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Diecast Airplanes
1/72 Warplanes
Matchbox United States

Type Fighter
Corgi item no. 97476
Number made Unlimited--discontinued

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P-38 Lightning
Collectibles, 2001 release. This first-year Matchbox release is a bit of a disappointment because of poor assembly and paint quality. The wing leading edges between the engine booms and the fuselage aren't finished, being just flat surfaces. The paint covers numerous small sand-grain sized bumps. One wing-tip trailing edge was ground-down unevenly. The fuselage paint is grainy and unconvincing. On the good side, the pilot is (as usual) excellent, and the general form of the model (dihedral, wing shape, boom shape, canopy) are most excellent. However, I wonder if the general sloppiness of the assembly and finish wasn't due to first-year manufacturing problems. This is the first Matchbox I've seen with the defects found on this model.

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