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Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 – ‘Blue H’, II./Schlachtgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, “Operation Barbarossa”
1:72 Scale. Length: 4.9". Wingspan: 5.5"
As one of the most famous fighting airplanes in the history of warfare, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 is synonymous with Luftwaffe operations during WWII. The Bf 109 was constantly upgraded and in constant production for the entirety of the war. In fact the ground-breaking Bf 109 was already in service at a time when most of the world’s major air forces still had biplane aircraft designs as their front line fighters and incredibly later variants of the aircraft were in service at the advent of the jet age. The ‘E or Emil’ variant of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the second most numerous version of the fighter to be produced and the one which served extensively throughout the Battle of Britain and during the massive air battles of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union.Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Realistic panel lines and antenna
Historically accurate printed graphics
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
Box with Bf 109 artwork
This conflict would extend beyond the six months of Barbarossa itself and descend into a bloody attractional war over vast areas of territory and become a significant turning point in the outcome of the war. During the savage fighting around Stalingrad in late 1942, early 1943, some of these older variants of the Bf 109 were adapted to fly close air support missions acting like high speed dive bombers in support of ground troops who were encountering particularly stubborn areas of Soviet resistance. These ground attack Messerschmitt’s proved incredibly effective even though the inexorable tide of incessant Soviet offensives had dictated the outcome of the struggle.
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.
Corgi is a leading manufacturer of high quality, pre-built, die-cast model airplanes. Every model is crafted with meticulous attention to details, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are made with diecast metal and some plastic components.
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Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years