Oxford Diecast 72AA003 – 1/72 Scale Avro Anson Mk.I Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||17.9 cm||7.05 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||23.9 cm||9.41 in||Approx|
Diecast Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Avro Anson Mk.I, RAF – Oxford Diecast 72AA003
The Avro Anson is a British twin-engined multi-role aircraft developed from the Avro 652 airliner. The maiden flight took place on March 24, 1935, entering service in March 1936 with No 48 Squadron RAF. Production ended in 1952 with over 11,000 airframes built. Designed for maritime surveillance, it was obsolete by the start of World War II but found success as a multi-engined aircrew trainer. The Anson Mk.I did see some combat as a number carried out coastal patrols and air/sea rescue missions. The last Ansons were retired from RAF service in June 1968. Postwar, Ansons found use, with small charter airlines and as executive aircraft.
The Avro Anson fuselage construction used a welded steel tubing framework mostly covered in fabric with the nose in magnesium alloy. The low mounted cantilever wings were constructed primarily of plywood and spruce. The retractable undercarriage was a tailwheel type with the main units mounted and folding up into the engine nacelles.
It uses two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah a seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, driving a two-bladed propeller. These gave the Anson a maximum speed of 302 km/h (188 mph), a range of 1,271 km (790 mi) and a service ceiling of 5,791 m (19,000 ft).
Armament consisted of a single .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun in the forward fuselage and a Lewis gun mounted in a dorsal turret. With up to 160 kg (360 lb) of bombs under the wings.