Airfix 1/72 Halifax B.III
Seemingly, due to the risk posed by the under-performing Vulture, the Handley Page design was wisely altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin.
In RAF service, the Halifax quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. While Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, regarded the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload), his opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly the MkIII variant.
During its service with Bomber Command, the type flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. It was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the RCAF, the RAAF, the Free French and Polish air forces.
Various improved versions were introduced, incorporating more powerful engines, a revised defensive turret layout and increased payload. It remained in service with Bomber Command until the end of the war, performing a variety of duties in addition to bombing, with specialized versions being developed for troop transport and para-drop operations.
Following the end of the Second World War, the RAF quickly retired the type, after it was succeeded as a strategic bomber by the Avro Lincoln, itself a Lancaster derivative, but the Halifax continued to be operated by the Royal Egyptian Air Force, the French Air Force and the Royal Pakistan Air Force.
The Halifax was a solid, orthodox design that provided good service, performing well in its allocated tasks. In total 6,176 examples were built.
This is the venerable 1961 Airfix mold that still accompanies us nowadays, its last reboxing taken place in 2014. The kit is simplistic in details and somehow toy-like at areas, an amount of flash is present and some fit issues will have to be addressed.
The kit had been started long ago, finalized only recently after being entered to our friend @lis Bombr Command GB.
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