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Hobby Master 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X NE548, 455 Sqn., RAAF, mid-1944 "UB-E"

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Bristol Beaufighter TF.X
NE548, 455 Sqn., RAAF, mid-1944 "UB-E"

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Hobby Master 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X NE548, 455 Sqn., RAAF, mid-1944 "UB-E"

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1:72 Scale                                   Length           Width
Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk X           7"                9.75"

No. 455 Squadron RAAF was formed on May 23, 1941 in Williamtown, NSW. Late in 1943 Bristol Beaufighters replaced the aging Hampdens so RAAF 455 Sqn stationed along side the RNZAF 489 Sqn were formed into a strike force and developed new tactics. This force was known as the ANZAC Wing and moved to Langham on April 12, 1944.. From this base the ANZAC Wing conducted operations in an effort to clear the English Channel of German vessels in preparation for D-Day and during the D-Day landings. A photograph was taken of Beaufighter UB-E NE548 firing a salvo of rockets has become the iconic photo of a T.F.X or perhaps of any Beaufighter.

Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk X

Designed to counter the growing threat of the Luftwaffe, the British Bristol Beaufighter—known as "Beau"—first flew on July 17th, 1939. The rugged Beaufighter had two-speed supercharged radial engines mounted well ahead of the wing leading edges. The cockpit was located in the snub nose, which gave the pilot an excellent forward view. A navigator, wireless operator and rear gunner were positioned in a rear cupola. The Beau's premier role was as a nightfighter, but it was also used as a long-range fighter and developed into an antishipping and ground attack cannon rocket-firing fighter, torpedo plane and tactical bomber.

Hobby Master's 1:72 scale Bristol Beaufighter is constructed almost entirely from diecast metal with a large thick solid metal wing and stubby nose. The fuselage features four 20mm cannon ports with vents for spent shell casings, simulated fabric stretched control surfaces and removable canopies that open to reveal pad-printed instrument panels, control yoke and side-mounted equipment. The wing has six gun ports on the leading edge and seamlessly-blended engine nacelles and cooling fins on each cylinder head. Variants in the series include the TF.Mk.X torpedo fighter with removable torpedo, the night fighter Mk.IF with "herringbone" antenna and the all-weather/night attack Mk.VIF with its "thimble-nose" radome.

Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

    Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
    Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
    Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
    Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
    Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
    Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
    Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
    Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

Additional Information

Show on Homepage Bristol Beaufighter RAAF
Diecast Toy Manufacturer Hobby Master
Manufacturer No
Country Australia
Scale 1:72
Type Propeller
Series Beaufighter
Color Blue