Andy Davies tackles Airfix’s all-new Wellington Mk.Ia/c …a much-needed replacement for the company’s ancient B.III
EXCLUSIVE BUILD WELLINGTON Mk.IA/C
Vickers’ twin-engined Wellington medium bomber was designed to specification B.9/32, with the first prototype (K4049) flown at Brooklands on June 15, 1936. Conceived by Vickers-Armstrongs’ Chief Designer Rex Pierson and utilising the geodetic construction methods devised by Barnes Wallace used in the earlier Wellesley, the Wellington served with distinction throughout World War Two. The ‘Wimpy’ was to bear the brunt of the early Bomber Command offensive against Germany, comprising approximately 60% of the numbers in the first 1,000 bomber raid on 30th May 1942.