Hawker Hurricane – 85 Sqn RAF, Peter Townsend, Battle of Britain DISPLAYEDAdd to compare
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale 49101: Hawker Hurricane of 85 Squadron RAF, as piloted by Sqn Ldr Peter Townsend during the Battle of Britain. Fantastic model with removable engine cover and display stand. One of the first 1/72 models to be issued by Corgi, but still very much looks the part.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: This is an imperfect ex display model. Comes with fixed lowered undercarriage plus display stand in a box with holes in the plastic inner. Paintwork has the odd imperfection which has been touched in but not in A1 condition. Photos of actual model.
The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force. Although largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60% of the RAF’s air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.
The Hurricane was developed by Hawker in response to the Air Ministry specification F.36/34 (modified by F.5/34) for a fighter aircraft built around the new Rolls-Royce engine, then only known as the PV-12, later to become famous as the Merlin. At that time, RAF Fighter Command comprised just 13 squadrons, each equipped with either the Hawker Fury, Hawker Hart variant, or Bristol Bulldog – all biplanes with fixed-pitch wooden propellers and non-retractable undercarriages. The design, started in early 1934, was the work of Sydney Camm. The design evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft which acted as interceptor-fighters, fighter-bombers (also called “Hurribombers”), and ground support aircraft. Further versions known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications which enabled operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts, known as “Hurricats”. More than 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944 (including about 1,200 converted to Sea Hurricanes and some 1,400 built in Canada by the Canada Car and Foundry).