Recommended to help build a Beaufighter Mk.VI or TF Mk.X from:
- Revell 1/32 scale Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF Night Fighter
- Revell/Lodela 1/32 scale Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF
- and more!
Independently reviewed by Brett Green on Hyperscale. Link:
This model represents the late-type, long-span, dihedral tailplanes fit to Bristol Beaufighters, Mk.IIf, Mk.VIc, Mk.VIf, Mk.X, TF Mk.X, and TT Mk.X, etc., and retrofit to some Mk.I aircraft. Compared to the early-type, the late-type dihedral tailplanes had larger elevators (leading edge inboard of the hinge was moved forward).
Beaufighters were found in service to have some lateral instability during take-off and landing. To help correct this problem, the configuration of the original flat tailplanes was changed, increasing their span to 20 feet 5 inches, and giving them a dihedral of 12.5 degrees.
This set includes separate elevators and balance tabs. Beaufighter elevators have two tabs at the trailing edge. The inboard tab is the "trim tab". On a real aircraft, the trim tab is adjusted by the pilot. The outboard tab is called the "balance tab" or "servo tab". When assembling your tailplanes, note that balance tabs function differently than trim tabs. Balance tabs move in the opposite direction of the elevators. To help you set your balance tabs in the correct position, see photos of real Beaufighters and: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servo_tab
When assembling your tailplanes, ensure that the tabs' control horns are on the upper surface.
A set of early-type dihedral tailplanes will be available separately. Tailplane type varied from aircraft to aircraft. Please consult your references to learn which type is correct for your model.
If you need to clean these parts, isopropyl alcohol or mild dishwashing soap in warm water is recommended. Do not use acetone or acetate (found in acetone-free nail polish remover). Acetone and acetate can melt 3D-printed plastic.
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