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AA30701 Corgi   Hawker Hurricane Mk II - 73 Sqn RAF, Western Desert, 1942 £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation 1/72 scale AA30701: Hawker Hurricane Mk II of 73 Sqn RAF, Western Desert, 1942. Non limited edition model.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches

73 Squadron was formed on 1st July at Upavon as a fighter unit. Equipped with Camels, it moved to France in January 1918 to fly fighter patrols and bomber escort missions over the Western Front. Following the end of WWI, the squadron returned to the UK and was disbanded in February 1919. On 15th March 1937, 73 was reformed at Mildenhall as a fighter squadron with Furies. Replaced with Gladiators in June of 1937 the conversion to Hurricanes took place in July 1938. On the outbreak of World War II, 73 was one of two Hurricane squadrons attached to the Advanced Air Striking Force and moved to France. After the invasion of France the Squadron retired to England and concentrated on night fighting in the Battle of Britain. They were then rushed to the Middle East to meet the crisis of 1940 becoming separated from their ground crews and losing many aircraft en-route. This aircraft was flown by 73 Squadron in the Western Desert in 1942 and was unique due to the unofficial peacetime flash adorning the fuselage.

Hawker Hurricane Mk II
Based on the Fury biplane and designed by Sydney Camm as a monoplane fighter, the Hurricane was first flown on November 6th, 1935. With its wide-set landing gear, easy handling, reliability, and stable gun platform, the Hurricane was suitable for a variety of different roles such as intruder, ground strafing and night fighter. Steel-tube construction meant cannon shells could pass right through the wood and fabric covering without exploding. The Hurricane underwent many modifications during its lifetime, including an upgraded Merlin engine and interchangeable multi-purpose wings, staging twelve 7.7mm guns and two 40mm anti-tank guns and carrying two 500lb bombs.
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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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