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38504 Corgi   Messerschmitt Bf110G-4/R6 Nightfighter, Hendon (1200 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Messerschmitt BF110G-4/R6 Nightfighter, currently on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon. Limited editioon of only 1.200 pieces. Highly collectable and sought after.

Believed to have been built in 1944, BF110G-4/R6, Wk Nr 730301, was specifically produced as a night fighter and fitted with the FuG220b Liechtenstein SN-32 radar. The aircraft, coded D5+RL, was serving with 1/NJG3 in the night defence of Denmark and Northern Germany when it was surrendered to the allies at Grove airfield in Denmark in May 1945. It was allocated Air Ministry evaluation number Air Min 34 and ferried via Schleswig in Northern Germany to RAE Farnborough where it arrived on 3rd Aug 1945. In May 1946 the aircraft was selected for long term preservation by the Air Ministry Air Historical Branch and it was displayed at a number of locations throughout the 1950s and 60s.
In August 1973 it was moved to RAF St Athan, South Wales where volunteers completely stripped, restored and repainted the aircraft in a blue/grey scheme with its original codes D5+RL. In 1978 it was transported to the new Battle of Britain Museum at Hendon (now the RAF Museum), where it has been displayed ever since. Model features photo-etched aerials.

The beautiful Messerschmitt Bf110 was a twin engined heavy fighter, known to the Luftwaffe as a Zerstorer. It proved devastatingly effective in the early months of the Second World War, as the Luftwaffe conquered everything in its path. The Bf110ís high speed, concentrated firepower and loiter capabilities made it the ideal support aircraft for bombing raids into enemy territory.

The Battle of Britain served as a bitter lesson for the German Zerstorer groups, as they fell easy prey to the fighters of the Royal Air Force, which were organised and committed. The Spitfires and Hurricanes were also able to fight, re-arm and re-fuel and fight again, which allowed them to engage the 110ís several times each day. In the hands of an experienced and talented pilot, however, the Bf110 was a formidable adversary.

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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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