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Hawker Hurricane Mk I – 17 Sqn RAF, Winged Popeye Battle of Britain 1940 DISPLAYED

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Corgi Aviation 1/72 scale AA27606: Hawker Hurricane Mk I N2359 of 17 Sqn RAF, Winged Popeye, Leonard Walter Stevens, Debden 1940. Limited Edition of 1,000 models.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches

PLEASE NOTE: Model has been on display and cockpit canopy is very slightly misted. Otherwise all complete

Responsible for destroying more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than the combined total of the rest of Britain’s defences, the Hawker Hurricane was the workhorse aircraft of Fighter Command’s defiant resistance against the Luftwaffe. A stable gun platform, the Hurricane was relatively simple to fly and even easier to maintain and could be produced much quicker than the all-metal Spitfire, which was crucial as replacement aircraft would be needed in large numbers. Pilot Officer Leonard Walter Stevens of 17 Squadron received Hurricane N2359 as a replacement for an earlier aircraft damaged in combat with the Luftwaffe on 11th August 1940 and applied some rather elaborate artwork to the port side of his Hurricane. It was extremely unusual for RAF fighters to carry any form of unauthorised artwork during the Battle of Britain, so the sight of a ‘Winged Popeye’ must have caused quite a stir around Debden airfield, although they would have had more important matters at hand. Pilot Officer Leonard W Stevens served with 17 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain, only to be killed in a mid-air collision between two Spitfires in May 1941.

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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Weight 1.1 kg