Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA35208
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk Diecast Model
USAAF 23rd FG Flying Tigers, "White 7", Robert Scott, Burma, 1942
|1:72 Scale|| ||Length|| ||Width|
|Curtiss P-40E Warhawk|| ||5.5"|| ||6.25"|
At the outbreak of World War II, Robert Scott, one of the best known American aces of World War II, desperately sought a combat assignment to get out of training unit, and accepted a transfer to a secret B-17 task force formed to bomb Japan. Scott did not want his crew to know he had never flown the B-17 before, so he flew a solo ride around Wright Field to check himself out. He flew the B-17 to India where he was stranded when the secret mission was cancelled. He then volunteered to fly transports over the "Hump" into China to supply General Chennault's Flying Tigers. With previous fighter experience, he convinced Chennault to loan him a P-40 to help escort the transports. On 4 July 1942, he was selected to command the 23rd Fighter Group, which had been newly formed from the deactivated Flying tigers. He led this prestigious group in combat and personally accounted for 13 Japanese victories with five more probables. This aircraft, named 'Old Exterminator' was his most famous ride and is shown here from 1942 when he had scored 5 kills as shown by the victory flags under the cockpit. Most notably Scott achieved his 2nd and 3rd victories on 31st July when flying 'Old Exterminator' to Hengyang, China, to discuss tactics with his men. Just prior to landing, the tower at a nearby airfield informed him that enemy planes were inbound and no other aircraft were available to defend the field. Although solo and with only 20 gallons of fuel remaining, Scott armed his six 50-caliber machine guns and turned to attack the enemy. Spotting an enemy bomber, he pressed the attack in spite of two protecting Zeros. With enemy tracers passing his aircraft, he downed the bomber before facing the fighters. During a brief dogfight, he flamed one of the Zeros and drove the other way.
Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a pursuit aircraft, the P-40 Warhawk was first flown on October 14th, 1938. This aircraft was tough, virtually trouble-free and saw continual improvements to arms, armor and engines. The P-40 served in numerous combat areas; often outclassed by its adversaries in speed, maneuverability and rate of climb, it earned a reputation for extreme ruggedness. Its strong construction, heavy firepower, and ability to dive enabled it to compete with enemy fighters, and it was a formidable ground-attack aircraft. P-40s were also flown by the famed Flying Tigers against the Japanese in China.
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Corgi's 1:72 scale P-40 Warhawk series includes a wide selection of E and F variants. The landing gear and gear doors on each model are constructed as complete subassemblies for quick installation, with detail of the wing's construction visible inside the wheel wells on most models (see photos). Releases may also feature a center mounted fuel tank or bomb below the fuselage and a delicate photo-etched metal target sight in front of the canopy (see photos). The E variant includes a carburetor scoop on top of the engine cowling and pairs of exhaust nozzles on either side. The F variant is correctly modeled with an upgraded engine that features a slightly-forward radiator scoop, absent carburetor scoop and different exhaust stacks.
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The Corgi "Aviation Archive" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. The vast Aviation Archive range has become the standard by which all other diecast airplane ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival library material. Famous airplanes and aviators from both military and commercial airline aviation are all honored.
Corgi "Aviation Archive" diecast airplanes feature:
- Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
- Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
- Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
- Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
- Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
- Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
- Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.
- Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
- Selected interchangeable features such as speed-brakes, opened canopies and access panels.
- Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings.
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