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  1. Cost is important and hopefully Kotare's new kit will be well within most modelers' budget. Not everyone can afford Tamiya. IMHO, for example, it's great to have both a Revell 1/32 Mk.IX and a Tamiya Mk.IX to choose from. A Mk.I is very attractive. Like so many of you, I hope a Mk.V will follow. The markings possibilities for Mk.I and Mk.V are terrific. Wishing Kotare (and Tamiya) all the best.
  2. Here is some preliminary work done on the Hispano-Suiza HS.404 20 mm cannon. This is the drum-fed model suitable for early Beaufighters. A belt-fed cannon for late-model Beaufighters will also be designed. Four of these are fit below the observer's station, parts of which will be visible through floor cutouts. Much work yet to do. Some of what you see here will change.
  3. For purists, the 5"/38 cal. Mk.38 twin-gun mount was typically fit to Allen M. Sumner class and Gearing class destroyers and other ships where weight was important consideration. Essex class carriers as well as USS Saratoga CV-3 were fit with Mk.32 twin-gun mounts which were heavier, were slightly different in shape and size, and had different details including different rangefinder hoods, hidden bump stops at the bottom of the glacis and different rear wall accesses and ports. Most people probably wouldn't notice the difference. But for those interested, generally, the four most common 5"/38 cal. twin-gun mounts were: Mk.28 - fast battleships (North Carolina class, South Dakota class and Iowa class). Mk.29 - early Atlanta class light cruisers, externally identical to the Mk.28 but had thinner plating to save weight. Mk.32 - cruisers, aircraft carriers, and reconstructed pre-war battleships (USS Pennsylvania, USS Nevada, USS Tennessee, USS California, USS West Virginia). Mk.38 - lighter weight and shorter, fit to Allen M. Sumner class destroyers, Gearing class destroyers, Wind class icebreakers, etc. Some large scale ship modelers are unhappy that Trumpeter includes the wrong 5"/38 mounts for their 1/200 scale USS Missouri kit. But others aren't bothered by it. Below are some renderings to help show the differences between the Mk. 28 (Mk.29 appearance is identical to Mk.28), Mk.32 and Mk.38, and a fully dimensioned Navy drawing with Mk.28 on top, Mk.32 in the middle, and Mk.38 on the bottom.
  4. Perfect! Thank you very much, Alex! Special thank you coming to you by private message.
  5. Thanks so much, Bob. A.L. Bentley drawings are truly sublime. Unfortunately, shipping just the one piece of paper to the US costs £30 (over $40 USD). I'll need to keep looking. Thanks again.
  6. Seeking dimensioned drawings for both the Mk.I drum-fed cannon (Beaufighter, Whirlwind) and the Mk.II belt-fed cannon (Spitfire, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest, Mosquito, Beaufighter, etc.). I have scanned copies of US Army technical manuals TM 9-227 and TM 9-1227 from 1942 which have excellent, detailed photos of a nearly identical US version of the gun and all of its component parts, but nothing is dimensioned. I know what the components look like but not how big anything is. Any help is hugely appreciated.
  7. Here you go! Also available in 1/32 scale. Photos below are of the 1/48 scale model.
  8. Test-printing a 1/48 scale extended tank with raised, offset cap today. I'll post photos shortly.
  9. A bit more work done: oxygen bottles, tool locker (top box), cartridge stowage (bottom box), and the rack that holds them. Some of what you see here will change. Below is the observer's station married to the cockpit. The observer's station floor will be widened later to match the contours of the Revell kit's fuselage halves. As you can see, the cockpit and observer's station together make a very large model, about 25.25 cm (~10 inches) long. Because of its large size and the extraordinary time it will take to 3D print, I regret to report that the model will be relatively expensive. Still much design work to do.
  10. Here's a rendering of the 1/32 scale Beaufighter observer's station design at about 75% complete. This is the late station configuration (Mk.VI, Mk.X and Mk.21), with ammunition bins and pyramidal seat support platform. It is possible that Mk.I Beaufighters were retrofit to this configuration when 20mm ammo bins replaced 20mm ammo drums and the seat platform was strengthened. Some of what you see here will change and more features will be added as the design continues to mature.
  11. Wishing you a very speedy recovery and hope the surgery is more than successful!
  12. Hi Andy and Hacker, Good news, I released a 1/32 scale British Mk.XV torpedo for the Beaufighter a few weeks ago as well as three different configurations of Bf 109 spinners in 1/24 and 1/32 scale. For model ship fans, I released a set of RMS Titanic funnels in 1/350 and 1/200 scales a few months ago, and last month I released a set of turrets for five different World War Two-era Italian heavy cruisers in 1/350 and 1/400 scales. The Beaufighter observer's station is in design now which is proceeding much slower than expected. Covid-related supply and shipping issues as well as heavy sales have badly affected available design time so most new design projects have been delayed. Unfortunately, Spitfire designs are among those postponed. Once the Beau observer's station is done, I'll get to work on the 1/24 scale George cockpit for the Bandai kit. More Spitfire products are in the queue after that. Regarding Bf 109 wheel wells, I'm presently working through a very robust and challenging research and design project queue right now. Once those projects are complete, I hope to add more aircraft projects to the queue. Thanks for your interest and patience! Kind regards, Steve
  13. Uncertain. Hopefully an expert here can answer the question. Richard A. Franks, writing in his excellent "The Bristol Beaufighter: A Detailed Guide To Bristol's Hard-hitting Twin" states that Mk.VI, Mk.X and Mk.21 Beaufighters could carry a British 18-inch, 21-inch or US-made 22.5-inch Mk.13 torpedo but he doesn't state who the actual operators of those aircraft were (pages 104, 108-109, and 112). Mr. Franks also states that although Australian Beaus Mk.21 were fit with torpedo mounting equipment, a 2000 lb HE bomb was normally carried in place of the torpedo (page 73).
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