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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA39304
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I Diecast Model
RAF No.307 (Polish) Sqn, N1671, RAF Kirton-on-Lindsey, England, 1940

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I   5.75"   6.5"

The only Polish Night Fighter Squadron to fly alongside the RAF’s own, 307 Squadron was formed on 24th August 1940 as part of an agreement between the Polish Government in exile and the RAF. Flying from RAF Kirton-In-Lindsey in Lincolnshire, the squadron soon acquitted itself well, flying the Boulton Paul Defiant. Moving to RAF Clyst, Honiton, in 1941, the Squadron succeeded in shooting down a number of enemy bombers, including a brace of Heinkel He111s. Already outclassed as a day fighter due to its unorthodox turret armament, the Defiant found itself to be a capable night fighter, able to bring its powerful turret armament to bear more easily against lone German bombers operating at night. The Polish were not however that keen on their mounts and when the Squadron exchanged the Defiants for Beaufighters in the autumn of 1941, the squadron personnel were not too sad to see the single engine fighters depart.

This particular Defiant is the only survivor from the 1,064 produced, it was operated by 307 (Polish) Squadron until late 1942. It then moved to 285 Squadron being used for anti-aircraft co-operation duties before being placed into storage. Here it was saved for display and has been at either RAF Hendon or Cosford since the creation of the RAF Museum. Recently restored by the Medway Air Preservation Society, the Defiant looks resplendent in its matt black night fighter scheme.

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I

Designed to meet a British Air Ministry requirement for a two-seat fighter with power-operated gun turret, the P.82 Defiant was first flown August 11th, 1937. At the time, it was thought that turret-equipped fighters would be necessary to engage large bomber formations, enabling the pilot to maneuver into the target's blind spot while the gunner pressed home the attack. Unfortunately though, it was soon discovered that the additional weight and drag of the turret inhibited the Defiant's ability to out-maneuver enemy fighter escorts and the design was re-tasked with night-fighter and air-sea-rescue roles.

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Corgi's 1:72 scale Defiant is a very well-executed model designed with great attention to detail. The center piece of this model is its' dorsal mounted 360 degree rotating turret with four pivoting machine guns. The model can be displayed with its fore-and-aft aerodynamic fairings lowered for battle or raised for cruise speeds. The solid metal wing's leading edge features two transparent landing light lens and a robust metal pitot tube. The main landing gear is constructed as subassemblies and quickly lock in place for ground display. The ventral antenna can be configured for display in lowered in-flight position or raised ground position.

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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series

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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