Corporal Erector Vehicle with missile - 1113

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Corporal Erector Vehicle with missile


 

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I love it when the engineers at Corgi are given the chance to show what they can do. Just look at the detail and the way this model works. Its purpose in life was to carry a Corporal guided nuclear missile and to place it vertically on the launch pad. The workings are great, a machined, geared process for lifting the missile platform vertical, a rack and pinion slider to lower it on to the launch trailer and worm drive clamps to release the missile once ready for firing.

When this toy was in the shops you could buy an optional extra nosecone which took caps from a cap gun to make a realistic bang when you chucked the missile across the dining room. Not behaviour to be encouraged. The Corporal Erector vehicle was added to the range in 1959 and remained in production until 1962. There are no listed variations but check yours has the missile present and the detachable spare wheel.

Some factiods about this model. The vehicle was electrically powered with motors in all four wheels. There was a generator under the bonnet to provide power. The missile was the first guided nuclear missile deployed by the Americans and it features in the book of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming as the warhead chosen by Goldfinger to blow up at Fort Knox and contaminate the US gold reserve he was unable to pinch. So I guess if we are listing the Corgis featured in the movies then this one should be included.

The nosecone on my missile is perished, as they always are and when cleaning the model I wondered why it appeared to have blobs of red sealing wax on the bonnet, eventually I realised that this were drips of perished and now petrified rubber which have over the years dripped off the nosecone.


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