Avro Shackleton models in 1/72 scale
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This webpage looks at the new Revell Shackleton MR3 in 1/72 scale. This kit #03873 was released October 2019.
For a brief history about the Avro Shackleton , look at page1.
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 effectiviness. 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 fatique and lack of parts.
A comparison of this new Revell MR3 kit with their earlier AEW 2 kit # 04920 and other findings.
The brand new tool REVELL GERMANY
Shackleton MR3 kit # 03873 was released October 2019.
sprue B looks common but has the different wing tips;
sprue C is common;
sprue D looks to be common;
sprue F is new for MR3;
sprue E is common;
sprue I is new for MR3 main parts nose, ailerons, wing tip tanks and optionable Viper nacelles.
sprue K is new for MR3;
sprue L is new for MR3;
sprue M is common; clear parts are a bit "unclear"
sprue O is new for MR3 with cockpit windows, but main cockpit glazing a bit "fogged/ not very clear"
Different decals for 2 MR3 RAF schemes; the
RAF roundel blue looks "too dark".
Details with some photos...
parts with new MR3 nose section
the adapted wing tip for MR3 with tip tanks to be fitted.
the cockpit glazing that looks a bit unclear. Probably the frame indicated with "V" needs to be sanded off and glass polished.
COMPARISON TABLE NEW 1/72 REVELL SHACKLETON KITS
optional flaps with appropriate Viper nacelle
<- rear props need a small correction in diameter
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March 30 , 2020