Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 – Wilhelm Balthasar, 1./JG 1, Luftwaffe, France 1940
1:72 Scale. Length: 5". Wingspan: 5.5"
Limited Edition of 1,000 Models Worldwide
As the savage aerial fighting above the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk was taking a heavy toll on both sides, the fighter pilots of Britain and Germany knew this was just a pre-curser of a more significant battle to come. Having lost valuable fighters during the Battle of France and Operation Dynamo, the RAF knew that they were facing a battle-hardened enemy, equipped with the most feared fighter aircraft in the world, the agile and heavily armed Messerschmitt Bf 109, which had ruthlessly cleared European skies of all opposition air forces sent against it.Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Realistic panel lines
Historically accurate printed markings
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
Supremely confident and possessing much greater numbers, Luftwaffe fighter pilots would be at a disadvantage for the first time, fighting against an organized RAF force equipped with excellent fighter aircraft and extremely well trained pilots. The Germans would also be fighting over enemy territory with the English Channel acting as a physical and psychological barrier during combat. If they were shot down, or suffered mechanical difficulties; their chances of getting back to France were now looking much less likely. Despite these new challenges, swarms of Bf 109s crossed the Channel, determined to break the resolve of the Royal Air Force.
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 109E-4 features:
Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14