Airfix 1/72 Halifax B.Mk.III

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  1. Peebs

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    This one has been calling me ever since it arrived a month or so ago..

    Going to build it for W/O Don Smedley RAFVR, a gentleman I'm pleased to say I've met through my Wife's Podiatry Practice.

    HX324 coded TL-B, that was shot down during an operation to Magdeberg on January 21, 1944. The aircraft was intercepted by a night-fighter and shot down near Hannover, killing four of the crew. The remaining crewmembers, including W/O Donald Smedley, escaped the aircraft and became prisoners of war. (Bombercrew.com – A Tribute to Heroes of RAF Bomber Command)

    W/O Don Smedley - 35 Squadron

    The Kit:-- an oldie I was lucky enuogh to be able to source

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    First Up, took to all outer surfaces with some 'wet n dry' to remove all the shocking 'rivots'
    I'll have to score all the panel lines as my next task..

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    Great stuff Pete, looking forward to the build. Although I don't normally 'do' 1/72nd scale, this is a kit I've wanted to do again for many years.
    BTW, if you have a look at the Yorkshire Air Museum web site, there's a virtual tour of the interior of their Halifax, which might be useful.
     
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    great stuff Pete!
     
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    Been thinking of getting those old Airfix 1/72 Lancaster and Stirling kits, just for sentimental reasons, plus the old Matchbox Halifax! :oops: :lol:
     
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    Looking forward to the build.
     
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    I echo the post above.. :)
     
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    Scribed the panel lines and 'undercoated' the underside of one wing,
    for a bit of a look see as I've not attempted this before. Some of the rivot lines are just visible
    but no where near as prononouced as they were, I'm hoping with the addition of 'colour' it will
    all look passable.

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    Nice Pete. Did you redo those rivets with a ponce wheel?
     
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    Great start mate!
     
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    Good stuff. I remember spending hours lightly scraping off all the rivets when I last built this kit, about 30+ years ago !
    Looks like I'll be doing it again soon!
     
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    Wow... what a difference in panel detail. Looks great.
     
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    I've done a repair on a Halifax and remember how long those rivets were. I've got a Lancaster on the shelf and what you've done with the skin is magic.
    I'll be watching!!!!
     
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    No mate, the rivets were quite pronounced, I sanded them down with some wet and dry until the panels were smooth to the touch,
    but they were quite deep, so what you see is whats left...
     
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    That's a good way of doing it, or carefully scrape them with the edge of a scalpel blade. It then leaves a 'ghost image' which can often look just like flush rivets under the paint.
    Don't know if this will help for when you get to the interior work. It's a full-scale mock-up, using original fittings where possible, next to the full Halifax at Elvington. Sorry about the reflections off the Perspex frontage - not a lot I could do about that, even with a Pola filter.
     

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    Gotcha. Thanks!
     
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    Nicely done...
     
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    Great job so far. I like how you sorted the rivets.
     
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    All the pannel lines re scribed... that was fun.... patience required!! lol

    a bit of a test fit shows it all goes together reasonably well, was a bit of mucking about to get the aileron to fit properly
    and as you can see going to take some fiddling to get the landing gear enclosure to fit together..

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    Don't know if you might have been around when I posted this thread. I repaired a Halifax for a golf mate. Shows what I had to do to "save" it. As it reads, his dad built it after the war. He was the bomb aimer, the nose art was done by one of the crew, real and on the model.

    I remember the rivets and panel lies. Deep enough to hide in, and you could hang a hat on the rivets. You're gonna have a cracker by the look of the start!

    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/modeling/i-am-repairing-kelly-gang-halifax-friend-27644.html
     
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    Looking great mate!
     
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