One of the more unusual, if not incongruous cockpit instruments installed in the wooden-winged and steel tubed fuselage of the Avro Anson was the toggle switch for the aircraft's inner and outer wing-mounted landing lights.
With its ceramic base and brass 'bell-shaped' cover, the Anson's Air Ministry stamped 5D/551 Landing Light Toggle Switch sat directly in front of the aircraft's throttle controls.
Compared with the more streamlined bakelite or cast aluminium cockpit controls of many contemporary RAF aircraft, the Anson's Landing Light Switch had a distinctly domestic look about it - something more likely found in the hallway of Grandma's cottage than in a twin-engined Coastal Command submarine chaser.
Also installed in the early Handley Page Halifax bomber and Hawker Hurricane, the Air Ministry 'Bell' Switch had a ceramic base with the Air Ministry Crown cast into its undersides and the AM & Crown with its 5D/551 part number stamped around its edge.
The brass 'Bell' screws onto the all-brass rocker switch housed beneath with the pimple ended toggle switch protruding through the centre.
This is an extremely rare Avro Anson artefact and combined with a highly detailed scale model of the Avro Anson atop its Mango Wood Display Stand and accompanying Fact Sheet, would make a fantastic gift for any budding aviator, aviation enthusiast or experienced pilot!
This Avro Anson Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Avro Anson, Air Ministry Landing Lights Toggle Switch, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 3 - 4 weeks approx.
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