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33302 Corgi   B-17F Flying Fortress - Sweet And Lovely, 381st BG USAAF £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 Scale AA33302: Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Sweet And Lovely" of the 381st BG 533rd BS, USAAF. Limited Edition of 4400 Pieces. PLEASE NOTE: One of the underside moving wing flaps has a slight indent. These are made of plastic so I assume it originates from a minor factory defect. This cannot be seen with the model in its usual display configuration, whether that is on a stand or on its own wheels. Hence this low price.

Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches

The squadron was originally led by Major Landon C. Hendricks and has flown a total of 2,412 combat sorties. 533rd gunners are credited with a total of 46 enemy aircraft destroyed. Sweet and Lovely served with the squadron from 1943. It was a radio relay aircraft for the 65th Fighter Wing and was eventually retired back to the US on the 7th December 1945. It features the squadron insignia, a black disk with a wide border in yellow and a death's head wearing a light red helmet with visor up, plume white, all in front of a light blue aerial bomb placed diagonally across the disc.

Designed to meet a US Army Air Corps requirement for a multi-engined bomber to replace the B-10, the B-17 first flew on July 18, 1935. Best known for its role in the US Army Air Forces' daylight strategic bombing campaign during World War II, the B-17 could fly high and had a long range, and was capable of defending itself from enemy fighters. It was also tough, withstanding extensive battle damage, and was capable of carrying a 6,000 lb bombload. The B-17 became one of the symbols of Allied air power, equipping 32 overseas combat groups and dropping a total of 580,631 metric tons of bombs on European targets.

As of 2020, 46 B-17 airframes survive, of which 10 remain airworthy.

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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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