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Maker - Item# - Scale Description
CORGI - 2000CORGIAA-2ND 2000 2nd Half Corgi Aviation Archive Product Line Catalog - Full Size. - [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - 2006ANN-1 Click to Enlarge 2006 First-Half Anniversary Catalog [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - 2014CAT-B Click to Enlarge 2014 Corgi Catalog - Second Half [Age: 3 and up ]
CORGI - AA27002 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Westland Puma HC1 XW214, 33 Squadron RAF, March 1973 - Limited Edition

This model features:
- Wingspan approximately 8" - Rotating propellers
- Fixed undercarriage
- Detailed crew figure(s)
- Sliding door

The Puma HC1 is a twin engine medium sized transport and utility helicopter. Used by the RAF since the late 1960s, the Puma has proven itself to be a capable and reliable machine. Undergoing only limited upgrades throughout their service, only now are serious modifications being made to modernise the Puma fleet.

Like many Pumas, XW214 served with the RAF in Northern Ireland, operating as a transport helicopter throughout the region during the start of the troubles. The Puma proved to be an invaluable machine, able to carry large loads and survive the sporadic small arms fire that occasionally greeted British forces. XW214 suffered major damage when it had an altercation with a hanger door en-route to a photo shoot with Airfix for the unveiling of their new 1:72 Puma model kit in March 1973. Ending up on its side and damaging a number of cars, another Puma had to be hastily repainted to take part in the unveiling. - [Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 8" wingspan ]

CORGI - AA27004 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Westland Puma HC.1 Helicopter, XW220, 33 Squadron, Gulf War, Kuwait 1991 - Limited Edition

This model features:
- Rotorspan approximately 8" - Rotating propellers
- Optional undercarriage down
- Detailed crew figure
- Sliding door

By the time of the 1991 Gulf War conflict, the Puma HC.1 had already been in service with the RAF for 20 years and had proven to be a capable and effective medium lift helicopter, seeing active service in Northern Ireland and in humanitarian roles such as the 1988 Jamaican flash flood. It was the 1991 Gulf Conflict that brought Pumas fully to war. They played a vital role in moving British troops across Kuwait during the defeat of Iraqi forces and at the climax of the conflict, proved decisive in rapidly mobilising and deploying troops preventing Iraqi forces from sabotaging the Rumaila oil field. The Pumas were painted in a water based sand colour which rapidly weathered leaving them in a distinctive shade of pink.

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CORGI - AA27203 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Avro Vulcan B.2, XM607, RAF No.44 Sqn, ‘Operation Black Buck’, Falklands, 1982

As the final RAF Avro Vulcan squadrons were contemplating their impending withdrawal from service in early 1982, developments in the South Atlantic would see this mighty bomber go to war for the first time in its 26-year service history. Operation ‘Black Buck’ would require a Vulcan to drop 21 conventional 1,000lb bombs on the runway at Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, preventing Argentine forces from using their most capable strike and support aircraft. It would also send a strong message to Argentina’s political leaders that Britain would stop at nothing in re-taking the Islands.

The raid would be launched from RAF Ascension Island, which was some 6,300km from the Falklands and presented something of a logistical nightmare for military planners. Flown almost entirely over the sea, the Black Buck raids would require the support of twelve Victor tankers on the outbound leg, with a further two for the return flight and all the associated contingency plans.

Taking off from Ascension Island at midnight on 30th April 1982, Avro Vulcan B.2 XM607 piloted by Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers was to fly as reserve aircraft to the primary bomber XM598 on this highly complex raid, but was quickly promoted to lead aircraft on ‘Black Buck 1’ following technical difficulties encountered by XM598. Embarking on what was the longest bombing raid attempt in history, XM607 was refuelled seven times on its way to the Falkland Islands, before successfully releasing its payload of bombs acr [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27301 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Hawker Fury, K5674, Historic Aircraft Collection, 2013 - Limited Edition - NEW TOOLING

This model features:
- Wingspan approximately 5" - Rotating propellers
- Fixed undercarriage
- Detailed crew figure
- Fine rigging detail

The only known surviving Hawker Fury in the world, K5674, is a superb tribute to what is often called the most beautiful biplane ever. With its polished metal engine cowlings the Fury almost reflects the art deco design movement popular in the 1930s. The Fury was as deadly as it was beautiful and was one of the most potent fighters of its day. Capable of over 200mph and very manoeuvrable, the Fury saw service right up to the first few years of the Second World War. This particular machine was sent to South Africa after its RAF service ended in 1940 and was found there by the Historic Aircraft Collection. Painstakingly restored, the Fury once again graced the skies of Great Britain on 30th July 2012. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27302 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Hawker Fury, 43 Squadron RAF, Munich Crisis, 1938

Entering service with both the RAF and 43 squadron in May 1931, the Hawker Fury represented a great leap forward in the quality of fighters available to the RAF. By 1938 newer designs had started to encroach upon the small and nimble Hawker biplanes’ advantage but it still had an important place within the RAF. At the time of the Munich Crisis in 1938, when Europe once again looked set to descend into war, they received a coat of camouflage paint along with many other RAF types. This contrasted sharply with their previous all over silver colours but while war was averted for a short period, the storm clouds had gathered and would not depart. - [Age: Adults ]

CORGI - AA27403 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Gloster Meteor F.1, EE216, T.D. ‘Dixie’ Dean, RAF No.616 Sqn and V-1 ‘Doodlebug’

Under the cloak of extreme secrecy, Britain had been testing the viability of a jet-powered fighter since early 1941.

This work was so highly classified, that any test flight required the roads around the airfield to be sealed off by the local constabulary and all residents ushered away from the immediate vicinity. All non-essential personnel were forced to leave the airfield for the duration of the test flight, even though they would have clearly seen (and heard) the strange new aircraft once it was in the air!

As the Gloster Meteor entered RAF service, it was originally charged with destroying the V-1 flying bombs that were being sent indiscriminately in the direction of southern Britain. The first Meteor victory over a Doodlebug occurred on the 4th August 1944, when Flying Officer T.D ‘Dixie’ Dean spotted a V-1 flying in the direction of Tunbridge Wells.

Dean was determined not to let the Doodlebug get away and manoeuvred his Meteor alongside the flying bomb, wing tip to wing tip. When he was positioned as close as he safely could, he flicked the control column of his Meteor and banked sharply away – the sudden airflow disruption caused the V-1 to go out of control and crash without causing injury on open ground.

Dean had the first Meteor victory over the V-1 and was the first pilot to use the risky ‘tip and run’ tactic to destroy one these feared flying bombs. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27502 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Short Sunderland Mk.III, ML788/2-S, No.422 Squadron RCAF, Pembroke Dock

The Short Sunderland Mk.III proved to be the definitive version of what was the RAF’s largest aircraft of the War. As the electronic detection of enemy U-boats became essential in disrupting their operations, the earlier stickleback radar antennas on the spine of the aircraft were replaced with the later and more capable ASV. MK.III units, which were housed in streamlined blisters underneath each wing, outboard of the floats as modelled here. As U-boats could now detect approaching RAF aircraft with their own radar sets, these new radar blisters operated outside the frequencies used by the previous units and ensured that Coastal Command Sunderlands continued to keep marauding U-boats fearful of attack from the air.

The sight of large numbers of these impressive flying boats operating from RAF Pembroke Dock must have been awe inspiring for anyone lucky enough to witness it. At one time, this was the largest seaplane base in the world, this Welsh coastal town was to become crucially important in the Battle of the Atlantic. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27603 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Hawker Hurricane Mk1, V7357/SD-F, J.H. 'Ginger' Lacey, RAF No.501 Sqn, Gravesend 1940 - Corgi 60th Anniversary

The exploits of the glorious ‘Few’ during the Battle of Britain are the stuff of legend and standing right at the head of this illustrious group of men was James ‘Ginger’ Lacey, Hurricane pilot and proud son of Yorkshire. Flying throughout the Battle of Britain, Lacey was credited with eighteen aerial victories, making him the second highest scoring British fighter ace of the Battle – every one of these victories were gained whilst flying the trusty Hawker Hurricane. This latest Hurricane release is an essential addition to any Battle of Britain collection.

The Hawker Hurricane is arguably the most important aircraft in the history of the Royal Air Force, specifically as it heralded the development of the modern, monoplane fighter. It combined the finest construction techniques already in place with the best biplane aircraft and was relatively easy to manufacture - the Hurricane was certainly the right aeroplane at the right time and in Britain’s hour of need, proved to be absolutely crucial. During the savage dogfights of the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane accounted for more Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed, than all other British aircraft combined. A magnificent gun platform, the Hurricane could also absorb significant battle damage and still bring its pilot home – this was critical in Britain’s eventual success and was rather reassuring for the Hurricane pilot. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27604 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Hawker Hurricane MKI, V7795, Plt Off William 'Cherry' Vale, RAF 80 Sqn, Maleme, Crete, 1941

As strong German forces moved to secure their southern flank and rectify a failed Italian attempt to invade Greece, Allied forces found themselves in a steady retreat towards Crete. Extensive air operations saw large numbers of RAF aircraft engaged in fighting with both German and Italian air force units and despite initial successes, the came under increasing pressure.

Perhaps the most successful Hawker Hurricane Mk.I fighter of this difficult period was V7795, usually flown by Pilot Officer William Vale, of No.80 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Still displaying its standard RAF day fighter camouflage scheme, this unusual aircraft also included some additional field applied camouflage modifications to the leading edge and engine cowling, which were applied to just a small number of Hurricanes. Vale claimed eight enemy aircraft destroyed whilst flying this aircraft, during April and May 1941.

Following the success of the Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain, it soon became clear that the Spitfire had the greatest potential for future development, which released the Hurricane for other duties. The rugged design of the Hurricane and numbers available to the RAF saw many machines sent overseas and as the war began to spread across the globe, so did the influence of the dependable Hurricane. From North Africa to Russia, the Hurricane continued to provide sterling service and continued to destroy Axis aircraft and military vehicles. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27702 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge North American Mustang F51-D, 'Was that too fast?', 18th Fighter Bomber Group USAF, South Korea 1951

At the start of the Korean War, significant numbers of Mustang fighters were available to the USAF, although most were now serving with Air National Guard units. Now designated F-51D, the Mustang was no longer the premier fighter aircraft it was in WWII, due to the advent of jet technology, but it was still a highly capable long-range strike aircraft. As a close air support aircraft, the Korean War Mustang dropped more napalm and fired more rockets than any other aircraft involved in the conflict, as it served with four air forces in support of United Nations. It was also involved in some of the first spiralling dogfights with the new Soviet MiG-15 jet fighter. Highly susceptible to the latest anti-aircraft defences, many close air support Mustangs were lost during the Korean conflict.

The North American P-51 Mustang was arguably the finest fighter aircraft of WWII and was significant in finally subduing any hope the Luftwaffe had of offering resistance to Allied air incursions. Only seeing service in the final months of the war, the impressive Mustang possessed range, speed, firepower and manoeuvrability, which were attributes used to the maximum by USAAF and RAF fighter pilots, in their efforts to secure air superiority. The Mustang saw extensive service in the European Theatre and towards the end of the Pacific War, where it was to prove decisive in combat. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA27703 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge North American Mustang Mk.IV, Werner Christie, No.150 Wing, RAF Hunsdon, 1945

As its history was very much connected to British requirements, it is no surprise that the Mustang was used extensively by the Royal Air Force during WWII, from the early Allison powered Mustang I, to the Dallas produced, Packard Merlin powered IVa. The final victory for a WWII RAF Mustang belonged to Norwegian ace Werner Christie, who was flying his personal machine KH790. Following the conclusion of a successful bomber escort mission over Germany, Christie led his Mustangs in search of Luftwaffe fighters. Flying above Finow airfield, he noticed a flight of Fw 190s and immediately dived to attack. His first burst of fire caught the wing of an unsuspecting Focke Wulf, blowing half of the wing off and sending the fighter spiralling into the ground. This would be Christie’s eleventh and final victory of the war.

Regarded as one of the most successful aircraft of all time and something of an American classic, the Mustang actually came into production following a British requirement for additional fighters. Rather than licence build the Curtiss P-40 fighters the British were looking for, North American Aviation promised a totally new aircraft, which would be superior to the P-40. A proud boast from this relatively new manufacturer, but could they pull it off? In record time, they built a prototype aircraft which showed great promise and the British immediately placed a large order. Originally powered by the American Allison V-1710 engine, the Mustang I was faster than the Spitfire an [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA28001 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4, W.Nr.5057, Oberleutnant Josef ‘Pips’ Priller, 6./JG51

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 series of fighter aircraft have to be regarded as some of the most famous aircraft ever to take to the skies. This diminutive and highly capable fighter was in constant production throughout the Second World War, as the basic Messerschmitt airframe proved to be highly adaptable and capable of significant modification. Making its combat debut during the Spanish Civil War, the Bf 109 was one of the first truly modern fighter aircraft, making its first flight before either the Supermarine Spitfire or the Hawker Hurricane - it could be argued that modern monoplane fighter design began with the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

During the Second World War, the Bf 109 earned a fearsome reputation with its adversaries and was synonymous with the ruthless effectiveness of the Wehrmacht, particularly during the early years of the conflict. It was also the mount of many of the worlds most accomplished air ‘aces’ and proved to be one of the most reliable and hard-hitting fighter aircraft ever produced. Significantly, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the most heavily produced fighter aircraft in history, with no fewer than 33,984 machines being built – undoubtedly one of the most important aircraft in the history of powered flight.

Already a Luftwaffe fighter ace by the start of the Battle of Britain, Josef ‘Pips’ Priller and the pilots of JG51 would be heavily involved in the fighting against the RAF over the summer of 1940, with many of his comrades falling to the guns of the [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA28101 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Curtiss P-40B Warhawk, 160/15P, 2nd Lt. G. Welch, 47th PS, 15th PG, USAAF, Pearl Harbor

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is not generally regarded as one of the most accomplished fighters of the Second World War, but it is difficult to think of a more important aircraft for both Britain and America in the months following the end of the Battle of Britain. At a time when both Britain and France were desperate for as many modern monoplane fighters they could lay their hands on, the Curtiss P-40 was arguably the best aircraft the Americans had available and they allowed the French (this order was ultimately transferred to Britain) and British to order the fighter in large numbers. The P-40 was quick and easy to manufacture and allowed nations already in combat with Axis forces to obtain large numbers of new, modern fighters, enabling them to continue fighting on many fronts and buying them much needed time until the incredible industrial might of America could be brought to bear.

For the British and Commonwealth Desert Air Forces, the Curtiss P-40, which they christened ‘Tomahawk’, proved to be a critically important aircraft and they were the first to take the P-40 into combat during June 1941. Being rugged and reliable, the RAF P-40s were a dogged adversary for Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica units – even though many Tomahawks were lost in combat, they took a heavy toll of Axis aircraft.

Following an extremely late night at the Squadron Christmas party the day previously, USAAF pilots George Welch and Kenneth Taylor woke to the sound of explosions and low flying [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA32624 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Avro Lancaster B.III, ED888, PM-M2, 'Mike Squared', RAF No.103 Sqn, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, 1944

The aircrew of Bomber Command made a significant contribution to the war effort in WWII and were to pay a heavy price for their devotion to duty. Arguably the aircraft that best illustrates their contribution and the men who sadly paid the ultimate price is Avro Lancaster ED888 PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’. This magnificent aircraft completed an astonishing 140 bombing missions – the most flown by any Lancaster in WWII. Known as ‘The Mother of Them All’, this Lancaster managed to survive the war, shooting down two Luftwaffe fighters in the process. Avro Lancaster ED888 was the most prolific of the ‘Ton-up’ Lancasters and is a fitting way to mark the 75th anniversary of the first flight of Avro’s most famous bomber.

The famous Avro Lancaster four engine heavy bomber was Britain’s most successful bomber of WWII, but it had to endure something of a troubled start. Its twin-engined predecessor, the Manchester, was ultimately classed as a failure, but included many of the design features that went on to make the Lancaster such a resounding success. With a huge, unobstructed bomb bay, the Lancaster could carry a massive bomb load and was capable of delivering the largest individual bombs used by the RAF in WWII. Powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the first Lancasters were delivered to RAF No.44 (Rhodesia) Squadron at Waddington, on Christmas Eve, 1941. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA32715 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Hawker Hunter T7 - XL591, 4FTSm RAF Valley, Anglesey, 1975 - [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - AA33108 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, AI-I54 s/n.5289, Takashi Hirano, IJN Aircraft Carrier Akagi, Pearl Harbor

At the beginning of the Second World War, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter was considered to be the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world and was the envy of every naval air arm. Possessing exceptional levels of manoeuvrability and capable of operating over long distances, the light and speedy Zero proved to be the ideal fighter aircraft to support Japanese naval actions in the Pacific region. During early combat operations, Zero pilots were to enjoy spectacular successes, posting an almost unbelievable kill ratio of 12:1, as their aircraft proved to be the ultimate dogfighter, but this dominance was to be short lived.

As America produced more capable naval fighters and their airmen developed more effective air combat tactics, the limitations of the Zero design began to show themselves. Avoiding the turning dogfight in favour of high speed slash and run attacks, US pilots found that the lightly armoured Zero offered little protection for either its pilots or its vulnerable fuel tanks and they began to take a withering toll of their once feared adversary.

As the Zero fighters from Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft Carrier Akagi took off on the morning of 7th December 1941, their mission instructions were clear – protect the strike aircraft from enemy fighters and destroy as many American aircraft on the ground as possible. As the Pearl Harbor attack was taking place in advance of any formal declaration of war, the US fighter units based at Hawaii were [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA34213 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Boeing Vertol Chinook HC.3, ZH904, RAF No.18 Squadron, Odiham, 2012

Perhaps the most visible exponent of the emergence rotary power on the modern battlefield is the impressive Boeing Vertol Chinook. This large tandem rotor helicopter can operate from land or ship and is capable of delivering up to 55 troops and their equipment or around 26,000lb of weapons and supplies, including the ability to carry large underslung loads suspended from hard points underneath its fuselage for maximum flexibility. With a comprehensive avionics package and the ability to both detect threats and adequately defend itself, the Chinook is one of the most important aircraft available to the RAF, who are now the largest operator of the type outside the US.

The first RAF squadron to receive the mighty Chinook were No.18 squadron in 1981 and barley six months after converting to the helicopter, they were sent to the Falkland Islands as part of the British task force. Since this date, RAF Chinooks have been at the forefront of all significant British military operations and have shown themselves to be to be invaluable assets on the battlefield. Anyone who has seen one of these huge helicopters displayed at a UK Airshow will have marvelled at the agility of this beast and probably asked themselves ‘how on earth does that thing stay in the air’? Even though 2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the first flight of the aircraft, the awesome Boeing Vertol Chinook remains as one of the world’s most important aircraft, which is destined to stay in service for many years to come. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA34316 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Focke-Wulf FW190 F-8, 'Black 3', Feldwebel Eugen Lorcher, II./SG2, 5 Staffel, Aufthausen, May 1945

As RAF pilots began to report the appearance of a new German fighter in the skies above Europe in the summer of 1941, they could not have known how significant this would become. For the next year, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 would rule the skies and claim a heavy toll of RAF aircraft in the process. The increased loss rates were causing huge concern, when a Focke-Wulf pilot became disorientated, following combat with Spitfires over southern England and inadvertently landed his pristine machine at RAF Pembrey – The RAF had their Focke-Wulf! Following exhaustive testing of the captured aircraft, a new Spitfire was developed, which was capable of taking on and beating the new Luftwaffe fighter. The Spitfire IX proved to be more than a match for the Focke-Wulf and for a short time, the balance of power shifted again. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA36008 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge BAE Hawk T1A - Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team, The Red Arrows - The Aviation Archive - Aerobatic Teams
Aviation Archives continues to represent the finest example of quality die-cast model design and manufacture. The new additions to this line extend the scope of the limited edition collection with new authentic liveries to appeal to everyone inspired by the world of military aircraft. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the models feature rubber tires, interchangeable undercarriages, and high-quality printed livery details. Beautifully packaged, each replica comes with a sturdy display stand and certificate of authenticity. -
[Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 5" Wingspan ]
CORGI - AA36012 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge BAE Hawk Red Arrows - Corgi 60th Anniversary

Providing advanced pilot and weapons delivery training for a new, or converting student pilot is perhaps one of the most important duties undertaken by any of the world’s air forces. For Royal Air Force students, this means many hours spent in the cockpit of the British Aerospace Hawk advanced jet trainer, which has now been in service for forty years. Replacing the diminutive Folland Gnat trainer, the Hawk proved to be a highly adaptable and extremely reliable aircraft in service, with large numbers serving with the RAF and many overseas air forces. Perhaps the Hawk is most famous for its association with the world famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team, the Red Arrows, who enjoy a reputation for excellence the world over. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA36110 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina, Otto F Meyer Jr, Patrol Squadron 14, Pearl Harbor

As one of the most distinctive aircraft of WWII, the Consolidated PBY Catalina may appear somewhat ungainly at first view, but actually proved to be one of the most effective maritime patrol and attack aircraft of the war. With the ability to conduct maritime patrols deep into the ocean, Catalina crews would search for enemy shipping and either relay their position to nearby naval units, or attack the vessels themselves, using an array of bombs, depth charges and torpedoes. Able to land in all but the heaviest seas, the Catalina proved to be the saviour of many a downed airman, as this incredibly versatile aircraft provided the US Navy and other operators with an effective Search & Rescue capability, in tandem with its many offensive capabilities. Used extensively by the Royal Air Force, many Catalinas survived to see service long after the end of WWII.

On the morning of 7th December 1941, Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina 14-P-2 was undertaking a patrol off the coast of Hawaii, when Ensign Otto F Meyer Jr and his crew became aware of the Japanese attack against the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. At around 10am a formation of nine enemy aircraft passed directly in front of his aircraft, before turning in to attack. In the ensuing melee, Meyer skilfully flew his large flying boat to evade each enemy attack, whilst his gunners returned fire, inflicting damage on a number of the enemy aircraft. Running low on fuel and ammunition, the Japanese aircraft flew off in the direction of thei [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA36908 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Junkers Ju52, 4U+NH, 2/KGzbV1, Operation Merkur, Crete, 1941

Operation Merkur was the code name given to the German invasion of Crete, in May 1941. The use of paratroopers would be central to the success of the operation to take this Greek island and extensive use was made of the venerable old Junkers Ju-52 transport aircraft. Much loved by the troops it carried, the Ju-52 was vulnerable to attack from both ground and air and although Crete eventually fell to German forces, it was to prove a costly operation in terms of casualties. Ju-52 4U+NH operated during the attack on Crete, delivering German paratroopers to one of four strategic targets on the island. Despite coming under significant defensive fire, the aircraft survived the invasion of Crete and went on to serve in North Africa.

As one of the most reliable passenger airliners of the 1930s, the Junkers Ju-52 obviously attracted the attentions of Luftwaffe commanders, as they prepared for the coming conflict in Europe. Easy to fly, maintain and manufacture, the‘Iron Annie’ saw extensive service with the Luftwaffe, with huge numbers of troops and their supplies transported by these graceful aircraft. Unfortunately, the Ju-52 was totally incapable of defending itself against Allied air attack and operations taking place without the protection of a fighter escort were tantamount to suicide. Despite the destruction of many aircraft, examples of the Ju-52 can still be seen flying to this day and even though they are now over eighty years old, they are just as reliable as ever. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA37005 - 1/144 Scale Click to Enlarge VC-10C 1K 101 Sqn RAF Brize Norton Oxfordshire 2007

In 1978, the RAF had five ex-BOAC VC10s and four ex-East African Airways Super VC10s converted as air-to-air refuelling tankers. These were known in service as the VC-10 K2 and VC-10 K3 respectively. Both variants had underwing refuelling pods, and a centreline refuelling point installed in the rear freight bay. An in-flight refuelling probe was fitted on to the nose, allowing fuel to be taken from other tankers.

In 1981, 14 ex-British Airways Super VC10s were purchased, and 5 were converted to VC-10 K4 tankers, reducing the others to spares in the 1990's. 13 surviving VC10 C1s were then equipped with wing refuelling pods and re-designated as VC-10 C1K dual-role tanker/transports – and still serve with No.101 Sqn at RAF Brize Norton, Oxon. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA37609 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Westland Wessex HCC.Mk.IV Helicopter - RAF Queen's Flight, XV733, RAF Hendon, England, 2015

The Westland Wessex was a turbine-powered helicopter which was a development of the American Sikorsky S58. It was picked up by the RAF from the Royal Navy in the early sixties when they required a general-purpose helicopter capable of carrying troops, conducting ground attacks and acting as an air ambulance. In 1969, two Wessexes were ordered with specific modifications in mind, with the aim of VIP use, specifically with The Queen’s Flight. Prince Charles, Princess Anne and The Queen Mother were regular passengers, with Prince Philip even piloting the aircraft over the years. It wasn’t until August 1977 that Queen Elizabeth herself finally took her seat on board and took to the skies. Now housed in the RAF museum in Hendon, it continues to draw a crowd. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA37707 - 1/48 Scale Click to Enlarge Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a, C1149/W 'Schweinhund', Capt. Duncan Grinnell-Milne, No.56 Sqn RFC, 1918

Duncan Grinnell-Milne was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and following his flying training, he joined No.16 Squadron in France, scoring his first aerial victory flying a BE2. In late 1915, he was shot down and crash landed behind enemy lines. Captured by German forces, he was forced to spend more than two years in a German prisoner of war camp, before eventually escaping and making his way back to France. Returning to flying duty as the Commanding Officer of No.56 Squadron RFC, Grinnell-Milne managed to score five more victories in the last weeks of the war. His unique SE5a (C1149/W) had a non-standard fuselage colour and carried the name ‘Schweinhund’, which was a reference to how the German guards would address him and his fellow POWs.

At a time when the German Air Services were enjoying a period of air superiority over the Western front, the arrival of the British Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a fighter proved to be a significant development. At last, the RFC had an aircraft which was capable of taking on and beating the best German fighters and Allied airmen again began to claim a significant number of victories over their adversaries. In conjunction with the excellent Sopwith Camel, the SE5a was significant in regaining Allied air superiority over the trenches of the Western Front and crucially, ensured that they retained control for the rest of the war. The SE5a was undoubtedly one of the finest fighter aircraft of the Great Air War. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA38408 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Bristol Blenheim Mk.I, L6739 (G-BPIV), The IWM Duxford 2015

At the time the new Bristol Blenheim made its first flight at Filton aerodrome on 12th April 1935, it was faster than any fighter aircraft currently in service with the Royal Air Force. Initially developed as a private venture funded by Lord Rothermere, the owner of the Daily Mail Newspaper, the new aircraft set a new speed record for civilian aircraft and was donated to the Air Ministry for trials and evaluation.

Clearly impressed with the capability of this advanced new design, the RAF immediately ordered a bomber version of the aircraft straight off the drawing board. Although the Blenheim would prove to be a significant step forward in aviation technology, it would also be used as a yardstick against which all other new designs would be judged - a new breed of fighter must outclass the Blenheim. Significantly, at the outbreak of the Second World War, the RAF had more Bristol Blenheims in service than any other aircraft and it was to see extensive service in the air battles to come. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA38706 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Supermarine Spitfire PRU XIX, 81 Squadron RAH Tengah, 1951 'High Altitude of 51,500 ft'

While on detachment to RAF Tengah in Singapore, this Spitfire flew some of the last and most dangerous photo reconnaissance missions of any Spitfire. Operating from Singapore it flew missions over occupied China, ranging over the nearby Hainan Island, running the gauntlet of Chinese air defences.
It was in this very machine that Ted Powles recorded a record altitude for a Spitfire of 51,550 ft while on a survey flight over Hong Kong. However it was at this altitude that the Spitfire entered a dive, which was only recovered at 3,000 ft. By which time the Spitfire had reached an air speed nearing 700 mph.
The PRXIX was the final variant of the Spitfire to perform an operational sortie with the RAF, taking place over Malaya just three years after this, bringing the superlative RAF career of the Spitfire to a close. -
[Age: Adults ]

CORGI - AA39007 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Westland Lynx HAS 3 (ICE), assigned to HMS Endurance, 2002

Westland Lynx HAS 3 ICE XZ246 (434/EE) is one of a number of helicopters, which have served on board Antarctic survey and ice patrol vessel HMS Endurance, in particularly challenging conditions. For this specific role, some of the equipment usually found on Royal Navy Lynx aircraft was removed, but the reliable Lynx proved to be essential in the effective polar operations of Endurance. Two ice modified Lynx aircraft were usually carried on board HMS Endurance, at any one time.

When considering military aviation currently in service with the world’s air forces, the helicopter is arguably the most flexible and operationally capable aircraft available to commanders. As international commitments and military requirements continue to evolve, the helicopter is becoming increasingly important to operations at home and abroad. Since the Westland Lynx was introduced in 1978, it has proved itself as one of the most advanced and capable helicopters in the world. Fast and highly adaptable, the Lynx has the distinction of being the world’s first fully aerobatic helicopter, capable of performing some quite astonishing manoeuvres. A true multirole combat aircraft, the Lynx is also a deadly tank destroyer and submarine hunter, due to remain in British service for many years to come. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA39211 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Supermarine Spitfire Mk1, R6800/LZ-N , Rupert 'Lucky' Leigh, No.66 Sqn, Gravesend 1940 - Corgi 60th Anniversary

For young British pilots in the late 1940s, the most exciting and enigmatic aircraft that they could possibly hope to fly was the new Supermarine Spitfire. The absolute pinnacle of aviation technology at that time, the Spitfire was a thoroughbred in every sense of the word and simply a beautiful aeroplane to look at. Just a few short months after the Spitfire entered RAF service, it would be called upon to fight for the very survival of Britain and the free world, as swarms of Luftwaffe aircraft launched massed attacks against RAF airfields and strategic targets across southern England. The handsome Spitfire would have to bare its teeth and take on the feared Messerschmitt Bf 109! [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA39603 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge HAWKER AUDAX - K4853, n.28 Sqn, Kohal, India 1941 - Limited Edition
- Wingspan over 6" - Rotating propeller
- Detailed crew figures
- Fixed undercarriage
- Armaments and weapons
- Fine rigging detail

Developed in the early 1930s from the already proven Hawker Hart light day bomber, the Audax was a dedicated army co-operation version. With this new role in mind it incorporated a message hook under the fuselage and lengthened exhaust pipes to reduce glare for the crew as they flew close to the ground. Although the aircraft entered service with the RAF in January 1932, the Audax was still to be found flying with the RAF during the early years of the Second World War, mostly in the Middle East. 28 Squadron, based in India, was one such Audax unit. Flying from Kohal, the squadron used the Audax for reconnaissance work and general army co-operation duties before replacing them with Westland Lysanders in 1942. - [Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 6" wingspan ]

CORGI - AA39605 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Hawker Demon, G-BTVE, K8203, Old Warden, Shuttleworth, 2013

Demon G-BTVE took to the air after an 18 year restoration on 23rd June 2009. Painted in the colours of 64 Squadron RAF and with serial number K8203, the Demon is the sole remaining flying example of this important interwar type. One of a batch of 37 built by Boulton Paul Aircraft in Wolverhampton, K8203 was originally assigned to 64 Squadron at Church Fenton before passing to No. 9 Maintenance Unit at RAF Cosford and then to No. 9 Air Observers School (later renamed No. 9 Bombing & Gunnery School) at RAF Penrhos.
K8203 was struck off charge in September 1940 but served on as a ground training aid. The aircraft was finally retired properly in 1943. Acquired first by Guy Black and then Demon Displays the Demon was restored by Skysport Engineering and is now based at Old Warden in the United Kingdom.
[Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - AA39803 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Panavia Tornado F3 ADV, 5 Sqn, RAF Coningsby, 1991 - Limited Edition

This model features:
- Wingspan approximately 9.5" - Movable sweeping wing
- Optional to have the undercarriage down
- Detailed crew figure(s)
- Opening canopy
- Armaments/weapons
- Fuel tanks

Towards the end of the Cold War period the RAF realised that its fleet of English Electric Lightnings, whilst still very fast and capable interceptors, were becoming increasingly hampered by their short range and limited armament. To replace the Lightnings and the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantoms then in service, the RAF introduced the Panavia Tornado F3.

This swing wing high speed interceptor immediately proved to be popular with crews, carrying a large range of weaponry and capable of much longer sorties than its forebears. Using Tornado F3s based at RAF Coningsby towards the end of the Cold War, 5 Squadron was tasked with the air defence of the United Kingdom and regularly intercepted Soviet reconnaissance aircraft on the borders of the United Kingdom’s airspace. In 1991 the squadron was also deployed to the Gulf to bolster Allied air defences during the first Gulf War. - [Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 9.5" wingspan ]

CORGI - AA39806 - 1/72 Scale Click to Enlarge Panavia Tornado GR.1, ZA447/EA, 'MiG Eater', RAF No.15 Sqn, Gulf War 25th Anniversary

The RAF aircraft that took part in the 1991 Gulf War are the subject of great interest and continue to captivate modellers and collectors alike. Painted in a distinctive desert pink camouflage over-wash, PANAVIA Tornado GR.1 ZA447/EA carries attractive nose art decoration, which was a feature of many of the Gulf War serving RAF aircraft. Carrying the name ‘MiG Eater’, complete with fearsome shark teeth artwork, this aircraft was thought to have destroyed an Iraqi Air Force MiG-29 fighter (hence the name), whilst completing an airfield denial mission, over Iraq. It was later discovered that it was actually a Mirage F.1, but ZA447 was one of the busiest Tornados over the Gulf, completing 40 combat missions for coalition air forces. It later went on to be one of the star exhibits at the 1991 Mildenhall Air Fete.

As one of the most effective low level, all weather strike aircraft in the world, the PANAVIA Tornado was the product of a successful collaboration between the aircraft industries of Britain, West Germany and Italy. Entering RAF service in 1979, the Tornado has provided interdictor strike, reconnaissance and electronic countermeasure support since that date and has seen plenty of action in major overseas operations during this time. With the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, coalition air forces were charged with the initial international military response to this outrage and the Tornado was to be a significant contributor. The Gulf War saw Tornado GR.1 aircraft attac [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC12941 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Scania Topline Moving Floor, S.Walker Transport, Beoley, near Redditch - Hauliers of Renown - NEW TOOLING - Limited Edition

This model features:
- Low light bar
- Front bumper bar
- Scania visor plug in lights
- Aerials
- High light bar
- Skirt light bar
- Chequer plating
- Mud flaps
- Visor mirror

Founded 1st May 1990 by Steve Walker and his partner Rosie, S. Walker Transport started with Steve buying his first truck, a 6x2 Scania 112-330.

Based in Beoley, near Redditch, Steve has operated an all Scania fleet from the beginning. With a current fleet consisting of over forty-one Moving Floor vehicles, S. Walker Transport has become one of the UK’s leading Moving Floor Trailer specialists also providing recovery services as well as Unit and Trailer repairs.

Many of the company's specialised moving floor trailers feature side opening doors and some are equipped with Moffet Mounty forklift trucks that piggy back on the back of trailers meaning that forklifts are not needed on site. All of the S. Walker Transport vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation devices that provide the exact location of their vehicles at any time. The transport office has a unique feature with its all-female workforce led by Steve’s partner Rosie. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC13751 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Scania R Fridge Trailer Morgan McLernon Transport, Armagh, Northern Ireland - Hauliers of Renown

With over 40 years of experience, Morgan McLernon specialises in transporting refrigerated goods in and out of countries across Europe and has over 100 fully equipped trailers. Established in 1970 the company has three depots; two in Northern Ireland and one recently opened in the English Midlands

The majority of the companies 70 vehicles are Scania 'R Series' trucks, like the Corgi replica modelled here. The fleet also includes a selection of curtainside trailers that can be used to transport goods to and from building sites. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC13752 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Scania R Moving Floor Trailer Motward Timber Recycling Ltd, Huntingdon - Hauliers of Renown

Since its beginnings in 1977 Motward Limited has developed a fleet of vehicles that covers the whole of the UK. The core of its business is with wooden pallets but they also undertake general haulage up to 44 tonnes nationwide. Its trailer fleet consists of curtain-siders, bulk tippers and moving floor trailers, as modelled here.

In 1999 Motward Timber Recycling (MTR) was formed due to the increasing quantity of timber waste generated by the pallet company. MTR delivers its high grade wood chip and bark supplies via their Moving Floor trailers. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC13755 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Scania R Curtainside, Beatty's Fuels, Ballinamallard, Northern Ireland - Hauliers of Renown - Limited Edition

George Beatty began trading in Ballinamallard in 1979 in the backyard of his father’s grocery and confectionery business. The early days of the business were before the arrival of the fork lift which meant that fuel products such as coal doubles and peat briquettes were delivered directly to the customer’s door on the Coalman’s back.

Since its humble beginnings, Beatty Fuels has become one of the largest family owned businesses that remains independent of the international oil and coal businesses that dominate today, employing over 40 people from Ballinamallard and the surrounding area.

With a fleet consisting of nine Artic Tractor Units, including Scanias, DAFs, Volvos, MAN and Mercedes, four Rigid Oil Tankers, two Rigid 6 Wheelers and a wide range of Rigid units for supplying Gas and Coal to domestic customers, including the Scania R Curtainside modelled here. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC13826 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Mercedes Actros (Face lift) Fridge Trailer, Montgomery Transport - Hauliers of Renown - Limited Edition

Established in 1970 with just one tractor unit, the privately owned Montgomery Transport Group is part of the Ballyvesey Holdings Group. Having grown significantly in recent years, the company now provides a diverse range of logistic services through the UK, Ireland and Europe. The group’s success has secured them many major contracts with well-known brands such as Nestle, Walkers, Ikea and P&G to name but a few.

Montgomery Refrigerated Limited formed in 2003 and has become Ireland’s fastest growing Refrigerated Distribution Company. With operating locations in Portadown, Dublin and Preston, they provide chilled and frozen transportation across the UK and Ireland for some of their biggest customers including Tesco, Asda and Cadbury Trebor Bassett. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC14029 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Volvo FH Fridge Trailer Iggy Madden, Galway - Hauliers of Renown

This family run business began in 1978 and has since become one of the leading transport and distribution companies in the West of Ireland. Based at Galway docks, the company is ideally located to serve the entire western seaboard and has recently expanded to include facilities on the east coast to provide an efficient and cost effective service throughout the country.

The distinctive yellow and black livery of Iggy Madden is recognised across Europe. Their fleet comprises a variety of trailers including straight and split refrigerated trailers, flats, euroliners, skeletal trailers, boxvans, bulk tippers, tankers and low loaders. The company's live temperature tracked refrigerated trailers operate daily throughout the UK and Europe and all of their vehicles are fully equipped with DriveCam Technology and satellite tracking. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC14116 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Downton Delivers - DAF XF Moving Floor Trailer Downton, England - Haulers of Renown

One of the UK's leading independent logistics firms servicing some of the biggest blue chip companies in the world, including Dyson and Magners Cider, Downton began life in 1955 when Conrad Downton invested £16 in a gravel-carrying tipper lorry. The owner of a small Gloucestershire farm, Conrad started delivering small loads around the county in an attempt to supplement his family's modest living. Starting with hay and straw he soon moved onto gravel and construction materials. Before long Downton was involved in major projects such as the construction of the M5.

By the end of the 1960s the company had built up a fleet of tipper vehicles and become well established in the construction industry. By 1975 Downton had purchased its first articulated lorry and with some major brewer contracts under their wing they soon acquired a fleet of 16 articulated vehicles.

Sadly, in 1985 at the age of just 52, Conrad died suddenly leaving his three sons – Andrew, Richard and John to continue their father's vision of turning a flourishing but small haulage company into a major logistics firm. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC14806 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Pollack (Scotrans) Ltd - Scania 143 Box Trailer - Hauliers of Renown Limited Edition

Hauliers of Renown is the flagship of Corgi’s road transport range of die-cast models - amazingly detailed, each model is a tabletop replica of a truck from the UK's most famous haulage fleets.

Every model, is recreated in superb 1:50 scale and includes a numbered, Limited Edition 'Tachograph' Certificate and customised presentation packaging. The range includes both modern and classic cabs and trailers from some of the best known British hauliers. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC15206 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge DJB Haulage Ltd., MAN TG-X Vinyl Curtainside, Radstock, NR Bath - [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - CC15305 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge British Road Services - Scania 110 with Tandem Axle Tilt Trailer, Limited Edition of 1000
This Scania LB110 tandem axle tilt was brand new to the BRS Depot Swindon in 1971. This unit was originally ordered to allow the group to compare it against a Scammell Crusader using identical continental routes. It fared well in comparison in terms of driver comfort and servicing capability. -
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CORGI - CC15306 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Scania 111, Tandem Axle Tilt Trailer Lloyds of Ludlow Ltd International Transport, Shropshire - Hauliers of Renown - Limited Edition

Norman Lloyd started Lloyds of Ludlow on May 12th, 1937. Norman played an active role in the business until his death in 2007. His son Tony joined the company in 1955. Most of the work was agricultural which included milk and livestock. After de-nationalisation the company started to carry more general haulage, throughout the country. During this time a number of different sorts of vehicles were purchased including a 1946 Maudslay Mogul II, Seddons and Bedfords.

By 1970 it was realised that there was international work available. The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the first purchases of Volvos and Scanias. These were used on regular trips to countries across Europe. During this time and into the 1980s the company continued to expand.

PNT 968R was the first Scania 111 purchased by the company. In its heyday the company was running over sixty vehicles. Unfortunately Tony passed away in 2011, but the company continues to be run by his surviving family. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC15308 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Scania 141 Tilt Trailer David W. Haig International Transport, Scotland - Hauliers of Renown

In 1946, David Wilkie Haig acquired an ex-war department Thornycroft lorry after returning to his home town of Bellshill and decided to set up a transport business. With the British economy struggling to recover from six years of war David was swamped with an increasing amount of customers and workload which would soon lead to the expansion of his one waggon fleet. By the 1960s he had acquired a fleet of over 40 trucks.

The opening of Coatbridge's Freightliner terminal proved a valuable source of work for the lorries and remains so today. The green, red and cream Haig vehicles are a familiar site as they travel across Scotland and the North of England. By 1969 the firm started its weekly Italian service which continues to this day.

Trips to Europe in the late 60s were often quite challenging for the drivers, with a lack of motorways and bypasses and inevitable customs delays, though nowadays the Italian runs can be done slightly quicker. The company's reputable and longstanding international services earned them 'Scottish European Haulier of the Year' at the 2002 Transport news Scottish Rewards.

In 1985 David Haig retired after 39 years in the industry which included being a founding member of The Road Haulage Association. Now in its third generation the Haig family fleet operates from a purpose built depot at Reema Road in Bellshill. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - CC15504 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Volvo F10 Tilt Trailer E.M. Rogers Ltd European Transport, England - Hauliers of Renown

Established in 1945, E.M. Rogers Limited remains a family owned international transport business. Based in Northampton and with supporting offices in Italy, Holland and Spain the company operates from a purpose built 7 acre site.

The company boasts a fleet of over 65 units, 80% of which are under 3 years old. The majority of the 140+ trailers comprise of tilt trailers, as modelled here, and curtainsides, as well as a number of mega trailers for high volume cargo, machinery trailers for the transportation of wheeled and tracked construction equipment and specialist hard-bodied and curtain-sided multi-deck car transported trailers. - [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - GS62206 Click to Enlarge London 2012 Olympics - Wenlock Guard Key ring [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - ST97702 - 1/120 Scale Click to Enlarge BR 4-6-2 Britannia Class 'Oliver Cromwell' 70013, circa 2012 - Rail Legends

Rail Legends, is a superbly detailed collection of static die-cast locomotives marking the golden age of British steam. Each model comes with a rail track effect plinth and clear plastic presentation case from which the locomotive can be detached.

'Oliver Cromwell' was the fourteenth of fifty-five Standard Class 7 (Britannia Class) locomotives to be built. No.70013 entered service on the 30th May 1951 allocated to British Railways Norwich depot before moving to Ipswich in September 1958. 'Oliver Cromwell' spent time at five different sheds over the next decade until it travelled by road to Alan Bloom's steam museum at Bressingham Gardens at the end of its main-line working life.

In 2004 No. 70013 moved to the Great Central Railway where it was fully dismantled and rebuilt ready for return to main-line working in preparation for the 40th anniversary of the end of steam. 'Oliver Cromwell' now forms part of the National Railway Collection and runs regular excursions preserved in a Brunswick Green livery and carrying the BR late totem as it would have worn in its final main-line years of service. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - ST97703 - 1/120 Scale Click to Enlarge BR 4-6-2 Britannia Class 'Robin Hood' 70038, BR Early - Rail Legends

Rail Legends is a superbly detailed collection of static die-cast locomotives marking the golden age of British steam. Each model comes with a rail track effect plinth and clear plastic presentation case from which the locomotive can be detached.

In total there were only fifty-five Standard Class 7 (Britannia Class) locomotives ever produced, all built at the British Railways Crewe works. Construction of the first Britannia was completed on the 2nd January 1951 with the first recorded journey taking place in the form of a test run between Crewe and Carlisle at 12:50 on 11th January 1951. The test load was four-hundred and forty tons of empty rolling stock including a dynameter car which recorded a maximum speed of 75mph. 'Robin Hood' was the thirty-ninth Standard Class 7 to be built and entered into traffic on 29th January 1953, almost exactly two years after the first ever Britannia entered service.

No.70038 spent the first part of its working life in North London and East Anglia serving the East Coast mainline. 'Robin Hood' spent its last four years working out of Carlisle before sadly being sold for scrap to J. McWilliams of Shettleston in January 1968. [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - US53606 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Heroes Under Fire - Peter Pirsch and Sons, Milwaukee, WI Fire Department - Canopy Cab Pumper
From the Heroes Under Fire Series
This Pirsch Canopy Cab was delivered to Engine 4 of the Milwaukee Fire Department on May 31, 1946. The cost, brand new, was $12,223.54. In 1954 the rig was moved to Engine 36 and in 1965 became a reserve engine for Engine 47. The pumper was retired from Milwaukee in 1967 and sold to the fire department in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin.
Answering the call from collectors, Corgi has brought back the retired models of E-One fire apparatus. The E-One pumper and the E-One 75-foot Ladder are refreshing the Heroes Under Fire line for 2008, and we are happy to welcome them back!
[Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 6" x 2" ]
CORGI - US53607 - 1/50 Scale Click to Enlarge Peter Pirsch & Sons Closed Cab Sedan - Metropolitan Fire Department - Sarasota, FL - Heroes Under Fire
Answering the call from collectors, Corgi has brought back the retired models of E-One fire apparatus. The E-One pumper and the E-One 75-foot Ladder are refreshing the Heroes Under Fire line, and we are happy to welcome them back! We are pleased to see the new closed cab Sedan Pirsch roll in with strong positive reaction from collectors.
The rounded fenders of the earlier Pirsch closed canopied models have been replaced by the boxy and businesslike version, as evidenced by this closed cab sedan from the Metropolitan Fire Department of Sarasota, Florida. Currently owned by Fire Apparatusenthusiast/buff/collector Kevin Lynch, this particular rig was restored to its original state over the course of two years beginning in2006. These days, however, the only action this 1968 Closed Cab Sedan sees is the occasional muster and pumping exhibition. -
[Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 6" x 2" ]
CORGI - US59113 - 1/32 Scale Click to Enlarge WWII Paratrooper Figure- 101st Airborne, "Screaming Eagles" - US Army

The 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" saw their baptism of fire on D-Day and followed the war in Europe through Operation Market Garden to the stubborn defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. This figure, with characteristic Mohawk haircut and "devil in baggy pants" uniform, captures the essence of the elite fighting man. -
[Age: 14 and up ] [Inches: 2.25"H ]
CORGI - US59119 - 1/32 Scale Click to Enlarge Oberst Walter Oesau, Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdfeschwader 1, Munchen-Gladbach, April 1944 - [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - US59127 - 1/32 Scale Click to Enlarge WWII "O'er The Ramparts We Watch" Poster with figure.
MSRP $24.00 -
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CORGI - USA2010 Click to Enlarge Corgi 2010 First Half Catalog [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - VA09408 - 1/43 Scale Click to Enlarge Vauxhall Astra, BSM

Britain's first practical driving test was in 1935 and BSM student Mr Beene was the first to pass. BSM was founded in 1910 by the Peckham based mechanic Stanley Roberts, and is now the largest driving school in the UK. They use a fleet of approximately four thousand Vauxhalls to give one hundred and seventy thousand new drivers over five million driving lessons every year. Astra's make up around fifteen percent of BSM's fleet, either as 137bhp 1.6 manuals or 137bhp 1.8 automatics. They were introduced to BSM in June 2003 as an option for taller learners or instructors, and have proved very popular.

This model features working suspension [Age: 14 and up ]

CORGI - VA10011 - 1/43 Scale Click to Enlarge 1991 Bertie Fisher - Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth [Age: 14 and up ]
CORGI - VA11404 - 1/43 Scale Click to Enlarge Vauxhall Nova 1.3SR in Jamaica Yellow and Black [Age: 14 and up ]
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