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AA39206 Corgi   Supermarine Spitfire Mk II - 118 Sqn RAF, Ibsley, England, £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA39206: Supermarine Spitfire Mk II P8088 of 118 Sqn RAF, Ibsley, England, May 1941. Limited Edition of 1,400 models.

Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

Built at the Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory, Spitfire Mk.IIA P8088 had its construction costs paid for by the people of Lambeth, South London, hence the name on the side of the fuselage. Taken on charge by 39 MU at Colerene it was then issued to 66 Squadron on the 21st March 1941. It quickly became the mount of well-known aviation author P/O Alec Lumsden who added the name 'Bette' to the fuselage as well as the cartoon of A.R.P. Reilly-Foull from the Mirror cartoon Just Jake. Transferred to 152 Squadron at Middle Wallop when 66 Squadron re-equipped with Spitfire Mk.IIbs, the aircraft was then passed around various operational training units before being lost on the 16th September 1944 when its pilot seemingly passed out at the controls and it dived into the ground and exploded. The wreck was excavated in April 1978 and parts of it now form a forward fuselage section, still proudly displaying the name 'The Borough of Lambeth'.

Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force's major actions.
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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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