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38805 Corgi   Dornier Do 17Z - 10./ZG 26 Luftwaffe,Horst Wessel, Libya £ 129.99
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA38805: Dornier Do 17Z in the livery of 10./ZG 26 Luftwaffe as flown by Horst Wessel, Libya, 1941. LE of only 1,000

The Dornier Do17 was one of the Luftwaffe's most important early war bombers. Operating during the campaigns over Poland, France and the Low Countries, it also served in the Balkans and during the opening years of the war against Russia. However, its small bomb load and poor defensive armament meant that it was less effective and more vulnerable than its contemporaries, the Junkers Ju88 and Heinkel He111. It was not generally used in the North African desert, which makes this aircraft something of an enigma. Zg26 was one of the most famous of all Luftwaffe fighter groups, as they often painted a bright yellow wasp on the nose of their Bf110 fighters. It is believed this Dornier was on strength with them as a transport or squadron hack before its capture and subsequent testing at the hands of the RAF during the Italian campaign.

Designed to meet a Lufthansa requirement for a high-speed mailplane, the Dornier Do 17 was first flown in 1934. After the Nazi rise to power, the original specifications for the Do 17 were changed to those of a light bomber. Its sleek design made it particularly suited to this role: it featured a fully glazed nose, a forward-set cockpit and twin tail configuration. It was very maneuverable at low altitudes, which meant it was capable of surprise bombing attacks and was fast enough to outrun defending enemy aircraft. The most highly-produced model was the Do 17Z variant, which saw more combat service than the E-U types.
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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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