CMK 1/48 CONVERSION
Mk IIF conversion
Contents and Media:
1 printed decals sheet (laser),
1 screen-printed white decal. An A4 sized instruction
booklet with profile of the aircraft and decal instructions.
Covers a version of the Beau that
would otherwise not be modeled
Incorrect decals, possible ill
Highly recommended but check to
ensure correct decals are included
The Mk IIF Beaufighter was a conversion
powered by the Rolls Royce Merlin XX liquid cooled in line
engines. This conversion was done to cover the possibility
that production of the normal Beau engine, the Hercules,
would be strained resulting in a shortage. The tally for
the aircraft was 450 of the 910 Beaufighter's produced
With the change in engine profile from the normal round
engine to the more slimmer Merlin; the Mk II was slightly
faster than the Mk I already in production. The aircraft
was used for the night fighting role by the RAF and as
such 455 SQN (RAAF) in England was issued with it.
The set consists of 34 pieces of tan resin. The set has
been previously been reviewed by Tony
Oliver on Hyperscale but
CMK seem to have changed the number of parts and the way
they have have molded them. The main change is that
the top wing insert is now separate from the engine nacelle
instead of joined. The parts are all molded well with some
flash around a few of the parts that should be easily cleaned
up. I have used a few of the CMK sets previously and they
were not a good fit in most areas so I would suggest that
every item is test fitted thoroughly prior to glueing.
The hardest part of the conversion would be the removal
of the engines to allow fitting of the Merlin engines.
The engines on the lower wing are cutout and the panel
for the top wing is also removed. The resin wing
sections that replace the cutout panels seem to my eye
to be a fraction small but may fit well when actually
fitted to the kit, cut small and test fit thoroughly. One
smaller area that requires cutting is the air intakes (?)
on the wings just outside the engines. CMK provide resin
inserts that should be able to be fitted and shaped into
the wing profile.
The Hyperscale review highlighted the oversize spinners
but the current set seems to have amended that error. I
could see no warping or breakages on my set but the Tony
may have just been unlucky. The engines are nicely detailed
as are the rest of the parts. The panel lines and rivet
detail are also not too deep or seemingly over scale.
The instructions consist of a single
double sided A4 sheet. The sheet has a breakdown of the components
of the set, followed by the five steps involved in converting
the aircraft and the decal placement instructions. The instructions
cover the the conversion in reasonable detail and shows the
area that requires cutting.
The decals provided with the set were supposed
to be for the aircraft RX*Z but for some reason CMK provided
the same markings as for the Mk
1F set (WM*H / WM*P). I thought I had mixed up the different
sets during the writing of the reviews but on check all of
the CMK sets I own they were all the same. I am unsure on
who makes the markings but they look OK on the sheet.
The set seems well laid out and has no
warping that I can see. The biggest problem I can see is
that the replacement upper wing panel may be a fraction small
but with test fitting and filling it should fit in well.
It is a bit disappointing that the incorrect decals were
included in the set but I don't plan on using them anyway
as it will become a 455 SQN aircraft when made.
At the end of the day I highly recommend
the use of the set.