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Handley-Page Halifax GRII – 1/32nd scale vacform

August 28, 2014 in Aviation

This was a year long project and started life as a very basic vacform (the old ID Models’ kit now marketed as Tigger Models) and involved a great deal of scratch building.

Kits such as these come as a blank canvas – the shell of the main structure is provided but the rest is down to the modeller. I have scratch-built the complete interior (including turrets,) bomb bays, undercarriage, propellers and all of the small detail parts. Evergreen strip and plastic card was the medium. I also made my own elevators and rudders, as well as scribing all surface detail on to the model. The turrets were also moulded by making a master and crash-moulding. The exposed Merlin engine was a modified Tamiya Spitfire engine, back-dated to a series XX engine.

All markings were sprayed on to the model; Xtracolour enamels were used throughout the build.

The only after-market items used was a harness set and guns from Aries and Master brass barrels.

The model represents a Halifax GRII (Series IA) of RAF Coastal Command (this aircraft grabbed my attention as it retained it’s Bomber Command camouflage,) which flew with 58 Squadron from St Davids.

It’s a big model once completed – the span is a smidge under 38″.

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15 responses to Handley-Page Halifax GRII – 1/32nd scale vacform

  1. Stunning work indeed, Thomas…especially in a vacuform build (I never DID have much luck with those). A quality build, sir…the detail and finish are excellent.

  2. Hi Craig – and many thanks for your complimentary feedback.

    Many very accomplished modellers are put off by vacforms – all it takes is a bit of patience, perseverance and some thinking ‘out of the box’. Everyone should have a go ; they’re great fun!

  3. You’ve done yourself proud Thomas.
    Outstanding effort & result.

  4. Welcome onboard iModeler, Thomas. That’s an awesome first post, hope to see more of your modeling soon!

  5. Super job Tom, your detailing is stunning.

  6. One word, Thomas: inspirational.

  7. Another word: unbelieveable!

  8. WOW. That is impressive on a lot of levels. gorgeous work.

  9. Many thanks for the kind words gentlemen.

    The next project of this genre will be a 1/32nd Short Stirling… I’ll start a ‘Work in Progress’ thread when I get started so you can see the build process.

  10. Cool! I’ve often wondered how vac forms build up – look forward to it.

  11. I must say my jaw dropped when I began to grasp what you have done. By the time i was midway through the images, it had hit the floor. By the time I got to the last one, I had lost it entirely, I think it rolled in the next room…
    I do not have time to comment on every model I see on iModeler, they are, as a rule, quite impressive, but this one and your B-29 are mind boggling to me!

    Hooray for your dedication, skill, art and the gumption it took to even attempt these “feats of model building prowess”!

    -Ralph

  12. Tremendous, in every sense of the word!

  13. Thomas,
    Late to the party with my comment and I am almost speechless. Your skills are amazing. I have seen ID kits and I would never have believed that thy would ever look this good. You have definitely turned the sows ear into a magnificent silk purse. I now move on to your B-29.

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