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Digital Subscriptions > Scale Aircraft Modelling > January 2018 > Duck Style

Duck Style

Miles M.57 Aerovan


Kit No: 72011

Scale: 1/72

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic

Manufacturer: Mikro Mir Hannants/Stevens International

The cockpit assembly is a neat little installation with reasonable detail for the scale
Cabin seat frame separation precluded using the kit supplied items and wider replacements were furnished from sheet plastic strips
The it of the intake outer parts were added first with no it issues found
The wing box assembly lacks positive location on the upper fuselage and hindered wing to fuselage alignment

MikroMir’s release of the Miles M.57 Aerovan is a long awaited model of this austere transport. One such transport plane saw service with the ledging Israeli Air Force during the 1948 war of independence, flying passengers between Saddom in the Dead Sea and central Israel. During one such light, the Pregnant Duck, as it was affectionately named, suffered engine failure, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing along the Mediterranean sea coast line. The pilot successfully landed his plane, but on the ground the passengers and crew were killed by a mob. The Aerovan, which was indoctrinated into Israeli Air Force service, had the civil registration number G-AJWI. The first customer for AJWI was Lees-Hill Aviation, Birmingham and the aircraft was operated by Don Everall Aviation out of Birmingham Airport. It went straight from them on 21st May 1948 to Mayfair Air Services and out to Israel in June 1948, the last light of the Aerovan took place on 18th July 1948.

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