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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA31914 Supermarine
Spitfire Mk V Diecast Model RAF No.249 Sqn, BR323, George Beurling, RAF Takali,
Malta, July 1942
Between June 1940 and December 1942, Malta became one of the
most bombed places on Earth. The battle for this tiny island proved to be one
of the most decisive turning points of World War II. Malta, like Britain, was
ill-prepared for war and when the first Italian bombers arrived over the island
on June 11, 1940, had just a handful of loaned and modified Royal Navy Gloster
Gladiator biplanes with which to defend the island. The first few Hurricanes
arrived shortly after, although as soon as the Luftwaffe appeared over the
island in January 1941, these fighter planes, which had done such sterling work
during the Battle of Britain were shown to be massively inferior both in terms
of numbers and performance to the German Messerschmitt 106Fs & Gs.
Compounding the problems were the lack of spares and maintenance equipment,
which meant that Malta's aircraft rarely operated at maximum performance
anyway. By the end of January, the island had just 28 Hurricanes remaining from
the 340 that had been delivered since the siege began. Many had been destroyed
on the ground; the island's three airfields were bombed and strafed repeatedly.
In March 1942, Takali airfield became the most bombed Allied airfield in the
history of warfare: 302 tons of bombs were dropped in a 24 hour period, more
than had destroyed Coventry in November 1940. As elsewhere, Malta's fighter
pilots were drawn from around the world: Britain, Canada, USA, Rhodesia, South
Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Many men made their reputations in the
frantic struggle over Malta's skies, but perhaps none more than Canadian George
"Screwball" Beurling. Arguably the most naturally gifted Allied
fighter pilot of the war, Beurling shot down no less than 26 confirmed enemy
aircraft between July and October 1942. No other Allied pilot could claim more
victories in such a short time. BR323/S was flown predominantly by Beurling, it
was initially damaged in two sorties he made on 6th July and grounded until the
10th and was then written off two days later after suffering further damage
whilst being flown by another pilot.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk V
Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry
specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With
its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its
Rolls-Royce Merlin power plant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four
machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivalled symbol of victory. The Spitfire
had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British
aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and
1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force's major actions.
Corgi's 1:72 scale Spitfire series includes many versions of
this famous aircraft, from Mk I to the Griffon-engined variants with five
bladed propellers. The characteristic under-wing mounted pitot tube and offset
radiator and oil cooler ducts are mounted below the solid metal wings with a
variety of machine guns and cannons. The all metal horizontal stabilizers and
rudder feature simulated fabric stretched control surfaces. On some releases,
the top engine cowing is removable to reveal engine detail engine and exhaust
detail. The model is constructed almost entirely of solid diecast metal and
feels surprisingly heavy in this scale.
Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series
The Corgi "Aviation Archive" range presents
highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft.
The vast Aviation Archive range has become the standard by which all other
diecast airplane ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific
aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been
authentically detailed from original documents and archival library material.
Famous airplanes and aviators from both military and commercial airline
aviation are all honoured.
metal construction with some plastic components.
panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
able presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.
detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
interchangeable features such as speed-brakes, opened canopies and access
moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings.
edition number 0708/2950
Brand new and factory
fresh model, the outer box has some very slight shelf wear, much sought
after model which is now long since discontinued.
We took the lid off this model
to take the photos in this listing, we have not taken this item out of its box.
The first 11
photos are of the aircraft for sale and the model you will receive, the last one is a library photo, allowing you to see what a stunning model this one is, due
to the fact the model for sale is still sealed we have used this photo to
show the full detail in this model.
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