Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA38510
Messerschmitt Bf 110F Diecast Model
Luftwaffe 10.(Z)/JG 5, LN+FR, Eastern Front, Operation Barbarossa, Winter 1942
|Messerschmitt Bf 110F
The concept of the Luftwaffe's Heavy Fighter, or "Destroyer" was very much championed by Commander-in-Chief Hermann Goering in the years leading up to the start of WWII as he felt that the extra range and firepower these aircraft offered would allow them to both protect strike aircraft and to act autonomously when released from protection duties. During the early months of Blitzkrieg, the Luftwaffe overwhelmed any aircraft attempting to oppose them, however the Battle of Britain would prove to be a baptism of fire for their Destroyer squadrons. Despite this disappointment, the Heavy Fighter concept finally started to prove its worth once the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, sending their forces against the hugely powerful, yet still modernising Soviet Air Force. With the Bf 110 offering the reassurance of multi-engine operation and possessing the strength to carry additional fuel and ammunition, wide ranging sorties to protect German bombers, support ground troops or both could be undertaken, earning the aircraft a belated reputation as an effective fighter-bomber. Operating from Kirkenes airfield on the Norwegian border, the Bf 110s of 13.(Z)/JG5 flew fighter bomber sorties against shipping and ground targets around the Murmansk area. Their aircraft carried their unit's distinctive emblem of a Dachshund with a Soviet Polikarpov fighter in its mouth, clearly a reference to the early months of Eastern Front operations and their "Happy Time". By the time the Germans had embarked on Operation Barbarossa and their ferocious strike against the Soviet Union, the now much maligned Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer had to suffer the ignominy of being relegated to the designation of a low priority production type. This was partly due to its poor showing against the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, but also because its replacement was now at an advanced stage of development. The new Messerschmitt Me 210 was intended to be everything Goering had hoped for in his original heavy fighter program, a Bf 110 with all its shortcomings addressed. Unfortunately, this class of aircraft was one the Germans really seemed to struggle with and the Me 210 would be beset with constant delays caused by never ending technical and development issues, so much so that the original Messerschmitt Bf 110 would actually undergo three further major variant upgrades itself and remain in service throughout the rest of the war. Indeed, the aircraft would actually serve alongside both of the aircraft which were intended to replace it, the disappointing Me 210 and the much more capable Me 410. Even though just under 6,200 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Destroyers were eventually built, it is generally accepted that the aircraft which served as radar equipped nightfighters were the most effective variants of the type.
Designed to meet a Luftwaffe requirement for a long range, multipurpose fighter, the Bf-110 was first flown on May 12th, 1936. Fast and well-armed, the Bf-110 lacked maneuverability-a flaw that became glaringly obvious during the battle of Britain, when Bf-110s suffered heavy losses and were withdrawn from battle. Redesigned Bf-110s were equipped with radar and enjoyed great success as night fighters, eventually becoming the Luftwaffe's primary aircraft in that role. Most of Germany's night fighter aces flew the Bf-110 at least once, and some of them-including top German night fighter ace Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer-flew it exclusively.
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Corgi's 1:72 scale Bf 110 series includes the early war "C" and the late war "G" variants, with upgraded Daimler-Benz DB605 engines found in the later variant. The large bird cage canopy provides a clear view of crew figures and features crisp detailing that highlights the bullet-proof front windscreen. The nose boasts four machine guns mounted closely together with two cannon ports below. The solid metal wings feature a separately applied transparent landing light and vent with a variety of delicate aileron counter weights mounted below. The landing gear is constructed as a multi-piece subassembly and installs quick and easy for ground display.
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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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