Five New Releases from Corgi Available to Buy Now

08 April 2013
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Westland Puma HC Mk.1 and two new Hauliers of Renown trucks among new models. ...
Five New Releases from Corgi Available to Buy Now Images
Corgi is kicking off April with a bang, thanks to five new releases that are all available to buy now. They include the newly tooled Westland Puma HC Mk.1, two new Hauliers of Renown, a new entry in the Vintage Glory of Steam collection and a newly tooled BR 4-6-2 Britannia Class for the Rail Legends series.

First up is the limited edition Aviation Archive Westland Puma HC Mk.1, XW219, 230 Sqn, RAF Benson, November 2009 (ref: AA27001) in 1/72 scale (pictured to your right). Retailing for £52.99 features on the replica include a rotatable rotor, sliding door, drooping stationary rotor blades and a fixed undercarriage.The Puma HC-1 is a twin-engine medium sized transport and utility helicopter.  Based along with the rest of the RAF’s Puma fleet at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, 230 Squadron has operated the Puma HC Mk.1 since the early 1970s.  Flying extensively over Northern Ireland, as well as brief detachments to the Balkans, 230 Squadron left the province in 2009 to move to its new home at RAF Benson.  While in Northern Ireland the Pumas gave excellent service proving to be a reliable and capable transport helicopter.

Another new tooling is the Rail Legends BR 4-6-2 Britannia Class 'Britannia' 70000, circa 2012 (ref: ST97701) in 1/120 scale, costing £29.99. The replica is modelled in BR Brunswick Green carrying an early BR crest. The British Rail Standard Class 7, otherwise known as the ‘Britannia Class’ were designed by Robert Riddles for mixed traffic duties. In all there was fifty-five of the Class built at the BR Crewe Works between January 1951 and September 1954. The BR Standard 7 Class took their names from Great Britons, Scottish Firths and former Star Class locomotives. The first to enter service was British Rail (BR) 70000 and was named ‘Britannia’ at a naming ceremony at Marylebone Station. Britannia was withdrawn from service in May 1966. After a series of moves, Britannia remained operational on preserved railways until 1991 when it returned to main line duties running special excursions.

Up next is the limited edition Hauliers of Renown Mercedes Actros (Face Lift) Fridge Trailer Montgomery Transport (ref: CC13826). Retailing for £84.99, the 1/50 scale model has aerials, mud flaps and visor mirror. Established in 1970 with just one tractor unit, the privately owned Montgomery Transport Group is part of the Ballyvesey Holdings Group. Having grown significantly in recent years, the company now provides a diverse range of logistic services through the UK, Ireland and Europe. The group’s success has secured them many major contracts with well-known brands such as Nestle, Walkers, Ikea and P&G to name but a few.

The second new Haulier of Renown is the Volvo F10 Fridge Trailer Dukes Transports Ltd. (ref: CC15506) with aerials and visor mirror, which is now avilable for £79.99. Now owned by the Montgomery Transport Group, Dukes Transport Limited was established in 1971, and based at their specially designed warehouse and office complex on a 10 acre site in Portadown, Northern Ireland.  They also occupied depots at Stranraer, Huddersfield, Motherwell, Heysham and Crick, Northants.  The company operated a large fleet of over 450 trailers, 140 tractors and a large fleet of distribution vehicles all of which carried registration numbers ending in 77.

Finally, Corgi is releasing the Vintage Glory Burrell 7 NHP Road Locomotive 'The President' (ref: CC20516) for £64.99. ‘The President’ was originally built as a showman’s engine in 1902 for President George Kemp of Leicester to pull and power his famous Dreamland Bioscope Show.  In 1906 it was returned to Burrells and converted to a heavy duty road locomotive and subsequently sold to George Caudwell of Gedney, Lincolnshire and was operated on haulage duties until 1940 before being sold to Darbys of Ely for threshing duties.  ‘The President’ was owned for many years by the Bressingham Museum in Norfolk until being purchased by John Bainbridge in Newcastle Upon Tyne who over the last three years has fully restored the engine which now resides with Mike Drealan in Scotland.

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