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Oxford Diecast History of Flight 72COM001
de Havilland Comet Diecast Model
G-ACSP Black Magic, MacRobertson Air Race, October 1934

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
de Havilland Comet   4.75"   7.25"

The MacRobertson International Air Race, a race between London and Melbourne to be held in October 1934 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the State of Victoria, was announced in 1933. Despite previous British air racing successes, culminating in 1931 in the outright winning of the Schneider Trophy, there was no British aeroplane capable of putting up a challenge over the MacRobertson course with its long overland stages. In January 1934, the de Havilland company stepped into the breach when it offered to design a 200 mph (322 km/h) aircraft to compete in the race and produce a limited run if three were ordered by February 1934. The sale price of £5,000 each would by no means cover the development costs.

First to take off at 6.30 a.m. on 20 October were Jim and Amy Mollison in their own G-ACSP Black Magic. They made a faultless journey to Baghdad, and reached Karachi at around 10 a.m. on the second race day, setting a new England-India record. Problems began for the Mollisons when their landing gear failed to retract, and after returning Karachi for repairs, they were again delayed by an inability to navigate at night. Further problems followed when they made an unscheduled refuelling stop at Jobbolpore but found no aviation fuel. Running instead on fuel used by the local bus company, an engine piston seized and an oil line ruptured. They flew on to Allahabad and retired.

de Havilland Comet

Designed specifically for the 1934 Victorian Centenary Air Race from Mildenhall, England to Melbourne, Australia, the Comet was first flown on September 8th, 1934.

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Oxford Diecast History of Flight

The Oxford Diecast "History of Flight" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of civilian and military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "History of Flight" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Spinning propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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