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Bf 109G, Yellow-1

Collectibles. When Matchbox quit producing models in this scale, they really did dirt to the diecast community. While the models weren't perfect, and were in fact a bit heavy-handed, they had an authoritative quality that made them fun to own and a pleasure to display (display on the stands, of course, since they had no undercarriage). When first introduced, they could be bought for a song ($10-$15 US depending on the store and year), and were available just about everywhere.

This particular model is a rare find these days, and was originally put out in 2003 (A.D., that is). It was designed for play (Zoom, Zoom), with heavily applied paint, no gear to be broken off, and rubber guns, Pitots, and aerials. The pilot figure (as in all my Matchbox models) is excellently painted and just the right size. The panel lines are perfect, being deep finally-molded grooves. The radiator scoops on nose and under the wings, and the molded carburetor intake are the best in the business.

Well done, Matchbox !  Just wish you were out there to hear it...

 
Type Fighter
Matchbox item no. 91731-0718
Production run Unlimited
 










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