Vicker’s “Herculean” Tester

Testbed aircraft are always interesting thanks to their sometimes bizarre modifications. One example of a little-known testbed aircraft was the Vickers Type 289, which was a Wellesley bomber (itself not that well known today) adapted to test the Hercules two-row radial engine. In order to make sure that this important aircraft is not forgotten, I converted the Matchbox 1/72 Wellesley into a replica of the Type 289. Now I have a plane with big wings AND a big nose!

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