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Old Apr 22, 2002, 10:45 AM
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Halifax Bomber?

Does anyone know of a kit or plan available out there for a Halifax bomber? Thanks Guys...

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Old Apr 22, 2002, 11:55 AM
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I bought the Nexus 79'' Halifax plan plus their scale plan pack a few weeks back with a view of building a Halifax with four geared 480's. It needs changes to lighten the structure, but is a very good base to start from. There is a smaller control line model plan in their range if you want to go smaller.

I'm pretty sure there is no kit on the market.

http://www.nexusonline.com/pages/nexusdirect.cgi

PS - I even drove to an ex-Halifax base in the south of England when I was there 2 weeks back called Holmsley South to breath in the atmosphere !

Lots of luck

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Old Apr 22, 2002, 07:43 PM
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Thanks Chris, I've passed it along to my buddy in Tasmania (really). He has a personal connection to the Halifax and is very interested in building one. Many Thanks,

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Old Apr 22, 2002, 09:44 PM
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Good aircraft to model!

I spent a long time looking for the right multi project, and the Halibag is great: recognisable, slabsided, high tailplane, scale dihedral good, small nacelles, on and on. I have built a c/l (4 diesels) and an electric f/f (4 mini 6s) The c/l is no problem (good engines) but the f/f is yet untested, built off Aeromodeller scale plans. Now, of course, it is possible to r/c the beast, and I might do that; lots of wing area at 1/24th scale.
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Old Apr 23, 2002, 03:38 AM
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Pass this on as well..........

At the weekend I picked up a copy of the Osprey Combat Aircraft publication No. 14 called 'Halifax Squadrons of World War 2' written by John Lake. ISBN 1-85532-892-5.

Very highly recommended with 40 colour plates of all possible nose/tail/engine variants including both Tarrant Rushton and Holmsley South based Mark AV glider tugs, which is the direction I am drawn in. There are even 1/144 scale plans of all major variants included.

I tell you, when I was standing on the end of one of the derelict runways at Holmsley South I swear I could hear Merlins. Just imagine, they used to tow Horsa gliders with their Halibags from there (southern England) to Gibraltar ! And I have the nerve to complain about the poor comfort when I fly on package holidays.

If I can help your buddy more directly send me a private e-mail via Ezone.

Terry - All excellent reasons to build a Halifax - plus, if you have an aversion to making turrets, there's the Halton (freighter) version with no turrets at all and a neat pannier on the fuselage for the batteries !

All the best.

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Old Apr 23, 2002, 04:53 AM
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I had the fortuitous pleasure of coming across the RCAF Memorial Aviation Museum in Trenton, Ontario while driving to visit relatives this past March. ~400 mi. east of Toronto and wary of impending snow squalls on my way back, i saw the sign post for it and had to find it.
It was a small but beautiful museum with a good selection of RCAF planes from WW2 forward. The displays & replicas inside were the best I've seen a long time and the best part was the Halifax under restoration in the back.

I don't recall its Sqdrn or # but it's crew had to bail over Norway after being stricken by AA; all survived the crash into a lake but only one, the tailgunner survived the frigid h2o in a dingy. The bird was pulled from the lake ~'92 and is being brought up to display quality. The surviving crewman has been a part of the project.

I was surprised to notice the high AoI of the wings and apparent "up-thrust" line of the engines when looking at the plane's profile. It must have flown w/a nose-down attitude.
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Old Apr 23, 2002, 05:05 AM
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Where else would you look other than : http://www.halibag.com/

A very appropriate site name !

And yep, you're so right about the thrust lines.

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Old Apr 23, 2002, 10:39 AM
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Hey Chris,

Thanks again,
I've passed along the link to my Tasmanian friend. You sure came up with some great info, thanks again...

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Old Apr 23, 2002, 09:03 PM
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Halibag

Yeah, there was a documentary on that resto, I only saw some of it, but I also heard (rumour?) that it was destroyed in a fire; anybody in the TO area know about this?

I used the Halton version for my f/f version to get rid of the turret drag until I got it sorted out; installing turrets would be fairly simple, but I still plan to use the markings for the Berlin Airlift aircraft that I have. Next is a PSS at about 8', just for the hell of it!!!
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