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Corgi Showcase Collection CS90686
Diecast Model
RAF, Battle of Britain, 1940, Spitfire and Hurricane 2-Piece Set

1:140 Scale   Length   Width
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I   2.5"   3.25"
Hawker Hurricane Mk I   2.75"   3.5"

As the most advanced fighter aircraft available to the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the Second World War, the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire formed the backbone of Fighter Command, as they prepared to face the might of the German Luftwaffe during the summer of 1940. Representing slightly different eras of aviation technology, the Spitfire was the very latest all metal design, more costly and time consuming to produce, but deadly in the air. By comparison, the Hurricane still employed many of the construction methods used on the biplane fighters of the 1930s and was much quicker and cheaper to produce than the Spitfire it was also easier to repair should an aircraft sustain damage during combat operations. Between the two, they proved a winning combination in the skies above southern England, with the Spitfires usually engaging the more agile Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters wherever possible, leaving the more numerous Hurricanes to deal with the bombers. Interestingly, whilst the Spitfire is always lauded as the saviour of the Battle of Britain, it was actually the Hawker Hurricane which claimed more enemy aircraft destroyed during the Battle of Britain than all of Britain's other defences combined, including the more famous Spitfire.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force's major actions.

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Hawker Hurricane Mk I

Based on the Fury biplane and designed by Sydney Camm as a monoplane fighter, the Hurricane was first flown on November 6th, 1935. With its wide-set landing gear, easy handling, reliability, and stable gun platform, the Hurricane was suitable for a variety of different roles such as intruder, ground strafing and night fighter. Steel-tube construction meant cannon shells could pass right through the wood and fabric covering without exploding. The Hurricane underwent many modifications during its lifetime, including an upgraded Merlin engine and interchangeable multi-purpose wings, staging twelve 7.7mm guns and two 40mm anti-tank guns and carrying two 500lb bombs.

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Corgi Showcase Collection

The Corgi "Showcase Collection" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft.

Corgi "Showcase Collection" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Poseable stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Moving parts such as propellers, rotors and swing-wings where applicable.
  • Descriptive, collectible data card.

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