Bf 109E-3 W.NR.5057, Yellow 1, Oberleutnant Josef "Pips"
Priller, 6./JG51, Mardyck, France, October, 1940
Very nice remake of the classic Corgi
Bf 109E, which was one of the leading models of the original Aviation
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
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".