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Corgi, the leading name in diecast military aircraft and one of Britain's best known brands, has been producing models for over 40 years. Corgi's famous model vehicles captured the imagination of millions of baby boomers and, what were once simply toys for boys, are highly sought-after in the expanding collectibles market.

#AA32624 - RAF Avro Lancaster B Mk. III Heavy Bomber - ED888/PM-M2 "Mike Squared", No.103 Squadron, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, Late 1944 (1:72 Scale)

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USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - Julian Bertram, "Butch Baby", 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, RAF Leiston, England, 1945 USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - Julian Bertram, "Butch Baby", 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, RAF Leiston, England, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

No other aircraft of WWII could fly as high, go as far, or fight as hard as the famed Mustang. Piloted by a record 281 Aces, this agile and ferocious dogfighter tallied more kills than any other Allied airplane. As the bombers of the Eighth Air Force fought their way deep into Hitler's Germany, it was the Mustang that cleared the skies of Luftwaffe fighters.

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RAF Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I Fighter -  No. 264 Squadron, Battle of Britain, August 1940 RAF Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I Fighter - No. 264 Squadron, Battle of Britain, August 1940 (1:72 Scale)

The Boulton Paul Defiant was a result of an Air Ministry specification (F.9/35) issued before the onset of WWII. It was a low-wing, cantilever monoplane, two-seat fighter of all-metal construction, with retractable landing gear, looking not unlike the Hurricane.

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RAF Hawker Typhoon Mk. Ib Ground Attack Aircraft - 247 (China-British) Squadron, No.124 Wing, 2nd TAF, RAF Eindhoven, December 1944 RAF Hawker Typhoon Mk. Ib Ground Attack Aircraft - 247 (China-British) Squadron, No.124 Wing, 2nd TAF, RAF Eindhoven, December 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Typhoon was a British single-seat strike fighter, produced by Hawker Aviation starting in 1941. Intended as a replacement for the Hawker Hurricane in the interceptor role, it suffered from performance problems, but eventually evolved into one of World War II's most successful ground attack aircraft.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Oberleutnant Gunther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./Jagdgeschwader 52, Gostanovka, August 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Oberleutnant Gunther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./Jagdgeschwader 52, Gostanovka, August 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45.

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German Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 Fighter - Feldwebel Eugen Lorcher, "Black 3", II./SG2, 5 Staffel, Aufthausen, May 1945 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 Fighter - Feldwebel Eugen Lorcher, "Black 3", II./SG2, 5 Staffel, Aufthausen, May 1945 (1:72 Scale)

Nicknamed the "Butcher Bird", the Fw 190 was Germany's best air-to-ground fighter. Faster and more agile than the British Spitfire, it dominated the skies over Europe as a fighter and was the Luftwaffe's most important ground-attack aircraft.

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German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1A Fighter - Plt.Ofz. Franz Gapp, "Red 7", 8./Kamfgeschwader 6, Podersam, Saaz, May 1945 German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1A Fighter - Plt.Ofz. Franz Gapp, "Red 7", 8./Kamfgeschwader 6, Podersam, Saaz, May 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The jet-powered Me 262 Sturmvogel ("Stormbird") has long since gained its place in the annals of international aeronautical history. With its sleek aerodynamic design and high performance jet engines, the Me 262 radically changed the way in which air combat was waged.

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RAF Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon Multi-Role Fighter - "Operation Ellamy", Libya, 2011 [Low-Vis Schme] RAF Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon Multi-Role Fighter - "Operation Ellamy", Libya, 2011 [Low-Vis Schme] (1:72 Scale)

The four-nation Eurofighter Typhoon is a foreplane delta-wing, beyond-visual-range, close air fighter aircraft with surface attack capability. Eurofighter has 'supercruise' capability: it can fly at sustained speeds of over Mach 1 without the use of afterburner.

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USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - 44-23590, Cpt L E Blumer, "Scrapiron IV", 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, France, 1944 USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - 44-23590, Cpt L E Blumer, "Scrapiron IV", 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, France, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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RAF Blackburn Buccaneer Strike Aircraft - XW533/A "Miss Jolly Roger", No.237 OCU, Operation Granby, 1991 RAF Blackburn Buccaneer Strike Aircraft - XW533/A 'Miss Jolly Roger', No.237 OCU, Operation Granby, 1991 (1:72 Scale)

The Blackburn Buccaneer was a British low-level strike aircraft with nuclear weapon capability serving with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force between 1962 and 1994, including service in the 1991 Gulf War. Designed and initially produced by Blackburn Aircraft it was later known as the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer when Blackburn became a part of the Hawker Siddeley group.

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German Junkers Ju 88A-5 Medium-Bomber - 1./Kustenfliegergruppe 806, August 1940 German Junkers Ju 88A-5 Medium-Bomber - 1./Kustenfliegergruppe 806, August 1940 (1:72 Scale)

The Luftwaffe's Junkers Ju 88 was a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. Among the most versatile planes of the war, it was used as a bomber, close-support aircraft, nightfighter, torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.

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German Heinkel He-111P-2 5J+CN Medium Bomber - Kampfgeschwader 4, Oslo, Norway, 1940 German Heinkel He-111P-2 5J+CN Medium Bomber - Kampfgeschwader 4, Oslo, Norway, 1940 (1:72 Scale)

When World War I ended, the German Air Force was disbanded under the Treaty of Versailles, which required the German government to abandon all military aviation by October 1st, 1919.

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RCAF Handley Page Halifax B.VII Heavy Bomber - PN230/EQ-V "Vicky The Vicious Virgin", RAF No.408 "Goose" Squadron, No.6 (RCAF) Group, Linton-on-Ouse, 1945 RCAF Handley Page Halifax B.VII Heavy Bomber - PN230/EQ-V "Vicky The Vicious Virgin", RAF No.408 "Goose" Squadron, No.6 (RCAF) Group, Linton-on-Ouse, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The Handley Page Halifax was one of the British front-line, four-engine heavy bombers of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. A contemporary of the famous Avro Lancaster, the Halifax remained in service until the end of the war, performing a variety of duties in addition to bombing.

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German Junkers Ju 52 Tri-Motor Transport - 4U+NH 2/KGzbV1, Operation Merkur, Crete 1941 (1:72 Scale) German Junkers Ju 52 Tri-Motor Transport - 4U+NH 2/KGzbV1, Operation Merkur, Crete 1941 (1:72 Scale)

Like the USAF C-47, the Junkers Ju 52 tri-motor was first built in the 1930s and remained in service for more than a quarter century. It made its maiden flight in April 1931, and three years later a heavy bomber variant entered service with the German Luftwaffe.

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RAAF Short Sunderland Mk. III Flying Boat - EJ134, No. 461 Squadron, 1943 RAAF Short Sunderland Mk. III Flying Boat - EJ134, No. 461 Squadron, Hamworthy Junction, England, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) by Short Brothers. It took its service name from the town (later, city) and port of Sunderland in northeast England.

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Avro Lancaster B Mk. III Heavy Bomber - ED888/PM-M2 "Mike Squared", No.103 Squadron, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, Late 1944 RAF Avro Lancaster B Mk. III Heavy Bomber - ED888/PM-M2 "Mike Squared", No.103 Squadron, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, Late 1944 (1:72 Scale)

Entering service at the beginning of 1942, the Lancaster's design grew out of a failed predecessor, the Avro Manchester. While its' airframe offered a stable platform for heavy bombing assignments, the Manchester's twin engine design was inadequate to the task.

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