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Corgi British

Type Fighter
Corgi item no. AA39601
Production run 1709 of 2000

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Hawker Hart, K2986, 600 (City of London) Sqn RAuxAF, RAF Hendon, January 1935

Aviation Archive. My first impression of this diecast was "small". In actual dimensions it is about the same size as the backup Gladiator pictured, but the difference is really in bulk. The Gladiator is powered by a radial, the Hart by an inline, and that gives the Hart a narrower cross-section, which contributes to the model's smallness. Anyway, that first impression is trumped by the model's jewel-like quality, which is the obvious result of excellent mold engineering and strict manufacturing controls. The clearest evidence of this excellence is in the "seam control", the tight fitting of the model's sections. Each seam is natural and unobtrusive, and to the proper scale. Other attributes include the excellent crew figures, the tight fit of the prop, the well dimensioned struts, and the superb shape and finish of the bomb load. The silver finish is excellent, having a definite dope look as well as a consistent color over the entire model. The insignia does have a few blows, which is unfortunate, and I could question the color of the roundels, especially the blue, but not being an expert, will abjure. All in all, this is a most admirable and collectable diecast. Well done!

Musings. The Hart model comes with a post and platform stand, instead of Corgi's usual post and peg for this scale. That means no hole in the belly, but it also means no "flying" shots. Flying shots require the model to be firmly mounted on a post so that the prop can be spun and so that there are no obstructions between the airframe and the camera. I'll see if I can come up with something that will hold future models, but am not hopeful. Anyway, the offending peg hole is gone.

Having been a doper (not drugs, but brace and strut airplane paint) in my early years, I learned valuable lessons in the necessity of good ventilation. Along with copious clouds of DDT breathed during my stays in Guam in the Fifties, dope worked wonders in further addling my original-issue brain.

When it comes to the real Hart, it's hard to believe that such a relatively small airframe was tasked to carry so much, including two crew and a defensive gun, as well as bombs. You can almost hear the poor thing creaking with the strain.


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