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Corgi British

Type Photo reconnaissance
Corgi item no. AA38702
Production run 2886 of 3000

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014

Spitfire PR.XIX, PM631, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Coningsby, Lincs. 2009
Aviation Archive. This is an excellent model from a new or revised mold. Highlights include dihedral (!) and clear plastic inserts representing the camera ports. Fit, finish, paint application, and overall quality are top-of-the-line. I'm glad to see Corgi resisted any temptation to create moveable control surfaces, and that they eliminated those unneccessary and out-of-scale rivet heads.

Blather. It's amazing that pilots were willing to squeeze themselves into that tiny cockpit with only the head and helmet sticking above the cockpit rim. The size of the canopy is the result of the Spitfire's racing heritage, and apparently British pilots found the general setup acceptable. On the other hand, British pilots found American cockpits to be amazingly roomy, though they complained about the logic and location of some of the controls.

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