This page is not about a project that is for sale, rather it is intended to provide information about my own project to build a full size replica of the cockpit section of an AVRO Lancaster B1A Special (the one that carried the Grand Slam 22,000 Pound Bomb) using as many original parts as possible. Fortunately, the work on it has now been taken on by the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum, Salisbury.

Donations are most welcome - See the BDAC Website www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk.

 If you have any parts that will help or any information about the interior fit,

please contact me via raf-surplus@outlook.com.


This is Laurence "Benny" Goodman who was the pilot of PD130. Benny has been kind enough to send me a signed photograph and also to sign my Lancaster control column. Thank you Benny.

 

NOW THAT THE PROJECT HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO OLD SARUM,  IT WILL BE ASSEMBLED AND COMPLETED BY BOSCOMBE DOWN AVIATION COLLECTION. THE WORK IS BEING COMPLETED ON PUBLIC VIEW, SO YOU CAN TO WATCH IT GROW!

What follows is a photographic record of the parts acquired so far and the rebuild work to date:

23rd.October, 2020

Trial fit of the canopy frame.

I'm hoping to have the windscreen ready very shortly.

15th October, 2020

First work on the restoration of the canopy

7th. October, 2020

On the 7th, October, almost 1 year after I delivered the first parts to Old Sarum, the project was honoured by a visit from Laurence "Benny" Goodman, the Wartime pilot of PD130.

It was a great honour to meet this fine gentleman who had celebrated his 100th birthday the previous week. Congratulations sir and thank you.

15th. September, 2020

20th. August, 2020

07th. August, 2020

31st. July, 2020

20th. May, 2020

5th. March, 2020

6th. February, 2020

Well done the BDAC team!

 

25th. January 2020 - Working on the Windscreen

13th. January 2020 - Trial Fit of Former E

9th. January 2020


19th. November 2019

Day 1 at Old Sarum

Partially refurbished compass stand soon to be completed and added to the Pilot's Panel


Frame 1 almost ready. Frames 2 to 6 to go!

 

 


Pilot's and Navigator's Panels almost ready to fit


The Navigator's panel is a new acquisition by courtesy of Tim Taylor.


Pilot's Seat and seat mounting frame

 


All the bits of the wireless operator's equipment ready to be fitted.

Nearly there! Only the cap left to do now.

New casting of Control Yoke.

The finished version will be complete with center cover. The mounting hole in the center is splined as on the original.

I expect to have a limited number available for sale in November 2015.

The windscreen and canopy. This is currently being restored but urgently requires an escape hatch.

The Trim Tower. Recently obtained from Australia.

Side Window. Obtained from Australia.

Cockpit side assembly. Frames S to E.

 

Frame E and Instrument Panel. Mounted on jig with side rails in place.

Mounting the side frames.

Detail of stringer attachment.