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37704 Corgi   SE5a – Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock VC, RFC (2,001) 1/48 Scale £ 0.00
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  SE5a – Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock VC, RFC 1917-18. Despite being virtually blind in his left eye, Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock was accepted by the Royal Flying Corps in 1917, and assigned to 40 Squadron at St Omer in France. This 1:48 scale replica features the original detailed biplane rigging, open cockpit with pilot figure and a detailed undercarriage. Limited edition of only 2,001 pieces.

As a staunch socialist, Mannocks political views were not respected. It was not until he scored his first victory – an enemy balloon, that he began to be admired. In February of 1918, he became flight commander of 74 Sqdn, then became commanding officer of 85 Squadron.

Mannock was killed when his aircraft was shot down by machine gun fire from the ground – he had 61 victories to his name. On 18th July 1919, it was announced that Mannock had won the Victoria Cross.

Designed by H.P.Folland as an easy-to-fly fighter, The Royal Aircraft Factory's S.E.5a bi-plane was first flown in 1917. Together with the Sopwith Camel, the S.E.5 was instrumental in regaining allied air superiority. Both friend and foe recognized the S.E.5 as a formidable fighting machine. It was fast, extremely strong and easy to fly, and was the aircraft of many WWI aces. Later model S.E.5a's had Wolseley Viper 200 hp engines, which ended the engine problems of earlier designs. A Vickers gun was fired through the air screw with synchronizing gear, and a Lewis could be fired over the top wing or directly upwards.

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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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