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Hasegawa's 1/72 scale
Bristol Beaufighter TF.X

by Marty Sanford

Bristol Beaufighter TF.X
NE355, EE-H, 404 “Buffalo” Squadron, RCAF
RAF Coastal Command, Banff, Scotland, June 1944


Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Beaufighters are available online from Squadron.com




Here is my Hasegawa 1/72 Scale Beaufighter TF X, Kit # 51214 (CP14)


  • I used the Aires Cockpit Interior, Set # 72-7038

  • the Aft wing navigation lights were faired over painted;

  • nose gun camera was scratch built & substituted to match photos of the actual aircraft, as was the unusual light colored painting of the cowl flaps on the starboard engine



Otherwise the kit is built straight from the box. I really do not understand why we don’t see the Hasegawa 1/72 Beaufighters built up more often as they are great kits!



Painting and Markings


Exhaust fairing & cowl rings painted with Testor's enamel mix of rust, brass & black. All other colors custom mixed from Tamiya acrylics, post shaded and panel faded.

Flat coat is Future mixed with Tamiya Flat Base

Decals are from various sources:

  • Serial Number modified from kit decals,

  • Code letters from Techmod Dull Red RAF Code Letters sheet (over masked white painted areas)

  • Fuselage Roundels and Fin Flash from Eagle Strike; Upper wing Roundels from Modeldecal



After assembly, the canopy was brush pained by hand with Future acrylic floor polish and left to dry. This resulted in a smooth clarity in the kit transparency, allowing at least a portion of the wonderful Aires cockpit interior to be seen.

The model won a Second Place in the 1/72 scale multi engine medium propeller category at the 2007 IPMS USA Nationals in Anaheim, California.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Marty Sanford
Page Created 21 October, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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