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PostSubject: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Thu Mar 23 2017, 06:54

Here is a neat plane I never heard of. It is an Airspeed Oxford AS-10 in 1/72. I purchased it from Flying Mule. These planes were used as multi-engine trainers. I took a few pics of mine. Pardon the harsh shadows....







This flash shot shows some of the interior detail, of which there is a lot of....



I will likely install a couple crewmen. The plane model comes with optional landing gear. There are four gear doors that fit a bit loose and will likely need to be white glued in if you display it with the gear down.

This is a sleek plane, nice camo paint and equivalent to the Oxford Avro Anson in terms of weight and quality.

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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Thu Mar 23 2017, 10:32

I'm not buying much in the way of diecast these days but that looks rather nice so I might make an exception.
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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Thu Mar 23 2017, 17:25

TomMarkert wrote:


This is a sleek plane, nice camp paint and equivalent to the Oxford Afro Anson...

Tom

I had no idea these were made. afro
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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Thu Mar 23 2017, 19:01

The pilot wears a black fuzzy haired wig when on missions...

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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Thu Mar 23 2017, 21:27

In an idle moment it suddenly dawned on me that I have seen this aircraft when it was at Newark Air Museum way back in 1993. It is now in the RAF Museum at Hendon. Here's a couple of photo's that I took.





The aircraft is in the colours that it wore when it was first issued in March 1943. An extract from the Museum's web site - Issued to No.1536 Beam Approach Training Flight, Spitalgate, Lincs.The Flight had moved to Spitalgate that month, training newly qualified night fighter pilots in instrument landing practice. BATF Oxfords carried distinctive yellow triangles to warn other aircraft to keep clear since the pilot was frequently flyingon signals and instruments with the cockpit windows screened off.

Here's a link to the full history up to the date when it was transferred to Hendon.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/collections/69-A-909-Airspeed-Oxford.pdf
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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Sat Apr 29 2017, 07:28

Nice. What was the approach beam? A visual aid for night landings?

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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Sat Apr 29 2017, 08:18

I'm not an expert but my understanding is that it was a radio beacon similar to if not a copy of the Lorenz system. On approach to the runway a pilot would hear either dots or dashes which became more intense as the aircraft until at the centre of the beam when the sound became continuous. I find it strange that the Lorenz system was developed in Germany in the early thirties and it was installed in the airports internationally but the RAF didn't use the beam approach until well after the start of the war.

The Germans used a similar system to guide there bombers over the UK during the blitz which was jammed. There was also a variation used to help guide long distance German aircraft out over the Atlantic. This was also discovered but it was decided not to jam it as it was more useful to Coastal Command aircraft.
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PostSubject: Re: Oxford Airspeed Oxford AS-10   Sat Apr 29 2017, 18:26

Ah, okay. I know what you mean now. Interesting.

The movie "The Big Lift" sort of highlights that type of system in a couple scenes as the plane are guided into Berlin during the Berlin Blockade.

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