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This model is mint in the box, like new. It has been briefly displayed in dust-proof case, then packed back
Corgi "Aviation Archive" diecast airplanes feature:
Limited Edition #0763 of 2100
South Africa was the only overseas country to order the Buccaneer and 16 were ordered by the South African Air Force designated S.Mk.50, which was a land-based export variant equivalent of the S.Mk.2, without hydraulic wing-folding gear. For comfortable operation at high take-off weights from hot and high airfields, two retractable Bristol Siddeley B.S.605 twin-chamber rocket engines, giving 8,000 Ib.s.t. were installed in the S.Mk.50s immediately forward of the air brakes. In service, the aircraft were equipped with four Nord A.S.30. missiles or Matra rocket pods. The last of the South African Air Force Buccaneers remained in service until 1990, but most of them had to be cannibalised to keep the last six airworthy, as Britain refused to supply spare parts for these to South Africa as part of its continued arms embargo. '414' was the fourth of the batch to be built and is now preserved by the South African Air Force.
Designed by Blackburn (prior to their acquisition by Hawker Siddley) to meet a Royal Navy requirement for a carrierborne high-speed low-level strike plane, the Buccaneer was first flown on April 30th, 1958. The design incorporated many advanced features such as a tailcone which would split vertically to deploy a airbrakes and a rotory bomb door for deliverying conventional and nuclear weapons without incurring the drag penalty of opening into a high-speed slipstream.
Corgi's 1:72 scale Buccaneer has small wings with vortex generators molded to the top surface behind the simulated stainless steel leading edge. The most notable unique feature of this model is the massive, articulated, spring-loaded air brake at the rear, which is easy to display in the deployed position and snaps shut with almost no gap. The hinged tail hook below rotates and can also be displayed in the deployed position. The robust metal landing gear is keyed and is easy to install for ground display and provides true tracking of the gear.