The story behind the Airfix Handley-Page Halifax?

Updated 8 August 2020

True story!

This model kit was built in the early 1960s.


It’s probably one of the first kits of the Handley-Page Halifax released by Airfix in 1961.


source Internet

Jean-Paul Corbeil, the veteran I have been seeing since 2010, got this model airplane in the 60s as a  gift  from a young  boy. This young boy often  came to his sporting goods store in Rouen-Noranda to look at the model kits he was  selling as well as sporting  goods. Mr. Corbeil always wanted to get a hold of a model kit of the Halifax, but none were available.

The boy’s  father  was  a travelling  salesman, and when he saw one he bought this Airfix model kit so his son could buid it and give it as a gift to the veteran air gunner who flew on a Halifax during World War Two.

Jean-Paul Corbeil, mitrailleur tourelle dorsale, et Pierre Gauthier, navigateur

Jean-Paul Corbeil is seen on the left in front of KW-O

The code KW-Y on the airplane is correct, and seemed to have been painted on.


KW-Y (call sign Yoke)

I have decided to keep this model as original as possible with the one built in the 60s. Only the missing parts were taken from another Airfix model kit.

Keeping a promise

Updated 8 August 2020

I can’t procrastinate too much on restoring this old Airfix Handley-Page Halifax.


I know you can see two model airplanes, but the one on top is the one I will be restoring to give it back to a WWII veteran.

The story behind this old Airfix kit is that it belonged to a WW II veteran.

He gave it to me last year so I could repair it. All this to pay homage to a WW II veteran and his squadron…425 Alouette.

The next step will follow tomorrow because I want  to let the glue dry.