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

August 28, 2014 · in Aviation · · 15 · 4.5K

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 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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  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"!


  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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