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38401 Corgi   Blenheim Mk1V - 82 Sqn RAF 1942 (2,150 ONLY) £ 89.99
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA38401: 1/72 scale diecast model of Bristol Blenheim Mk IV of 82 Sqn, RAF, 1942. Limited Edition of 2150 Pieces.

Length 7.25 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches

This Corgi model depicts the only airworthy Blenheim in the world which is with The Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford, but now flies as a Mark 1 short nosed version. It is actually a Fairchild-built Bolingbroke IV T. The Bolingbroke was the Canadian name for the Blenheim. This machine is the second 'Blenheim' that has been restored to airworthy status, following an untimely accident with the first one. Plans were immediately put in place to restore a second Blenheim and using the skills learned in the first restoration the Duxford team set about putting another into the air. Bolingbroke 10201 was acquired and the whole process started again. At Duxford on May 18 1993 the late 'Hoof' Proudfoot flew the team's second Blenheim bearing the serial Z5722 and civil registration G-BPIV. The aircraft has worn several RAF colour schemes, the last one being depicted by this model being 'R3821' coded 'UX-N' of 82 Squadron, RAF. Sadly on 18th August 2003, this aircraft suffered a landing accident at Duxford, where it was severely damaged. Undaunted, another rebuild commenced, but this time the team have converted it to a Blenheim Mk.I with a short nose and it now flies on the UK air display circuit in this new guise.

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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