Towards the end of the Second World War in Europe, Canada was gearing up for contributions to help finish off the Japanese. With a lack of aircraft carriers, Canada needed a long range, twin engine aircraft for the island-hopping type fighting that the Americans, Australians and New Zealanders were waging. After evaluating several American and British designs, the RCAF finally decided on the Beaufighter, more specifically the Mk. X, to lead the Canadian air arm in the Pacific. Canadian Car & Foundry won the contract and the first Canadian Beaufighter took flight in June 1945. Japan surrendered a few months later, before any of the planes had left Canada. Only 17 had been built and most were based at Pat Bay on Vancouver Island
for training crews.
The kit is the old Matchbox release. I built it straight out of the box and sprayed it with Testors Silver from the ol' rattle can. Decals came from the Hobbycraft Avro Arrow, if the codes haven't already given that away.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my "What-If" Beaufighter
Photos and text © by Mack Main