alzictorini Posted July 17, 2022 Share Posted July 17, 2022 Morning BMs I’ve been commissioned to produce a 1:1 scale replica of a Manchester Bomber Instrument panel for the RAF Coningsby Heritage Centre in Lincolnshire. When Coningsby opened in 1941 it initially operated Hampdens (which I have made a panel for also) followed soon after my Manchester’s of 97 Sqn in April 1941. I’ll take you through the process of research and how to go about the build of a replica panel. Pic of a Manchester of 97 Sqn, follow the link below: 97 Sqn Manchester As pictures of the interior of the Manchester are few, I require some good drawings or layout details to start with. I wrote off to the AVRO Museum and they in turn pointed me in the direction of these 2 drawings and a good pic from the pilots’ notes: Some layouts differed slightly but the one above is the layout I will follow. Next is to identify all the instruments. The good thing is the Lancaster which came after the Manchester had a similar layout but with 4 engines instead of 2. One item which appears different is the on/off change over switch. Manchester’s and some early Lancs (probs Manchester conversions) had this larger selector with a second lower lever. Alan Hulme came up trumps and provided the Vol 6 image which I will re-design in Fusion 360 and 3D print. Ill construct the Blind Flying Panel (BFP) and the instruments it holds first. If anyone has any good pictures or knows of links to Manchester Instrument Panel pics, please leave a post below. 18 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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