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#739 Bristol Bulldog

The Bristol Bulldog is an RAF classic from the inter-war period. Although this Airfix Vintage Classic 2019 boxing was tooled way back in 1969, it is still a very buildable kit of a very beautiful plane. I think Airfix’s decision to do a new 1:48 tool in 2024 is inspired.

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Notes

The Bristol Bulldog is a British Royal Air Force single-seat biplane fighter designed during the 1920s by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The Bulldog was withdrawn from RAF Fighter Command in July 1937, being primarily replaced by the Gloster Gauntlet.

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References

Nice build series by Bay Models

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Airfix Bristol Bulldog 1:72 Scale - Intense Rigging

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Paint Scheme

A Flight, No. 19 (F) Sqn. K-2158 1931 - RAF Duxford

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
fuselage Silver 11 H8
wheel hubs, spinner Gloss Bright Red 19 H3
propeller Matt Dark Earth 29 H72
upper fuselage Matt Dark Green 30 H330
fittings Matt Black 33  
engine Gun Metal 53 H38
spinner tip, engine cowling Chrome Silver 191 MC213
       

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Figures

70.845 Sunny Skin Tone 70.985 Hull Red 70.868 Dark sea Green 70.963 Medium Blue 70.862 Black Grey 70.950 Black

Circuit Design

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Build Log

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The Bristol Bulldog all rigged and ready to roll. An RAF classic from the inter-war period.

Even though this @officialairfix Vintage Classic 2019 boxing was tooled way back in 1969, it is still a very buildable kit of a very beautiful plane. I think Airfix’s decision to do a new 1:48 tool in 2024 is inspired (I do hope it eventually trickles down to a new 1:72).

build04a build04b build04c build04d build04e build04f

Credits and References

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