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This is a Group build to remember the sacrifices of Bomber Command and other air forces of the world during WWII
Bomber Command was founded in 1936, 4 years later on the night of May 11/12 1940, Bomber Command made it's first night time Raid. The build will run from 11th May 2016 until April 21st 2017 which date coincides with the last raid on Berlin.
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 1 year 2 weeks ago #31

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I won't be waiting around for a 1/48 Fonderie Miniatures Halifax to become available at great expense.
You've totally sold me on this kit Arrowtrader, and you are thoroughly doing it justice.
Fine work man!
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 1 year 1 week ago #32

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Great progress, looking good.
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 1 year 1 week ago #33

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Looks to be going together nicely:)
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Slow is steady, steady is fast

Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 4 months 1 week ago #34

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Moving right along, (I see we only have a few weeks left to complete the build!):ohmy:
Fixed the top wing section to the underside


And completed engine installation, using the resin parts - the original from Revell is very basic so the resin is definitely preferable



The kit comes with some extras - exhaust parts which 1) make the job a lot easier and 2) are much better quality and detail than the kit parts



Finished up last night by getting to the stage of having the wings and tail fixed to the fuselage



Starting to look like a real brute..

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 4 months 1 week ago #35

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I don't think anyone is close to finishing, I'd rather see this well done than rushed and I'm of the same opinion for my build. Normally I wouldn't spend 3 evenings painting 3 figures but I have and they aren't even that special.
If the other entrants are happy, I'm happy to extend this until we get the well progressed builds over the line. I'd like to see a good selection of things to look at on the hard stands.

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 4 months 1 week ago #36

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Gary wrote: I don't think anyone is close to finishing, If the other entrants are happy, I'm happy to extend this until we get the well progressed builds over the line. I'd like to see a good selection of things to look at on the hard stands.


As you know I'm not in this GB, but I think that's a good call, Gary.

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 4 months 1 week ago #37

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Nice work on the Halibag

Those quickboost exhausts look very nice

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It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 4 months 1 week ago #38

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They certainly make a difference - I will post the brand name of the other resin parts in case anyone's watching this intending to build the same kit.

Have since applied filler to the parts which, admittedly, did get a bit of a rush job the other night - to think, I used to build these things in 1 afternoon...

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 4 months 1 week ago #39

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Yeah I'd like to know the available addons, I've got 3 Halifax kits in the stash.

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 4 weeks ago #40

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With a little over 24 hours to go, this is currently looking like a bit of a shambles :huh: , but, watch this space!
Waiting for the paint and glue and 'product' to dry and sort itself out so time to post an update...:)
next, I masked off the windows and added the canopy - all one piece which I figured was easier than trying to mask the gap, but fit was terrible


Then
made some turrets , my goodness,
I tried using the Humbrol Clearfix product, but am still not convinced it does what its supposed to, hopefully with a bit f clear varnish some time (late) tomorrow it will all turn out OK



Then, painted the brown part - I use Humbrol Hu 29 Dark Earth


While waiting for that to dry, made some bombs - I had also painted the bomb bay and made the doors thinking I had plenty of time still :unsure: so yeah..



Then painted the green bit - I used a 4:3 mix of Hu 78:Hu80 which after drying looked close to the genuine shade - the Hu30 often recommended looked far too blue to me



Then when that dried I masked the top part so the rest can be painted black - I used Hu 85 which seemed better than just plain old black,



Then took all the masking off and fitted a few more bits, hey this is starting to work..



Next up..
I need to install the landing gear, fit the bomb bay doors and the bombs, paint props and frames of all the clear parts, paint the yellow leading edge of wings and tail, (don't know how I'm going to accomplish that) apply decals and small aerials exhausts etc apply the matt coat, and clear coat to glass, fit the aerial wires check the sprues for parts I forgot, etc.

easy peasy. Back soon

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 4 weeks ago #41

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Awesome work :woohoo:
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Good on ya - you can do it.

(and I'm pleased to see I'm not the only nutter on this site. :S :) )
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 3 weeks ago #43

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Looking good and getting close to finish line.
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 3 weeks ago #44

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At the start of the last day...

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 3 weeks ago #45

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You can do it, the Halifax is number 3 on my list of top bombers.
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 3 weeks ago #46

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As much as my logical brain says I have enough kits, part of me really like British bombers, the Halibag being one of them. Must resisttttt the urge. Anyway I'm impressed with the progress on this build, as well as the resin engine nacelles btw, all the while using relatively slow drying Humbrol enamels. Looking at where you are this morning, and thinking about a day to finish through the eyes of when I built model aircraft as a child, I'd say this would be model will finished well before lunch time!

Go man go.
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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 3 weeks ago #47

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Very cool. You can cruise to the finish from here... :)

During WW2 the real things were built in a rush - building the kits in the same way evokes the spirit of the time.

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Revell 1/72 HP Halifax Mk 1 3 months 3 weeks ago #48

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Bomb bay and ordnance


Landing gear - bigger resin wheels were a bit of a 'challenge' to fit but all good..

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Gary wrote: Yeah I'd like to know the available addons, I've got 3 Halifax kits in the stash.


The resin parts are by Freightdog Models , www.freightdogmodels.co.uk - they are quite good but do need a bit of clean up of flash etc

The exhausts (for the MkII ) are by Quickboost www.quickboost.uk - they are resin

Just about home and hosed with this one, just got the matt coat to apply (this will be very thin so it dries before the end time), which should cover a wealth of ignorance, and it will be finished.

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I say "finished" all except the wire aerial- I will need some time to put the aerial mast on a bit better than it is - tried polystyrene cement and superglue but neither are strong enough to hold up the wire to the right tension. So the finished build will be without the aerial wires.

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Nice work to finish this. :)
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The end..



Given how much got packed into the last 24 hours of this build I'm reasonably happy with the end result - several near disasters were 'fixed' with judicious use of clear and matt varnish!, and several layers of microsol and decal fix, superglue and touch up paint.

The kit for the most part was a delight, everything fitted perfectly, despite my bungling efforts to rush things, and I got to try some new products. Obviously with more time the result would be more 'polished'.

This particular Halifax is the B Mk II, flown by a Canadian squadron based in Topcliffe England 1942, the logo painted on the forward left side says "The Ruhr Express" and shows a choo choo train with a number of wacky carriages, apparently they painted a new carriage after each successful mission. I like the look of this version of Halifax, the purposely ugly appearance and mean look of the front give it just the right character to take the war to Germany. Good for them!

Need to recharge the camera batteries before taking the finish photos. Thanks for watching and all the positive comments, yes, I do believe I am a bit nuts!
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Superb effort to get over the line there Arrowtrader.
She looks awesome :woohoo:
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Good effort mate, what a rush that last step was! That's normally what takes me the longest lol
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Great effort to get over the finish line in time. The model looks pretty good for a speed build, damn!
Well done!!!



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