Designed as a bomber interceptor, by March 1941, over half of the 22 German aircraft claimed by British fighters were by Beaufighters.
During the night of 19/20 May 1941, during one air raid upon London, a total of 24 aircraft were shot down by Beaufighters against two that were downed by anti-aircraft ground fire.
As its wartime service continued, the Bristol Beaufighter was used in many different roles; as a rocket-armed ground attack aircraft, a torpedo bomber against Axis shipping and in later operations, as a maritime strike/ground attack aircraft with
The twin Taurus engines of the ageing Bristol Beaufort, originally installed in the Bristol Beaufighter were quickly found to be hopelessly underpowered for the new interceptor fighter/torpedo bomber.
Replaced by the more powerful supercharged Bristol Hercules 4-cylinder air-cooled, radial engines, deliverying 1600hp each, the Bristol Beaufighter boasted a top speed of over 320mph.
Mounted just below the Bristol Beaufighter’s twin RMP gauges at the bottom right of the main flying panel, this early G6A/500277 Air Temp gauge features the enlarged indicator numerals of the early British, Australian and USAAF cockpit indicator gauges.
This Bristol Beaufighter Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
* Note that this Beaufighter Instrument is pictured with a 1/48 scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale. Click on the 'Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale
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Your Bristol Beaufighter Engine Air Temperature Gauge, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 3 - 4 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a Bristol Beaufighter or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.