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Corgi Diecast Model
Aviation Archive Series
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 – ‘Yellow 1’, Oblt. Gerhard Schopfel, Staffelkapitan 9./JG 26, Luftwaffe, Cafﬁers, France, August 1940 (Battle of Britain)
1:72 Scale. Length: 5". Wingspan: 5.5"
Limited Edition of 1,000 Models Worldwide
By the early stages of the Battle of Britain, Luftwaffe fighter pilot Gerhard Schopfel had already achieved the status of ﬁghter ace. But during August 1940, he was to increase his victory total signiﬁcantly. Schopfel’s most successful day came on August 18, while leading a hunting patrol of Messerschmitt Bf 109s across southern England. While over the Folkestone area, he spotted the Hurricanes of RAF No. 510 Squadron climbing out of Hawkinge, but rather than immediately attacking the RAF ﬁghters, Schopfel and his wingman dived underneath the aircraft to approach them from their blind spot. Unnoticed, Schopfel shot down the two tail-end-Charlies expecting to see the remaining aircraft immediately breaking for cover but they continued on their course. He managed to shoot down a further two Hurricanes, including the aircraft of aces Donald McKay and Kenneth Lee, who both managed to successfully bale out of their stricken ﬁghters.Detailed pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Realistic panel lines
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
Box with Bf 109 artwork
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a German fighter aircraft used during World War II. First flown in 1935, it was one of the first modern fighters of the era with all-metal construction and retractable landing gear. Originally conceived as an interceptor, the Bf 109 was developed to fulfill multiple roles including bomber escort, fighter-bomber, all-weather fighter and ground-attack. Although it had weaknesses, including short range and challenging take-off and landing characteristics, the Bf 109 stayed competitive with Allied fighters until the end of the war. The Bf 109 was produced in greater numbers than any other fighter in history with 33,984 units built up to April 1945.
The Corgi Aviation Archive features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are built with diecast metal and some plastic components.
This model of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 features:
Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14