AVRO 707A (1949)
About the Design
By the late 1940s, Britain had begun work on what would eventually become the Avro 698 Vulcan bomber, a tailless, delta-winged jet aircraft. Ironically, while the flight characteristics of delta wings at high speeds were fairly well known at this time, how such a wing would perform at relatively low speeds -- such as during a low-level bombing run -- were still somewhat of a mystery.
To get the data they needed to design the Vulcan, Avro aircraft built several smaller-scale delta wing prototypes, dubbed the Avro 707. The first of these, the 707A, flew in 1949. Testing on the various 707 variants -- five in all -- continued until 1967
About the Kit
This vacuformed-model of the 707A was produced by the U.K.'s Maintrack Hangar Productions under its"Project X" label in 1992. The pilot's seat, landing gear, wheels and nose spike were all "soft metal" -- and extremely well cast. The kit allowed the builder to construct the 707A with one of two possible wing variations.
This model was built from an original issue.