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Lancaster cutaway model

16 May 2020

Avro Lancaster Mk III cutaway model in the London Science Museum—©2018 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

This handsome effort is displayed on the fifth floor of the London Science Museum—an aviation museum all to itself filled with historic aircraft, models and engines encompassing most of aviation’s history. The Avro-made Lancaster figures prominently in England’s World War II history and holds an esteemed place beside the Spitfire, Hurricane and Mosquito.

This model is a 1:12 scale (1 inch = 12 inches) of a Mk III variant which was near a twin of the Mk I having only two significant differences—and these were internal. The Mk III was powered by Packard built Merlin (i.e., not Rolls-Royce made) engines and these were instead fed by Bendix-Stromberg (i.e. not SU pressure only) pressure-injection carburettors. These carburettors [British English spelling of the term] also required slow-running-cut-off switches in the cockpit to shut down the engines by way of pulling the throttles back to idle then pulling the switches when the fuel mixture weakened, as simply cutting the fuel supply alone would not quickly stop the engines from operating.

Forward fuselage section of this Avro Lancaster Mk III cutaway model—©2018 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

Central fuselage section of this Avro Lancaster Mk III cutaway model—©2018 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

Aft fuselage section of this Avro Lancaster Mk III cutaway model (note the flares and flare chute forward of the tail wheel)—©2018 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

4 Comments leave one →
  1. egronenthal permalink
    18 May 2020 12:34

    A scale of 1 inch = 12 feet is not 1:12, it is 1:144 (1 inch = 144 inches (144 inches = 12 feet))

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 May 2020 13:36

      You are right, of course. It’d of been simpler to only state 1 inch = 12 inches though 😉

  2. John Lilley permalink
    18 May 2020 13:38

    Hi Joe

    Thank you for your kind donation today. Keep safe and well!

    Kind regards John

    From: Travel for Aircraft
    Reply to: Travel for Aircraft
    Date: Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 19:55
    To: John Lilley
    Subject: [New post] Lancaster cutaway model

    travelforaircraft posted: ” This handsome effort is displayed on the fifth floor of the London Science Museum—an aviation museum all to itself filled with historic aircraft, models and engines encompassing most of aviation’s history. The Avro-made Lancaster figures prominently i”

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 May 2020 13:48

      It is my pleasure John. Such a noble cause to assist though in a small way. Joe

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