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 REVIEW: Oxford AC050 RCAF Westland Lysander Gunnery Target Tug, CWH Museum

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Oxford AC050 RCAF Westland Lysander Gunnery Target Tug, CWH Museum   Sun Mar 12 2017, 00:29

RCAF Westland (National Steel Car) Lysander Gunnery Target Tug
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Representing #2363 No.8 Gunnery and Bombing School RCAF
Lethbridge, Alberta, 1942
1/72 Scale

This aircraft is a Canadian built example and is part of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.

The first Canadian built Lysanders rolled out of National Steel Car factory at Malton, Ontario in September 1939 and later were delivered to RCAF No. 110 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ontario. In February 1940, No. 110 became the first RCAF squadron to be ordered overseas to Britain.

By late 1941, most Canadian built Lysanders had been transferred to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), where they were used for target towing at gunnery training schools. National Steel Car, which became Victory Aircraft, stopped building Lysanders in September 1942, as it started to gear up to manufacture Lancaster bombers. 1,652 Lysanders were built between 1938 and 1943; 225 of them in Canada. Lysanders served with the RAF, RCAF and the RAAF, as well as the air forces of seven other nations.

The Museum's Lysander was built at Malton, Ontario in June 1942 and served with No. 8 Bombing & Gunnery School, Lethbridge, Alberta. It was retired from the RCAF in 1946 and then sold to a Prairie farmer. The airframe was donated to the Museum by Dennis Bradley and Alan Ness in 1975. In 1983, the “Friends of Canadian Warplane Heritage” started restoring it at Niagara Falls Airport, NY. The project was transferred back to Hamilton in October 1996 and the Lysander finally flew again for the first time in over sixty years in 2009. The aircraft displays the black and yellow stripes of a BCATP air gunnery target tug.

Picked this one up at Hobby Co in Sydney for $35 Australian.

Not great quality, of note is the particularly poor fitting canopy. However, if you remove the canopy a couple of Hobby Master Pilot figures can be used (rear seat gunner needs both legs amputated however). Propeller is fixed and a display stand is included.


From the CWH website.

I will call it Mini-Me".

Museum Lysander pilot Rick Rickards shows off his latest purchase from the Gift Shop - a 1/72 scale Oxford diecast of our Lysander 2363.

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