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Corgi United States


Type Fighter
Corgi item #

US32221

Distribution 0210 of 1260
 





















 P-51D Mustang 15-44-14978 - Maj. Walker "Bud" Mahurin, CO, 3rd ACS/3rd ACG, Mangaldan, Luzon, 1945
Aviation Archive. Fighter Ace History. Produced in 2006, this model was made primarily for the US market. At that time there was still a Corgi USA, office in Chicago, and that office apparently had some say in selecting model liveries. Why they selected this livery is a bit of a mystery. Maybe the Chicago gang thought the Far East campaign was a bit unrepresented, or perhaps they thought a famous name would sell models (not Corgi, but Mahurin). To their credit, they tried to fancy it up with a little dirt (that can't be rust because 'Ds weren't iron clad), but the result only makes one yearn for factory fresh aluminum. A little weathering sincerity would have been nice; instead we got mud mayhem. It's not as if there aren't plenty of alternative liveries. For instance, I've always wondered why Corgi didn't produce a yellow nose (no, not the tip of the nose, the whole nose) like the one HM just released. Witty distributed one, but I can't think of any other brands taking the plunge--perhaps Easy Model, if you're into plastic.

Beggers and Choosers. Okay Corgi it's time to roll out a new Mustang mold. Unfortunately, it seems Corgi is becoming very UK-centric in their new product lines, so getting a new 'D or even 'B mold is probably a pipe dream. We haven't even seen new releases of the existing and excellent US-type molds, such as the P-38, P-40, or B-25. If my suspicions are right, we could be missing a lot of potentially exciting US releases in the future. Corgi's retrenchment (if it is such) may be taking the form of concentrating on British (and possibly German) subject matter and UK sales. The only non-British diecast airplanes listed in the latest catalog are in the Flight range, which are stripped models for sale to young collectors. The latest Corgi Collector magazine lists just one non-British release, the long awaited and much anticipated Russian Front Bf-110C. New releases of highly desirable four-engine types, a range in which Corgi excels, are hard to come by in the US, and online vendors (virtually the only channel for US sales) report that their order numbers for such models have been cut back due to high demand in the UK. This cut-back may be another indication of Corgi's UK-centric marketing. Hobby Master's unbelievable production schedule may be the reason for a retrenchment. The seeming futility of marketing diecast models against HM's massive distribution blitz may be forcing Corgi back to their original UK customer base, which in itself seems quite strong. Hopefully I'll be proven wrong about this. Hope, hope, hope.
 
















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