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1/72 Warplanes
Corgi German

Type Fighter
Corgi item no. AA32103
Production run Unlimited

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014 
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, Waldemar Wubke, 9/JG 54,
Aviation Archive. WWII Europe & Africa. This is Corgi's third Bf 109E, and it was made available in one of those hangar boxes. The model was produced in 2002. It has good, well applied colors, and almost everyting was assembled straight and plum (the aerial being a notable exception).

Good grief, gear. I had a terrible time getting this model to sit on its main gear. It kept doing the splits no matter what I tried--including tacky clay, cramming the pegs in the holes, and jamming pieces of toothpick between the pegs and a side of the holes. Finally, after weeks of thought (okay, so I'm a slow thinker!), I came up with the idea of using a glue stick (well actually, I was working in the shop, and looking up I spotted two old glue guns in a box--but, after all, what would Newton have done without the apple?). After some experimentation with getting the hot glue out of the dispenser, onto the gear peg, and into the gear hole without the glue cooling, I was able to get the gear to stay in place long enough to take pictures. When the picture taking was over, most of the glue was removeable from both the pegs and the holes. However, I wouldn't try this technique on a model you plan to resell.

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