Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Bristol Beaufighter TF.X - NE829, Flying Officer Maurice Exton, RAF No. 144 Squadron, RAF Banff airfield, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, October 1944
1:72 Scale. Length: 6.9". Wingspan: 9.7"
Limited Edition of 2,000 Models Worldwide
As the Beaufighter received successive upgrades to make it capable of carrying a greater array of weaponry, it became a successful multi-role aircraft, with a particular flair for mounting hard hitting anti-shipping strikes into the North Sea, preventing Axis shipping from moving supplies back to Germany. It was during one of these missions that Banff, Scotland based Flying Officer Maurice Exton was awarded a DFC for outstanding flying skill and determination in the face of the enemy. Flying Beaufighter NE829 on 9th October 1944, Exton and his squadron attacked a convoy of enemy vessels off the coast of Norway, but his aircraft was hit by heavy flak from the ships. Damaging the flight controls causing it to almost flip onto its back, Exton wrestled with the Beaufighter’s control column, bringing it back straight and level, before immediately pressing home his attack. He then nursed the damaged aircraft back to Banff where he managed to land safely. Inflicting heavy damage on the enemy convoy they attacked, this incident says as much about the determination of the airmen of coastal command as it does about the resilience of the Bristol Beaufighter.Detailed crew figures
Realistic panel lines
Historically accurate printed markings
Optional extended landing gear
The Beaufighter was built because of Bristol’s foresight and was company funded. It was built as a long-range fighter using parts that were available from the earlier Beaufort. Using these parts made it possible to complete the first aircraft a little more than 8 months after the concept. The Beaufighter was over shadowed by the Mosquito’s success but it was the Beau that was there in 1940 and 1941 helping to defeat the German night “Blitz”. The Beau served in the Pacific as well as Europe. The Japanese referred to the aircraft as “Whispering Death” because of its ability to strike and disappear so quickly. The final Beaufighter was built on September 21, 1945, making aircraft 5,562.
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.
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Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14