General Product Description
Our MyMahoganyModel Britten Norman BN2 Islander Model exhibits unique, unrivaled quality and detailed design to come as close as possible to the accuracy of the actual plane. It comes as standard with a robust, durable base or stand which is available in a variety of different finishes designed to match your own personal requirements including solid wood, wood with polished metal supports or adjustable wood wall mount and will be ready within about 8-10 weeks from placement of order.
The Britten Norman BN2 Islander Model is made of the finest kiln dried renewable mahogany wood (commonly known as Lauan or Meranti) which has undergone many stages of carving and meticulous and careful sanding giving the beautiful finished museum quality masterpiece. Many collectors and model connoisseurs demonstrate their preference for genuine handmade and hand painted mahogany wood models rather than plastic or die cast (diecast) alternatives due to the overall look and totally different feel of the item - we trust you will find the same. We can, however, if required produce the same model in Solid Cast Resin so just click and contact us us for further information. Our craftsmen and gifted artisans ensure that our finely handcrafted model airplanes match the precise blueprint details of the original aircraft. The paint scheme, markings and parts are closely matched, reflecting the original aircraft. This stylish top-quality desktop replica model will surely enthrall anyone who receives this as a gift and for sure one of the most appropriate and desirably collectable gifts for any aviation enthusiast and avid aircraft collector whilst also displaying a perfect resemblance to the actual aircraft.
If you require we can also make the Britten Norman BN2 Islander Model in any other airline, private livery or colour scheme you require and if necessary in a different size or scale. Just click here to contact us with a description or photographs of what you require, and we will let you have a quotation for the necessary customization by return email. We can also make bespoke scale replicas of any other private / civil commercial airliner or airliners, helicopter, glider, gliders with engines, military jet, warplane jets, propeller warplanes, biplane, triplane, tail fin, spacecraft, rocket or NASA model you require in any airline, military or civilian livery or colors. We also produce model airships, blimp, dirigible, blimps, boat and ship collectibles. Wall plaque or seal for military, government or private customers. Again, by clicking here to contact us just let us know exactly what you need.
Britten Norman BN2 Islander Model Details
The BN2 above is also available from ModelBuffs in any major airline colors at no extra cost. Just specify in the Remarks/Suggestions box when ordering the Standard Model which airline colors you require. If you require a fully customized model including the base please select the Customized option upon checkout and give full details on the accompanying form. Delivery for standard and customizable models 2-3 weeks.
Design of the Islander started in 1963 and the first prototype BN-2 first flew on 13 June 1965, with the second prototype following on 20 August 1966. Both of these had engines that were less powerful than the production versions. The first production Islander first flew on 24 April 1967.
An improved version, the BN-2A Islander, first flew in 1969. It incorporated aerodynamic and flight equipment improvements as well as changes to the baggage arrangements.
The Defender, a military version of the Islander, first flew on 20 May 1970.
The Maritime Defender is another military version of the Islander, intended for search and rescue, coastal patrol and fishery protection.
In 1978 a further improved version, the BN-2B Islander II was introduced. Improvements included an increased carrying capacity and propeller modifications to reduce noise levels. Options that were available include a long-nosed version for increased baggage capacity, raked wingtip auxiliary fuel tanks and twin Allison 250-B17C turboprop engines. When the latter are installed the aircraft is designated as the designated the BN-2T.
An attempt to develop an Islander with an even larger capacity resulted in the BN-2A Mk III Trislander. This aircraft has a stretched fuselage, modified landing gear and a third (tail-mounted) engine. The prototype was constructed from the original second BN-2 prototype and flew on 11 September 1970.
A number of other companies have also manufactured the Islander in addition to Britten-Norman. URMA from Romania has been building the aircraft since 1969, while a factory in Gosselies, Belgium has been building it since 1973. The aircraft has also been assembled in the Philippines.