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38403 Corgi   Blenheim Mk IF Night Fighter - 54 OTU, RAF (1,200 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Brilliant 1/72 scale Diecast Model of Bristol Blenheim Mk IF in the black night fighter livery of No.54 OTU, RAF Church Felton, England, Summer 1941. Limited edition of only 1,200 pieces. Now hard to find.

Bristol Blenheim K7159 was originally built in 1936 as one of the first MkI bombers to come off the production line. It was then converted to fighter standard in late 1938 and equipped with AI (Airborne Interception) night fighting radar during the latter part of 1939. Although the Blenheim was soon surpassed in the night-fighting role by more capable machines, its initial use proved the concept of using radar wave technology as an effective method of finding enemy aircraft attacking by night. This example is shown in the scheme and markings worn while serving with No. 54 OTU (Operational Training Unit) at Church Fenton, Yorkshire in 1941 after its withdrawal from front-line RAF service.

Designed in response to a challenge by media mogul Lord Rothermere, who wanted the British to recapture the title of "fastest European civilian aircraft," the Bristol Blenheim first flew as "Britain First" on April 12, 1935. Faster than any fighter then in service with the RAF, the aircraft captured the attention of the Air Ministry, which issued a specification for a bomber version. The Blenheim was used extensively during the early part of WWII and was later adapted as a night fighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to use flaps, retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers.
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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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