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32612 Corgi   Lancaster B Mk111 - 617 Sqn Dambusters, S&S (1,260 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Excellent 1/72 scale model of Lancaster Mk111 (Special) AJ-G, ED932 of 617 Sqn Dambusters, as flown by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC on Operation Chastise (The Dambusters Raid). In 1943 this most publicised bombing raid of the entire war took place. Identified as a key target in winning the war, the great dams, which supplied the hydroelectric power to the heart of Germany and based in the Ruhr Valley, were attacked. Having already become a legendary leader within Bomber Command, the expertise of Guy Gibson was once again called upon, this time to form a special squadron, known as the Dambusters, to make the attack. On the night of the 16/17th May 1943, 19 modified Lancasters (including Gibsonís own, AJ-G) of 617 Squadron took off from Scampton for Operation Chastise. Each aircraft carried an Ďupkeepí mine (also known as a bouncing bomb) developed by Dr. Barnes Wallis and the raid was deemed a great success. Both the Mohne and Eder Dams were breached, releasing a torrent of water which flooded the whole of the valley, causing great disruption to industry and communications. Once more, however, the cost of success was high, as eight of the nineteen Lancaster bombers were lost and 53 crewmen were killed (three others being captured). While the success had some tangible effect it was the massive publicity value of the raid that proved itís greatest legacy, proving a valued morale booster throughout the allied countries and showing that the war was winnable. Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross and 34 of his men received other decorations.

This fantastic model is from the Corgi "Sights and Sounds" range. The base resembles a breached Ruhr Valley German dam and emits sound effects of the raid, searchlight and bomb flashes plus it plays the "Dambusters" tune. Low limited edition of only 1260 pieces. An essential part of any model collection!!

Avroís chief designer, Roy Chadwick knew that the twin engined Manchester was a good aircraft. Designed to cope with the stresses of dive bombing and to carry torpedoes, it had immense strength and a large, partition free bomb bay. But it was dogged by the under developed Rolls Royce Vulture engine, whose construction (bolting two 12 cylinder engines round a common crankshaft) led to catastrophic unreliability.

Faced with the ignominious Air Ministry instruction to build Halifax bombers instead, Chadwick worked feverishly in association with Rolls Royce and produced what was arguably the greatest bomber of WWII. With a ceiling of up to 24,000 feet and an eventual load carrying ability greater than its entire weight, the ĎLancí was not only prized by the Brass hats, but much loved by its crews for its ability to get them out of trouble with near fighter agility, yet take off, cruise and land with genteel docility.

From its first operational sortie in March, 1942, some 7,377 aircraft were made, flew 156,000 missions and dropped 608,612 tons of ordnance-thatís two thirds of all the bombs dropped by Bomber Command during the war. But there was always a price to be paid. Over 4,000 Lancasters, together with their seven man crews, were lost.

The Lancaster was far from a blunt instrument. That capacious bomb bay allowed Barnes Wallis to design the bouncing Upkeep bomb, the 12,000lb Tallboy and the 22,000lb Grand Slam all of which were specific, tactical weapons. Arguments over the effectiveness of these weapons miss the point; that Bomber Command and its leader, Arthur Harris, would always adopt new technology that would aid precision bombing. Lancasters also played a crucial role in daylight operations before, during and after D-Day and additionally, were the preferred aircraft for the Pathfinder forces and in developing the first effective air-to-ground Radar navigation system; H2S.
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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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