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36801 Corgi   Lysander Mk II - 225 Sqn RAF, France, 1940 £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA36801: Westland Lysander Mk II of 225 Sqn RAF, France, 1940. Limited Edition of 3370 Pieces.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 8.25 inches

The Westland Lysander was a slow-flying high-wing two-seat monoplane, lightly armed, and designed pre-war to cooperate with ground forces. Armament consisted of one 0.303 in Browning machine gun operated by the pilot, in each wheel spat, firing outside the propeller disc, and a free Browning in the rear cockpit. Twelve small antipersonnel bombs could be carried under small stub-wings fitted to the spats. One of the original STOL or Short take off and landing designs, the Lysander could land and take off in the length of the football field. It was regarded as a good liaison aircraft, and became famous as the aircraft that was used to secretly fly people to and from occupied Europe.

The Lysander MkI is powered by an 890 hp Bristol Mercury XII nine-cylinder radial engine and, first went into service in 1938. In WWII they were affectionately known as "Lizzies". During the war they were used for night fighting, ground attack, target towing, glider towing and air-sea rescue, the latter duty, which involved dropping rubber rafts and survival packs. No.225 Squadron was reformed on 11 October 1939 from No 614A Squadron (which had been formed from 'B' Flight of 614 Squadron eight days earlier) at Odiham. Its Lysanders were mainly used in Army exercises except for some coastal patrols conducted from June 1940. They were easy targets for German fighters and suffered heavy losses in France and Belgium. Used initially as ground support aircraft, they were soon relegated to second line duties, where the STOL capabilities of the aircraft were used to their full potential. Lysanders remained its equipment until January 1942, when Hurricanes began to arrive, although it was July before the last Lysander left.

Designed to meet an Air Ministry specification for an army co-operation aircraft, the Lysander was first flown on June 15th, 1936. This unconventional looking aircraft had contoured wings that were angled slightly forward so that the pilot was positioned in front of the wing. Its roles included reconnaissance, message pickup, artillery spotting and some limited bombing, but its superb short takeoff and landing capabilities are what set it apart from other aircraft of its time, making it perfect for special night missions such as transportation of agents and supplies to and from mainland Europe.
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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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