First Look Review
H.P. Halifax Bomb-Bay Details
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

White Ensign Models have produced a quite outstanding detail set designed to transform the old Airfix and Matchbox/Revell 1/72 scale Halifax kits into show-stoppers.

W.E.M.'s Halifax bomb-bay details arrive on a single huge etched brass fret - it really does have that "Wow! factor" when you open the large envelope and see the mass of golden parts. The fret contains over 150 parts for the main bomb-bay and the smaller wing cells and is accompanied by a 5-page set of A-4 instructions.

These days we're rather used to "international" instructions with diagrams seeking explain everything, to greater or lesser success - but, with a major conversion of this complexity, it's a real bonus to see that W.E.M. have gone for "old-style" full written instructions accompanied by clear diagrams. True, the full benefit is only available to English-reading modellers, but the well-written captions really do make a big difference.

To give some idea of the amount of detail contained in this set, there are almost 100 parts devoted to the structure of the main bomb-bay alone, with cross spars, longerons and bomb racks. Remember, this is 1/72 scale! - and with this much detail, it almost seems a crime to hide it all by adding a full bomb-load, but a bombing-up scene could look totally amazing.

The brass used is quite light gauge and it may be a good idea to mount the bomb-bay roof on some sheet styrene for extra rigidity - as it is, it will only build up any structural strength as the various frames and formers are added.

It should hardly need saying that this is a set designed for experienced modellers - but in the right hands, the results should be quite mind-blowing! For anyone looking to build the ultimate 1/72 Halibag, W.E.M.'s superdetailed bomb-bay and the accompanying interior detail set are thoroughly recommended.

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Highs: Highly detailed with full written instructions.
Lows: Recommended for experienced modellers only.
Verdict: With the kind of detail more usually associated with larger scale models, this should result in a totally eye-popping bomb bay.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: PE 7246
  Suggested Retail: 20.38
  PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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