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#21 Rick65

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 12:52 PM

The focus of Stewart Wilson's books is on the Australian usage and where applicable development and Australian production of the planes featured. The start of the articles on each plane type is a general description on how they were designed and developed, and a reasonable outline of the models and usage prior to Australian adoption of the type. Good stuff but there would be more detail in books specialising in specific types such as the Beaufighter and not focussing as much on the Australian side.

The book was first published in 1990 and my copy is a 1993 reprint so also not that recent.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:24 AM

The Beaufighter was one of my favourite twins. With those big radials and a short nose, it looked like it was all business. With rockets and torpedoes it played a role against German coastal shipping. It also held its own at night, plugging a gap before the NF Mossies turned up. It looked totally business like, similar to a pit bull. My absolute favourite would be the Hornet, which is quite opposite, more like a greyhound.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:40 PM

How effective was the Beau as a long-range fighter?

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:58 PM

I could not have said it better FK. My studies have been pretty much limited to

WW2 and the time just preceding. So the Hornet doesn't really become involved.

I always thought the Beaufighter looked all business also. Pit Bull? I would have

classified it as a full blown Bulldog. Pudgy but all business.

 

I built AIRFIX's T.F.X. in 1/72 scale back in the late 1970's. I did not do a very good

job on the paint scheme. In 1994 we had a fire in our house and most of the models

that I built in the 70's and still owned were melted. Not the T.F.X. I still have this

model to the best of my knowledge.....I'm not real sure where it is though. :rolleyes:



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:02 PM

How effective was the Beau as a long-range fighter?

As a long-range fighter I am going to guess fair.

As a fairly long range attack aircraft I'm going to guess awesome.



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:22 AM

Have a read about the amazing "Bob" Braham who took the too big, too slow Beaufighter about as far as you could as a fighter.

https://en.wikipedia...m_(RAF_officer)

I would not have liked to fly in the back with him or be his CO!







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