The Bristol Beaufighter was a British heavy fighter, developed from the Beaufort torpedo bomber and its first prototype flew in July 1939. The first Beaufighter variants – the Mk.IF and Cs – were high performance fighters and long-range fighters, respectively, while the former Mark also became an efficient night-fighter, employing the then novel AI radar.
The Beaufighter was a two-seat, twin engine, all-metal mid-wing cantilever monoplane, fitted with a retractable undercarriage. It was powered by two Hercules radial engines and the armament consisted of four cannons in the nose, four guns in the starboard wing and another two guns in the port wing. The Beaufighter Mk.VIF, introduced in 1942, was fitted with more powerful engines and its wing mounted guns could be replaced by additional fuel tanks to extend the aircraft’s range.
Like its predecessors, the Mk.VIF was produced for Fighter Command and the Mk.VIC for Coastal Command. Some 1,840 Mk.VI aircraft were produced and this type remained in service until the summer of 1944.
The Beaufighter had a long career and served in almost all theatres of war during the WWII, at first as a night fighter, then as a fighter-bomber and eventually being used as a torpedo-bomber.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF, X8023, Red BQ-I, No.600 Sq., RAF, Predannack airfield, summer 1942
2) Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIC, T5273, Grey H ‘Benghazi Bus’, No.46 Sq., RAF, Idku airfield (LG-229), Egypt, December 1942
3) Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIC, X8035, Sky J, No.227 Sq., RAF, Luqa airfield, Malta, August 1942
4) Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF, X8005, Red EW-R, No.307 (Polish) Sq., RAF, Exeter airfield, late 1942