|Length||13.0 cm||5.1 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.2 cm||6.8 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Wire bracing on wings
- Display stand included.
Corgi Aviation Archives AA37909 – 1/48 Scale SPAD S.XIII, Escadrille Spa 94 “The Reapers”, Aéronautique Militaire
Corgi Aviation Archives diecast model AA37909 replicates in 1/48 scale the SPAD S.XIII of “White 3”. Flown by French ace Pierre Marinovitch (21 aerial victories), Escadrille (Squadron) Spa 94 “The Reapers”, Aéronautique Militaire (WWI French Air Force), France, 1918.
Pierre Marinovitch (1898 – 1919) was the youngest French flying ace of World War I. He enlisted in the French Army on February 12, 1916, aged 17, in February 1916, transferring to the French Air Service and assigned to Escadrille N38 the following March. Moved to Escadrille N.94 in late 1917. On March 3, 1918, Squadron 94 officially became SPA 94, equipped with SPAD VII and SPAD XIIs. Marinovitch ended the war as a Sous lieutenant credited with 21 confirmed and 3 probable aerial victories, awarded the Légion d’honneur and Croix de Guerre (with 10 palms). Marinovitch was killed in an air accident following the war.
The SPAD S.XIII is a French single-seat, single-engine biplane fighter that first flew on April 4, 1917, entering service in May 1917. Built by Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD), based on the S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of World War I. Operated by nearly all fighter squadrons of Aéronautique Militaire and purchased in large numbers by the United States Army Air Service (USAAS). Other wartime operators were England, Belgium and Italy. The war ended with 8,472 airframes built, post-war sold to Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Poland, and civil operators.
The fuselage structure is primarily fabric covered wood with some metal alloys and an open cockpit. The single-bay, wire braced wings and the cantilevered tail are also of wood and fabric construction. The undercarriage is a fixed taildragger type with the main assemblies mounted to the fuselage.
It used a single Hispano-Suiza 8 water-cooled V8 piston engine driving a two-bladed wooden propeller. The SXIII had a maximum speed of 211 km/h (131 mph), a service ceiling of 6,800 m (22,300 ft), and a range of 515 km (320 mi).
Armament consisted of two .303 in (7.70 mm) Vickers machine guns; the USAAS used Marlin M1917 or M1918 machine guns. Mounted atop the fuselage nose, synchronised to fire through the propeller arc.