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Diecast Airplanes
1/48 Warplanes
Hobby Master United States

Type Fighter
Hobby Master item no. HA7304
Production run 0159 of 1000

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Grumman F3F-3 "Flying Barrel", BuNo 1451, VF-6, USS Enterprise, August 1940
Air Power Series. Every once in awhile this hobby goes from purr to sublime, and this is one of those times. I can't fathom what techniques Hobby Master used to produce this particular sublimity, but with this model (and their other 1/48 offerings) they have proved they are masters of their art. I often find myself comparing Hobby Master and Corgi offerings, but as Hobby Master takes off (no pun intented) in completely different directions from Corgi, that becomes harder and harder.

While the pup is now producing excellent models, and introducing some new molds, Hobby Master is going into unexpected and daring directions, producing models that are both unusual and facinating.

In the past, diecast-airplane manufacturers limited their offerings to planes that had large 1:1 production runs, which allowed them to use the same mold for dozens or even scores of different models. Hobby Master has stepped off that path, offering excellent standard scale models in limited (collectable) quantities at unbelievably low prices. How they manage to do this and still make a profit, I don't know; however, I do know of a few NATIONS that could use their budgeting acumen.

Even if I could find something ill to write about this F3F, I wouldn't want to broadcast it to the four or five people who find this web page. The fact is, this particular piece of art is just too Sublime.

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