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1/72 Lancaster B. Mk. I / Mk. III - NEW TOOLING
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ITEM NO: HAS 00553
EAN-13 BARCODE: 4967834005532
SCALE: 1:72
ANNOUNCED ON: 4/8/2005
ARRIVED ON: 8/25/2005
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Special New Release Item (Announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair Feb.10-15, 2005)

1/72 Lancaster B. Mk. I / Mk. III

1st Lancaster made by Hasegawa! All brand new tooling!

An excellent addition to the Hasegawa lineup. This kit will feature the latest technology Hasegawa has to offer.

About the Lancaster:
The Avro Lancaster was a four-engined World War II bomber aircraft made initially by Avro for the Royal Air Force. First used in 1942, together with the Handley-Page Halifax it was the main heavy bomber of the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving with RAF Bomber Command. The Lancaster was primarily a night-time bomber; unlike the Halifax, it was not used during the war for other duties than bombing.

In 1942-45, Lancasters flew 156,000 operations and dropped 608,612 tons of bombs. 3,249 Lancasters were lost in action. Only 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations. The greatest survivor completed 139 operations and survived the war, to be scrapped in 1947.

An important feature of the Lancaster was its extensive bomb bay, at 33 feet (10.05 m) long. Initially the heaviest bombs carried were 4,000 lb (1,818 kg) or for special targets the 21 feet (6.4 m) long 12,000 lb (5,448 kg) 'Tall Boy'. Towards the end of the war, attacking hardened targets, the 'Special B' Lancasters could carry a single 25.5 feet (7.77 m) long 22,000 lb (9,979 kg) 'Grand Slam' or 'Earthquake' bomb.

Two Avro Lancasters remain in air-worthy condition, although few flying hours remain on their airframes and actual flying is carefully rationed. One is PA474 of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the other is FM 213 of the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum.

Lancaster is the most famous British four engines bomber of WWII. This powerful subject will be joined to our 1/72 WWII bomber fleet. The kit quality will be the best and no doubt with Hasegawa Standard.

Source: www.wikipedia.org