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Airfix 1/72 Shackleton MR.2 08 Feb 2016 10:38 #1



History: Since there is considerable information available online I'm not going to go into great depth here. For additional reading see the references listing near the end of the review. The Shackleton design was a direct descendant of the Avro Lincoln which itself was a direct descendant of the wartime Lancaster. It used the same wings and undercarriage as the Lincoln but featured a shortened fuselage, Griffon engines and six-bladed contra-rotating propellers. The tail unit was redesigned and although following the Lincoln in having twin fins and rudders these were larger in overall dimensions and the tail plane was moved to a higher position on the rear fuselage. The prototype flew in March of 1949.

The first batch of 29 were delivered in the 1950-51 period. The second production batch of 38 aircraft were modified to take Griffon 57A engines in the outer nacelles and were designated MR. 1A. Although the MR. 1 had a trouble free entry into service there soon appeared a number of areas for improvement. The radar scanner under the nose was not efficiently placed and was vulnerable to bird strikes. The sound proofing in the crew compartment aft of the cockpit left a lot to be desired. Long patrols and the need to wear headsets constantly in order to communicate with the rest of the crew plus the dull atmosphere of the matte black interior led to crew inefficiencies. The Shackleton throughout its career was always known as a noisy aircraft but this was far worse on the early versions.

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Airfix 1/72 Shackleton MR.2 08 Feb 2016 10:52 #2

Good review!

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Airfix 1/72 Shackleton MR.2 08 Feb 2016 17:16 #3

Another most excellent review. I trully enjoy all the history you present with your reviews and think that we are some lucky here at Modelers Alliance to have someone writing of your calibre.
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Airfix 1/72 Shackleton MR.2 08 Feb 2016 18:51 #4

Interesting Info Gary :good

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Airfix 1/72 Shackleton MR.2 08 Feb 2016 19:30 #5

Thanks Gary, interesting aircraft. I didn't realize it was developed so late after the war. It sure does have it's roots doesn't it?
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Airfix 1/72 Shackleton MR.2 10 Feb 2016 22:42 #6

jknaus wrote:
Another most excellent review. I trully enjoy all the history you present with your reviews and think that we are some lucky here at Modelers Alliance to have someone writing of your calibre.
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I couldn't say better. :good

Thank you for the review.
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