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I'm 50. And after losing Mom am now unemployed (for the moment) I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. Military vehicles have always been of an interest to me, and I only got into aviation after my Father passed away fifteen years ago.


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Kit Review: Revell 03873 1/72 Avro Shackleton MR. Mk.3


Hello everyone a new review for you now featuring Revell's new Avro Shackleton MR. Mk.3. Unlike the earlier versions of the Shackleton the Type 696 MR. Mk.I and MR.2 respectively, the MR.3 was a completely new design, so much so that it was given a new Type number 716. It featured a nose wheel gear, twin main wheels, wingtip tanks for added endurance with 256 gallons each, and sound proofing for the crew and more comfortable seating, and the tactical area was also re-designed to add to the crew comfort for long patrols. Also the view from the cockpit was also improved by having less frames and deepened windows.
Also the wings were re-designed with larger ailerons, which now had spring-loaded trim tabs. The internal fuel capacity was also increased with five self-sealing flexible tanks in each wing. Also fuel jettison was also increased and new de-icing equipment was also installed.
On the Phase III version of the MR.3 the fuel capacity was increased to 4316 gallons and on those fitted with Viper engines, the outer engine nacelles were modified aft of the firewall.
The MR.3 entered service with the RAF on August 30, 1957, and was retired in March, 1970.

Now onto the kit.

It comes in one of Revell's typical end-opening boxes. With light grey plastic sprues, a clear sprue, decals and instruction booklet.

New nose with new engine nacelles for Viper engined version, as well as weapons bay, new ailerons and wingtip tanks. 

weapons bay

weapons bay bulkheads front and rear

Nose wheel gear bay

weapons bay actuators and cabling

Flaps and nose gear leg 

Flaps outer surfaces

Flaps inner surfaces

one of the nose fronts if you wish to fit the 20mm cannon

fuselage and horizontal and vertical tails surfaces

some internal detail of rear fuselage

More inner flap detail 

Upper wing surfaces, centre of fuselage with spars and other interior of fuselage items.

Privacy curtain and flight deck

Instrument panel and rear observers station

Underwing surfaces and engine nacelles with flaps 

More flap detail

engine naceslles, doors, wheels and gear bay firewalls forward and rear

props,engine cowlings, doors, seats and radiators
radiator detail

inner of gear bay doors
firewall detail
decal options are for an MR.3 Phase II WR975 of 206 Sqdn, based at RAF Kinloss in 1965. And an MR.3 Phase III XF703 of 42 Sqdn based at RAF St. Mawgan in 1970 (none of which I'll be finishing the model as)
Clear sprue which I'll leave in the bag.

1 comment:

  1. I’m looking forward to following your build of this one Daz.