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Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Bristol Beaufighter TF.X – RAF No. 45 Squadron, RAF Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 1949, “Operation Firedog”
1:72 Scale. Length: 7". Wingspan: 9.75"
By the end of the Second World War the RAF saw little need to retain the large number of Bristol Beaufighter squadrons it currently had in service, so most units were simply disbanded, a couple were retained for home duties, with the remainder prepared for deployment to the Far East. One notable exception to this rule was RAF No. 45 Squadron who replaced their wartime Mosquitoes with the Bristol Beaufighter TF.X fighter bomber, before moving out to operate from a new base in Ceylon. In August 1948, they moved to Kuala Lumpur in response to the Malayan Emergency where it would take part in the combined Commonwealth actions to quell the guerrilla activities of the Communist backed Malayan National Liberation Army.Detailed crew figures
Realistic panel lines and antenna
Historically accurate printed graphics
Optional extended landing gear
Using the legendary range and hard hitting attributes of this capable heavy fighter the squadrons Beaufighters would loiter over the jungle, waiting to unleash a withering barrage of rocket and cannon fire on enemy positions, once given targeting instructions from Commonwealth troops patrolling in the vicinity. These ageing WWII warhorses were replaced by the new Bristol Brigand ground attack aircraft by the end of 1949 leaving the situation in Malaya to rumble on for another ten years and with RAF support very much moving into the jet age during that time.
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.
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Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years