Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA33421
Westland Sea King HC.Mk 4 Commando Diecast Model
RNFAA No.846 NAS, ZA290, Falkland Islands, Falklands Conflict, 1982
|1:72 Scale|| ||Length|| ||Width|
|Westland Sea King HC.Mk 4 Commando|| ||12.25"|| ||10.25"|
The Westland Sea King has to be regarded as one of the most significant aircraft to see service with the British armed forces since the end of the Second World War. Proving to be more than an adequate replacement for the ageing Wessex, the Sea King was an exceptionally versatile workhorse, providing both the Royal Navy and the RAF with a helicopter that could adapt to any situation it was required to serve. From the perspective of the general public, the Sea King became a symbol of safety and reassurance, as these airborne sentinels would always be present in our hour of greatest need - no Search and Rescue Sea King would ever fly over a UK beach without immediately receiving the adulation of the holidaymakers below. As the Westland Sea King retires and slips into the aviation history books, it will leave a service legacy that is unlikely to be matched in the years to come.
The Royal Navy's Sea King HC.4 'Junglies' were specialist troop carrying helicopters and were synonymous with the Commandos of the Royal Marines and saw their combat introduction during the Falklands Conflict of 1982. Amongst the many roles performed by these relatively new aircraft included numerous rescue and replenishment flights and acting as decoys against the feared Argentine Exocet missile attacks. The threat posed by these devastating weapons resulted in a highly secret and extremely dangerous SAS plan to attack the Argentine airbase at Rio Grande and destroy the remaining Exocet missiles before they could be used. In advance of this attack, a small force of SAS troops were carried on board Sea King HC.4 ZA290, to be dropped off as near to the airbase as possible, so they could set up an observation post and provide intelligence. At the very extreme of the helicopters range, the crew of the Sea King knew this was a one way mission and after delivering their covert cargo, they were instructed to make their way to neutral Chile and destroy their aircraft.
Always an extremely risky plan, with the potential to go disastrously wrong, the SAS team discovered that the airbase was well defended and the inability to secure vital intelligence information resulted in the raid being cancelled. Sea King ZA290, which was the first 'new build' HC.4 to be delivered to the navy, made a heavy landing on a Chilean beach and was destroyed by its crew, who were later turned over to British officials.
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for an all-weather amphibious helicopter, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King first flew on March 11, 1959. Originally a submarine hunter-killer, the Sea King has since been used in a variety of operations, from search and rescue, executive transport and communications to anti-ship and airborne early warning. Its five main rotor blades and tail section fold for stowage aboard aircraft carriers, and its hull can remain temporarily watertight for water landings-a risky maneuver attempted only in emergencies. When deployed by aircraft carriers, Sea Kings serve as plane guard and are the first in the air and the last to return.
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Corgi's 1:72 scale Sea Kings are quite large, with each release featuring a variety of transparent window configurations on the port side. These models feel surprisingly heavy for 1:72 scale. Two sets of rotor blades are included, one with drooping blades for ground display and another with blades that are curved upwards for in-flight display. The "green-house" canopy with a variety of tinting is large, allowing for easy viewing of the cockpit interior and crew figures. Each release highlights one of many engine intake configurations and radar domes. The sliding cargo door opens effortlessly to expose an expansive cargo-hold.
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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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