Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AN31919; Supermarine Spitfire Mk I of 74 Sqn RAF, piloted by Adolf “Sailor” Malan, Corgi 50th Anniversary Edition.
Limited Edition of 2006 Pieces.
Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Celebrating 50 years of diecast model production, Corgi produced 2006 pieces of this limited edition model. This model includes a presentation display plinth, hand-painted resin pilot figure and replica pilot’s notes for the aircraft. This model features permanently extended landing gear and the pilots seat is empty. This model does not come with a display stand and is intended for ground display only.
First released in April 2000, this was the first produced 1:72 scale model by Corgi and remarkable for the fact that the aerial was incorrectly reversed on the model. Correctly modelled here, the model was chosen due to it’s fame as the first aircraft involved in combat during what later became known as The Battle of Britain.
On the morning of July 10th 1940, a convoy codenamed “Bread” was detected by a reconnaissance Dornier Do17P of 4(F)121 when rounding the North Foreland in Kent. Six Spitfires of No.74 Sqn (Hornchurch) intercepted but were outnumbered by more than 20 Bf 109s of I/JG 51. Despite this, they forced the Dornier to crash land, while only taking damage to two of the Spitfires. K9953/ZP-A was flown by Flight Lt. Adolf “Sailor” Malan of 74 Sqn during this action. It went to 7 OTU after the Battle of Britain before being passed to 57 OTU where it was wrecked in a collision in 1943.
Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force’s major actions.