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Corgi British

Type Photo recon
Corgi item no. AA38704
Production run 1286 of 1400

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Spitfire PRXIX - PS915 'The Last', Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Coningsby, Lincs
Aviation Archive. This is a tasty solid-model morsel, done in a toy soldier gloss of sky blue and grey. The lettering and insignia are perfectly applied; some of the lettering is so fine that the words are legible only when magnified. This model is a perfect example of the wonders Hornby has worked on the Corgi line. My fear is that changing tastes, inspired by the excellent Hobby Master line, just might doom the solid-model style in which Corgi specializes. Hopefully, Hobby Master diecast featuring changeable ordinance, moving canopies and removable crew; and Corgi diecast featuring solid models, mostly pre-attached ordinance, and fixed canopies and crew, can both thrive in the diecast market. I collect both lines, but with rising diecast prices have now tilted more toward collecting Corgi models, which I prefer. However, the trend seems to be toward the Hobby Master type of model, which may not bode well for Corgi. Alternately, the trend may not bode well for those of us (any others out there?) who hope Corgi will continue producing in its trademark style. Then there's the little matter of throughput: Seemingly, for each new Corgi mold, Hobby Master produces ten. How do they do that?!

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