Corporal Guided Missile System

 

The Corporal 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.

I've repeated the 6x6 tow truck on this page as it was always intended to tow the launching ramp.

1112 Corporal Guided Missile and Launch pad.

The Erector vehicle is designed to place the missile on to the launching ramp and release it from the clamps on the vehicle after lowering it into place. The four fold-out spikes support the missile and hold it vertical and to ensure a solid base for lift-off the wheels are removed from the mobile launching ramp and it is set on four screw down landing legs. The top part of the launch ramp rotates for deployment. It also has a detachable tow bar and detachable wheels

Like the Erector Vehicle this is a stunning piece of engineering. It was in the range from 1959 through to 1962 and the only listed variation is that some of them came with the optional percussion cap device for the missile nosecone, so you could give your kids a nuclear missile to play with which really went bang, using gunpowder percussion caps of course, nothing dangerous.

1113 Corporal Erector Vehicle and Missile

 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

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.

1124 Launching Ramp

After the Corporal missile system had been in the range for two years the launching ramp is released as a stand alone item, only to remain in the range for a year. This is a clever piece of engineering as is the Erector Vehicle with some precise machining that you would expect to see in an engineering works rather than a toy factory. It is very impressive. There are no listed variations

The unit is designed to be towed behind the International 6x6, which perhaps why it is referred to as a 'Tow Truck'. When the launching ramp is deployed the draw bar and the wheels are removed and four landing legs are screwed out to give it a secure base. The top is rotated to clear the landing legs and the four fold-out spikes used to support the missile which is lowered into place in a vertical position by the Erector Vehicle. Brilliant work.

       
Corgi Toys 1112; Corporal Guided Missile on Launching Ramp Corgi Toys 1118; International Tow Truck; Green, UK Markings Corgi Toys 1113; Corporal Erector Vehicle and Missile; Green Vehicle; White/Red Missile Corgi 1124; Corporal Guided Missile Launching Ramp
Corgi Toys 1112; Corporal Guided Missile on Launching Ramp Corgi Toys 1118; International Tow Truck; Green, UK Markings Corgi Toys 1113; Corporal Erector Vehicle and Missile Corgi 1124; Corporal Guided Missile Launching Ramp

 


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