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Frank Wouts

Airfix 1-72 Halifax B Mk-III bomber

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Hi all,

I've built this model for my friend Martin Wolfs from the 1:72 Airfix kit B Mk.III Halifax bomber from WWII,

which he had received for his birthday late sixties but never built it himself.

This is my second hobby, besides that I play the trumpet as professional and beautiful as I possibly can, usually together with Martin.

In return, Martin keeps me free with all drinks in the breaks of the rehearsals of the bands we play together until

the end of the year. Martin will also take care of a nice piece of apple pie with coffee when I come to visit him to

deliver the Halifax for in his cabinet. Here are some pictures.

Thanks for looking!

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Great build! Is this out of the box, or did you add /modify ?

Cheers,

Andre

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Well Frank, you just built a classic ! And you did a very nice job as well. I am sure your fiddeling friend Martin will be satisfied with his new Halifax bomber.

As we know this particular subject (NP-C of 158th Squadron survived the war whatever that would imply, haha) I suppose it didn`t survive the peace then..

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Hi Andre and Breadneck,

Thanks for the nice words!

Everything out of the box, except for the eight turret guns, of which I broke three (!) during cleaning of lots of flash and other redundant hard black plastic, so I had to use my 2x4 1:72 72-031 Master Browning machine gun replacements (intended for other buillds, so I had to order more) for them all.

Glue was the normal Tamiya with the brush, paint is Tamiya for the blacks (some variation, but ofcourse not visible in the pictures ;-( ) and Model Master for the Dark Earth and Green.

Modest green filter on the whole upper camouflage. Wire is Eazy Line (elastic) with white glue drops painted black.

Cheers,

Frank.

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Oh I forgot,

The build went easy, fit was relatively good, specially the wings into the fuselage fitted like a glove!

Only problem was the canopy as well as some other glass parts, which don't fit at all.

I made the canopy fit perfectly when dryfitting, with some Evergreen polystyrene strip sanded and shaped, but for some reason did not manage to get it aligned well when glueing...

Strange!

Also problematic were the decals, they shrinked well under some Daco Strong decal setting without silvering, but some were so yellow and old of age that colors are too light and a little yellow..

But hey, it's a classic!

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Here some more pictures of the build.

First the plans: a lot had to be figured out yourself in the sixties obviously...

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Next, building started in subassemblies, NOT following the clear sequences in the instruction plans...

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Then, assemble the subassemblies into a model, again only following my own logic and testfitting and fiddling.

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And the result after airbrushing and assembling the wings after sufficient drying time.

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A very nice job on am old kit Frank & exquisitely well painted. There's a lot to like about this build.:thumbsup:

Steve.

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Nice build, Frank and a great story. My favourite part of the story is the apple pie and coffee. Makes me smell Oma's kitchen in my mind. You've made a silk purse from a sow's ear on that kit.

Cheers

Paul

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