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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA34114
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk 2B Diecast Model
RAF No.16 Sqn, XT279, RAF Laarbruch, Germany

Limited Edition
1000
Pieces Worldwide

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk 2B   10.5"   7.25"

During the impressive 32 year service history of Britain's Blackburn Buccaneer force, surely there can have been no finer looking aircraft than S.2B XT279 in her stunning black livery, even though the decision to present her in this manner was not without some controversy. The story behind this stunning scheme is that during the early 1980s, one of RAF No.16 Squadron's Buccaneers was finished in a smart all black finish, with a yellow "Saint" stick man on either side of the tail and yellow codes, making her undoubtedly the most distinctive jet in Germany at that time. The only problem with this is that the scheme was applied whilst the Squadron Commander was away from duty and the scheme fell squarely into the "unofficial" category. The aircraft would later take part in a formation flypast over RAF Germany HQ, but by the time she landed back at RAF Laarbruch, the "Top Brass" had spotted the scheme and all hell had broken loose! The Buccaneer was immediately tucked away in a hangar with crews ordered to immediately remove the scheme - in addition to this, all photographic evidence of the unofficial scheme was ordered to be destroyed. Thankfully, a small number of images did survive the cull and ever since, modellers and enthusiasts have been fascinated by the story of RAF Germany's stunning black Buccaneer.

Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk 2B

Designed as a specialized strike aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the Blackburn Buccaneer was first flown on April 30, 1958. This mid-wing, twin-engine monoplane had a number of advanced features, including an area-ruled fuselage and a variable incidence tailplane. The Buccaneer served with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force between 1962 and 1994, seeing action in the first Gulf War when 12 Buccaneers flew 218 missions to drop bombs and to provide a laser designation capability for other British aircraft. Buccaneers also served with the Fleet Air Arm between 1962 and 1978, where some were modified to carry anti-ship missiles.

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Corgi's 1:72 scale Buccaneer has small wings with vortex generators molded to the top surface behind the simulated stainless steel leading edge. The most notable unique feature of this model is the massive, articulated, spring-loaded air brake at the rear, which is easy to display in the deployed position and snaps shut with almost no gap. The hinged tail hook below rotates and can also be displayed in the deployed position. The robust metal landing gear is keyed and is easy to install for ground display and provides true tracking of the gear.

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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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