Airfix 1/72 Avro Shackleton MR.2

Product code: AX11004
£42.99

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Kit Features;

  • 2 x marking options -
  1. Avro Shackleton MR.2, No.224 Squadron, RAF North Front, Gibralter, September 1967.
  2. Avro Shackleton MR.2, No.204 Squadron, Tengah Air Base (formerly RAF Tengah), Indonesia, January 1972 .
  • Paint call outs for Humbrol
  • Length 388mm, width 508mm, 269 parts
  • Bomb bay open or closed option
  • Mk.30 & Mk.44 torpedo armament included
  • Crew access door open or closed option
  • Boarding ladder included 
  • Flaps are posable 
  • 2015 new tooled kit

Developed from the Lincoln bomber & sharing with it the DNA of the famous Lancaster, the Avro Shackleton enjoyed a long career with the RAF, first as a maritime patrol aircraft & then as the RAF's primary AEW ( Airborne Early Warning) aircraft. Powered by four Rolls Royce Griffon engines driving contra rotating propellers, the Shackleton was known to be a noisy machine, earning itself a host of nicknames but it still proved to be a popular machine with its crews.

Entering service in MR.1 guise in 1951, it was 1993 before the aircraft would finally leave front line service. The MR.2 Shackleton was introduced in 1953 & included a very different nose section to the MR.1, housing two 20mm cannons, with an additional two in a dorsal turret. Combined with its load of torpedoes or depth charges the Shackleton in this guise was relatively heavily armed for a maritime patrol aircraft.

Other uses of the "Growler" was as a colonial policing machine (replacing the Lincoln in this role) as well as monitoring the oceans for drug & arms smugglers, enforcing UN embargos & Air Sea Rescue work; a role the aircraft performed admirably throughout its service. Although the AEW.2 version remained in service until 1991, the MR.2 was phased out in favour of the Nimrod in the 1970's.  

  

GTIN 5014429110047
Brand Airfix
Product Code AX11004
Weight 0.94kg