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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 W.NR.5057, Yellow 1, Oberleutnant Josef "Pips" Priller, 6./JG51, Mardyck, France, October, 1940

Aviation Archive. Very nice remake of the classic Corgi Bf 109E, which was one of the leading models of the original Aviation Archive line.

The design of the "E" was Gernan utilitarianism at is best: squared, scooped, braced, and angular (I believe Lucas borrowed these same qualities when designing models for "Star Wars").The Corgi "E" was missing only one critical feature: an extended landing gear that worked. The Corgi Spitfires, Mustangs, Fw 190s, P-47s, and others advertised optional extended landing gear, but they shared the same flaw: the struts had a single pin that "fit" (it says here) into the wing, resulting in what I call the "plop option". Fit the gear, set the model down, and "plop". Did the model designers not care? Did they not think? Did they not actually try the gear themselves? Did they assume every collector would use super glue? To get the gear to stay up for my photos I've tried tacky wax, tacky clay, white glue, and prying the gear in place with the sharp-end of a toothpick.

Anyway, the recent crop of Corgi single engine types have marginally better gear attachments, but that isn't the case with this model. It still comes with the "plop-option".

 
Type Fighter
Corgi item no. AA28001
Production run 0794 of 1500
 









 




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