Saturday, May 28, 2016


DUE FOR RELEASE SHORTLY the 1:72 scale Revell Avro Shackleton MR2 looks ready to ignite a which-is-best competition with Airfix, whose own Shackleton to the same scale is due for release in August 2016.

SMN report: The Avro Shackleton was a British long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, its design dating from the 1940s, being a development of the World War II Lancaster bomber. The AEW (aircraft early warning) version that is the subject of this Revell kit was a later development. Twelve MR2s were converted as the AEW2, and went into service in 1972.

According to Revell, the model features:
* Finely engraved surfaces
* Detailed cockpit
* Rear observation station
* Weapon bay with separate doors
* Side door optionally open or closed
* Nose section with machine guns

And there's more:
* Tailplane with separate rudders
* Nose radome
* Separate ailerons
* Separate flaps
* Detailed engine nacelles
* Detailed main undercarriage
* Rotatable propeller
* Antennas

Decals are provided for two Royal Air Force aircraft, both from Number 8 Squadron. One set of markings dates from 1973, the other 1981.

Scale stats
Revell: Avro Shackleton MR2
Scale: 1:72
Parts: 193 
Assembled length: 370 mm (14.6 in)
Assembled wingspan: 506 mm (19.9 in)

In itself, the new Revell kit looks like a nicely engineered piece of miniature making. Whether it will prove to be as good as (or better than) the upcoming Airfix kit is something we should know in a couple of months time. In either event, it will be good to have a choice. Development pix (below) of the Airfix version show that we can expect the result of a great deal of time and care. So maybe you should build both.

Three-view drawings of the Shackleton (below) show how it was developed into a tricycle landing gear aircraft. This version was also flown by the South African Air Force from 1957-84.

Header pic courtesy Egbert KL Friedl.