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37004 Corgi   VC-10 - G-ARVA, BOAC (1,000 ONLY) RARE £
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  Absolutely brilliant looking Corgi 1/144 scale model of Vickers VC-10 G-ARVA in the fabulous livery of BOAC. LOW Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces

G-ARVA was the first production VC-10 and the first of twelve to enter service with BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), being delivered to London Heathrow Airport on 8th December 1964. It gave faithful service until being sold to Nigeria Airways as 5N-ABD on 29th September 1969, in whose hands it crashed short of finals at Lagos, just two months later. The Corgi model is depicted in BOAC’s delivery scheme, which was changed to the later blue and gold livery in 1965. On 1st April 1974, BOAC merged with BEA (British European Airways) to form today’s British Airways. However, by that time the majority of standard VC-10s had been sold and only a few survived in service to see the new livery, which continued on the airline’s Super VC-10s until they too, were finally disposed of.
Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces. Guaranteed to be a rock solid future investment. Highly sought after, superb looking model, now as hard to find as rocking horse droppings. Length 14.25" Width 12.25"

The Vickers VC10 is a long-range British airliner designed and built by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, and first flown in 1962. The airliner was designed to operate on long-distance routes with a high subsonic speed and also be capable of hot and high operations from African airports. The initial concept of the VC10 was to provide a jet-powered airliner that could comfortably make use of the shorter runways commonly in use at the time. The performance of the VC10 was such that it achieved the fastest crossing of the Atlantic - London to New York by a jet airliner, a record still held to date for a sub-sonic airliner; only the supersonic Concorde remains faster.

The VC-10 is often compared to the larger Soviet Ilyushin Il-62, both aircraft having a four rear-engined layout, the two types being the only airliners with such a configuration. All the VC-10s have now been retired from service as aerial refuelling and transport aircraft with the Royal Air Force.
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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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