Pretty much emblematic of the direction diecast has taken, this
second Blenheim comes with the early greenhouse nose, a variation
in the mold from the first model
that probably would not have been seen in years past.
Special kudos to Corgi for the excellent paint job and well-applied
markings. The crew was also well painted. Oh, and the landing gear
fit! Altogether, a top-notch model.
I wonder, is there any way diecast manufacturers can get rid of
those knobs that hold down the models in the plastic liners that
fit inside the cardboard boxes? Those knobs are responsible for
wearing away the paint on the leading and trailing edges of the
wings, and if the model is taken in and out of the box often enough,
bare metal begins to show through, Even without removing the model
from the box frequently, paint scuffs and even spots of bare metal
can be seen under the bright lights needed for photography.
After I carefully remove a new model from its box, I press the knobs
in, so they are out of harms way, then line the plastic packing
with cheap (very thin) sandwich bags; this keeps any sharp edges
away from the paint. Nonetheless, it would be nice not to have that
initial damage to the wings that occurs when the models are pushed
into the liners at the factory.