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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA37608
Westland Wessex HU.Mk 5 Diecast Model
RNFAA No.847 NAS, XS518, Falkland Islands, Falklands Conflict, 1982

Limited Edition
1200
Pieces Worldwide

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Westland Wessex HU.Mk 5   11"   9.25"

The Westland Wessex entered RAF service in the early 1960s as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. Being tough and reliable it proved to be a very effective transport helicopter, serving across the armed forces. The Wessex’s combat swansong was during the Falklands Campaign and then continued to serve in the Search and Rescue. Wessex XT480’s involvement with ‘Operation Corporate’ was significant and was one of only a handful of Wessex’s to be operating over the Falklands during the campaign. It arrived at Port San Carlos on the islands on the 1st June 1982. Later moving to a Forward Operating Base at Fitzroy from where it was the only Wessex HU5 to be involved with the rescuing of survivors from the RFAs Sir Galahad and Sir Tristam. Later damaged by mortar fire, XT480 returned to the United Kingdom at the end of the Falklands campaign and spent time as a gate guard.

Westland Wessex HU.Mk 5

Designed by Sikorsky as a US Navy anti-submarine military helicopter, the CH-34 Choctaw first flew on March 8, 1954. This prolific aircraft saw action in Vietnam and is one of history's most successful helicopters, flown on every continent with the armed forces of 25 nations. It has served in an anti-submarine role, as VIP transport, for troop and utility transport and as a search and rescue vehicle. Under various designations, Choctaws have been operated by the US Marine Corps, the US Navy, the US Army and the coast guard. The type also served with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as the turbine-engined Wessex.

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Corgi's 1:72 scale CH-34/Wessex helicopters are wonderfully detailed with two sets of rotor blades—one with drooping blades for ground display and another with blades that are curved upwards for in-flight display. The main and tail rotor heads spin and the "green-house" canopy with separately applied photo-etched metal wiper blades is large, allowing for easy viewing of the cockpit interior and crew figures. The sliding cargo door opens effortlessly to reveal additional crew figures and the interior of the cargo-hold. Each release highlights one of many nose mounted engine configurations and lower fuselage details.

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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series

The Corgi "Aviation Archive" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. The vast Aviation Archive range has become the standard by which all other diecast airplane ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival library material. Famous airplanes and aviators from both military and commercial airline aviation are all honored.

Corgi "Aviation Archive" diecast airplanes feature:

  • 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.

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