Corgi Aviation Archive

Product Spotlight: Bloody Biscay

Corgi’s 1:72 Scale German Junkers Ju 88C-6 Medium-Bomber – F8+BX, 1-3/Kampfgeschwader 40, Lorient, France, 1943

The Luftwaffe’s Junkers Ju 88 was a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. Among the most versatile planes of the war, it was used as a bomber, close-support aircraft, nightfighter, torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. A solid aircraft with great performance, it went on to be one of the Luftwaffe’s most versatile aircraft. It carried out almost every kind of mission ever imagined, even as a giant flying bomb. It was used in every theater, with many nations, including nations allied against Germany.

Kampfgeschwader 40 (KG 40) was a Luftwaffe medium and heavy bomber wing of World War II, and the primary maritime patrol unit of any size within the World War II Luftwaffe. It is best remembered as the unit operating a majority of the four-engine Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor maritime patrol bombers. The unit suffered from the poor serviceability and low production rates of the Fw 200 bombers, and from repeated diversion of its long-haul capability aircraft to undertake transport duties in various theatres, especially for the airlift operations to supply encircled forces in the Battle of Stalingrad. Later in the war, KG 40 became one of several Luftwaffe bomber wings to use the Heinkel He 177A heavy bomber.

The wing was formed in July 1940 at Bordeaux-Merignac under the control of Fliegerfuhrer Atlantik. The unit flew reconnaissance missions in the North Atlantic searching for Allied convoys and reported their findings to the Kriegsmarine’s U-boat fleets. On October 26th,1940, Oberleutnant Bernhard Jope bombed the 42,000 ton liner Empress of Britain, the ship later being sunk by U-32. Between August 1940 and February 1941, the unit claimed over 343,000 tons of ships sunk. The newer Fw 200C-2 was then available and differed only in having the rear ventral areas of the outer engine nacelles recessed with dual-purpose bomb racks fitted to carry a pair per aircraft of the quarter-tonne SC 250 bombs, or standard Luftwaffe 300 litre (79 US gallon) drop tanks in the bombs’ place for longer ranged patrols.

The crest for Kampfgeschwader 40

On February 9th, 1941, five Focke-Wulf Fw 200 of I/KG 40 in cooperation with the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper and U-37 attacked the British convoy HG 53. The convoy lost 967-ton Norwegian freighter Tejo and British freighters Jura, Dagmar I, Varna, and 2490-ton Britannic to aerial attacks.

With the lack of suitable long-range air cover to counter KG 40 in mid 1941 the Allies converted several merchant ships to CAM ships (‘catapult aircraft merchant’ ship) as an emergency stop-gap until sufficient RN escort carriers became available. The CAM ship was equipped with a rocket-propelled catapult launching a single Hawker Hurricane, dubbed a “Hurricat” or “Catafighter”. KG 40 crews were then instructed to stop attacking shipping and avoid combat in order to preserve numbers. Their objective was to locate and shadow convoys and continually report by radio their composition and course changes to allow the Kriegsmarine to direct the ‘wolf-packs’ of U-boats to close, intercept and engage.

 

 
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Corgi Pounds Out a Bunch of Hits for Its Second Half Lineup

The centerpiece of Corgi’s second half Aviation Archive releases is this Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Little Miss Mischief’, which was attached to the USAAF’s 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, and will likely be compared to the recent efforts by Air Force 1

Many ardent aviation enthusiasts weren’t holding out much hope for Corgi’s second half lineup, citing all manner-of-reason why the manufacturer was falling behind the competition. So, when word came that Corgi announced their second half releases, quite a few collectors did a double take, instantly praising the “pooch” for finally pumping out some eagerly asked for favorites. While we are still awaiting important information concerning the new introductions before posting them online, consider this: Corgi is finally offering a heavily requested Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress as part of its back half mix, giving Air Force 1 a run for the money this fall and reestablishing themselves as the predominant maker of WWII-era fliers.  

 
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Did Someone Ask for Mustangs?

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In a surprise move today, Corgi announced two new 1:72 scale North American Mustangs would be out before year’s end, further strengthening their Aviation Archive brand and signifying they are in the market for the long haul. Expected in November are a USAF North American F-51 Mustang Fighter that was nicknamed “Was that too fast?”, and attached to the 18th Fighter Bomber Group, then deployed to Chinhae Airfield, South Korea, during 1951 (AA27702) as well as a RAF North American Mustang Mk. IV Fighter that was piloted by Norwegian ace Werner Christie, who was attached to No. 150 Wing, then deployed to RAF Hunsdon during the spring of 1945 (AA27703) . Look for both models some time in November.

 
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Corgi Nestles More Gifts Under the Christmas Tree

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Originally we had been told that Corgi would not release a winter catalog this year. In a strange turn of events, the manufacturer belayed that ordered and announced a bunch of newcomers to their Aviation Archive portfolio, some of which are due out right after the holiday season concludes. One of the key releases is this Avro Lancaster Mk. III heavy bomber (AA32624), which is slated to make its initial bombing run in January. We’re currently in the process of listing all of the notable introductions expected the first half of 2016, but decided to post this one first just to whet your appetite.

 
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Put a Corgi Plane in Your Jack-o-Lantern!

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We were about to close the books on October since nothing further was expected, however, we have since learned that three eagerly awaited Corgi Aviation Archive aircraft are winging their way to us as we speak. The first up, is the incredible Short Sunderland flying boat (AA27501), a huge model that’s probably going to need its own shelf to display it properly.

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Also coming is the Heinkel He-111 medium bomber (AA33714) as well as a sweet-looking Typhoon ground attack aircraft (AA36509). All are already sold out at the manufacturer’s level and, with the holidays looming, we expect these favorites to sell out fast.

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Corgi Takes on the Luftwaffe Over the Skies of England

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Its refreshing to see that the Battle of Britain is still a topic of heated conversation some 75 years hence, which many regard as the pivotal battle to defeat Nazi aggression. To mark the occasion, Corgi will be offering three different WWII bombers to the public this fall,  each a key player in the attempt by the Luftwaffe to subjugate the island fortress. Expected in November is a German Junkers Ju 88A-5 Medium-Bomber that was attached to 1./Kustenfliegergruppe 806, during August 1940 (#AA36710). Also up for consideration is a German Heinkel He-111P-2 5J+CN Medium Bomber which was attached to Kampfgeschwader 4, and deployed to Oslo, Norway, during 1940 (#AA33714). And, finally we have a German Dornier Do 17 Light Bomber that was attached to 7 Staffel, III Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3, during August 1940 (#AA38806)

 
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Corgi Reveals its 2014 First Half Plans

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Information has been posted on Corgi’s web site concerning their 2014 first half Aviation Archive lineup. Among the notable new entries is this De Havilland jet fighter, which was produced at the tail end of World War II for the RAF but never actually introduced into combat.

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With 2014 serving as the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War, we had hoped to see more WWI era aircraft among the mix. Instead, only one new plane was shown, a repaint of the German DR.I. Perhaps more aircraft are being held back for the latter half of 2014, in an effort to maximize their marketing potential. We hope to have the entire list of new aircraft up on our web site shortly just as soon as we receive pricing and anticipated release dates.

 

 

 
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Corgi Embarks Upon its Bomber Campaign

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In what can only be viewed as good news for bomber aficionados, Corgi has confirmed the imminent arrival of its 1:72 scale B-17 Flying Fortress and Bf 108G-6 mega pack. Originally slated for a fourth quarter releases, this unique combination set is scheduled to arrive at Corgi’s facility on the 22nd, which means we should have our allocation by the end of August (#AA39915).

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In related news, their humongous 1:72 scale Avro Vulcan bomber has also been moved up on the release schedule, and is now expected in the September/October time frame (#AA27201).

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Both of these sets are truly massive, and, as such, are ineligible for any free shipping discounts we ordinarily offer. On the plus side, you can still pre-order either of these heavies using our 15% off discount.

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Corgi Readies a Flock of Warbirds for July

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While we’re waiting on their latest B-25s to arrive, we’ve learned that several additional warbirds are expected to swoop in by the end of the month. Many of the aircraft are eagerly anticipated, including their newest 1:32 scale De Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber (##AA34605), a massive replica that truly has to be seen to be believed.

 

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Also cleared for landing are their Dorner Do-17 light bomber (#AA38805), Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 fighter (#AA27101), and Avro Lancaster heavy bomber (#AA34620).

 

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We kindly ask that you review your needs now if you would still like to order any of these aircraft because we cannot guarantee that any of these beauties will be available for general sale once they come in.

 
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