"The ever growing enthusiasm shown throughout the country in organising Rallies and Flying Contests has been reflected in the increasing sales of Halfax 'contest proved' kits. It has always been our policy to supply only the best, and in our slogan "Makers of Duration History" we express our earnest desire to cater for the keen aeromodeller."
Model Aero Supplies, Halifax
Catalogue, 17 pages
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"Halfax: Flying Models & Accessories for the Connoisseur"
Halfax catalogue from just after the end of World War II, c. 1947. Nice black and white illustrations of several classic models: Rapier, Spartan, Albatross, Flying Minutes, Lancer, Trainer, Tern, Commando, Minor, Wizard, Zipper, Hamlet, Ventura; plus assorted accessories.
You can download plans for several of the Halfax models on our sister site www.outerzone.co.uk/search/result...
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"Halfax" was based in Halifax, a town in West Yorkshire, northern England. Does anyone know why the company was called "Halfax" rather than "Halifax"?
Mary - 18/08/2016
At a guess Mary, 'Halifax' was already registered as a company (probably the eponymous Building Society) and Halfax was just used to get round that.
Daithi - 24/08/2016
That makes sense - good suggestion!
Mary - 24/08/2016
Hello RCL, whilst searching for Plans for one of 3 Halfax Vintage Aircraft which I am restoring, I came across your Site. There is a Photo of Mr Len Stott on the front cover of the "Catalogue" and pages advertising various Halfax Model Plans and Kits. Marvellous!!! I HAVE THREE OF THE MODELS SHOWN, which were built by my late Grandfather Mr. Cyril Tooby, during his close association with Mr. Len Stott, and the Halfax Model Aero Co. I have Spartan, Flying Minutes and Ventura. They have suffered a little from being stored in the loft for many years, but now that I am retired, I have embarked on restoring them. I even kept some of the original Balsa strips he used as stock. My Grandfather used to build Models for Halfax, and also hand carved propellers for rubber powered models on behalf of the Company. Other associate enthusiasts of my Grandfather's were a Mr. Frank Swire, who owned a Chemists shop in Halifax, and Messrs. Nichol and Brown, who owned a large Toy and Model shop in Halifax. It was in the basement of the Toy Shop where most of the Model building materials were sold, to which I made frequent visits. I have sourced full size plans for Spartan, and Flying Minutes, but had no clue as to the origin of the Glider, until I saw the pages of the catalogue. And there was "Ventura", a full dihedral wing Model with wing which "slot onto" the upper part of the fuselage. What a revelation! Now I just need to see if I can find the plans for Ventura, so that I can fully restore it. Many thanks for your Article, and I hope you find my short story interesting.
MikeBateman - 12/03/2018