As I recall, the copper part of the front cowling on a Beaufighter (and
a Swordfish, for another example) is actually the collector ring for the
engine exhaust - here's a nice pic of a Swordfish showing same -
And the best I could to on a quick search for a Beau -
Notice that the copper ages over time, and doesn't stay anywhere near as
bright as most modelers leave it.
It's not copper, it's steel exhaust collector ring. Badly burnt steel.
And the front lip is double-layered and therefore less affected, lighter
Don't confuse it with Macchi MC200 copper cooler ring.
Royal Navy Historical Flight, one of two kept in flying order.
Atlantic and Russian convoy protection, Taranto, Bismarck. We owe that
collection of wood and string, and the men who flew them, an awful lot.
All pulled along by a nine-cylinder radial Bristol Pegasus.
Good picture attached to the Wikipedia article
up really large, too
of ideas for the detail-minded in there :-)
Again, that is a museum aircraft so the engine hasn't been fired up and
the condition of the exhaust ring does not match that of an operational
example, which, as noted downthread, would be "burnt metal" - that
variously blued, tarnished and carbonised finish, laughably sold by some
hobby paint manufacturers as "exhaust color" (as if there was only one).
The Beaufighter was powered by the later Bristol Hercules, a fourteen
cylinder two-row sleeve-valve radial. The Beaufighter at Hendon is not
flyable, so the collector rings are probably painted. In addition to
being the exhaust manifold, the collector rings are also aerodynamically
shaped to act as the forward edge of the engine cowling, where it is
cooled by the airflow.
Here's some pictures of the Canadian restoration of a Halifax, showing
some details of the Hercules installation.
that 5856 is a fine looking machine. it has that carefull neatness that is the
mark that it is loved.
that halibag is awesome, can't wait to see it restored. i can't believe that
there are no flying aircraft. i know people were sick of war, but they could
have saved one, dammit.
hmm. i see a gladiator with one and also a walrus. or am i thinking of
something else and got it wrong?
i know i've seen a sunderland color photos with copper cowls painted. not
the whole thing, just a band in the front.
was it engine specific? doesn't seem so, but the brits walk their own path.
i believe we are both right depending on time and unit. yo jules, help?
i believe in copper color but not copper metal. i've also seen some that go
from copper to white with a thin band of red or yellow. was that a unit thing
or wing commanders plane or just some feeling artsy?
i believe that there was no coherence or order used and that they were painted
just to torture model builders with those of at least 50 years later being
specified. no, i am not paranoid. they really ARE out to get us.