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ICM 1/48 scale Bristol Beaufort plastic model kit review

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The Bristol Beaufort can loosely be referred to as an offspring of the Blenheim. According to The Bristol Beaufort: A Technical Guide (Valiant Wings, ISBN 978-1-91293-2-214), design work began on the twin-engine torpedo bomber in response to a September 1935 request from the British Air Ministry. As the role and specifications of the Air Ministry changed, so did the design, delaying the rollout of the first airframe until September 1938. Manufactured in both England (with Taurus engines) and Australia (with Pratt & Whitney engines), the last Beaufort left service in 1948 and remained in reserve with the Royal Australian Air Force until 1953.

To my knowledge, ICM has produced the first injection-molded plastic 1/48 scale Beaufort model kit. It’s hard to believe that an aircraft with such longevity has been overlooked for this long. The finely detailed, gray plastic parts are softer than those produced by other manufacturers but are easy to work with. In contrast, the clear parts felt brittle, but still provided excellent detail.

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