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38401 Corgi   Blenheim Mk1V - No. 82 Sqn RAF, Duxford (2,150 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Corgi AA38401 is this superb Bristol Bleheim Mk 1V in the markings of 82 Sqn., RAF, 1940 (as restored by Aircraft Restoration Co., Duxford, Cambs). Limited edition of only 2,150 pieces, now sold out everywhere and extremely difficult to find.

The model depicts the only airworthy Blenheim in the world which is with The Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford. It is actually a Fairchild-built Bolingbroke IV T. The Bolingbroke was the Canadian name for the Blenheim. This machine is the second 'Blenheim' that has been restored to airworthy status, following an untimely accident with the first one. Plans were immediately put in place to restore a second Blenheim and using the skills learned in the first restoration the Duxford team set about putting another into the air. Bolingbroke 10201 was acquired and the whole process started again. At Duxford on May 18 1993 the late 'Hoof' Proudfoot flew the team's second Blenheim bearing the serial Z5722 and civil registration G-BPIV. The aircraft has worn several RAF colour schemes, the last one being depicted by this model being 'R3821' coded 'UX-N' of 82 Squadron, RAF. Sadly on 18th August 2003, this aircraft suffered a landing accident at Duxford, where it was severely damaged. Undaunted, another rebuild commenced, but this time the team are converting it to a Blenheim Mk.I with a short nose and it will shortly take to the air once more in this new guise.Unfortunately the aircraft crashed soon after it was restored and is now being rebuilt yet again to flying condition, this time as a snub nosed Mk 1.

Designed in response to a challenge by media mogul Lord Rothermere, who wanted the British to recapture the title of "fastest European civilian aircraft," the Bristol Blenheim first flew as "Britain First" on April 12, 1935. Faster than any fighter then in service with the RAF, the aircraft captured the attention of the Air Ministry, which issued a specification for a bomber version. The Blenheim was used extensively during the early part of WWII and was later adapted as a night fighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to use flaps, retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers.

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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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