Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Gloster Gladiator Mk.II – N2308 HP-B, No. 247 Squadron, RAF, 1940, Battle of Britain
1:72 Scale. Length: 4.5". Wingspan: 5.3"
Limited Edition of 1,000 Models Worldwide
A truly innovative aeroplane, the Gloster Gladiator is often described as the pinnacle of biplane fighter design and was the pride of the Royal Air Force when the first examples were delivered to No. 72 Squadron at Tangmere in February 1937. Unfortunately, aviation history dictated that the undoubted qualities possessed by the Gladiator were largely forgotten, particularly as both the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire had both made their first flights by the time of its squadron introduction and indeed the first RAF Hurricanes were delivered later in 1937. During the Battle of France, two squadrons of Gladiators were sent to support the British Expeditionary Force, but suffered badly at the hands of the Luftwaffe, as the age of the fast, monoplane fighter had already arrived. Mainly withdrawn to secondary roles, one RAF squadron did famously use the Gladiator during the Battle of Britain, as they were sent to operate from Roborough airfield to protect the navy dockyards at Devonport, wearing the standard Royal Air Force day camouflage scheme of the period, No. 247 (China-British) Squadron flew many standing patrols over their assigned area, but did not see actual combat with the Luftwaffe during the battle. On Christmas Eve 1940, the squadron finally traded their Gladiators for new Hawker Hurricane fighters.Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Detailed wing rigging
Numbered collector card
Box with Gloster Gladiator artwork
Corgi is a manufacturer of high quality, pre-built, die-cast display models. Every model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using the specifications of the original aircraft or vehicle. This model is made with diecast metal and some plastic components.
This model of a Gloster Gladiator features:
Category: Corgi Biplane and Triplane Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years