Corgi's Hobby Master MiG-21s
mistaken belief that they could no longer float around the diecast
ring without some hefty help from the biggest and baddest contender
on the diecast fight-card. That, of course, is a crock, and I think
(perhaps) Hornby has worked to dispel that myth, and purge it from
the Corgi mindset. Like any diecast manufacturer, do or die has
got to be the motto, and no manufacturer can survive on someone
else's efforts. If the Predators line was needed to keep the Corgi
name alive until new Corgi molds could be produced, then so be it.
However, the Predators line seems to have come and gone rather too
quickly for that to be the case, and I think it's more probable
that Corgi planned a longer run of Predators in conjunction with
some new and improved Corgi offerings. Of course, this is conjecture,
and the only thing I can say for sure is that I'm glad Corgi decided
to use its considerable talents before those zinc-weighted gloves
got so weighted down that their opponent could find the opening
needed to administer a final knockout blow.
|In a seeming
daze, during the sweat of pugilistic diecast competition, Corgi
felt a need to add some weight to its gloves. Maybe they decided
they were fighting in the wrong category, or perhaps they saw a
TKO coming, or perhaps they were hanging on for the bell so they
could get a breather. Whichever, they felt compelled to add a bit
of Hobby Master zinc to those gloves. Fortunately, in the case of
the MiG-21, Corgi selected (or was allowed to use) the mold for
the earlier PF, PFM, and FL Fishbeds. Except for the upper side
of the fuselage, including the canopy, spine, and fin, the mold
is identical to Hobby Master's '21s, the ones with larger upper
works and side-hinged canopies.
If there is any shame in Corgi's diecast retreat, it isn't in
the quality of the mold, or the quality of the paint and assembly,
but instead it is in Corgi's
|I had to build a special brace for these models
to keep the little darlings from crashing off their post.
To see it in action, click here.