1/72 Airfix Handley-Page Hampden

by Don Bryans

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Here are some photos of my Hampden.  The model was built straight out-of-the-box, and is finished to represent a 106 Squadron machine, X3154 'A'.

The kit went together pretty well, considering its age.  I only had to undertake a little filling around the wing-fuselage joins, and around the bomb bay.  At the time of building (about 5 years ago) I had yet to discover "Falcon" canopies - the transparencies supplied with the kit do, I think, let the model down somewhat.  One day, I will replace them.
Despite its age, the model was great fun to build! 

The model is brush-painted, using Humbrol enamels.  Decals are from a mix of aftermarket sources, and are applied over a coat of Precision Paints gloss varnish, and sealed with a coat of satin varnish from the same manufacturer.

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On 21 December 1940, while on a night navigation exercise with other aircraft from the Squadron, Hampden X3154 flew into snow-covered high ground in the Derbyshire Peak District, killing all 4 on board.  To this day, small pieces of wreckage can be seen at the site.
See here:
http://macr.moonfruit.com/#/hampdenx3154/4524215340 .
(A small piece of wreckage is enshrined within the model.)

Don 

Photos and text by Don Bryans