This website details of the construction of the Pilot's, Navigator's and Radio Operator's section of an Avro Lancaster Bomber of WWII with working (by simulation units) radar and navigation aids and realistic sound simulation of the 4 Merlin Engines.
The enormous cost of owning and maintaining such an aircraft is beyond the resources of virtually any individual even if an aircraft existed. However by collecting original instruments, gauges, radio equipment etc. and constructing the fuselage section together with the larger mechanical items yourself, it is possible to at least sit in your own Lancaster cockpit, to operate the Navigation/Radio equipment and even run up the Merlin engines to full power.
What does it consist of ?
The fuselage section that has been constructed is from the leading edge of the wing, forward from the radio operators section, the navigators section and finally the pilot's cockpit. It also includes the whole of the Perspex canopy back to, and including the astrodome.
Why build a Lancaster ?
The Lancaster offered an impressive way in which to display working WWII radio and radar systems and other electronic aids to the general public, who in many cases were unaware of the electronic warfare of that era, Also included are some impressive Merlin Engine sound effects with working throttle controls.
What's inside ?
The Radio section is complete with a R1155 Receiver, T1154 transmitter and the H2S 'Fishpond' warning radar plus all the auxiliary equipment. The Navigators section contains the Gee navigation equipment, H2S main Radar plus all the navigation aids used prior to the introduction of Gee & H2S. The Pilots cockpit is complete as near as possible to that in the original aircraft.
How was it constructed ?
The instruments, Radio and Navigation equipment are all original, being acquired from aero jumbles, friends and acquaintances. All the mechanical items are homemade from aluminium sheet and homemade aluminium castings. Construction is accurate down to almost the last rivet and included making the pilots seat, the control column, engine control quadrant and all other mechanical items and fittings.
For photos of this project or details click on the following link:-
SEVERAL OTHER WWII RADIO AND RADAR RESTORATION PROJECTS HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN APART FROM THE LANCASTER. ALL RESTORED TO WORKING CONDITION AND DEMONSTRATED WITH THE AID OF MODERN SIMULATOR CIRCUITS.
CLICK ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING LINKS.
AIRBORNE INTERCEPTION RADAR AI-MK4
AIRBORNE INTERCEPTION RADAR AI MK8.
AIRBORNE INTERCEPTION RADAR AI MK10 (MODIFIED VERSION OF AMERICAN SCR 720).
AIR-TO SURFACE RADAR ASV MKII.
AMERICAN SCR269 RADIO COMPASS.