Junkers Ju 87B Stuka Luftwaffe 9./StG.1, J9+BL, St. Pol, France, 1940 Corgi 1/72 AA32518
Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series
1/72: AA 36712
Junkers Ju 88A-5 Lufwaffe III./KG 51, 9K+ED, Winter, 1940
Following the first RAF bombing raid on Berlin on August 25, 1940, and under the mistaken assumption that Fighter Command was virtually eliminated from the war, the Luftwaffe was ordered to leave British battle stations alone and concentrate its efforts on London. During a period known as the Blitz, beginning in October 1940, British cities were targeted by German bombers at night, and although these raids had a devastating effect on the civilian population, they allowed Britain to galvanize its defences and re-equip its defeated fighter squadrons. The Junkers Ju88, a pre-war "Schnellbomber" that proved both capable and adaptable, served throughout the Second World War and was produced in large quantities. For the transition to night bombing operations over Britain, most Ju88 III/KG51s benefited from some camouflage modifications applied on the ground, which helped to make the aircraft less visible to British defences. The underside of the aircraft was covered with a black paint that effectively masked all national insignia and the fuselage markings were blackened in the same manner. Only the balkenkreuz on the upper wing was retained, probably to aid reconnaissance of friendly units and to avoid incidents of casualties from friendly fire. It is interesting to note that of the many KG51 Ju88s lost over Britain during the Night Blitz offensive, one aircraft lost in November 1940 would have been the first casualty of a radar-equipped Bristol Beaufighter night fighter. Unfortunately, many more aircraft on both sides would be lost before the end of the war.
Designed to meet a German need for a heavy dive bomber, the Ju 88 first flew on 21 December 1936. Affectionately known as "The Maid of all Work", the Ju 88 was one of the most versatile aircraft to serve in World War II. It was used as a bomber, dive bomber, heavy fighter, night fighter, torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, and was produced in more variants than any other German twin-engine aircraft of World War II. The Ju 88 was so successful that production continued almost uninterrupted between 1936 and 1945, with more than 16,000 Ju 88s leaving the line by the end of the war.
Diecast metal construction with some plastic components. Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details. Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals. Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels. Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight". Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity. Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures. Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards. Selected interchangeable features such as speed-brakes, opened canopies and access panels. Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings.