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38103 Corgi   Sopwith Camel - 10 Sqn, RNAS, MacGregor (1,500) 1/48 £
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  Corgi Aviation 1/48 scaleAA38103; Sopwith Camel B6299 of 10 Sqn, RNAS, flown by Flt Lt N. M. MacGregor, Teteghem, Late 1917. Limited edition of only 1,500 pieces.

10 Naval Sqn was formed in February 1917 and was initially equipped with Sopwith 1 Strutters. They then converted to Sopwith Triplanes and by the time the Camels arrived later in 1917, Naval 10's famous Triplane 'Black Flight' had already scored around 50 victories and were gaining a fearsome reputation within the German Air Service.

Norman Miers MacGregor was one of 29 Aces to fly with 'Naval 10'. He moved to the Sqn as a flight commander from 6 Naval Sqn late in 1917. He finished the war with 7 (possibly 8) kills to his name with the last two being gained in Camel B6299. As a 'B' Flight aircraft it was identified by the large white 'B' on the fuselage sides and the distinctive red and white striping around the cowling area and the rear decking behind the cockpit.

Designed as a heavier, more powerful refinement of the Sopwith Pup, the Camel was first flown in 1917. Earning its name from the distinctive humped fairing surrounding its twin .303 Vickers machine guns, the Camel's unforgiving flight characteristics claimed the lives of many students in flight training. In the hands of a skilled pilot though, it was an extreme dogfighter that could out-maneuver any contemporary with the possible exception of the Fokker Dr.I. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane's handling under power. Together with the S.E.5a, the Camel helped gain superiority over the German Albatros and is credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter.

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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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