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33711 Corgi   Heinkel He 111H-3 - KG53 Condorlegion, Adler Tag (1250 ONLY) £
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  Heinkel He 111H-3 of the Luftwaffe KG 53 Condorlegion, based at Lillie-Nord, France, during Adler Tag (Eagle Day) on August 13th 1940. Very low Limited Edition of only 1250 Pieces Worldwide. Hugely sought after and extremely hard to find.

Length 9", Wingspan 12.25"

The Heinkel He-III was the most distinctive sight in the skies above Southern England, during the dark days of the Battle of Britain. The sight of the massed formations of the Luftwaffe's main medium bomber is surely one of the most enduring images of the summer of 1940. This image surely demonstrates the incredible bravery of the young RAF pilots, who raced to engage the enemy, often in the face of overwhelming odds. Heinkel crews fought hard, but without effective fighter support, they suffered heavily at the hands of RAF fighters. Ultimately, the failure of the Luftwaffe to pound Britain into submission was to lead to the postponement of Operation Sealion and the eventual re-deployment eastwards to the vast expanses of Russia. KG53 'Condorlegion' Heinkels operated out of Lille-Nord between the dates of May 1940 and June 1941.

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.
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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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