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34804 Corgi   Wellington MkV111 - 221 Sqn RAF Malta Spec Duties (1790) £ 0.00
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  Fantastic model of the Vickers Wellington MkV111 bomber of 221 Sqn RAF Special Duties Flight, based on Malta in 1941. Superb detailing includes rotating gun turret and optional bomb door positions, plus the amazing looking array of aerials on the rear fuselage. Limited edition of 1,790 pieces.

The Wellington was first flown in 1936 and incorporated Barnes Wallis’ revolutionary ‘Geodetic’ (alloy mesh) construction. This gave the aircraft excellent rigidity and allowed it to absorb astonishing amounts of damage. Nevertheless, the entire body, wings and tail surfaces were covered in Irish linen. As with all fighting machines, it was an amalgam of compromises involving the necessities of defence, offensive capacity (bombs) endurance and speed. An additional, crucial factor for aircraft is altitude.
The greatest mistake and one which would dog Bomber Command and all the air forces of WWII, was the misguided notion that bombers flying in close formation on daylight raids, would be capable of defending themselves and each other in a barrage from their guns. With only two manually operated turrets and more that 100mph slower than the Me109, the Wellington and its six man crew was a sitting duck. Like its brothers, the Whitley and Blenheim, the Wellington was hacked to pieces in daylight raids.

As the Axis forces had also discovered, the RAF found many principles on which so much had rested were false and with virtually no research into night flying aids during the previous decade and the clamour to “Give it them back, only double!”, precision daylight bombing was thrust aside in favour of ‘area’ or ‘carpet’ bombing. In this capacity and as a valuable member of Coastal Command, the Wellington would fly throughout the war and continue in service until 1953.
 
 
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Corgi aviation archive general information

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The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other 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 material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
 
 
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