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33708 Corgi   Heinkel He 111H-6 - StG 3, Luftwaffe, Libya (1,860 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA33708 is this superb 1/72 scale model of Heinkel He 111H-6 in the livery of StG 3, Luftwaffe based in Libya, 1941.
Limited Edition of only 1860 Pieces Worldwide. Boxlid has a few imperfections but nothing that detracts.

The Heinkel He 111 was an extremely capable medium bomber, proven by the fact thatb it was still in production by the time World War 2 ended. This aircraft (sometimes called the "Flying Spade") was classified as a passenger/mail plane to circumvent limits imposed on German rearmament by the Treaty of Versailles. The Heinkel He 111, a rugged and dependable bomber, saw combat in support of Franco's Nationalist Forces during the Spanish Civil War and later during World War II. Produced in large numbers, the He 111 operated extensively around the world for more than two decades. Heinkel designed the aircraft in the early 1930's and production of the He 111 began in November 1936. Almost from its introduction, the He 111 was engaged in combat. Early model He 111's served in Spain with the infamous "Condor Legion". From September 1939 to May 1945, He-111's remained in continuous action in the skies of Europe. During the course of the war He 111's fought over Poland, Norway, France, the Balkans, Iraq, the Soviet Union, North Africa, the North Sea, as well as the Arctic and Mediterranean Oceans. Derna was famous as fighting took place there following the capture of Tobruk, 2 brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major General Iven Mackay persued the Italians westwards and then encountered an Italian rear guard at Derna. The arrival of German forces and more specifically the Luftwaffe though swung the push back towards the Axis forces and it was not only the might of the Stuka and Bf109 that helped achieve this but also the transportation and bombing capability of the Heinkel He111.
Designed in direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles, the Heinkel He 111 first flew on February 24, 1935. Masquerading as a transport aircraft, the He 111 was actually a fast medium bomber that went on to become the most prolific Luftwaffe bomber used during the early part of WWII. During its early service career, the He 111 had the distinction of being one of the fastest aircraft in the world, with speeds exceeding 250 mph. It was also versatile, serving as a medium bomber, strategic bomber and as a torpedo bomber. By late 1944 the Luftwaffe halted bomber production, and the He 111 became a transport aircraft.
Corgi's 1:72 scale He 111 model is constructed using only the smallest amount of plastic, with its fuselage and distinctive massive elliptical wing and tail in diecast metal. The large offset "greenhouse" nose canopy allows for easy viewing of the pilot and forward gunner/bombardier lying prone over the bomb site. The model features many defensive machine gun positions, such as a rotating dorsal mounted gunner, waist gunners and an intricate ventral birdcage gondola. Additional features include opening hinged bomb doors to reveal bomb details.

The Heinkel He 111 was a German aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter GŁnter in the early 1930s in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Often described as a "Wolf in sheep's clothing", it masqueraded as a transport aircraft, but its purpose was to provide the Luftwaffe with a fast medium bomber.

Perhaps the best-recognised German bomber due to the distinctive, extensively glazed, bullet-shaped "greenhouse" nose of later versions, the Heinkel was the most numerous and the primary Luftwaffe bomber during the early stages of World War II. It fared well until the Battle of Britain, when its weak defensive armament, relatively low speed, and poor manoeuvrability were exposed. Nevertheless, it proved capable of sustaining heavy damage and remaining airborne. As the war progressed, the He 111 was used in a variety of roles on every front in the European Theatre. It was used as a strategic bomber during the Battle of Britain, a torpedo bomber during the Battle of the Atlantic, and a medium bomber and a transport aircraft on the Western, Eastern, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African Fronts.

Although constantly upgraded, the Heinkel He 111 became obsolete during the latter part of the war. It was intended to be replaced by the Luftwaffe's Bomber B project, but the delays and eventual cancellation of the project forced the Luftwaffe to continue using the He 111 until the end of the war. Manufacture ceased in 1944, at which point, piston-engine bomber production was largely halted in favour of fighter aircraft. With the German bomber force defunct, the He 111 was used for transport and logistics.

The design of the Heinkel endured after the war in the CASA 2.111. The Spanish received a batch of He 111H-16s in 1943 along with an agreement to licence-build Spanish versions. Its airframe was produced in Spain under license by Construcciones AeronŠuticas SA. The design differed significantly in powerplant only. The Heinkel's descendant continued in service until 1973, when it was retired.
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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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