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38402 Corgi   Blenheim Mk1F Night Fighter - 29 Sqn, RAF Digby 1940 (1,800) £ 0.00
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  Bristol Blenheim 1F Night Fighter of 29 Sqn, RAF Digby, June 1940. Limited edition of only 1,800 pieces worldwide. PLEASE NOTE: Box is not perfect with a few underside scuffs and light creases extending inwards from both lid upper corners.

Although only entering RAF service in 1937 by the outbreak of the Second World War very few Blenheim 1s remained in service with UK-based bomber squadrons, most having been superseded in the bomber role by the much improved MkIV. However the Mk1 continued in service as conversion and crew trainers with OTUs.

Of far more significance were around 200 MK1s that were converted to night fighters carrying the brand new AI (airborne interception) radar. Similar in overall outline to the standard Mk1 bomber, the nightfighter carried an additional under-fuselage pack housing four forward firing 0.303 machine guns. It was such equipped MK1Fs that scored the first successful AI interception of enemy aircraft on the night of 2nd - 3rd July 1940.

Blenheim Mk1F, L1237, based at RAF Digby in June 1940, looks remarkably similar to a standard Blenheim bomber apart from the ventral gun pack. It wasn't until December 1940 that the nightfighters began to receive an overall black paint finish.

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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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