|Corgi item no.
||1006 of 1760
Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Bf 109E, Oberstleutnant Adolf Galland, Geshwaderkommodore Jagdgeschwader
26 "Schlageter", Audembert, 1940
This 2007 model was produced pretty much toward the end of Corgi's
worst years and before and during the Hornby buyout. The model is
well painted, but assembly is poor to middling, with a crooked tail
wheel, loose aerial, and poor-fitting cowling cover. The only thing
really great about Corgi models at this time was their boxes, which
were fantastic. Of course, that's only important if you collect boxes,
and store the models in them.
Gear up for this, again.
During setup, the extended gear wouldn't stay in place (what's new?),
so I tried a little teeny weeny skosh molecule of super glue to keep
the model from collapsing during picture taking. Well, the model stayed
up all right, but I couldn't get the gear off of one side and broke
the leg off, leaving the peg in the wing. Please, Corgi, if you ever
redo this mold, WILL YOU FIX THE GEAR PROBLEM?
Free is a very good price.
This model was a part of the "free model" token program,
from which I finally got a free Halifax model, though not without
a lot of work by some other collectors who were also lawyers.
Luckly, as soon as I collected my six blue tokens (one token was included
with each qualifying model), I sent the tokens with a cover letter
to Corgi USA, so had a valid, documented claim. It seems Corgi was
in turmoil at this time, and that, plus the shut down of Corgi USA,
plus the Hornby buyout, put the free model offer into limbo. To Hornby's
credit, once they found out about the issue they processed the lawyers'
letters and finally sent models to all valid claimants. The whole
"it's on again", "it's off again" period ("it"
being doubt about whether Hornby was going to honor the tokens) was
very nerve wracking, especially after I overshot badly and had more
blue tokens than needed. This was due to the many manufacturing delays
and model cancellations, after which I ended up receiving models numbers
seven and beyond way after the deadline. Since 2007 and the Hornby
"reorganization" (for the want of a better word), Corgi
has been transformed, and for my money produces better models now
than they did in their earliest years.