The Avro Lancaster, building the front end of an Avro Lancaster Bomber.

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.


IMPORTANT: At the moments (2020) it is on loan to the Pitstone Museum (www.pitsonemuseum.co.uk) by Norman Groom. Circumstances have arisen however which means it is being offered for sale to either another museum or a serious collector with a very deep pocket. Offers will be considerd on their merits and the final figure is expected to be in the six figure sum. Serious enquiries to :- norman.groom100@btinternet.com No time wasters please.

The Lancaster bomber was one of the most famous bombers of WWII, its bomb load exceeding that of any other aircraft in full-scale production at the time. Only two examples are flying at the present time although there are several static examples in existence.

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.

The following tells the story of the construction by Norman Groom over a period of several years

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:-


PHOTOS FROM THE BEGINNING OF LANCASTER PROJECT (1995)

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.


Gee MK2 AND THE MISSING LINK, Gee MK1

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.

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