Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Heinkel He 111 H-16 – A1+HK, 2./KG 53, Air Launch V-1 Flying Bomb unit, Luftwaffe, Ahlhorn, Germany, World War II, 1944
1:72 Scale. Length: 9". Wingspan: 12.25"
Limited Edition of 800 Models Worldwide
Just one week after the D-Day landings and the successful Allied invasion of enemy occupied Europe, the Germans were determined to show that the war was far from over and launched the first of their V-1 ‘Flying Bombs’ against Southern England. Described as their first ‘Vengeance Weapon’, these pulse jet powered unmanned flying bombs emitted a distinctive sound from the intermittently firing engine and quickly became known as ‘Doodlebugs’, with the indiscriminate nature of their targeting spreading panic among the British population.Detailed crew figures
Realistic panel lines and antennas
Historically accurate pad printed graphics
V-1 ‘Flying Bomb’ scale replica
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
Box with Heinkel He 111 artwork
At its peak more than 100 V-1 Flying Bombs were hurled against England from their launch sites on the French and Dutch coasts. However, the range of these attacks was restricted to southern English counties. In an attempt to extend the range of these attacks, a specialist unit was formed and equipped with modified versions of Heinkel He-111s, which could carry a Doodlebug slung beneath the starboard wing, between the wing root and the engine. With an electric connection running from the bomber to the V-1s engine, the optimum delivery method was for the Heinkel to reach an altitude of around 2,000 feet, before entering a shallow dive to reach a launch speed of 150 mph. This was the speed needed for the V-1 to fly and once reached the pulse engine was remotely fired, allowed to run for a few seconds and then released, with the parent aircraft diving away for a low level return to base. Many factors would then come into play and dictate where the V-1 fell, such as heading, wind direction and performance of the rather basic jet engine.
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