Friday, March 19, 2010

1/144 Whitley bomber just landed...

Today's subject is a 1/144 Armstrong Withworth Whitley Mk V night bomber from the IXO Models range.

The model arrived yesterday and it's the latest addition to my 1/144 scale collection
of RAF bombers. I had a good impression as soon as I removed it from the box.
Although the only diecast part is the fuselage, the model looks pretty solid & without huge gaps.
The box was quite crumpled but at least the model had no damage, no falling parts and
no glue traces.

Despite the small scale, this is a very interesting model, considering that the Whitley is not popular in diecast models, same goes for the plastic kits which are old and hard to find.

Scans from: "British Aircraft of World War II by David Mondey"
More photos can be found on this excellent blog.
Speaking of the aircraft, the Whitley was a 5 seat night bomber and it's famous for being one of the first aircraft to bomb Berlin in August 1940.Together with the Handley Page Hampden and Vickers Wellington, it formed the main bomber force when Britain entered WWII. Being an obsolete design in 1942, it was retired from Bomber Command and transfered to Coastal Command operations. Eventually it was used in many other roles like trainer aircraft, transport of supplies & paratroopers and glider tug.

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