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1/48 Fonderie Miniature HP Hampden by Alex Kontiveis
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Alex Kontiveis strikes back with his last masterpiece in the 1/48 scale. A marvellous build of FM's Hampden with fully scratchbuilt details and an article with hundreds of photos, full text and references. Couldn't expect nothing less, enjoy at your own risk!!! (Comments by Thanos Mentzelopoulos

1/48 Fonderie Miniature HP Hampden

by Alex Kontiveis

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HISTORY

The Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was a British twin-engine medium bomber of the Royal Air Force serving in the Second World War. With the Whitley and Wellington, the Hampden bore the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and the first 1,000-plane raid on Cologne. The newest of the three medium bombers, the Hampden, known as the "Flying Suitcase" because of its cramped crew conditions, was still unsuited to the modern air war and, after operating mainly at night, it was retired from Bomber Command service in late 1942.

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At the outbreak of war, a year after it’s entry into service, the Hampden equipped tensquadrons of which six were operational. After heavy daylight losses Hampdens were used on night operations from December 1939 onwards. These included attacking seaplane bases, leaflet dropping and minelaying as well as bombing once the German forces attacked Begium and Holland. Daylight operations were tried once more during the battle for Norway but were no more succesful than before. The Hampden was withdrawn from the bombing role in September 1942, having participated in the 1,000 bomber raids earlier that year but continued as a torpedo bomber with Coastal Command until December 1943. During the course of its career two Hampden aircrew won V.C.’s.

While the Hampden was powered by Bristol Pegasus radial engines, a short-lived variant known as the Handley Page Hereford instead featured in-line Napier Daggers.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)

KIT

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CONSTRUCTION

Hi guys.

This is my Hampden’s story.

PREPARATION

My first thought was the making of the correct clear parts since everything was going to be replaced. I used milliput to create new one taking the role of new molds for better and clear enough vacuumed parts. Here is my procedure in pictures, step by step.

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Next comes the correction on the fuselage symmetry. As far as you can see bellow nothing fits well… Lots of trimming and sanding following the new standards.

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FUSELAGE INTERIOR.

My data research in pictures, Illustrations and technical information last more than 4 months. Thank the RAF museum, private collectors, and many archives in the web, I managed to collect all the info I needed for my model. So I built the interior following my info. All you can see bellow I tried to represent the accurate interior structured as better as I could, using brass handmade metal parts and evergreen stuff. Then a thin coat of Mr.Surfacer primer was a necessary step for the final result.

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However, a good friend of mine and worldwide master modeler, Mr Tsonos Megas, spotted on a mistake… regarding the rear fuselage sidewalls. I got bored to represent the empty space on the point that the wing joins the fuselage… He told me that such a good work, it would be very sad to leave it inaccurate. Without any second thought, I became Jack the Ripper sequel… Dremel once again.

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summary

Interiors were initially in matt medium grey but English Electric built models (starting P2062) were in light cockpit green. My model, belongs to the E.E batch (JS-L, P-5304) and represents a trainer a/c.

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So before you start painting the interior take a look at your S/N and choose the right color.

After the painting job, I added everything that exists in a Hampden’s interior. All of them scratch built of course.  New instrument panel, pilot seat, navigators and bombardier’s CSBS gun sight and other additional items, gunner’s and radiator’s devices, Elsan Toilet, controls and levers. Lot of stuff into a very small area. The Vickers come from the GasPatch models. Excellent Quality. 

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ENGINE.

For my engines I used the CMK’s Bristol Pegasus, modified and improved. I added the carburetor, air intake regulator, main air intake, fuel throttles, distributor, etc. The engine was painted with ALCLAD II several shading of metallic colors. Washed with Ammo by Mig oils.

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ENGINE NACELLES – UNDERCARRIAGE

The new and accurate engine’s nacelles were made from empty AKAN color’s containers. In the pics bellow you can see the difference between FM’s one and mine. For the exhausts collector ring, I used a resin pair from the wellington. The exhausts come from Quickboost.

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Next came the Undercarriage landing gears. As far as you can see, everything was made with brass tubes in order to represent the accurate undercarriage system.

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Wings and wheel wells were heavily improved, correcting the wing tips according to the real ones.

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SKINNING

The exterior kit surface was unsuitable for me. So, I followed my usual way of making new skin with aluminum sheet, a method that I begin using it from 2006. By the same way as I did on Lancaster and Whitley. The aluminum gets the suitable shape by heating it at 250 oC.  This procedure is not easy and needs lots of bending tools and patience.

My worst fear during this build, was the fitting of my new clear parts. If my calculations in the beginning were wrong, all my work through these 3 years will go to hell… Thanks to god, everything went right and the model got its final shape.

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PAINTING

For my painting work I used enamel Xtracolors. The markings and roundels are painted with homemade masks. At this point I have to say that I didn’t follow the new generation method. No pre-shading at all, neither afv weathering style or high contrast effects. Simple old school weathering techniques. Ammo by Mig oils used.

This time my weathering was not heavy. I studied lots of pics of late Hampden’s and I decided to work on a light level of weathering following my documentation. Don’t forget that my Hampden concerns a training a/c….

ADDITIONAL

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CONCLUSSION

This model is my last in the 1/48 scale. The END of my modelling era on this scale. No empty room in my showcases...

The questions now… Am I pleased enough with the final result? Could I have done better work? Did I regret it? My answer is that this build was very difficult. My Lancaster was a toy compared to the Hampden’s work. I had to face lots of traps and huge modifications that didn’t help me to finish it with pleasure. I thought many times to stop the project….

Finally, that didn’t happen. After 3 years of work (not continuously), the model is finished. Yes, maybe I could have done better work, but that’s enough for me.

Thank you for reading my article.

Best regards

Alex Kontiveis.

 

Suggested references: -

1) Profile No. 58.

2) Scale Models International September 1986 (article with plans and colour side views).

3) Air International November 1984 (Vol.27 No.5 - Warbirds article with cutaway).

4) Air Enthusiast 14 (article on operations with cutaway).

5) Air Enthusiast September 1971 (Yol.1 No.4 - Viewed from the Cockpit article with photo of

the pilots cockpit).

6) Aviation News Vol.6 No.9 (Warpaint - plans and side view drawings)

7) Scale Aircraft Modelling February 1987 (Vol.9 No.5 - don't be fooled by their top views,

they are both Scheme 'B' in spite of the captions !).

8) The Hampden File by Harry Moyle (published by Air-Britain).

9) War in The Air - Issue 3, August 1989 (two cutaways).Forgotten Bombers of the RAF by

Ken Wixey (published by Arms and Armour).

10)Hampden Special by Chaz Bowyer (published by Ian Allan).

11)Hampden Squadrons in Focus by Mark Postlethwaite (published by Red Kite)

12) Hendon Museum.

13) Web reasearch

14) Private collectors and enthousiasts. 


 

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Text and Photos by Alex Kontiveis

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