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The Avro Lancaster Explored is receiving excellent reviews from top UK magazines. Here is our alphabetical listing of what they say. You may find out more about these magazines using the contact information included. We shall be adding more reviews to this list very soon - so watch this space!
UK Air Museum Stockists
THE LANCASTER EXPLORED
Flyingzone's CD-ROM guide bills itself as 'the ultimate Lancaster reference' and it's a claim that can't be beaten - unless, of course, there's some other source of information that has more than 3000 pages of text and almost 2000 photos and illustrations of the venerable old warbird!
It's not an exaggeration to say that the only way to get closer to a 'Lanc' is to actually own one. For the serious enthusiast, there's no stone unturned in the quest for every piece of minutiae relating to the classic bomber. Period Air Ministry manuals are here in their entirety, with copious engineering notes and pilot's paperwork. This is clearly a labour of love, and the amount of research and detail that has gone into this CD-ROM is unparalleled. With the help of groups like the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Imperial War Museum and the RAF Museum at Hendon, imagery from wartime Lancasters mingles with photographs of the surviving bombers still in existence around the world - there's even a guide to show you where to visit the real thing. If the Avro Lancaster sets your props turning, then there's no excuse not to snap up this exhaustive resource on one of World War II's most iconic aircraft.

The RAF Magazine
Titan Magazines
Tel: +44 (0)1536 764646 E-mail: rafmagazinesubs@titanemail.com
URL: http://www.titanmagazines.com/raf
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Scale Aviation Modeller International

The Lancaster Explored
I have an American friend who liberally uses the word 'awesome'. Few things live up to that word. This CD-ROM is one. The publishers say that if this item were in paper format it would be over 3,000 pages and I can well believe it. To give you an idea, there are 1,600 internal and external photographs, some in very close detail — I did not know that there was a ground crew step on the undercarriage legs. There are five pictures of the Elsan toilet alone!
The CD is divided into five sections: participating aircraft used in the pictures, together with background information; photo tour; technical specification; pilot's and engineer's notes, and historical overview. All are impressive, but the photo tour and notes are the best bit. Between them they take in every bit of the interior, and a huge amount of the exterior. The photos are all of surviving Lancs so the quality is excellent. The notes go into incredible detail about the guts of a Lancaster — the wiring systems, controls, etc. A lot of this will not be needed by modellers, but the fact that it is there gives a permanent, all in one place record. I ran my copy on a fairly ordinary PC with Windows XP. I experienced no problems at all. The box says it runs on all Windows versions down to Windows 98. The Lancaster Explored is excellent value for money. According to Flyingzone's website at www.flyingzonedirect.com they propose to publish a CD on the Spitfire Mk V in the Autumn, to be followed by the Hurricane and Mosquito.
I really enjoyed using this CD, and can't recommend it too highly. Thanks to Flyingzone Publications for the review copy. Chris Kendall

Scale Aviation Modeller International Magazine
Media House, 21 Kingsway, Bedford, MK42 9BJ
Tel: +44 (0)8707 333373 Fax: +44 (0)8707 333744
E-mail: mail@sampublications.com URL: http://www.sampublications.com

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WWII Aerial Offensive Special
AVRO LANCASTER EXPLORED CD ROM
It has taken three years of research and development to produce this fantastic new resource, which covers most aspects of the ever-popular Avro Lancaster. The Lancaster Explored' is the first in a new series of PC software from Flyingzone Publications and is claimed by the producer to be equivalent to a 3,000-page book! Included on the program are 1,600 full-screen colour photos, 320 colour diagrams based on wartime manuals and over 2,800 transcribed Air Ministry equipment descriptions. The amount of information contained is immense, with pilot's notes, 18 tour sections covering internal and external equipment, a detailed bomb and bomb-loads section, turret details, a radio and Countermeasures section, navigational aids section and operational information on the Mk.XIV bombsight. The program also features animation, sound, plus search and print facilities.
All restored UK Avro Lancaster exhibits are covered, including cockpit sections - and there are also web links to relevant sites. This in-depth look at the 'Lanc' is priced at just £26.95 plus postage and can be ordered directly from Flyingzone Publications.
Jarrod Cotter, Key Publishing - June 2005

Flypast Magazine
PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XQ
Tel: +44 (01780 755131 Fax: +44 (0)1780 757261
E-mail: flypast@keypublishing.com URL: http://www.flypast.com
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Aircraft Illustrated Magazine
The Avro Lancaster Explored PC CD-ROM
It's important to understand that this isn't a general history of the Avro Lancaster - as it says, many books and videos have done a good job of that. Rather, it's a detailed look at the great bomber and the activities of its crews, delivered via thousands of photos and text descriptions.
It is clearly aimed at the enthusiast with a technical bent, using many Air Ministry manuals, and highly detailed shots of every aspect of the seven remaining restored Lancasters in the UK. The wheels and their trolleys, the Merlin exhausts, seats, the undercarriage, various controls… you name it, they're captured in great detail. If you happen to have a load of Lancaster bits in your garden shed, this will assist in identifying them, and the Pilot and Flight Engineer's manual may well help you stick them together and fly the beast!
Your reviewer isn't a 'technical buff' - instead, I am in awe of the aircraft and what it did. My father served in Bomber Command during the war, and so my interest was in the survivors' wartime histories. For some, the History section only contains details of their restorations. Luckily, a couple of them, R5868 (now at Hendon) in particular, have excellent excerpts from various WW2 logbook entries.
And it's all very user-friendly, with good navigation in and around the six main sections. I loved some of the sortie references, and a technical or engineering enthusiast will get even more out of it. This is an excellent package.
Nick Applegarth, Aircraft Illustrated - December 2004

Aircraft Illustrated
Ian Allan Publishing Ltd, Riverdene Business Park, Molesey Road, Hersham, Surrey, KT12 4RG
Tel: +44 (0)1932 266622 Fax: +44 (0)1932 266633
E-mail:
subs@ianallanpub.co.uk URL: http://www.ianallanpublishing.com
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THE AVRO LANCASTER EXPLORED
'This CD-ROM, the first of a series, contains a massive amount of detail on the Avro Lancaster, extracts from official documents, technical specifications and pilots and engineers notes with some 320 original colour diagrams and over 1600 photographs of the interior and exterior of UK museum examples. These give details of the airframe, cockpit instrumentation, navigational aids, radio and countermeasure systems, engines, bombsight and armament, etc. Just as examples, there are more than a hundred photos of the engines and nacelles and 60 photos of the turrets and their components. It is easy to install, navigate around and if necessary delete from your system but if you do get stuck there is an explanatory booklet and a help button. All the photographs, diagrams and text can be viewed full screen and printed out. Excellent value for money'.
- Ray Sanger, Aviation News - November 2004.

Aviation News

HPC Publishing Drury Lane, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9BJ
Tel: +44 (0)1424 720477Fax: +44 (0)01424 443693
E-mail:
info@aviation-news.co.uk URL: http://www.aviation-news.co.uk
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Best of British Magazine
DISCOVERING THE AVRO LANCASTER
'Produced in association with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the National Archives, Flyingzone Publications' superb The Lancaster Explored PC CD-ROM offers a unique insight into the famous Avro Lancaster Bomber, combining many extracts from official wartime Air Ministry documents, 320 original colour diagrams and over 1,600 superb internal and external colour photographs, and will provide an excellent reference source for all Lancaster and aviation enthusiasts.

There are complete interactive pilot's notes with over 130 photographs ot the cockpit, showing the pilot and flight engineer's controls in detail and revealing starting, take-off, landing and emergency procedures. Wartime technical specifications and operational information are also included, as well as Lancaster website links and details of all UK restored Lancasters'.
- Ian Beacham, Best of British - November 2004


Best of British Magazine

Banks Chambers, 27a Market Place, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 8EA
Tel: +44 (0)1778 342814 FAX: +44 (0)1778 342814
E-mail: mail@british.fsbusiness.co.uk www: http://www.bestofbritishmag.co.uk
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British Model Flying Association
THE AVRO LANCASTER EXPLORED PC CD-ROM
This is very different and quite excellent. Flyingzone Publications have developed and published this new PC CD-ROM and you really can explore the Lancaster bomber. Climb aboard and study it inside and out from nose to tail, over 1600 views including all pilots instruments and gun positions 320 unique colour diagrams and animated sound. Bombs and bomb load. All the UK's restored Lancasters were used for this product with close up and full profile photos. Tech specs., Rolls-Royce engine data and photos, Easy navigation throughout with bookmark and search facilities. This is not a coverage just in graphics - it is the REAL aircraft. All you will ever want to know about the aircraft, so much, it is impossible to detail all. A must have!

Journal of the British Model Flying Association
Chacksfield House, 31 St. Andrews Road, Leicester LE2 8RE
Tel: +44 (0)116 2440028 FAX: +44 (0)116 2440645
E-mail: admin@bmfa.org www: http://www.bmfa.org
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The Catalina Society
The Avro Lancaster is Explored
The Lancaster Explored is Number 1 in a new Aircraft Explored series of CD-ROMs produced by Flyingzone Publications, UK Aviation Software Developers and Publishers. This first release has been produced in association with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the National Archives and is devoted to the famous Avro bomber. It is not a history of the type as this has been written in book form on a number of occasions although elements of the type's history inevitably creep in.

It is quite simply the best and most comprehensive study of the workings, both internal and external, of the Lancaster ever produced in one source. In a manner that would be quite impossible using book format, it brings together a colossal amount of information, data and visual references.

Included are extracts from official Air Ministry documents and manuals, 320 original colour diagrams and over 1,600 internal and external colour photos. Some of the diagrams are animated with sound so that, for example, it is possible to go through the Lancaster's start-up procedure using the disc's simple navigation tools. The data and illustrations also cover armament, bomb loads and internal equipment such as radios and navigation kit as well as details of the UK's preserved Lancasters.

I am very much a 'book man' but I have to say that this reference tool is simply fantastic and highly recommended even if you cannot take it to bed and leaf through its pages (get a laptop I hear you cry!). It would need an entire shelf to support the equivalent information in printed format even if it were easily available. I very much hope that it will be the first in a long line of titles although, by nature of the contents, the photos have to feature preserved aircraft that are in virtually 'stock' condition. Apparently, Flyingzone Publications are now busy working on the next title, based on the Spitfire Mk.V aircraft.
David Legg, Editor - The Catalina News

The Catalina Society
c/o Duxford Airfield, Duxford Cambridgeshire CB2 4QR.
URL: http://www.catalina.org.uk
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Flypast Magazine
The AVRO LANCASTER EXPLORED CD-ROM
'It has taken three years of research and development to produce this fantastic new resource, which covers most aspects of the ever-popular Avro Lancaster. The Lancaster Explored is the first in a new series of PC software from Flyingzone Publications and is claimed by the producer to be equivalent to a 3,000-page book! Included on the program are 1,600 full screen colour photos, 320 colour diagrams based on wartime manuals and over 2,800 transcribed Air Ministry equipment descriptions. The amount of information contained is immense, with pilot's notes, 18 tour sections covering internal and external equipment, a detailed bomb and bomb-loads section, turret details, a radio and Countermeasures section, navigational aids section and operational information on the Mk.XIV bombsight. The program also features animation, sound, plus search and print facilities.

All restored UK Avro Lancaster exhibits are covered, including cockpit sections as well as the complete airframes - and there are also website links to relevant sites. This in-depth look at the 'Lanc' is priced at £26.95 plus postage and can be ordered directly from Flyingzone Publications. Next up in the series is a look at the Supermarine Spitfire V'.
- Jarrod Cotter, Flypast Magazine - November 2004

Flypast Magazine

PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XQ
Tel: +44 (01780 755131 Fax: +44 (0)1780 757261
E-mail: flypast@keypublishing.com URL: http://www.flypast.com
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PC Pilot Magazine
The Avro Lancaster Explored - The ultimate resource
Unless you've got every one of the restored Lancasters in the UK at home, you won't get any closer to this legendary bomber than with this magnificent CD-ROM. If The Lancaster Explored was in book form it would run to some 3,000 pages, which makes its outstanding quality throughout all the more impressive. Over 1,600 specially taken colour photographs and 320 full-colour diagrams serve to put this heavy bomber under the microscope like never before, all the way from the bomb-aimer's blister air vents at the front back to the rear gunner's four Browning .303 machine guns.

The result of three years' research and development, aided by the developers' unrestricted access to previously unpublished Air Ministry manuals, the program is split into several main chapters. The heart of the CD is the Photo Tour, which provides high-resolution images of every nook and cranny, instrument and feature of the whole aircraft, along with a quite staggering amount of technical information, beautifully presented diagrams and in some cases sounds and animated demo's as well. The Pilot's and Flight Engineer's Notes are expanded with additional explanatory text and accompanying photographs, and there are histories and images of all the aircraft featured.

You could honestly lose yourself in this CD for days at a time, thanks in part to the user interface being as perfectly executed as the contents; the navigation menu, complete with Search, Print and Bookmark facilities, is perfect. Seeing labels appear as you move your mouse over the title images in the eighteen Photo Tour sections is just one more example of the effort that has obviously been lavished on every aspect of The Lancaster Explored. This is arguably the most thorough aviation resource we've ever seen.
Joe M. Besser, PC Pilot Magazine - Jan/Feb 2005

PC Pilot Magazine
PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XQ
Tel: +44 (01780 755131 Fax: +44 (0)1780 757261
E-mail: flypast@keypublishing.com URL: http://www.pcpilot.net

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