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Corgi RNLI Landrover and Lifeboat

by Peter
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One of the latest Corgi issues is this Land Rover and lifeboat combo for the RNLI and sponsored by Toolstation.

According to the Corgi website, this is new tooling and has been given the number, CP64406

The following is from the back of the box;

Land Rover Defender and RNLI D Class Lifeboat.
As well as saving lives at sea, the RNLI is ready to respond to flooding emergencies.
The charity has a Flood Rescue Team (FRT) made up of 300 specially trained volunteers and staff, all ready to head to severe floods in the UK and RoI.
Sixty of them are trained for flood rescue in other countries. in case the FRT is neede abroard.
The FRT, which is sponsered by Toolstation, uses inflatable lifeboats that are easily transported and can operate in shallow, fast-flowing water.
The RNLI relies on voluntary donations to equip and train its lifesavers.
For more information, visit

The real Lifeboat

The real D class life boat shown below

RNLI lifeboats can be divided into two categories: inshore and all-weather. The D class lifeboat is one of three classes of inshore lifeboat (ILB) – the B, D and E classes.

The D class has been the workhorse of the service for nearly 50 years. The inflatable D class is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than all-weather lifeboats and is specifically suited to surf, shallow water and confined locations, often close to cliffs, among rocks or even in caves.

In 2010, D class lifeboats launched 2,401 times and rescued 1,639 people, saving 103 lives.

Launching from a trolley or davit, the D class lifeboat is ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions.

The D class lifeboat has a single 50hp outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize.

First introduced into the fleet in 1963, the design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction and the latest version (also known as the IB1-type) was introduced in 2003.

Equipment includes both fitted and hand-held VHF radio, night-vision equipment, and first aid kit including oxygen.

Date introduced:​1963 but design has continued to evolve ever since​
Launch type: Trolley or davit​
Number in fleet:​112 at station plus 37 in relief fleet​
Max speed:25 knots
Fuel capacity:​68 litres
Range/endurance:3 hours at maximum speed
Construction:​Hypalon-coated polyester
Engines:​1 x Mariner at 40 or 50hp
Survivor capacity:​5