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