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Fokker Dr.1 152/17 - JG1, Ritt. Manfred von Richthofen, March 1918
Aviation Archive. Richard Hough, in "Dreadnought: A History of the Modern Battleship", wrote the following caption to a picture: "The apotheosis of the early twentieth century battleship, H.M.S. Dreadnought, the cynosure of the naval world..." Besides sending me to the dictionary to find a couple of words (you probably know which), I was intriqued by this use of near-poetic language when writing about battleships.* Nonetheless, on occasion a model or mold gives me that poetic urge, as does this Dr.1 gem.

All 'round, Corgi's WWI line is most excellent; and this Dr.1 is most superb. From the pilot to the wheels, and from the rotary engine to the fin, everything is right, all is good. The pilot is dressed to the nines in a coat that's obviously leather, and the engine rockers are painted brass. The cables are taught, the tires rubber, and the paint is colorful and detailed.

Aurora rising. I was there when Aurora first released their WWI-series models, and like every other Aurora collector, familiar with Aurora's yellow Zeroes with flat wings (but an almost solid plastic cowling), metallic red ME-109Es with huge rivets, and black FW-190As with to-tight cowling rings, I was blown away by these new molds, especially the Dr.1. These WWI models were part of Aurora's first consistently true-scale line (an honest 1/48), and amazingly, the Dr.1 came with two lifelike figures, one to pilot, one to turn the prop. Unfortunately, my modeling talent was limited to gluing parts together and applying decals; my real, and abiding desire was to own a miniature copy of an excellent machine, or better, an excellent design. So, now, it is a real treat to be able to collect these finely painted and detailed Corgi miniatures. I sometimes complain, but am nonetheless grateful for the opportunity.

* "Dreadnought" is probably the best short history on the subject, and highly recommended.
Type Fighter
Corgi item no. AA38304
Production run 0961 of 1000


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