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