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The Bristol Beaufort

The Bristol Beaufort Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review April 2023 Title The Bristol Beaufort
Author Richard A. Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2023 ISBN 978-1-912932-21-4
Format 98 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £18.95


Building ICM’s 1:48 Bristol Beaufort? Fact-checking Airfix’s new 1:72-scale kit? Updating FROG’s ancient effort?

Get this book.

The Bristol Beaufort – tenth in Valiant Wings’ splendid “Airframe Detail” range – provides a solid, 98-page study for historians, enthusiasts, and modelers.

Coverage follow the publisher’s proven prescription.

Author-editor Richard A. Franks kick-starts contents with an 18-page historical introduction and operational summary – then segues to his typically thorough “Technical Guide” and “Camouflage & Markings” commentary.

The second supplies a fast, one-stop fix for AMS addicts. And the third sports dozens of colorful Beaufort liveries for markings mavens.

Plenty of pretty pictures season all. The lavishly illustrated effort includes hundreds of period B&W and color photos, museum shots, close-ups, tech-manual extracts, scale drawings, and more.

At least 36 color plates by Richard J. Caruana – profile, plan, and inset views – further spice the survey. And markings fans will love his convenient, one-page Beaufort stencil guide.

Subsequent sections showcase Libor Jekl’s rendition of Airfix’s 1:72-scale kit – and Steve A. Evans’ build of ICM’s 1:48-scale model. And four appendices complete coverage:

  • Kit
  • Accessories, Masks & Decal
  • Bibliograph
  • Beaufort squadrons

Make this compact, colorful compendium your go-to guide to Bristol’s Beaufort!

With thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.