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35503 Corgi   Hurricane Mk1 & Ground Crew - 85 Sqn, FO Lewis 1/32 De Cert £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive US35503 is this brilliant 1/32 scale model of Hawker Hurricane Mk I of 85 Sqn, RAF as flown by Albert Lewis, complete with 3 scale groundcrew figures. The model features retractable landing gear, removable engine cowling, hinged doors, opening wing gun access doors, and fully articulated control surfaces (air brakes, rudder, ailerons, and elevator).
Wingspan: 15.25 inches. Originally a limited edition of 1,160 piesces, this model has had its ceertificate removed and a sticker placed on the side of the box lid to denote the fact. Box not totally perfect with a few creases and repaird splits but nothing nasty.

The Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane to join the Royal Air Force as a fighter aircraft, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300-mph in level flight. Often compared with the sleek-looking Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane, in actuality, shouldered the brunt of the fighting during the "Battle of Britain", equipping more than three-fifths of the RAF's Fighter Command squadrons. When it lost its edge as a dogfighter in 1941, the Hurricane took on a number of other roles, including ground attack missions and maritime combat air patrols.

In the ten days of the Blitzkrieg, the unit had lost 24 Hurricanes in action, bringing just three back from the continent. However, it had exacted a heavy toll on the Luftwaffe, the units pilots being credited with 90 confirmed kills. One of No 85 Squadron’s more successful members was South African Albert Lewis, whose seven-kill tally in France included five Bf 109Es downed on May 19th. Awarded a DFC for his exploits the following month, Lewis adopted P2923 soon after it arrived at Castle Camps on June 11th. This aircraft was lost in combat in August 1940 while being flown by fellow No. 85 Squadron ace (and Lewis close friend) Flg Off "Dickie" Lee. The latter was seen to chase a trio of Bf 109Es out to sea some ten miles off the Essex coast. No traces of Lee or P2923 were ever found.

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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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