Kit D-07 Handley-Page Hampden Bomber is a 1/28 scale display model
that uses the Box and Former method of
building. Includes a vacuum formed canopy and 3 observation/gun
turrets and markings. Pre-1942 design, eligible for Society of Antique
Modelers (SAM) contests.
The Hampden bomber was used by the Royal Air Force from 1937 until early 1943. It was one of
four twin engine bombers in service with the RAF at the start of WWII together the Bristol Blenheim,
the Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley and the Vickers Wellington. The Hampden, Whitley and Wellington
in particular were used during the early stages of the war to drop bombs on targets in Germany
in raids of increasing intensity throughout 1940 and 1941 in response to German bombing raids on
British towns and cities. They were all much lighter than the four engine 'heavies' such as the
British Stirling, Halifax and Lancaster and American Liberator and Flying Fortress bombers that
largely took over from 1942, of course carrying much heavier bomb loads until the end of the War.
Thanks to Paul Elkin for this historical information. His father worked for Boulton Paul Aircraft in
Wolverhampton, England from 1936 until 1946.
This display kit contains
a full-size plan, building instructions, hand sorted printed balsa
and balsa strip wood, vacuum-formed canopy and 3 observation/gun
turrets, wheels, Easy Built Lite tissue
in light sky blue, evergreen, and brown,
and TissueCal™ markings.
You will need a building board,
hobby knife, fine
sandpaper, and glue.
Extra vacuum-molded canopy, observation port and turrets.
Price: $6.75 per set.
Extra TissueCal™ markings. Price: $3.46/sheet
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Dave Gee modified his Hampden for rubber powered flight and took
third place at the Black Sheep Squadron fall 2006 Grassy Knoll event.
Don Butman (left) won first place with his Hollywood Hamilton and
Don Smith (right) took 2nd place with his Kharkov. Click here
to read Dave's construction notes.
Bernard Dion from Montreal, Canada clowns with his nearly completed
Hampden and Defiant planes.
Using a technique developed over years of model building, Bernard
Dion gave his Hampden a war ravaged finish.
"Some images of my Hampden converted to electric radio control. The engine nacelles were made from the tops of aerosol paint canisters which were exactly the right diameter and length, all I had to do was cut the opening with a firewall inserted into the back. The engines, Plantraco GB07, contra rotating, were then held in place using carbon rod. The fuselage and wings were strengthened using 1/16th sheet balsa and 2 spars were added. I enlarged the tail surfaces by 15%, initially building these using the built-up method, in the end I rebuilt the tail surfaces using 1/16th sheet, this proved to be lighter. The radio is Plantraco and is amazing! There is a mini-actuator inserted on each rudder and one for the elevator up front in the fuselage. All the glazing fits really well, just have to be patient when cutting these pieces out. I covered the airframe using Jap tissue, black and green and the brown tissue supplied with the kit was then overlayed to create the camoflage effect. A Plantraco radio system installed with contra rotating props, rudders and elevator." - Charles Hart