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36613 Corgi   P-38J Lightning - Scrapiron IV, Blumer, 393rd FS (1,000) £ 64.99
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  Lockheed P-38J Lightning, 44-23590 ‘Scrapiron IV’ Capt. L E Blumer, 393rd FS/367th FG, France 1944. Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces. RRP £71.99

The 367th Fighter Group arrived in England in April 1944, and having trained on single engine fighters, they were expecting to find Mustangs waiting for them at RAF Stoney Cross – the twin engine P-38 Lightning proved to be something of a surprise. Following a period of re-training, the 367th were sent into battle and immediately began to make their mark. Laurence ‘Scrappy’ Blumer and his P-38 Lightning ‘Scrapiron IV’ earned the title ‘the fastest ace in a day’ and the award of a Distinguished Service Cross, for combat actions he was involved in, on 25th August 1944. Joining an already savage dogfight, Blumer shot down two FW190 fighters on his first pass and a further three within the next fifteen minutes, before the enemy fighters ran for cover. During this engagement, the Luftwaffe lost 25 aircraft destroyed, one probably destroyed and a further 17 suffering damage – by any standards, a mauling by pilots of the Fork-tailed devil.

Until the arrival of the P-51 Mustang, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was the primary long-range fighter of the USAAF and despite its size and unique appearance, it proved to be an exceptional fighting aircraft. For any fighter pilot embarking on a long-range patrol over enemy occupied territory, the two engines of the P-38 must have afforded them a high degree of reassurance, as opposed to the pilot of a single engine fighter. The Lightning could fly quite comfortably on one engine, which effectively doubled your chances of coming home safely. Luftwaffe pilots described the Lightning as the ‘Fork tailed devil’ and quickly learned to respect this extremely effective fighter, classing it as an adversary to be respected. The Lightning was distinctive for its very quiet operation, resulting from the engine exhausts being muffled by the twin turbo superchargers.
 
 
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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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