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35207 Corgi   P-40 Kittyhawk - 3 Sqn RAAF, Gibbes, Nose Art Series (2,010) £ 0.00
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  Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk in the superb markings of 3 Sqn RAAF, as flown by ace pilot Sqn Ldr Bobby Gibbes based at Landing Ground 91, Egypt in September 1942. Displays superbly in its desert camo finish, complete with a large scale diecast cut out panel of the fuselage showing the art detail. Limited edition of only 2,010 pieces. Intended solely for US release, these are sought after collectors items so get one while you can.

One of Australia's leading aces in World War II, the diminutive Bobby Gibbes rose from pilot officer to command No.3 Sq., RAAF, flying 274 sorties and scoring ten and two shared victories during almost two years of service in North Africa. He flew "ET953," marked with his personal letter "V", while CO of the unit, claiming a Bf109 destroyed and a second damaged with it. Subsequently serving with Nos. 250 and 5 Squadrons, "ET953" was written off while still with the latter unit when it stalled on takeoff after its pilot tried to avoid a gun post at Neffatia on March 2, 1943.

During WW2, young airmen separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life often sought ways of escaping the harsh reality of war by personalising their aircraft with what has become known as nose art. Humour, slogans, nicknames, cartoons, girls; all were used to bring a touch of light relief to their deadly day-to-day existence. The Corgi Nose Art range aims to capture some of the superb works of art that adorned aircraft on all sides of the conflict. Each model includes a diecast body panel featuring the art in colourful, large-scale detail.

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by the air forces of 28 nations, including those of most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in front line service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force (DAF) in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. The Royal Air Force's No. 112 Squadron was among the first to operate Tomahawks, in North Africa, and the unit was the first to feature the "shark mouth" logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters.

The P-40's lack of a two-stage supercharger made it inferior to Luftwaffe fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in high-altitude combat and it was rarely used in operations in Northwest Europe. Between 1941 and 1944, however, the P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theaters: North Africa, the Southwest Pacific and China. It also had a significant role in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Alaska and Italy. The P-40's performance at high altitudes was not as critical in those theaters, where it served as an air superiority fighter, bomber escort and fighter bomber. Although it gained a post-war reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, more recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons indicates that the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also taking a very heavy toll on enemy aircraft. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground-attack fighter long after it was obsolete in the air superiority role. As of 2008, 19 P-40s were airworthy.

Corgi's 1:72 scale P-40 Warhawk series includes a wide selection of E and F variants. The landing gear and gear doors on each model are constructed as complete subassemblies for quick installation, with detail of the wing's construction visible inside the wheel wells on most models. Releases may also feature a center mounted fuel tank or bomb below the fuselage and a delicate photo-etched metal target sight in front of the canopy. The E variant includes a carburetor scoop on top of the engine cowling and pairs of exhaust nozzles on either side. The F variant is correctly modeled with an upgraded engine that features a slightly-forward radiator scoop, absent carburetor scoop and different exhaust stacks.
 
 
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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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