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  1. Been a bit sparse around here this year, partly modellers block after completing the Sanger Stirling, partly as I've been busy with other stuff but just finished the Airfix 1/48 Blenheim and ready to get stuck in to something a bit more challenging. Last year, @crobinsonh kindly gave me an FM Halifax (thanks Colin ) that he'd started and it's a kit I've wanted to build for a while....well I tell a lie, it's the aircraft I've wanted to build and this is the best way of doing it! Colin has done some great work on it already so it's taken some of the sting out and the fuselage halves look to be
  2. Not the easiest of builds, but from what I've heard, many were Friday afternoon moulds where as this one was pretty good as I didn't experience any bad warping or plastic delamination. That said, I approached it in a similar way as you would a vac form. The build is here.. So, why this particular aircraft? I wanted to do a Free French scheme, partly inspired by various trips to Elvington over the years and finding out more about the two squadrons based there, partly because it's a scheme that doesn't seem to get done in 48th scale despite the kit coming with decals and part
  3. Evening all Ive just completed the Matchbox version of the Halifax I in the markings of tye aircraft flown by Christpher Cheshire ( MP-L). Now as for the bomb load , I was going for generic 500lb GP bombs. However the Haynes manual for the Halifax has a photo of the same aircraft being loaded with an early 4000lb cookie. Now I am aware that up to 2 were carried in 1942 by the early Halifax and that the bomb doors wouldnt quite shut, But Cheshires MP-L was shot down in August 41. Info I have found is conflicting as to when they were first carried. Can anyone shed any light? Thanks
  4. Dear friends, I just purchased the Revell Halifax MkIII kit. Excellent molding, at least inside their plastic bags. The instructions say you can build a MkIII, MkV and a MkVII. However, I do not see the wing extensions for the MkVII version. Also, I believe the MkV used different engines than those of the MkIII kit. My question is: did MkVII used MkIII wings during its development, therefore justifying Revell's claim that you can build a MkVII? The same question goes with the MkV version. Funny thing that with the above versions available in the kit, Revell only of
  5. HR686 of 502 Sqn took off on the night of the 3rd October 1944 from RAF Stornoway for another routine operation looking for targets of opportunity in the sea off Norway. The Germans were moving men and equipment from Norway to Europe to reinforce their defences following the allied invasion. A typical cold dark & wet night in that part of the world with a low cloud base, the 9 crew went about their duties routinely. The aircraft was loaded with depth charges and enough fuel for 12 hours meaning that the fuselage bomb bay was laden with fuel leaving the wing cells to carry the depth charges
  6. Hi All i mistakenly bought an old-toll Revell (ex Matchbox) Halifax recently and have decided to use it as a bit of a plaything and experiment with new techniques. One thing I'd really like to crack is scribing panel lines. I've managed to restore those lost to filling and sanding on previously built kits but this monster is more like a blank canvas! - except for the few trench-like gouges in the plastic. My questions to the gurus here are: 1. What's the best method of filling the existing trenches? I'm thinking of using superglue & talc mix rather than sprue g
  7. Hi, Almost 10 years ago (in past dark times ) only Airfix and Matchbox/Revell (old) models of Halifax were on the market in 1/72 scale. Both were far from perfectly of shape, what one can learn from this forum as well. Airfix kit has for example wings shifted for about 6 mm. But it has more or less correct shape of assymetry in front fuselage and canopy. The Matchbox (old Revell) has to small assymetry of front of fuselage and canopy). There are problems with position of hatch, size of engines, etc... I wanted to do two Halifax models (with Bristol and RR engines) with improved shapes. A
  8. Hello, here's my recently finished 1/72 Revell Handley Page Halifax B.III. I built straight from the box except the main wheels which seem to be undersized. They were replaced by resin items from Kora. As with most new Revell kits, this is a smooth & easy build. I encountered some fit issues with the engine cowlings, but this was probably my own making, as I had painted all parts before assembly. The tolerances here are so low that even the thin layer of paint was too much. Decals come from the box, representing a machine of (Canadian) 424.
  9. Hi guys, another one from me. Completely rescribed, interior completely upgraded, but you can't see it from the photos, exhausts came from Revell, props are reshaped and thinned, gun barrels are Quickboost. Paints are Gunze, exhaust stains and wash Tamiya.
  10. With a week off, I've been making the most of time at home and started on the latest build. I've had the Aeroclub engines for a while now, but just got round to putting them to good use. Having been inspired by the excellent Merrick book - Halifax 'From Hell to Victory & Beyond', I thought I would do HR686 which was tragically lost after being hit by gun fire from the ship Amisia which ironically is the ship that rescued the survivors. You can find out more about the fateful mission HERE. I've started with the conversion bits to get the hard stuff out of the way. Th
  11. Matchbox Halifax GRII. Just rediscovered this old model hiding at the bottom of one of my display cabinets. I think I built this about 8 years ago when I first got back into the hobby and it was one of the first kits I used an airbrush on. As can be seen the colours are all wrong, for some reason I decided that two tones of grey would look better than grey/green, additionally the camouflage pattern is wrong as are probably the decals which i think i had an accident putting on. Looking at the model now I will probably get the oven cleaner out and rebuild it. Funny I was quite happy with i
  12. Hello, I am currently working on the beautiful 1/72 Halifax III kit from Revell. It's about time to add the engines to the wing, and that's where I came across the exhaust issue. Please have a look at Revell's instruction sheet, in particular the placement of the exhausts. Three of them are pointing to the Right, only one is pointig to the Left: Now I had a look at my references (Squadron/Signal "Halifax In Action") and they are different. The inner exhausts are pointing inwards, while the outer ones go the other direction: Shou
  13. Hi all, I was considering buying the Airfix Halifax III for a sort of RAF airfield base dio, what is the quality of the kit? and also would a defiant be seen on a airbase with Halifax's? Thanks, Cam
  14. Hi everyone My Spitfire build is coming to an end so its time to think about my next project. I do have a Hurricane,Typhoon and Jet Provost to finish but I've wanted to build a Halifax for a long time now so I thought sod it, lets go for it! I've chosen the Revell offering as my starting point, I know it has its issues (hence the correction set from AML) but hopefully I should be able to produce a decent model to add to my small collection. Here's an overall shot of the Kit and after market... Thanks for looking and see you soon. Iain
  15. This Halifax, LW160 coded DY-A, served with 102 Squadron at Pocklington in Yorkshire from May to December 1944. In that time it became a regular mount of Flight Lieutenant Joseph “Jock” Ross. Jock flew DY-A on at least 19 ops, and the aircraft was named The Flying Scot. Jock flew a full tour of operations and he and his crew were screened after their final operation to Duisburg on 17 December 1944. Jock went on to other squadrons and after a few flying jobs after the war went on to join Qantas, of which he became Chief Pilot before retiring from a flying career totalling: 35 years 5,487 Tak
  16. Hi folk,s funny thing coincidence I reached into a pile of magazines to take to the "reading room" and this copy of SAM accompanied me to said room.there is as can be seen an excellent build on the cover and inside by Tony O'Toole (I,m sure I know that name from somewhere)! Anyway the only big 72 scale kit in my collection is Revell's newish tooling which has sat in the wardrobe for a couple of year,s so despite it's well known issues I saw it as a sign to finally build it. Much as I love the Coastal Command scheme I am building the Bomber C
  17. Just finished this kit from Revell, all the mistakes are my own. Only a little problem with fitting the bomb bay doors, other than that great kit !
  18. Oops I missed the thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973611-172-halifax-bmkiii-from-revell-in-2015/ After the 1/72nd Halifax B.Mk.I/II GR.II - ref.04670 -, Revell is to release in 2015 a new variant from this kit: the Handley-Page Halifax B.Mk.III - ref.04936 Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt9/revell/index.php?Page=3 Test shot V.P.
  19. Hey guys. Just really confused and hopeful here that the product I have seen on HLJ is going to be a new tool Radial Halifax B.III? Here is the link: http://www.hlj.com/product/ARFA06008A/Air I looked into the Airfix site awhile back when the Blenheim was announced and saw it then but just figured it was the old tool. Please tell me this is new. Pretty, pretty please. If not I'll go and brood next to my pile of half built kits.
  20. Hullo all, I recently came across the nose art for this Halifax B.VII: I'd rather like to build a model of this machine, if possible, hopefully using the new Revell kit that's due out this year, as I believe the B.VII had radial engines. Does anyone know if this scheme has ever been replicated on a decal sheet in 1/72? Is it even possible to build a B.VII from a B.III? What are the differences?
  21. Having learnt a lot from browsing the Britmodeller forum, I thought I should return the favour by outlining the planning and building stages I'm going through to create my model. I hope it's interesting and helps others to approach their modelling tasks. I hope to build up this topic with a series of postings over time. I'll start here with a bit of the history leading me to this point. My Dad served as, amongst other things, an air gunner with Bomber Command during WW2. He earned his DFM from 30 missions. 29 of them he was a mid-upper gunner and one a tail gunner. The tail gunner trip was
  22. Hello all, and thank you for checking in to see if you could help me. I am looking at the box top of my Dragon 1/72 DO-335 B6 and I am desperate for more info on the Halifax in the background marked NZ*E. Here is a link to the kit in question, in no way is this an endorsement for the site: http://www.mustang-hobbies.com/product_p/dml-5010.htm ...I simply found this to be the most accessible option to post IMHO. I am wondering three things about this aircraft: 1: Is it a fictitious configuration with the two large masts on the dorsal surface? I have looked through the almighty google but
  23. Was the Desert camouflage scheme applied to Halifaxes operating in the Western Desert? It is very difficult to tell from photos whether the scheme is just a faded version of standard RAF bomber scheme (black underside, Dark Green/Dark Earth uppers), or whether the Dark Green was overpainted in Sand. I gather the Wellingtons were given a desert scheme, but so far I have found no definative confirmation that the Halifaxes got the same treatment. Can someone please clarify this point. Juanita
  24. Halifax MKIV, pics thanks to Steve N. This is the Halifax MKIV in the National Air Force Museum of Canada. NA337 was dropping supplies to resistance fighters in Norway in April 1945 when she was hit by German flak. The plane ditched in a lake, with only one of the five crew surviving. The wreck was located in 1991, and recovered in 1995. It was remarkably preserved, and nearly complete. The tail section had separated during the crash, and a section of the aft fuselage was missing. The exact chunk of fuselage needed was found in Scotland, where it was being used as a chicken coop. The museum
  25. On and off (like all of my builds) I'm working on a Halifax C.VIII from the Airfix kit. I shall be using the thick kit canopy so there's no point in going overboard with the cockpit interior but I would like to dress it up a bit with some structural detail and the like. Does anyone know of any decent photos of the cockpit sidewalls? I've done a Google search which has thrown up photos of the Pavla superdetail set and of the port side of the new Revell kit's cockpit plus some marginally useful photos of a mock-up at Elvington. I'm hoping there's something more useful out there. Also I'm i
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