|Corgi item no.
||1709 of 2000
Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2013
Hawker Hart, K2986, 600 (City of London) Sqn
RAuxAF, RAF Hendon, January 1935
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!
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.