Oxford Diecast DH 88 Comet G-ACSS Grosvenor House - 1:72 Scale

Product Code: 72COM002



This is a replica of the bright red G-ACSS ‘Grosvenor House', flown by C W A Scott and Tom Campbell Black. This Comet was given its name by its owner Mr A O Edwards, who was Manager of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London at the time.

Painted in bright red with white lettering on the upper and lower wings and along the fuselage, the tail fin sports the number 34 on both sides in black on a white circular background. The propeller spinners and blades, wheel well interiors and door inside faces are all silver. The exhaust pipes are finished in a rusty brown and a special tooling detail sees the undercarriage both retracted and fully extendable.

Leaving RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk early on 20th October, the competing aircraft had to undertake several compulsory stops on the way to Melbourne. Black Magic suffered engine problems in Karachi after flying ahead of the field. It was overtaken by Grosvenor House, which, despite some mechanical difficulties of its own, persevered to land first in Melbourne to win the £10,000 Speed Race prize. Flight time for the 11,000 miles was 70 hours 55 minutes. This record still held in 2010!

‘Grosvenor House' went on to complete more extraordinary flights between 1934 and 1938.in the hands of Flg.Off. A.E.Clouston. Along with co-pilot Mrs Kirby-Green, an out-and-back London to Cape Town record was set in 1937 (7091 miles each way), followed in 1938 by London to New Zealand and return – a flight of 26,450 miles in under 11 days, with co-pilot V Ricketts. Today this historic British civil aircraft is preserved in airworthy condition, appearing exactly as it flew in the famous 1934 race, housed at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire, UK.

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