S u m m a r y
04300 - Avro Lancaster Mk.I/III
Contents and Media:
grey plastic; 34 clear parts; markings for
£12.76 available online from Hannants
new kit; superb detail inside and out; very
fine and crisp recessed surface features; includes
engine detail for two nacelles; many useful and
appropriate options including shrouded or
ejector exhausts; narrow and paddle blade
propellers, Mk.I or Mk.III transparencies,
H2S fairing, blanking fairings for upper and ventral turrets;
open bomb bay structural detail plus ordnance
(including Cookie); excellent clear parts (with
escape hatch in the right place and a full
Half-hearted detail on wheels and machine guns;
questionable outer-wing dihedral.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Revell's 1/72 scale
Lancaster will be available online
Revell of Germany's release schedule over recent years
has been as prolific as it has been diverse. We have seen
modern gliders and a Heinkel He 162 in 1/32 scale; an S-Boat
and several U-Boats in 1/72 scale; a new tool Bismarck in
1/350 scale; and a 1/48 scale Eurofighter to name but a few.
Revell seems to have taken a particular interest in the
area of large, four-engine Luftwaffe aircraft in 1/72 scale.
Recent examples have included their Blohm und Voss 222, Fw
200 Condor, Heinkel He 177 and Junkers Ju 290 A-5.
All these models boast excellent moulding, fine surface
features and a high level of detail.
Not content to rest on their laurels, Revell of Germany
has now extended their subject areas to the cover the RAF.
They have released an all new 1/72 scale Avro Lancaster B.I/III.
This has nothing in common with the original ancient Revell
Lancaster, and it is not a re-boxing of the Hasegawa kit.
Revell's 1/72 scale Lancaster B.I/B.III kit comprises 244
parts in pale grey plastic, 34 parts in clear and markings
for two aircraft.
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The exterior surfaces feature very fine and crisply
recessed panel lines combined with raised detail and subtle
fabric texture as appropriate.
The fuselage interior is alive with structural detail and
instruments moulded to the sidewalls. This authentic
environment is complimented by separate detail parts for the
pilot, navigator and radio operator cockpit positions. The
pilot's seat is very impressive, with raised cushion and
harness details. The armrests are cleverly moulded in place.
The instrument panel looks great too, with its recessed
dials and crisp throttle quadrant. You'll have to add the
handles yourself though, as long as you have a good eye and
a steady hand! Tables, bulkheads and boxes help populate
this busy front office.
This high level of interior detail is carried through to
the bomb bay, which offers optional ordnance including a
nice looking cylindrical Cookie bomb. The inside of the bomb
bay doors feature the characteristic double curve too.
Revell has supplied two nicely detailed Rolls Royce
Merlin engines for the inboard nacelles, which may be
displayed behind open cowlings if desired. The level of
structural detail in the wheel wells is outstanding too.
Separate parts are included for the open lattice structure
opening onto the interior of the wings.
A large number of options are
offered. These include:
both B.I and B.III style
clear nose, astrodome and canopy side blisters (or flat
both narrow and paddle
alternative pilot's seats
(one with armoured headrest and back cushion, and one
H2S fairing in clear
shrouded or unshrouded
fairings for covering
upper and ventral turret positions as required
different styles of rear
Moudling quality is first rate. I have not found any sink
marks, and there is no flash. There are a few holes in the
back of the armoured pilot's seat and a few bulkheads (a
result of the deeply moulded parts), but these can easily be
filled and sanded flat. There are a couple of ejector pin
circles on the inside of the fuselage, but these have been
positioned so that they will not be visible once the halves
The only areas that are not up to the standard of the
rest of the kit are the wheels, which look slab sided and
have featureless hubs (even the Airfix wheels are better),
and the underdetailed machine guns. Fortunately, Quickboost
has released a set of 1/72 scale machine guns for Hasegawa's
Lancaster that will be suitable for this kit too.
The kit breakdown is fairly typical of a modern
mainstream model. The parts feature locating pins to assist
alignment. The wings and horizontal tailplanes will be
mounted on large box spars which are installed between the
fuselage halves, much like the real aircraft. This should
result in a robust fit and positive dihedral.
The transparencies are very thin and crystal clear.
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In addition to all the options required for both the B.I
and the B.III variants, the clear parts include the strip of
fuselage windows seen on early Lancasters, landing lights,
navigation lights and inserts for the small round windows on
the upper fuselage.
The decals are satin in finish. Register is good.
Markings are supplied for a Lancaster B.III of 1000
Squadron RAF in April 1945, and a Lancaster B.I of 9 Sqn.
RAF during 1945.
Stencil markings are included, as are optional decals for
the instrument panels, radios and harness straps.
A new 1/72 scale Lancaster might seem a surprising choice
There is hardly a shortage of 1/72 scale Lancasters
today. These include the venerable (basic but still quite
accurate) Airfix kit, and the more recent Hasegawa offering.
In fact, Hasegawa has released at least five variations of
their kit - a B.I/III, a B.III, a Tallboy version, a B.I
with Grand Slam and a Post War version (MR.3). Hasegawa's
Lancasters are nice kits with crisply recessed surface
detail, although they are a bit let down by almost
non-existent interior detail, incorrect canopy escape hatch
position and only a partial forward turret.
As good as the Hasegawa Lancaster might be, the Revell
kit clearly surpasses it in terms of detail, the number of
options provided; and it is more accurate and complete in a
number of important areas.
What's more, Revell has delivered their beautifully
detailed new Lancaster at around half the price of Hasegawa
kit (at least in the UK). Remarkably, the Revell Lancaster
is even cheaper than the old Airfix kit!
There are some minor dimensional differences between the
Hasegawa and Revell kits, and the dihedral of Revell's outer
wings is flatter than Hasegawa's. After checking many
photos, I think that the correct dihedral at rest might be
somewhere between the two. If you want to add a degree or so
of dihedral, though, the surgery will not be too difficult.
With nearly 300 parts, this kit is not for the absolute
beginner (Revell themselves rate the kit as Skill Level 5 -
their highest ranking), but a moderately experienced
modeller should not have any problems.
In my opinion, this is the best model of the legendary
Lancaster that we have seen in any scale to date.
I can't wait to build mine!
Thanks to Hannants for the sample.
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