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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA38402: Bristol Blenheim Mk IF of 29 Sqn, RAF Digby, England, June 1940. Limited Edition of 1,800 Pieces
Length 7.25 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has a small area where the surface patina is damaged. Model is new.
Although only entering RAF service in 1937 by the outbreak of WW2 very few Blenheim 1s remained in service with UK-based bomber squadrons, most having been superseded in the bomber role by the much improved Mk IV. However the Mk I continued service as conversion and crew trainers with OTUs. However of far more significance were around 200 Mk Is that were converted to night fighters carrying the brand new AI (Airborne Interception) radar. Similar in overall outline to the standard Mk I bomber, the night fighter carried an additonal under-fuselage pack housing four forward firing 0.303 machine guns. It was such equipped Mk IFs that scored the first successful AI or enemy aircraft on the night of 2-3 July 1940. Blenheim Mk IF, L1327, based at RAF Digby in June 1940, looks remarkably similar to a standard Blenheim apart from the ventral gun pack. It wasn’t until December 1940 that the night fighters began to receive an overall black paint finish.
Designed in response to a challenge by media mogul Lord Rothermere, who wanted the British to recapture the title of “fastest European civilian aircraft,” the Bristol Blenheim first flew as “Britain First” on April 12, 1935. Faster than any fighter then in service with the RAF, the aircraft captured the attention of the Air Ministry, which issued a specification for a bomber version. The Blenheim was used extensively during the early part of WWII and was later adapted as a night fighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to use flaps, retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers.