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Avro Lancaster Exterior Detail Set

White Ensign Models 1/72 Avro Lancaster Exterior Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2006 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject Avro Lancaster Exterior Detail Set Scale 1/72
Kit Number PE7225 Primary Media Photo-Etch
Pros Exquisite detail Cons
Skill Level Advanced MSRP (BP) £8.08 (+VAT)

First Look

Avro Lancaster Exterior Detail Set

White Ensign Models continues to expand its product lines into broader areas and this detail set is no exception. With this detail set, they've provided one part of four intensive photo-etched detail sets for the recent Hasegawa 1/72 Lancaster.

In this release, the set provides eye-popping details for the aircraft exterior where some details tend to be overlooked in this scale. These details include the structural details for the side walls of the main wheel wells, rear bulkheads for the main wheel wells (which are left open in the kit), landing gear structural supports, realistic grilles for the Merlin engine intakes, cowl flaps of a more realistic thickness, crew entry door and boading ladder, control linkages, radar antennas, end plates for the bomb bay doors, and other essential antennas.

This set is not intended for the average modeler as you'll be working with very small photo-etched parts that will either need to be individually glued into place using a cyano adhesive or soldered using a resistence soldering tool.

This super-detailed conversion with work with any of the Hasegawa 1/72 Lancaster variants and will also work with the venerable Airfix kit.

The instructions provide good references for parts assembly and placement, plus some useful notes for modifying the stock kit to accept these new parts..

For a look at the Hasegawa 1/72 Lancaster kit, click here. If you think the Hasegawa kit looks nice straight out of the box, wait until you see the Lanc with all of this photo-etch installed! This is an AMS modeler's dream!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!