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32111 Corgi   Messerschmitt Bf109E - 4/JG26 Pres Duxford (1500) Lt Dam Box £
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  Messerschmitt BF109E in the fabulous livery of 4/JG26, based at Duxford Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambs. Modelzone Exclusive Limited to only 1500 pieces. 1:72 scale. Complete with limited edition certificate, optional undercarriage positions and display stand. PLEASE NOTE: The box is not perfect as it has been on a Modelzone shelf in the past. As such there are a couple of creases and rubs associated with that environment. The model is new.

Built at Leipzig in 1939 by Erla Maschinenwerk and was operated by the 4th Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 26 (4/JG26) based at Marquise-Ost. The aircraft carried a white figure 4 with black outline and had previously carried the double chevron insignia of a Gruppen Kommandeur - believed to have been Hauptmann Karl Ebbighausen of 11/JG26. Five of Ebbighausen's victory markings appeared on the fin (two Dutch dated May 13, 1940, one French or Belgian dated May 18, 1940 and two RAF dated May 25 and June 14, 1940. The aircraft was being flown by Unteroffizier Horst Perez on September 30, 1940 when it was attacked by Sgt. Kingsby of RAF 92 squadron flying a Spitfire over Beachy Head and belly-landed wheels up at East Dean, near Eastbourne, Sussex with only superficial damage. It was taken to the Royal Aircraft Establishment and was later dispatched to the United States and Canada where it was used for exhibition purposes in connection with the 'Bundles for Britain' campaign. It arrived by sea in Nova Scotia early in 1941 and the following June is known to have been exhibited in the New York area. Fug 7a radio equipment appears to have been removed in USA in 1941, for testing and evaluation by Lear Avia, Piqua, Ohio. At the end of the hostilities it was delivered to the Arnprior Research Establishment in Ontario and in November 1966 it returned to the UK for restoration at Hurn Airport near Bournemouth. It is now displayed in an 'as found' although partly restored condition at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. UK.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s. It was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, a retractable landing gear, and was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine.

The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. From the end of 1941 the Bf 109 was supplemented by the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-fighter, night-fighter, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced from 1936 up to April 1945.

The Bf 109 was flown by the three top-scoring German fighter aces of World War II, who claimed 928 victories among them while flying with Jagdgeschwader 52, mainly on the Eastern Front, as well as by Hans-Joachim Marseille, the highest scoring German ace in the North African Campaign. It was also flown by several other successful aces from Germany's allies, notably Finland, including the highest scoring non-German ace Ilmari Juutilainen, and pilots from Romania, Croatia and Hungary. Through constant development, the Bf 109 remained competitive with the latest Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

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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