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Corgi British

Type Night Fighter
Corgi item no. AA39701
Production run 1402 of 1800

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Hawker Hurricane IIc, BE581, JX-E, RAF 1 Sqn, Flt Lt K M Kuttelwascher, Tangmere, April 1942
Aviation Archive. Corgi's new Hurricane mold is definitely up to the standard of their recently revived Spitfire I. There is more detail than on the first Hurricane mold, with improvements that include a better prop spinner, fin shape, cowling curvature, windscreen angle, and additional braces on each main gear. Unfortunately, the factory carry-through wasn't up to the same standard as the new Spitfire, and there are several disappointing bobbles in both paint application and assembly. On my copy, the flat black paint is very spotty, making some areas darker and more semi-gloss instead of uniformly flat. Also, the tail flash is too large, and the tampo-applied identification letters are a bit sloppy.

Again on my copy, there are some glaring assembly problems. Apparently (and I checked half a dozen references) there should be a carburetor intake below the cowling, but it is missing. (On the off chance someone from Corgi reads this--dream on--would you mind sending me a pre-painted intake piece? I'll figure out the rest.) Each wing has a leading edge piece that is fitted before paint is applied, and on my model these pieces don't fit snuggly, leaving a long unpainted gap. In addition, the plastic landing lights aren't fitted properly, and should have been trimmed before being attached to the wing leading edge.

Recently, there has been much ado about Corgi and the possibility they are having problems locating (or relocating) production facilities either in China or somewhere else in Asia. I know nothing (thank you Sgt. Schultz) about any of this, mainly because all the so-called information seems to fall into the hearsay category; and because Corgi/Hornby wouldn't admit to a problem if a replica V-2 landed atop their headquarters building. However, and having let my doubts be known, this model shows every indication of having been assembled, hand-sprayed and tampoed by newbies. So, IF Corgi has moved to a new facility; and IF the assembler's were newbies (and didn't know about carb intakes and the finer techniques of using a paint sprayer or an x-acto knife); in the future, with experience, we should get better results from this mold. In the meantime, I'll continue to squint and be satisfied with what we received (and may we all be thankful).

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