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39913 Corgi   Fokker Dr.I & Camel - Red Baron vs Arthur Brown Twin Set £ 0.00
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  The Red Baron vs. Arthur Brown, April 21st 1918, 2-Piece Set. This extremely hard to find 1/48 scale set comprises of the famous all-red Fokker Dr.I Triplane flown by top German ace Manfred von Richthofen and the Sopwith Camel flown by Arthur Brown which possibly shot him down. Low limited edition of only 1,200 pieces, now almost impossible to find.

Captain Arthur Roy Brown was the Canadian World War I Flying Ace who was officially credited by the RAF with bringing down Germany's most successful Ace, the infamous 'Red Baron', Manfred von Richthofen. On the morning of April 21st, 1918 Brown's 209 Squadron Sopwith Camels were set upon by von Richthofen's infamous 'Flying Circus'. At some point during the ensuing dog-fight Brown's high-school friend, Wop May, broke away from the battle but was spotted and pursued by von Richthofen. Brown saw his friend in trouble and in turn took pursuit of von Richthofen. Soon all 3 aircraft were snaking around at tree-top height. What actually happened next has remained controversial to this day. Both Brown and ground based anti-aircraft gunners sent long bursts of fire at von Richthofen and he eventually crashed only a few hundred yards from the front line. Although Brown was accredited with bringing down the 'Red Baron' it is now largely believed that he was actually shot by an Australian gunner on the ground, probably Sergeant Cedric Popkin of the Australian 24th Machine Gun Company.

Fokker Dr.I Triplane
Designed in response to the highly maneuverable Sopwith Triplane, the Fokker Dr.I was first flown in 1917 and was one of the most successful and recognizable combat aircraft of WWI, attributing much of its fame to the German WWI ace Manfred von Richthofen the iconic "Red Baron". Light weight, small size and three wings made the aircraft highly maneuverable and deadly in the hands of an expert pilot but very unforgiving of less experienced pilots. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane's handling under power.

Sopwith Camel
Designed as a heavier, more powerful refinement of the Sopwith Pup, the Camel was first flown in 1917. Earning its name from the distinctive humped fairing surrounding its twin .303 Vickers machine guns, the Camel's unforgiving flight characteristics claimed the lives of many students in flight training. In the hands of a skilled pilot though, it was an extreme dogfighter that could out-maneuver any contemporary with the possible exception of the Fokker Dr.I. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane's handling under power. Together with the S.E.5a, the Camel helped gain superiority over the German Albatros and is credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter.
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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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