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Me 262A-1A, White 3, Generalleutnant Adolf Galland, Verbandsfuhrer, Jv 44, Munich-Riem, April, 1945

WWII Legends collection. A very well done model. Paint, fit, and finish are excellent. The permanently extended gear is strong and well aligned. The entire model gives an impression of sturdiness and quality. The rubber tires come with a well-detailed tread.

Quality gripe. My copy had a scratch on the upper port wing. It looks like the edge of the bubble-wrap hit the wing when the model was packaged at the factory. Also, the Pitot tube on the port wing was bent, though this was corrected with a gentle push.

Legends gripe. I don't like the Legends packaging; Galland's legend deserves better than Legends. Enough said.


Type Single-seat fighter/bomber
Corgi item no. AA35701
Production run Unlimited Legends

















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Bf 109E-7/Trop, Black Chevron, Oberleutnant Ludwig Franzisket, Gruppen-Adjutant I./JG 27, Ain El Gazala, Libya, 1941
WWII Legends collection. Sadly, this is a weak and pitiable effort. I can't fathom what possesed Corgi to cut so many corners on what could have been a most excellent addition to any desert-war collection. Generally the paint job is excellent. Both the sky-blue underside and the desert-tan top are attractive colors, well applied. The yellow nose is well done, and the exhaust stacks are finely detailed. All the insignia are well done, with very few blows.

What's it all about, Corgi. Then we come to the Trop part of the model. In the picture below, two black rectangles are printed just ahead of the carburetor intake. Apparently, those rectangles are supposed to represent the sand filter attached to all Bf 109's used in the desert war. Even though Corgi previously attached a sand filter to another of their Bf 109E models, they chose to cut corners and leave the filter off this model. By doing so they turned this otherwise good model into a comic-opera representation, suitable for sale only at the local Dollar outlet. A kid off the street with no knowledge of the plane's history won't give the rectangles a second thought. However, the collector is going to be appalled. So what was the point? Wouldn't it have been better if Corgi had just left off the rediculous rectangles?

Neglect, by and by. The tail wheel is poorly painted; compare the Trop paint job with the Neuman Legends Bf 109E, below. The cockpit is not painted, though the pilot is. And, finally, the landing gear hangs down, again, like hound dog's ears.

Final comment? If you are a collector, pass on this one unless you can find a real Dollar-outlet price.
Type Single-seat fighter
Corgi item no. AA32105
Production run Unlimited Legends




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