~ 1930’s Givejoy Toys 1:72 Scale Model British Aircraft Swallow ~
The B.A Swallow was a British light aircraft of the 1930s. It was a license-built version by the British Klemm Aeroplane Company (which later became known as the British Aircraft Manufacturing Co.) of the German Klemm L.25. A total of 135 were built.
The Swallow, which proved to be robust, was popular in service. The majority were sold to private owners or flying schools within the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of the Second World War, many were taken by the Military, most being issued to the Air Training Corps for use as instructional airframes.
A number of Swallows were taken on charge during late 1940 by the Royal Air Force’s Glider Training Squadron within the Central Landing Establishment based at RAF Ringway near Manchester. Their propellers were removed and tow hooks were attached to each wing leading edge. The Swallows were towed singly, in pairs and in threes by retired Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bombers before being released to glide to their simulated “target” on the airfield. This unusual procedure was adopted to assist the evaluation of the future use of heavy gliders in assaults on enemy positions.
The model is of wood construction, hand-painted and with lots of nice detailing.
~ Dimensions ~
The model has a length of 11cm (4 ¼ inches) and a wingspan of 17cm (6 ¾ inches).
~ Condition ~
The model has no damage and is in very good condition commensurate with age.