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36203 Corgi   Sea Gladiator - Faith, Malta (1,080 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 "Faith", which was one of only 3 (the other 2 were named Hope and Charity) available for air defence of the island of Malta for a 17 day period in 1940. Although the total limited edition production run is 3230 it has actually been divided into thirds (to represent each of the 3 Gladiator planes), so that only just over a thousand of each exist. These are sold out everywhere and now extremely hard to find.

To say Malta's air defenses were small at the beginning of WWII would be an under-statement. The total air power on Malta consisted of three Gloster Gladiator biplanes. "Faith," Sea Gladiator N5520 of 802 Sq. from JuneľNovember 1939, joined the Hal Far Fighter Flight in April 1940. She was quick to defend Malta, and while piloted by Flt. Lt. J. L. Waters RAF shot down and destroyed an Italian S.79 on June 11, 1940, and the next day on June 12, 1940, destroyed another S.79. She was renamed "Faith" between October 1941 and January 1942. The fuselage is preserved in Malta. "Hope," Sea Gladiator N5531 of 802 Sq. from June 1939 to January 1940, joined the Hal Far Flight, and was renamed "Hope" on April 19, 1940. She was destroyed in an air raid on February 4, 1941. "Charity," Sea Gladiator N5519 "G6A" of 802 Sq. from JuneľSeptember 1939, joined the Hal Far Fighter Flight and was renamed "Charity" on April 19, 1940. She was involved in defending Malta over the critical 1940 period, but was shot down on July 29, 1940, and her pilot, F/O P. W. Hartley RAF, was badly burned.

Designed as an improvement over the Gauntlet, the Gladiator was first flown on September 12th, 1934. The Gloster Gladiator was a British-built biplane fighter, used by the Royal Air Force and Navy and exported to a number of other air forces. Though often pitted against more advanced modern aircraft, it achieved wartime fame in the hands of skilled pilots, fighting some of the most dramatic battles of the early war years. Sea Gladiators were successful as carrier-based aircraft because their slower speed made them suitable for carrier operations, and because they were less likely to be facing modern fighter opposition.

Powered by the 850 h.p. Bristol Mercury IX air cooled radial engine, the Gladiator carried four Browning Machine Guns, two mounted in troughs just forward of the cockpit at each side of the aircraft, and two mounted beneath the lower wing, contained in streamlined pods. The top speed in level flight was about 250 m.p.h., and on a full tank of fuel could stay in the air for some two hours, or approximately 420 miles. With a wingspan of 32' 3" , length of 27' 5" , wing area of 323 sq. feet and fully loaded weight of 4,750 lbs the aircraft were very maneuverable . This along with the remarkable courage and daring of their young pilots in combat against faster opposition aircraft made the story of these planes legend.

Model features include superbly accurate looking fine gauge wire to simulate the structural bracing wires found between the wings and above the rear control surfaces, two machine gun pods under the lower wing and two almost hidden synchronized guns mounted on the sides of the fuselage. The radial engine is also nicely detailed.
 
 
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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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