Oxford Diecast 72AO003 – 1/72 Scale Airspeed Oxford Mk.I Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||14.6 cm||5.74 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||22.6 cm||8.89 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Airspeed Oxford Mk.I – Oxford Diecast 72AO003
The Airspeed Oxford is a British twin-engined, military trainer based on the AS.6 Envoy. It first flew on June 19, 1937, and entered service in November of the same year with the Central Flying School. Used throughout the British Commonwealth during WWII to train aircrews in navigation, radio operation, bombing, gunnery and as an air ambulance or maritime patrol aircraft. Production ended in 1945 with 8,586 airframes built. It remained in RAF service until 1954.
The semi-monocoque fuselage construction is of wood skinned in plywood. The tail unit is a fabric covered wooden structure. The low mounted wing is a stressed skin ply covered timber structure. The retractable undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units mounted under the welded steel engine nacelles, retracting rearward.
It is powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah a seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, driving two-bladed propellers. These gave the Oxford Mk.I a maximum speed of 302 km/h (188 mph), cruise speed 207 km/h (129 mph), range of 1,271 km (790 mi) and a service ceiling of 5,791 m (19,000 ft).
Armament of the Mk.I consisted of two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers K machine gun in the dorsal turret and sixteen 11.5 lb (5 kg) practice bombs externally.
Oxford I; first variant, Oxford II; turret removed, dual controls, Oxford V; final variant, Pratt & Whitney R-985 radial engines and Hamilton-Standard variable-pitch propellers. AS.65 Consul; ex-RAF Oxfords converted for civil use.