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32621 Corgi   Lancaster BIII (Spec) - 617 Sqn Dambuster, Barlow (617 ONLY) £
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  Corgi AA32621 Avro Lancaster B MkIII(SPECIAL), ED927 AJ-E of 617 Dambuster Sqn 'Op Chastise', based at RAF Scampton, May 1943. The aircreaft was flown on the raid by Flt Lt Robert N.G. Barlow DFC (RAAF). Limited edition of only 617 pieces, this was one of the Corgi Collector Club models and now hard to find. The Upkeep bouncing mine is coloured red on this model. This were thought to be the red oxide primer colour which the rounds were painted in before delivery. It is known that some were painted black for the raid, but Barlows mine remained in the original red colour (which is how the Germans discovered it, see further on)

Of all the bombing raids undertaken by the RAF during the Second World War, Operation Chastise or the ‘Dambusters Raid’ is easily the most famous. Intended to be a paralysing strike against the dams situated in the heart of Germany it has since become synonymous with British daring and ingenuity.

The raid itself, using specially modified Lancaster bombers, was judged to be only a partial success but the bravery of the crews cannot be questioned. Lancaster ED927. Piloted by Robert N.G. Barlow, on the outward journey his Lancaster was hit by flak and flew into high voltage cables before crashing at Haldern near Rees-On-Rhine, killing all seven of the crew. The 'Upkeep' mine survived the crash intact gave up its secrets when later examined by German scientists
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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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