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MiG-29 Fulcrum-A, East German Air Force,JG3, Vladimir Komarow, Preschen Air Base, 1990
Aviation Archive. The Cold War. I really like this model because it is so DIECAST. It is made mostly of metal, which gives it the heft I love. Of course, because it is mostly metal, it has the faults of most older diecast from Corgi, namely gaps and ill-fitting joints. In these last few months, with the introduction of more and more plastic, model makers started turning out smoother-fitting models, and that is the look now expected by most collectors. However, after handling this model and comparing it to the Witty version, I think a return to more metal-content might be a good thing, gaps or no gaps.

The highlight of this model is the finish. The paint scheme is not only colorful, but superbly applied, especially that flat-gray nose cone. Yum-yum. The finish on mine was a bit scuffed from rough handling; Corgi seems to have more problems in this area than other makers.

Rubik's gear. If you like hand-held puzzles, you'll love the folded gear covers on this model. The extended gear isn't horrible, just a little crazy-making. However, reassembling the covers for the folded gear requires a deft hand, cool nerves, and the patients that only comes from having nothing else to do for the next couple hours. Here's a hint for the main gear: insert the long narrow piece first. Believe me, it won't go together the other way around.
 
Type Fighter
Corgi item no. AA37501
Production run 0987 of 2060
 




 


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