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39704 Corgi   Hurricane IIC - 34 Sqn, Jimmy Whalen DFC, SEAC (1,200 ONLY) £
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  AA39704 - 1/72 Hawker Hurricane IIC HW840 of 34 Squadron RAF, as flown by Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Whalen DFC, South East Asia Command based at RAF Madras, India in 1944. Limited edition of only 1.200 pieces.

James 'Jimmy' Whalen DFC was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 23rd April 1920. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940, gaining his wings on 25th January 1941, but soon ran into trouble, losing his commission as a pilot officer after flying his Harvard under a local bridge. By September 1941 Jimmy was undertaking missions across the continent, downing his first two machines on the 17th. After Japan entered the war Jimmy volunteered to be sent to Asia and he became an ace in the defence of Ceylon, with his score standing at six machines by April 1942. By August 1943 Whalen was flying with 34 Squadron based at Madras operating Hurricane IIcs equipped with bombs. It was while undertaking a close support mission in one of these machines that Jimmy Whalen's machine barrel rolled at low level into the jungle. Today the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Hurricane IIc carries his scheme as a memorial to both Jimmy and all those who defended India.

Based on the Fury biplane and designed by Sydney Camm as a monoplane fighter, the Hurricane was first flown on November 6th, 1935. With its wide-set landing gear, easy handling, reliability, and stable gun platform, the Hurricane was suitable for a variety of different roles such as intruder, ground strafing and night fighter. Steel-tube construction meant cannon shells could pass right through the wood and fabric covering without exploding. The Hurricane underwent many modifications during its lifetime, including an upgraded Merlin engine and interchangeable multi-purpose wings, staging twelve 7.7mm guns and two 40mm anti-tank guns and carrying two 500lb bombs.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

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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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