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CedB

Halifax BII Special JB910 - Revell 1/72

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CedB    26,248

I'd had this one in the stash for some time and I decided back in May that I should get it out and on the ceiling. Looking for a relaxing build I thought I'd build it OOB. Ahem.

Then Chris (@amblypygid) very kindly sent me some transfers from the Hannants Xtradecal X72-146 sheet and told be he was "looking forward to this epic". Eh what?

To keep to my WWII Europe theme I wanted an RAF subject so chose JB910 as ZA-J of No. 10 Sqdn said to be at Leeming circa 1943.

Then Simon (@Beard) asked if I was going to ignore the kit's errors (eh, what?) and kindly sent me the 'Z nose' from his Revell MkIII kit.

Then Benedikt (@bbudde) pointed out that the kit radiators spoilt the look of the model and suggested I get some resin replacements.

So I found a reference shot of JB910 with her 'Shark Mouth' (I don't have a good history with these) and, after some deliberation, ordered the AML radiators and props (AMLA 72041) and the Quickboost Type C exhausts (QB 72360).

Then several people (including Molly our dog) encouraged me to drop this OOB nonsense and get on with it.

Then it was my birthday (hooray).

Then @Michael Enright provided me with some great reference detail and kindly sent me a bomb aimer figure.

Then I received an offer to buy my company which I leapt at.

Then I retired (hooray again!)

 

A simple Out of the Box build? Excuse my laughter. Chris was right, it's been an epic build, and after my longest WiP to date (30 pages and 11 weeks) it was finished. Finally.

I'm afraid I fell out of love with the model around week three but persevered. Many BMers have helped and supported the build and now encouraged me to post this RFI.

Thanks everyone, an epic indeed.

 

Here she is, JB910, a Halifax B.II Srs 1 Special. Not at all OOB... and too big for my booth background.

Stynylrez black primer, Lifecolor camo, Flory wash, W&N matt varnish, pastel exhaust stains.

 

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The Z nose with hand-painted shark mouth (the transfers didn't survive):

 

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Radiators, props and exhausts:

 

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and some internal shots because, as you know, I'm a bit keen on my crews:

 

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Michael's bomb aimer and some gunners:

 

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Actually the BA is a moulded copy as I want to keep the valuable 'master'.

 

That's it - please do browse through the WiP if you have the odd hour or two to waste; there's lots of detail on the build, the Halifax, how not to apply transfers/decals etc etc.

It has, indeed, been an epic and thanks to everyone for their help and support :)  

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Well I think it was worth the extra effort and sums up what this hobby is about, great expectation, a change of plan, support, advice, despair then delight to see the model finished.

 

A grand job.

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TheBaron    11,039

Congratulations on a splendid 'retirement' build there Ced.

:thumbsup:

A pleasure as always watching this come together.

 

With your output I hope that the retirement plan includes provision for ceiling-strengthening?:whistle::D

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The Spadgent    5,833

Bravo sir. Glad you succumbed to the RFI.

beauriful work as always.

 

Johnny boy:goodjob:

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giemme    7,082

First pic is simply stunning :clap:

 

Great job, great ride :worthy:

 

Ciao

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woody37    5,965

All them excuses as to why it took so long 😂

 

Lovely finish Ced, hope you're enjoying retirement? Should we expect to see the build rate go up now you're business is sold?

 

cheers

neil

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Vinnie    145

:clap2:Just had a cup of coffee reading your wip. Excellent. I was a bit puzzled when you said it wasn't good enough for an RFI appearance. Glad you changed your mind.

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perdu    7,878
Posted (edited)

Told you over there,I'll tell you here

 

This is a great model

 

You beat the monster that is resin bitsas

 

You defeated the evil that is transferdecalmania.

 

And gave us a fine and sociable modeling session to join in and indulge ourselves

 

Thanks Ced

 

Lovely RFI set too, the first one is blooming lovely

Edited by perdu

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tonyot    13,355

Excellent job Ced,..... always nice to see a well built Halibag! I have this very aircraft on my `to do' list.

Cheers

          Tony 

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MikeR    1,039

Even with all the ups and downs it's come out great.

 

Well done!

 

Mike.B)

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russ c    5,010

Great looking Halifax you`ve done there, Really nice work

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bbudde    1,349

Hello, good to see it here. Like it very much. Much better than the boxart photos on the side OOB

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Hewy    1,596

Super job ced, i like it, top job

Glynn

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TonyTiger66    5,218

It's good to see this in RFI Ced :)

I agree with everyone above; you've made a very nice model here.

 

The Z nose, crew, wheels up, radiator and propellor changes, those fascinating exhausts and more make it a very individual and genuinely interesting model. I would go as far to say that the painted shark's mouth looks more authentic than the transfers.

 

The WIP will be a useful resource for others wanting to get the best out of this kit.

 

:goodjob: 

 

TonyT

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Darby    4,837

30 WIP pages, 11 weeks and a face on it that looks like a Plymouth local with her best make up on. Honestly, Ced what were you thinking? ;)

Worth the wait to see something different, even facially to a certain degree.:D

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Cedb ... incredible work sir 👍 !! Keep it up. I have read the WIP and its been very interesting to learn all about the Halifax as i followed. 

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IanC    820

Bravo! Absolutely top notch Halifax.You've done a cracking job there Ced. ;)

 

I've been toying with the idea of getting one myself after seeing Phil Flory's video build, but think I may opt for the Mk III version as I can't be bothered to tackle those very noticeable engine problems.

 

Entertaining WIP too.

 

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PlaStix    11,981

That's a superb looking Halifax Ced! Very well done.

Kind regards,

Stix

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dogsbody    1,062

I've been following this since it began. Bravo, Ced! This turned out great.

 

 

Chris

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limeypilot    3,792

Lovely job Cad, good to see it here in the RFI section! Truly a lesson in perseverance!

 

Ian

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