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34001 Corgi   B-24J Liberator - Dragon and his Tail, 64th Bomb Sqn, USAAF £ 139.99
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  B-24J Liberator "The Dragon and his Tail" of the 64th Bomb Sqn, 43rd bomb group based at Le Shima in 1945. Corgis first Liberator looks truly superb in natural metal with an almost full length Dragon down the side. This amazingly marked B-24 is considered to have one of the most colourful crew insignia of all time. Box is almost perfect, but there is a very small area on the lid where a price label has removed the surface patina.

44-40973 The Dragon and His Tail first flew on 3rd June 1944 and was delivered to the AAF several days later. This gaudy, glorious and highly recognisable paint scheme was carried by The Dragon for most of its combat career and became famous for it. Based in le Shima, a place that was described by one crew member as a 'lump of coral in the Bonins', it fought throughout the Pacific as part of the 43rd Bomb Group.

Designed to fill a United States Army Air Corps need for a heavy bomber, the B-24 Liberator was first flown on December 29, 1939. The USAAC originally asked Consolidated to build the B-17 under license, but the company instead chose to submit a more modern design with greater speed, greater range and a heavier bomb load. Despite these advantages, the B-24 was more difficult to fly, had poor formation-flying characteristics, and was much more vulnerable to battle damage, which meant it never became the favored bomber among American aircrews. It did prove more than serviceable, however, especially for long-range missions.
The model looks amazing on display and is now really hard to find
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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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