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38705 Corgi   Spitfire Mk XIV - 17 Sqn, RAF SEAC Ginger Lacey (1,200 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA38705: Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV serial RN135 of 17 Sqn, as flown by ace pilot James 'Ginger' Lacey based at RAF Seletar, Singapore in 1945. Limited edition of only 1,200 pieces.

Squadron leader James Harry Lacey was one of the RAF's leading fighter pilots of the Second World War with 28 aircraft destroyed, 4 probables and 9 damaged. 'Ginger' Lacey experienced his first aerial combat with 501 Sqn in France during May 1940 and was awarded the 'Croix de Guerre' for his 5 victories. In June 1940, 501 Sqn were in the thick of the Battle of Britain with Lacey becoming one of the highest scoring RAF pilots with 18 victories. He was awarded the DFM on August 23rd 1940 and on November 26th, 1940, Lacey received a Bar to the DFM for his continuous and outstanding courage and bravery. Following various postings within the RAF during 1941-42, Lacey was posted to 20 Sqn based at Kaylan, India in March 1943 before joining 1572 Gunnery Flight in July. Lacey remained in India, taking command of 155 Sqn in November 1944, and 17 Sqn later that month. RN135/TB-A, is the 'clipped wing' version of the Spitfire XIV flown by Squadron Leader Lacey while Commanding Officer of 17 Sqn, based at Seletar, Singapore in late 1945.

Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force's major actions.
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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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