Here are some images plus a composite of the classic Tamiya 1/48 scale Avro Lancaster B III bomber. Considering this kit is of the older raised panel variety it holds up pretty well. Not in your face like some of the old Revell/Monogram kits ( the 1/32 P47 D Thunderbolt comes to mind). As with all Tamiya kits the parts fit together perfectly, no troubles. Although I wouldn't say much for the cockpit detail (What cockpit detail?!). The whole interior for that matter gun turrets and all.
The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber made initially by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It first saw active service in 1942, and together with the Handley Page Halifax it was one of the main heavy bombers of the RAF, the RCAF, and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within RAF Bomber Command.
The "Lanc", as it was affectionately known, became the most famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, "delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties." Although the Lancaster was primarily a night bomber, it excelled in many other roles including daylight precision bombing, and gained worldwide renown as the "Dam Buster" used in the 1943 Operation Chastise raids on Germany's Ruhr Valley dams.
- B III
- These aircraft were fitted with Packard-built Merlin engines and produced at the same time as the B I, the two marks being indistinguishable externally. The minor differences between the two variants were related to the engine installation, and included the addition of slow-running cut-off switches in the cockpit, a requirement due to the Bendix Stromberg pressure-injection carburettors fitted to the Packard Merlin engines.