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Corgi British

Type Fighter
Corgi item no. AA39301
Production run 2067 of 2200

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Boulton Paul Defiant - 141 Sqn, L7009, Flt. Lt. D. G. Donald/Gunner Plt. Off. A. C. Hamilton, July 1940
Aviation Archive. Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary. After reading the sad story behind the real plane, it is really hard to enjoy this model, and I find it incomprehensible that tactical planners could buy the concept of a turreted fighter. Even though the Defiant was (they say) more successful as a night fighter (the turret is reminiscent of the Luftwaffe "Schrage Musik"), it was still a waste of resources, and sending trusting pilots into combat mounted in these things is just beyond understanding.

Anyway, the model is well engineered, with two two-position fairings around the turret and two sets of aerials that have both non-flying and flying options. All these parts fit well. The fairings behind and in front of the turret are excellent, and the extended main gear is especially well done. The aerials are necessarily mounted under the fuselage, and the rear aerial has two positions. Corgi has thoughtfully supplied extra aerials of various lengths, and wouldn't you know this is one of those rare times I didn't lose a loose part. Oddly, the canopy and turret have a fogged, translucent quality, and neither the pilot nor gunner figures can be seen clearly. Also, the paint color used on the wings is slightly different from the color used on the fuselage, and the colors used on the turrent fairings match the wings but not the fuselage.

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