Avro Lancaster B.III, ED888/PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’, RAF No.103 Squadron

Avro Lancaster B.III, ED888/PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’, RAF No.103 Squadron

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Avro Lancaster B.III, ED888/PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’, RAF No.103 Squadron

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$199.99

Item Code: AA32624

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Avro Lancaster B.III, ED888/PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’, RAF No.103 Squadron, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, Late 1944

The aircrew of Bomber Command made a significant contribution to the war effort in WWII and were to pay a heavy price for their devotion to duty.  Arguably the aircraft that best illustrates their contribution and the men who sadly paid the ultimate price is Avro Lancaster ED888 PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’. This magnificent aircraft completed an astonishing 140 bombing missions – the most flown by any Lancaster in WWII.  Known as ‘The Mother of Them All’, this Lancaster managed to survive the war, shooting down two Luftwaffe fighters in the process. Avro Lancaster ED888 was the most prolific of the ‘Ton-up’ Lancasters and is a fitting way to mark the 75th anniversary of the first flight of Avro’s most famous bomber.

The famous Avro Lancaster four engine heavy bomber was Britain’s most successful bomber of WWII, but it had to endure something of a troubled start.  Its twin-engined predecessor, the Manchester, was ultimately classed as a failure, but included many of the design features that went on to make the Lancaster such a resounding success.  With a huge, unobstructed bomb bay, the Lancaster could carry a massive bomb load and was capable of delivering the largest individual bombs used by the RAF in WWII.  Powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the first Lancasters were delivered to RAF No.44 (Rhodesia) Squadron at Waddington, on Christmas Eve, 1941.

 

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This is a superb model! Of the thousands of Avro Lancaster bombers built during WWII, only 35 machines managed to complete over 100 operational sorties. 

 

At the head of this group was ED888, which managed to survive an astonishing 140 bombing missions and this latest Corgi 1/72nd scale Lancaster release marks this historic aircraft, which became known as ‘The Mother of them All’.

Michael Clegg

Michael Clegg

Flight Writer - Corgi and Airfix

y Technical Specification & Detail

  • Armament/Weapons Armament/Weapons
  • Detailed Crew Figure(s) Detailed Crew Figure(s)
  • Moving Rear/Ventral Gun(s) Moving Rear/Ventral Gun(s)
  • Optional Undercarriage Down Optional Undercarriage Down
  • Rotatable Propellers Rotatable Propellers
  • Rotatable Turret(s) Rotatable Turret(s)
Scale 1:72
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,800
Wingspan 435mm
Age Suitability 14+

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Who Dropped The Ball?

As posted on Corgi's own model forum this model has a number of un-acceptable flaws which, after such a great run of accurate new releases has left me feeling very let down. The wrong rudders (I will get a couple of replacements thanks) and botched up nose art with reversed swastikas. The non-painted nose turret and 2 instead of 4 MG's in the rear turret, both of which are jammed down on mine.

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Another flawed release.

Seems the lack of QC on this has let the model down, the tail fins are the wrong ones and it's famous artwork has reversed swastikas on it!

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6/7/2016

I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment with the ‘Mike Squared’ model. We always do our utmost to make Corgi models as accurate as possible but difficulties can arise when contemporary archive photographs are not available and archived information is conflicting. However, to try and make the Lancaster as accurate as possible we are offering replacement tail fins, with instructions on how to fit them. If you would like these replacements parts please contact our Customer Care team: www.corgi.co.uk/contact.

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