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39305 Corgi   Defiant Day Fighter - 264 Sqn RAF, Battle of Britain £
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  Boulton Paul Defiant day fighter in the livery of 264 Sqn RAF during the Battle of Britain in August 1940. Wingspan 166mm

The Boulton Paul Defiant had some success against German bombers thanks to its heavy turret armament. The RAF would often operate the Defiant alongside the Hurricane in mixed formations confusing and trapping German fighters. When caught on its own, however, the Defiant proved vulnerable to the Luftwaffe’s Messerschmitt Bf 109s.

On 26th August 1940 Defiants of RAF No.264 Squadron intercepted a large formation of enemy aircraft and shot down a Bf 109 and at least three Do 17s, including 5K+AR which was recently discovered and recovered from the Goodwin Sands. This model is the perfect companion piece for the Corgi replica of 5K+AR. Model number for the Dornier is AA38806.

The Boulton Paul Defiant was a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a "turret fighter", without any forward-firing guns. It was a contemporary of the Royal Navy's Blackburn Roc. The concept of a turret fighter related directly to the successful First World War-era Bristol F.2 Fighter.

In combat, the Defiant was found to be reasonably effective at its intended task of destroying bombers but was vulnerable to the Luftwaffe's more manoeuvrable, single-seat Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. The lack of forward-firing armament proved to be a great weakness in daylight combat and its potential was only realised when it was converted to night fighting. It was supplanted in the night fighter role by the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito. The Defiant found use in gunnery training, target towing, electronic countermeasures and air-sea rescue. Among RAF pilots it had the nickname "Daffy".
 
 
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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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