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32020 Corgi   Hurricane Mk I - R4118, 605 Sqn RAF 1940, Preserved (1,500) £ 54.95
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  Corgi Aviation AA32020: 1/72 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk I serial R4118 of 605 (County of Warwick) Sqn RAF, as flown by Wing Commander Bob Foster based at Croydon, England during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Limited Edition of 1,500 pieces, now hard to find. Length 5.25" Width 6.75"

Hawker Hurricane MkI, R4118, was delivered new to 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron on 17th August 1940. Bob Foster was posted to 605 Sqn during the Battle of Britain, flying Hurricanes throughout with much success. He flew several missions in Hurricane R4118 and it was in this aircraft that he damaged two Ju88s and shared in the destruction of a third. He finished the war with 7 confirmed victories and three probables. R4118 flew a total of 49 combat sorties during the Battle of Britain, with five enemy aircraft destroyed, before itself being shot down and damaged in October 1940. In December 1943 it was sent to India as a training aircraft but remained crated there until 1947 when it was struck off charge. It was then donated to a university for engineering instruction and remained there gradually decaying until, in 2001, it returned to the UK and was restored to full flying condition. As the only Hurricane from the Battle of Britain still flying, R4118 is regarded as the most historic British WWII aircraft to survive in flying condition. In 2005 there was a historic event as Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC and Hurricane R4118 were re-united for the first time in 65 years at the Biggin Hill Airshow in Kent.

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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