Aviation Archive. So many good
memories of the Aurora kits I used to bash (and I mean bash)
back in the early 50's: the mythical Yak-25 (my favorite), the
flat-wing Zero, the red ME-109, black FW-190, deep-blue Hellcat,
light-blue Spitfire, and of course, the light-metallic-blue P-38.
There were many others, but I especially remember those. There
was nothing like going down to the hobby shop (remember those?)
and spending 25, 39, or 50 cents to pick up a plastic model to
smear with (the supplied) glue and daub with gloss paint. Aurora
supplied the glue because in those days glue that would fuse plastic
just wasn't available, and most "kits" were made up
of a block of balsa wood, a schematic, and a set of directions!
I could write a book...
Anyway (sadly), back to the present. The run for this P-38J sold
out rather quickly, and the post-price got jacked up about 25%
soon after. The model is as good as any Corgi of its generation,
though it has the usual Corgi problems matching plastic to metal
in the nose as well as in some smaller parts. My particular copy
came missing one of the landing gear doors, so I had to email
Hornby for a replacement, which they sent (thank you). However,
after a month the part still hadn't arrived, so I emailed Hornby
again, and they sent another (thank you, again). In the end, both
deliveries arrived on the same day, and I discovered that the
first shipment had been mistakenly sent to Canada. By the way,
in the last five Corgi models I opened, three had serious landing
gear problems. This P-38 missing a gear door, a Hawk with two
left main gear and no right, and a P-40 with two left and one
right main gear--which means some other pour sod was missing one
left main gear. Come on Corgi/Hornby, this is most discouraging.
Maybe if you got it right the first time you wouldn't need a parts
Enough steam. While the model is worth the original price, as
a new owner, be sure to inventory the thing before waiting too