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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Airfix Auster AOP VI

A 1981 vintage Airfix 1/72 scale kit of the Auster AOP VI (manufactured in France rather than the UK - the quality of the packaging is much poorer than the British made kits!).

The aircraft depicted on the box top flew with No 651 Light Aircraft Squadron Army Air Corps based at Middle Wallop in the early 1960's.

The prototype Auster AOP (Air Observation Post) VI first flew on 1st May 1945 and entered service with the RAF in September 1946.

It served in many theatres including Malaya during the emergency, in the Middle East and Germany as well as in the UK. The mark VI remained in service until around 1955 when it was replaced by the AOP 9.

Approximately 400 aircraft were built. Apart from the RAF, the Auster AOP also served with the Belgian Air Force and many Commonwealth Air Forces.

An example of this kit is currently for sale on E-bay here.

Further reading/sites which may be of interest.....

Airfix Henschel Hs 123-1

Auster AOP VI pics

Matchbox Hawker Fury

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