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34014 Corgi   B-24J Liberator - Sleepy Time Gal, Nose Art Series £
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  B-24J Liberator "Sleepy Time Gal" of the 776th BS/464th BG based at Pantanella, Italy in 1944.
INCLUDES SPECIAL FEATURE INTRODUCED BY CORGI IN 2005: A 4" x 6" display Panel showing the original aircrafts Nose Art in superb high detail. Intended primarily for US only issue this is now a sought after and very hard to find model. Wingspan: 18 inches. Scale: 1:72

This aircraft made a routine landing at Dübendorf, in Switzerland, on July 19, 1944 after a raid on the BMW-Works at Munich-Allach. The crew found themselves in trouble en route to the target when the superchargers on their engines began to fail. Pilot, Lt James V Moran, managed to the keep the bomber in formation and it dropped its bombs on target. Soon after leaving the target area the aircraft suffered an electrical system failure which prevented the transfer of fuel from the wing tanks to the main fuselage tanks. Unable to make it back to base in Italy, the crew left formation west of Linz, in Austria, and landed in neutral Switzerland. Here it remained until flown back to England for scrapping in October 1945.

Designed to fill a United States Army Air Corps need for a heavy bomber, the B-24 Liberator was first flown on December 29, 1939. The USAAC originally asked Consolidated to build the B-17 under license, but the company instead chose to submit a more modern design with greater speed, greater range and a heavier bomb load. Despite these advantages, the B-24 was more difficult to fly, had poor formation-flying characteristics, and was much more vulnerable to battle damage, which meant it never became the favored bomber among American aircrews. It did prove Itself to be an extremely capable aircraft however, especially for long-range missions.

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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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