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34602 Corgi   Mosquito PRXV1 - 544 Sqn RAF, D-Day, 1/32 Scale £ 0.00
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  De Havilland Mosquito PRXV1 NS502 of 544 Sqn RAF based at Benson during the D-Day landings in June 1944. Masive 1/32 Scale model, finished in Photo Reconnaissance blue with D-Day invasion stripes.
NS502 was delivered to 544 Squadron on 23rd May 1944 and operated over Europe until it crashlanded on 21st February 1945. It then passed to Martin Hearn for repair and was eventually transferred to the Royal Navy at RNAS Fleetlands on 7th November 1947. 544 Squadron were involved heavily in the build up to D-Day and flew special rail sorties in daylight to France in an effort to detect any movement of Panzers towards the Normandy beachhead as early as possible. If any movement was spotted the crew had to land at Farnborough and give a verbal report to SHEAF HQ who would then send out interdiction bombing by 2nd TAF medium bombers. Their use throughout this period both before, during and after D-Day became integral in the success that followed and the aircraft were adorned with D-Day stripes around the fuselage and wings.
This amazing Mosquito model features exceptional levels of intricate detail including; removable engine covers with fully detailed engines, clear cockpit canopy with detailed pilot figures, moving flaps, rudder, ailerons and elevators, opening bomb bay doors with bomb load and detailed interior, interchangeable undercarriage, rotating propellers and cradle display stand. Highly accurate 1/32 scale, Has to be seen to be appreciated with fantastic detailing such as removable engine covers, retracting undercarriage, opening bomb doors, moveable control surfaces and aircrew figures. Limited edition of only 4,000 pieces. Long gone from the shops and now extremely hard to find. Absolutely huge, amazing looking model. Box is generally in excellent condition with only the odd minor blemish.

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British multi-role combat aircraft that served during the Second World War and the postwar era. It was known affectionately as the "Mossie" to its crews and was also nicknamed "The Wooden Wonder". It saw service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other air forces in the European theatre, the Pacific theatre of Operations and the Mediterranean Theatre.

Originally conceived as an unarmed fast bomber, the Mosquito was adapted to many other roles during the air war, including: low to medium altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft, and fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft. It was also used by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as a transport.

When the Mosquito entered production in 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Entering widespread service in 1942, the Mosquito supported RAF strategic night fighter defence forces in the United Kingdom from Luftwaffe raids, most notably defeating the German aerial offensive Operation Steinbock in 1944. Offensively, the Mosquito units also conducted nighttime fighter sweeps in indirect and direct protection of RAF Bomber Command's heavy bombers to help reduce RAF bomber losses in 1944 and 1945. The Mosquito increased German night fighter losses to such an extent the Germans were said to have awarded two victories for shooting one down. As a bomber, it took part in "special raids", such as pinpoint attacks on prisoner-of-war camps (to aid escapes), Gestapo or German intelligence and security force bases, as well as tactical strikes in support of the British Army in the Normandy Campaign. Some Mosquitos also saw action in RAF Coastal Command during the Battle of the Atlantic, attacking Kriegsmarine U-Boat and transport ship concentrations, particularly in the Bay of Biscay offensive in 1943 in which significant numbers of U-boats were sunk or damaged.

The Mosquito was also used in the Mediterranean and Italian theatres, as well as being used by the RAF in the CBI Theatre, and by the RAAF based in the Halmaheras and Borneo during the Pacific 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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