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Westland Lysander MKII

WESTLAND LYSANDER MK II


110 Squadron (later 400) converted to the Canadian-built Lysander Mk II in early 1940, just prior to embarkation to war in the UK.  In England, they were issued with the British-built Lysander Mk II and later the Mk III.  They were initially based at the Old Sarum airfield (near Stonehenge) where they trained with the Army and also were involved in the test flying of the new Lysanders.


 

According to the Lysander Special book (1977) by Bruce Robertson, “The exuberant spirits of the Canadians led to some stunting.  Some members of 110 Squadron took to the air on Lysanders by standing on the stubby weapons wing and lashing themselves to the main wing strut.”  The slow-moving Lysander was ideal for this activity and, flying low and slow, they were able to shout at the startled but amused people on the ground.  The diorama scene depicts two stunt-flying airmen as they ‘attack’ the local Old Sarum railway yard and passenger platform.


Can you find all of the human figures in the diorama (6 railway workers, 4 airmen with the airplane, 3 other airmen, 7 civilians on the passenger platform, and one other figure for a total of 21 human figures)?  If you find the one other don’t tell anyone.


The 1/72 scale Lysander kit (constructed by Gary Barling) is by Matchbox and is unmodified but with IPMS decals depicting 110 Squadron.  Top paint is Humbroil 29 (dark earth) and 30 (dark green).  All other items are HO scale (1/89).  The water tower and buildings are from a 1958 Revell railway HO scale kit (with railway worker figures), the vehicle kit (1929 Ford -constructed by John Dunlop) is by Woodhouse, the jeep is diecast metal, the seagulls are by ML Designs, the platform fittings and all military figures are by Airfix, the civilian figures are by Atlas, the brick walkway pieces are by Pegasus, and the platform was scratch built from card plastic.  All figures were hand painted.

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Bill Bishop,
20 Jul 2011, 08:07
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Bill Bishop,
20 Jul 2011, 08:07
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