Corgi AA33704 Heinkel He 111H-6 Diecast Model Luftwaffe II./KG 26, Ottana, Sardinia, 1943AA33704
Corgi AA33704 Heinkel He 111H-6 Diecast Model Luftwaffe II./KG 26, Ottana, Sardinia, 1943
Commonly regarded as the torpedo bomber H6 version of the HE 111, the H-6 saw use on all fronts including the campaign in North Africa. The aircraft depicted here is in the Mediterranean camouflage from KG 26. KG 26 was the main anti-shipping torpedo geschwader of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War. KG 26 reached the height of their effectiveness attacking convoys over the Baltic as they sailed from the UK to Murmansk in Russia. They developed a tactic they called the 'golden comb'. This involved the torpedo-carrying HE 111s attacking all at once in line abreast formation at low altitude at dusk when visibility was at its poorest.
Designed in direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles, the Heinkel He 111 first flew on February 24, 1935. Masquerading as a transport aircraft, the He 111 was actually a fast medium bomber that went on to become the most prolific Luftwaffe bomber used during the early part of WWII. During its early service career, the He 111 had the distinction of being one of the fastest aircraft in the world, with speeds exceeding 250 mph. It was also versatile, serving as a medium bomber, strategic bomber and as a torpedo bomber. By late 1944 the Luftwaffe halted bomber production, and the He 111 became a transport aircraft.
Corgi's 1:72 scale He 111 series replicates this famous symbol of the WWII German bomber forces (Kampfwaffe). This model is constructed using only the smallest amount of plastic, with its fuselage and distinctive massive elliptical wing and tail in diecast metal. The large offset "greenhouse" nose canopy allows for easy viewing of the pilot and forward gunner/bombardier lying prone over the bomb site. The model features many defensive machine gun positions, such as a rotating dorsal mounted gunner, waist gunners and an intricate ventral birdcage gondola. Additional features include opening hinged bomb doors to reveal bomb details, an intricate ventral antenna and subassembly landing gear.
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