Corgi AA36901 German Junkers Ju 52-3mg5E Tri-Motor Floatplane - Operation Weserburung, Norway, 1940 (1:72 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
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. The latter version formed the nucleus of the Luftwaffe's early bomber force, which was used with great effect during the Spanish Civil War.
By 1939, the Ju 52 was obsolete as a bomber, but because of its durability, simplicity of design, and handling characteristics, it continued to serve throughout WW II as a versatile workhorse for the German transport fleet. Adolf Hitler even used a Ju 52 as his private transport. Ju 52s delivered the attacking forces and their supplies during the German invasion of Norway, Denmark, France, and the Low Countries in 1940. Later on, approximately 500 Ju 52s participated in the historic airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941 and later supplied Rommel's panzerwaffe operating in North Africa.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a Junkers Ju-52 was used during the invasion of Norway in April 1940. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 16 inches
Length: 10.25 inches
Release Date: October 2008
Historical Account: "Pol III" - An hour before midnight on April 8th, 1940, the Norwegian security vessel "Pol III" was on a patrol in the Oslo fjord, when it discovered unidentified ships on the horizon. A few minutes later it was rammed and shot by a German torpedo boat. The invasion of Norway had started. The Luftwaffe would, by the end of the invasion, have participated with 1,082 aircraft.