Airfix A08021 1:72 Vickers Wellington Mk.II
Vickers Wellington Mk. II
Arguably one of the most important aircraft available to the Royal Air Force during the early months of the Second World War. The most distinctive feature of the Wellington’s manufacture was the use of hundreds of Duralumin W-beams to form an intricate metal lattice-work fuselage construction onto which wooden battens would be screwed, with doped fabric applied as the aircraft’s outer skin.
As Britain looked to strike back at the start of WWII, the Vickers Wellington was arguably their most important aircraft and they needed to ensure a constant supply of new machines. In an attempt to introduce some engine option flexibility and to provide the Wellington with greater power, around 400 Mk.II Wellington’s were modified to take Rolls Royce Merlin X engines, a development which gave this famous bomber a very different appearance.