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Thomas Probert
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Avro Shackleton AEW2 – Sanger 1/48th vacform

August 29, 2014 · in Aviation · · 17 · 2.8K

The Avro is one of my favourite post-war RAF aircraft, and the AEW2 version with its big radome makes for a very interesting looking aircraft.

This 'Growler' has been completely overlooked by the 'mainstream' injection manufacturers, so the only option I had to add a Shack to my collection was Sanger's vacform.

This is a lovely kit - the parts fit well and it comes with a good set of white metal parts. I used a modified Lancaster undercarriage however, as it was more refined than the kit's offering. I scratch-built the interior and bomb bay, and decals were a mixture of the kit's and from the spares box.

I completed the model as WR960 'Dougal' of 8 Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth in the early 1990's.

I also have the Mk3 version in the stash - sometime soon I'll be building this model a companion!

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17 responses

  1. what fabulous work you do

  2. Beautiful work, Thomas. Nice photos, too.

  3. Very nice - you don't see many Shakletons in any scale!

  4. Really cool. I wish I had the patience and skill to build some vac kits. Your work is beautiful.

  5. Tom you have a marvelous talent and use it well.

  6. Looks like you have this vac-u-form thing down' build, sir.

  7. Tom she sure is a real beauty. The SAAF used a later variant for maritime patrol off the coast of South Africa. Awesome build.

  8. Tom, beautiful workmanship, and it's good to see a 'lesser' airframe given the attention it deserves.

  9. Lovely Tom, I use to see those birds regularly.
    Well done sir and nice pics too.

  10. Hello Tom...beautiful work and nice detailing. Very well done.

  11. All hail Da Vacuform King!

  12. Great job, Tom.

  13. Reaffirming everything said above.

  14. Brings back great memories of seeing these fly from RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall when I was a teenager. Beautiful model.

  15. Many thanks for the kind words gentlemen.


  16. Thomas,
    You are indeed too much. I can't say enough good about the work you do. I promise to never try to compete with you.

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