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AA31931 Corgi   Supermarine Spitfire Mk V -310 (Czech) Sqn RAF, Duxford, Eng £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA31931: Supermarine Spitfire Mk V AR501 of 310 (Czech) Sqn RAF, Duxford, England, 1942. Limited Edition of 2,001 models.

Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

The first Supermarine Spitfire flew on 5 March 1936, and it became an immediate success with early marks in the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was further developed and the Mark V emerged with an improved engine. The Shuttleworth Collection's Mark Vc AR501 was built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil and was issued to 310 (Czech) Squadron at Duxford in 1942. AR501 is painted today in the markings it wore during this time. While serving with 310 Squadron, AR501 escorted many USAAF B17 and B24 bombers. AR501 was later transferred to the RAF's Central Gunnery School and was used post-war as an instructional airframe. It was transferred to The Shuttleworth Collection in 1961 and restored to flying condition for the film 'The Battle of Britain'. After filming, it was again stored, until restoration to authentic wartime condition was carried out by a team at Duxford. Over the winter of 2000/2001 AR501 was repainted and elliptical wingtips were refitted, returning the aircraft to the condition in which it was delivered to 310 Squadron.

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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