The four-engine Avro Type 683 Lancaster was developed from the disappointing twin-engine Manchester, which was unreliable due to engine fires. The wingspan was increased and the engines replaced with Merlins. The first flight was made in January 1941 and it soon proved its excellence in handling and high load capability and became the backbone of the RAF Bomber Command. The type was utilized at the M.A.N factory raid in Augsburg, the Dambusters Raid on the Ruhr Valley dams, and in sinking the Tirpitz. At the end of the war it was used in relief operations, dropping supplies to the Dutch and returning prisoners of war from Germany. Postwar they were used for testing jet engines and in-flight fueling systems. The last one was withdrawn from service in October 1956 although the RCAF and French Air Force still used them until the mid-1960s.
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Skill Level: 4
- Painting and assembly required
- 46 sprues
- Two decal sheets
- Two photo-etched frets
- Clear parts
- Authentic surface details
- Detailed cockpit and bomb bay
- Accurate engine assembly
- Recessed panel lines and rivet detail
- Detailed landing gear
- Lots of external and stored loads
- Illustrated instructions
- Markings for Guy Gibson’s ED932 / AJ-G from 617 squadron. RAF, Scampton, UK, May 1943.
*Experience with photo-etched parts is recommended*
*Cyanoacrylate glue is required for photo-etched parts*
RAF Dark Green XF-81
RAF Dark Earth XF-52, XF-3, XF-51, XF-2 (mixing directions in kit)
RAF Night XF-69
RAF Interior Green XF-71
Dark Green Leather X-5
Flat Yellow XF-3
Flat Red XF-7
Olive Drab XF-62
Flat White XF-2
Rubber Black XF-85