Avro Shackleton models in 1/72 scale
Here an old photo of a MR3 I took at Duxford, probably in the early nineties.
Shackleton was designed soon after the Second World War as a long range
maritime patrol aircraft. It used many features from previous the British
Avro designs like the Lincoln. It has a large cabin to accommodate the
various crew members (often 11) using the many systems for the specific
role and armament. There was also a large bomb bay that could carry torpedoes,
bombs and other things like rescue materials etc. The crew comfort on board
was not very good and long missions had to be accomplished at large noise
levels inside. The Shackleton was used by the Royal Air Force worldwide
such as from Gibraltar but also deployed sometimes to exotic places like
the Pacific Chrismas Island and the Middle East and its crews executed
real teamwork at these places.
The MR2 was an improved Shackleton version that first flew in 1952: it got a better radar and its retractable radome was moved aft of the bomb bay. Some major airframe modifications were done with longer nose and tail sections and a redesigned tailplane as compared to the MR1. Also a rear "look out" station with a glass cone was installed at the fuselage end. Other differences were the stronger undercarriage and twin rear tail wheels. It entered RAF service in 1953. Soon, the dorsal turret was removed. Some aircraft were also used as T2 trainers. (some 69 aircraft were manufactured, some of the envisaged 2nd order shifted to MR3).
MR3 was quite a re-design with now a nose strut with
twin wheels, deleting the rear wheel strut. The fuselage nose was made
deeper to accommodate this nose undercarriage. Also a crew entry hatch
was set in the lower forward fuselage aft of the nose gear bay leading
to the flight deck though also the rear door was retained. The main undercarriage
now also got different twin wheels and retracted forward in the nacelle bays. The
first MR3 flew in 1955. Ground handling was far better and sound insulation
and better rest stations in the rear vastly improved crew effectiveness.
The dorsal turret was not used anymore but weapon capability improved. The controls were improved with
large ailerons and also tip wing tanks were installed, enlarging the wing area
slightly. The cockpit canopy got less frames improving visibility. The
weapon capability was improved as well.
The Shackleton was also exported to the South African Air Force. The SAAF got the first MR3 end 1957 with deliveries starting of 8 aircraft. They had a paint scheme with the "springbok" roundels. These aircraft got a in the mid 1960s a Phase III upgrade in the U.K. but never the Viper jets. Than came the arms embargo and the remaining Shackletons a new paint scheme and other roundels. These aircraft were used until 1984 when they became unserviceable due to fatigue and lack of parts.
also filled another requirement for the RAF: airborne early warning (AEW)
closing the gap as the carrier based Fairey Gannet was put out of service.
For the AEW role to be deployed from coastal bases, 12 existing MR2 aircraft
were refurbished and the first AEW flew in 1971. It got a large radar dome
fitted under the forward bomb bay and various systems. Inside the mid fuselage
AEW three radar operator stations were installed and a tactical coordinator
station. The canon armament was completely removed but the now smaller
bomb bay retained. Many external details were similar as they were refurbished
MR2's and the AEW 2 was operated by the RAF no.8 squadron at Lossiemouth
until 1991 when it was quite obsolete. (it's proposed Nimrod AEW replacement
was delayed and delayed and later cancelled).
With my friend Peter I made an comparison of three Shackleton kits in 1/72 scale:
old FROG/Revell MR3, Airfix MR2 , Revell AEW
( NOTE: for the new Revell Shackleton MR3 kit # 03873 look at page 4.... )
(1) the old FROG Shackleton MR3 kit ; kit issued first in 1967. The same kit later re-popped under the "NOVO" label kit #172, AMT, even Hasegawa and also under brand names "Eastern Express","Donetsky", Modelcraft, Chematic and "ARK MODEL". In 1997 the same kit was released by REVELL GERMANY as kit #04101 with new decals and this will be discussed here as well;
<- Revell box with ex-FROG kit x
Of this latest Revell kit, a "test shot" was received with sketch instructions November 2015 through IPMS Nederland. I made a "Christmas" pre-view for the Dutch IPMS NL website www.ipms.nl (text in English). The Revell instructions "new styled" as per kit were available January 2016 and some photos of these are shown as well.
IPMS Nederland members can read my
kit modelling report in Dutch the IPMS NL modelling magazine "Modelbouw
in Plastic" MIP 2016-1: this will be published end February 2016
as well as my English modelling report here on this personal website....
and the latest Revell MR 3 kit (discussed on page 4...)
Also loads of references and photos were used from the internet as well as our aeronautical design engineering background to look at technical data and details.
OK, how do these kits compare?
COMPARISON TABLE SHACKLETON 1/72 KITS
Fuselage comparisons (above)
Photo with mid-fuselage upper radius.
Aft door comparison below...
Below interior details...
Revell still sketch kit interior
drawing above : simplified with seat on tunnel
and rear stations
Aileron drawing above of Revell
and comparison below...
Revell AEW kit:
Revell AEW kit:
As noted above, I made this model for an article that will be published in the IPMS The Netherlands magazine MIP 2016-1. A Pre-view is seen on the website www.ipms.nl (text in english). But now, I build the new Revell Shackleton AEW kit.....
On to next
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|( UPDATE: for the new Revell Shackleton MR3 kit # 03873 look at page 4.... )
- Warpaint no. 6, Shackleton by Alan
IPMS NL Revell AEW kit pre-view (in english)
Walk arounds on the Internet:
IPMS NL Shackleton walk around
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Jan 29, 2016