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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC018
Hawker Hurricane Mk II Diecast Model
RAF No.249 Sqn, Z3580, Robert Barton, RAF Takali, Malta, 1941

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Hawker Hurricane Mk II   5.25"   6.75"

Oxford chose to model an example of the Hurricane Mk.IIC with a fascinating story - that of Sqn. Ldr. Robert Alexander Barton of 249 Squadron, Ta' Qali, Malta . Robert 'Butch' Barton was born in Canada in 1916. Recruited in Vancouver at the age of 19, he was subsequently accepted into the RAF in 1936. After training with No. 41 Squadron, he was given command of 249 Squadron at the end of 1940. Six months later, his squadron prepared for duty in Malta. Between 1941 and his return to England two years later, 249 Squadron was one of the most successful fighter squadrons on the island. Ending his career as a Wing Commander, 'Butch' Barton returned to Canada, where he resumed a more relaxed and quiet life. He died on 2nd September 2010, aged 94.

Hawker Hurricane Mk II

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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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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