Airfix A08001 Avro Lancaster B.II 1/72
Airfix Model Kit
Of the RAF bombers involved in operations over Germany during the Second World War, the Arvo Lancaster must rank as the most famous of them all. Although Merlin engines were the more usual power plant for the Lancaster, not all were produced using these engines. Due to the demands put on Rolls Royce by the production of aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and DeHavilland Mosquito, ther loomed a potential shortage of the vital engine and the BII variant wa equipped with Bristol Hercules radial engines instead, the first of which was completed in Sepetember 1942. Faster to 18,000ft, these radial engines were also able to soak up more damage than the Merlin which were normally fitted. However, the service ceiling was lower and with the perceived shortage over by 1944, the B.II was phased out of service by the start of 1945. A worthy alternative to the normal variants, the BII proved to be popular with its crews and a capable version of an excellent bomber.
Skill Level: 3
Paint and Glue Required