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38804 Corgi   Dornier Do 215B-5 - 4./Aufkl.Gr, Battle of Britain (1,000) £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA38804 is this superb 1/72 scale Diecast Model of Dornier Do 215B-5 of 4./Aufkl.Gr, Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces, now a rare item.

Do215 was the serial designation assigned to the export version of the Dornier Do17Z. It was powered by the Daimler Benz 601 A-1 in-line engine which made it some 66kph faster than the radial engined Z-2. With its higher performance it was initially decided to use the Do 215 in the bomber/long-range reconnaissance role as the B-1/3 and the purely reconnaissance model B-2/4. The B-4 housed Rb20/30 and Rb50/30 cameras in the crew compartment and a pod under the fuselage, with an extra fuel tank being installed in the bomb bay to increase range. On Aldertag the Luftwaffe had approximately twenty B-4s available for action; subsequently nine were shot down during the Battle of Britain. DO215B-4 G2+JH served with 4./Aufklärungsgruppe Ob. d. L. (long range recon unit). On 30th August 1940 the aircraft was intercepted by the RAF off the coast of Norfolk and shot down with the crew lost. Sgt A D Smith of 66 Sqn based at RAF Coltishall claimed a share of the kill but the other aircraft involved is unknown.

Designed as an export version of the Do 17 fast bomber, the Dornier Do 215 first flew in 1938. Called "The Flying Pencil" because of its narrow fuselage, several prototypes of the Do 215 were tested and subsequently improved upon until the design was deemed ready for production in 1939. The first order was for the Swedish Air Force, but the order was halted upon the outbreak of WWII and the aircraft were diverted into service with the Luftwaffe. Though intended originally for export, most of the 105 Do 215s produced between 1939 and 1941 became German bombers, reconnaissance aircraft or night-fighters.
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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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