1/48 Classic Airframes Bristol Blenheim Mk IV.f

Gallery Article by Colin Latta on Apr 28 2020



This is Classic Airframes 1/48 Blenheim Mk IV, Finished as a 404 Squadron, RCAF, aircraft flown by Wing Commander Woodruff, and F/S Sims on 18 December, 1941, when they scored this units first air-to-air victory, a JU-88, operating out of Sumburgh, Shetland Islands. 

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The Classic’s kit is a good basis to start from, but required a fair amount of work to complete as a Coastal Command Mk IV.f, as follows…

  • Vacuformed side windows with blisters, replaced triangular center window and oval side windows.

  • Add wedge shaped rear view mirror

  • Detailed cockpit with many scratchbuilt parts (throttles, area behind seats, rudder pedals, sidewalls, belts etc)

  • Scratchbuilt rear turret twin Browning .303’s, ammo belts, turret lower section etc.

  • Detailed engines with cowl exhaust ring, exhaust pipes, cowl braces, oil sump, flame damper exhaust

  • Rescribed airframe, deepened and corrected flight control scribing, and added actuators and control cables

  • Scratchbuilt belly gun assembly and blast plate

  • Detailed landing gear and wheel wells, added BarracudaCast wheels

  • Added all nav lights and landing lights

  • Finished with Tamiya Acrylics, weathered with enamels, pastels, and prismacolor pencils

  • Decals from kit, Xtradecal squadron codes, Aviaeology serial numbers

Enjoy the photos.

Colin Latta

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Photos and text © by Colin Latta