Beaufighter gun bay

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Beaufighter gun bay

Joined: December 2nd, 2004, 2:45 am

July 18th, 2012, 11:38 am #1

Guys,

I'm adding some detail to the Revell Beaufighter in order to make it a "Green Ghost" Aussie Beau,

At the moment I'm wanting to modify the gun bay beneath the pilot and was wondering whether the four cannons were aligned with each other or were they offset a little like the P-38.

Any thoughts????

TIA

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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 4:17 pm

July 18th, 2012, 12:03 pm #2





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Joined: March 19th, 2010, 3:20 pm

July 18th, 2012, 4:28 pm #3

Steven,
I'd be very interested in getting a copy via email of what you sent to the topic's OP. I'm currently researching this with up-to-date Beaufighter plans as a work in progress.

I have a feeling that the stagger was vertical and not horizontal and this accounts for the asymmetric disposition of the muzzle troughs when viewed from the front. I also have to wonder if this affected the first production a/c which had the drum fed cannon, or all models regardless of cannon model.

Absolutes on this have been difficult to track down in the Bristol / MAP documentation on the type.

More research definitely required!
TIA,

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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 4:17 pm

July 18th, 2012, 4:48 pm #4





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Ive realized that most people ... tend not to be direct when they feel something is shoddy because they want to be liked, "which is actually a vain trait".
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Joined: October 3rd, 2009, 9:24 am

July 18th, 2012, 8:00 pm #5

Guys,

I'm adding some detail to the Revell Beaufighter in order to make it a "Green Ghost" Aussie Beau,

At the moment I'm wanting to modify the gun bay beneath the pilot and was wondering whether the four cannons were aligned with each other or were they offset a little like the P-38.

Any thoughts????

TIA

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I organise to burn off a roll of film on our MK 21 on the
weekend.
Its 20mm gun bay is open and the cannons are in place.

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Joined: March 19th, 2010, 3:20 pm

July 18th, 2012, 8:36 pm #6

Looking forward to seeing the results. A few suggestions if I may

1) Be sure to get coverage of the rear face of bulkhead at the front of the open bay on both sides where the blast tubes are mounted. Looking at the muzzle troughs from the front of the aircraft, it looks as though the cannon are staggered with the lefthand weapon in each bay higher than the righthand weapon in each bay. A clear pic of the bulkhead should confirm it or send us looking elsewhere for the reason.

2) A dead on frontal pic the more telephoto (or not wide angle) the better. Though I understand that there may be space restrictions preventing this.

3) A dead on from below the nose oye, again with the space restrictions.


There are other areas that need sorting out as well:
top of nacelles for panel arrangement and oil filler hatch.
top of wings outboard of nacelles. I realize this may be different on the .50 armed Australian built Mk.21s and would like to represent it accurately in my WiP drawings set.

Other differences on your home-grown '21s include some aspects of the cockpit (trim controls and especially the main instrument panel)and the tail landing gear unit.
HTH!


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Joined: October 3rd, 2009, 9:24 am

July 18th, 2012, 9:24 pm #7

I know thinking not usually something blondes are good at

A lot of what you need has already been done by my Father for a similar request from central Europe.
If I put you two in contact perhaps that would be more useful if you doing 3 views?

Happy to post pics, might be better to give Mr G a cd of pics for a walkround.
Thoughts?

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Joined: March 19th, 2010, 3:20 pm

July 18th, 2012, 9:36 pm #8

I'm pretty far along with the drawings but would really like to differentiate the Mk.21s in the same way as the other marques. With respect to drawings, certain aspects of the Beau have been left in the "ambiguous" realm for far too long.

Sorry to hear about potential troubles of being blonde. However, I was thinking that you're entirely on game! It's when you become mostly bald like me that you really start to run out of options! ,'8o)


Cheers!

Terry @ SkyGid Studio / Aviaeology Publishing /CAHS Journal
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