Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA36502
Hawker Typhoon Mk I Diecast Model
RAF No.609 Sqn, Roland Beamont, RAF Manston, England, 1943
|1:72 Scale|| ||Length|| ||Width|
|Hawker Typhoon Mk I|| ||5.25"|| ||7"|
First delivered to 609 West Riding Squadron June 1942, it was the personal aircraft of Squadron Leader Roland Beaumont whilst he was the commanding Officer at 609. R7752 was damaged by enemy anti aircraft fire off Vissingen and crash landed at RAF Manston on 1st June 1943. The pilot, Squadron Leader an Ingle DFC,AFC, the Commanding officer of 609 at the time, was uninjured. R7752 was struck off charge 25th August 1943. Born 10th August 1920, Roland Beamont joined No. 87 squadron in France during November 1939. Returning to England 20th May 1940 (having destroyed a DO17 and an ME109) he went on to destroy a further three enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain. In June 1941, he was posted to No. 79 Squadron as Flight Commander.
In December 1941 he went to Hawker Aircraft Ltd as a Service test pilot flying Hurricanes. On 29th June 1942, he was posted as Flight Commander to Hawker Typhoon equipped 609 Squadron at Duxford, and took command of the squadron in October. He returned to Hawker Aircraft during May 1943, to test fly the Tempest. In February 1944, he was tasked with forming the first Tempest Wing, No.150 at Castle Camps and later Newchurch. When leader of the five squadron Tempest Wing No. 122 flew over Germany on 12th October 1944, Roland Beamont was shot down by ground fire and became a POW. During his time with No.150 and No. 122 Wings he destroyed one Bf109, one FW190, one Ju188 on the ground, and thirty-two V1 flying bombs.
Designed by Sydney Camm for the British Air Ministry, the Typhoon was first flown on February 24th, 1940. The large under-fuselage chin radiator gave the Typhoon a menacing look, and was its most notable identifying physical feature. Powered by a Napier Sabre 24 cylinder engine—which gave it a top speed in excess of 400 mph—and fitted with air-to-ground rockets and two underwing bombs, it made an exceptional fighter-bomber hybrid. The Typhoon could engage ground targets and still hold its own against German bombers and fighters. It proved especially adept at engaging marauding Fw-190 on the British coast.
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Corgi's 1:72 scale Typhoons feature a prominent pair of 20mm cannon barrels on the leading edge of each wing, vents for spent cannon shells and separately applied transparent landing lights. The characteristic radiator chin duct of this mid-war Mk 1b fighter-bomber is expertly modeled, with details of the radiator clearly visible through the large opening. The landing gear is easy to configure for ground display (most releases), with details of the wings' construction visible inside the wheel wells, and the large canopy provides a clear view of a detailed pilot figure. Ground attack releases also include a variety of weapons loads.
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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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