1/48 Scale DAP Mk 21 Beaufighter A8-20, 31 Squadron RAAF

Accession Number REL40999
Collection type Technology
Object type Model
Physical description Plastic
Maker Nelmes, Mike
Date made July 2009
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Model DAP Beaufighter Mk21 depicting aircraft A8-20 of No.31 Squadron RAAF. The model is painted overall foliage green with black propellers and yellow propeller tips. Each side of the rear fuselage has Squadron code 'EH-M' and aircraft serial number A8-20. There are three pairs of standard RAAF Pacifc war roundels on the upper and lower wings and fuselage sides. The nose of the aircraft has the hand painted face of a tiger. A pilot and navigator figure are inside the model in their respective crew positions. The model is fitted with four rockets and rocket rails under each wing.

History / Summary

The DAP Beaufighter Mark 21 was an Australian made version of the successful British designed and made Bristol Beaufighter attack aircraft. The aircraft depicted in this model is A9-20, which bore the codes EH-M and served with No.31 Squadron RAAF from 9 October 1944 until 18 February 1945, when it was written off after a crash landing. The base kit of this model is a 1/48 scale Tamiya Beaufighter MkVI kit.