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Old 06-23-2016, 11:27 AM   #1
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RAF Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF, L6739 (G-BPIV)
The Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, 2015
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:33 PM   #2
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Looks nice!
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:16 PM   #3
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Lacorun in Hong Kong has these already up on their site for sale.

Rather like the Blenheim tooling and Corgi have done a good job with all the MKs. But I cannot see me getting this one.

I wonder if they managed to thin the gunpack some??
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Gunpack on a Blenhiem?

I already have the Crete scheme of a MK.IF, which isn't bad. I really would have preferred the long nosed MK.IV but we will see. Think I might pass on this one unless I see a good price on it.
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Have to say I think Corgi have nailed the colours on this release













New thinner gun pack.



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A beautiful model. I'm almost tempted to start collecting WWII models! Almost...
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:59 PM   #7
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On sale for 51% off! Blenheim Mk I 1:72 Diecast Model - Corgi CG-AA38408 - $32.99
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thanks for the great tip! ordered from TFM in the USA along with a Calibre Wings VF-1 aircraft. TFM deserves top marks as always for their superb customer service as well as in this case a great price on the blenheim.
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It's now sold out at TFM!
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Boy, am I glad I jumped on that one. I beat the sellout by minutes.

I own other Corgi Blenheims, and I can tell ya ... they rank right up there with the manu's best!!! Honest to Pete, they're pretty little things.

I'm scratching my head why TFM practically gave them away. I'm definitely not complaining, but those models sell at twice the price elsewhere. Got myself a lovely P-38 Lightning a month ago the same way through the same vendor. Something's afoot.
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I think TFM overstocks compared to demand, they've had a lot of sales in the last few years compared to before. Great model the Blenheim is.
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Yeah, I was surprised by the price--thinking back, I should have grabbed two. This will be my first Blenheim, so I'm looking forward to adding it to my collection (it should look like paired with HM Beaufighters).

I was also really surprised that they are dumping Vicky Halifaxes for $72.
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I'm scratching my head why TFM practically gave them away.
Couple of theories.

First, I'm guessing the US is not quite the diecast market that it should be. notice how slowly stock seems to move in the US compared to other vendors. Also, notice how most vendors, including major ones such as TFM, have websites that pretty much date from the early 2000s with some particularly cringeworthy ones like diecastairplane and racersden representing the best of 1997 netscape compatible design. This gives a sense of the shoestrings and backwaters that these guys are operating on/in. A major factor is that there is effectively no import tax into the USA, so ordering from abroad can be competitive in a way that it isn't necessarily if you're in europe or australia where there's a good chance that you'll be taxed.

Second, things like the blenheim may be at the saturation point in the USA. I just don't think there's that much demand there for certain british stuff. The other corgi stuff TFM had on sale there was mostly pretty decent.

Third, Corgi fcked up royally in recent years when it comes to the USA. A few years ago they had a major rethink, and instead of making desired new repaints for the USA just at the time the dollar strengthened, they doubed down on argentinian hawker hunters or whatever it was and other useless crap. For the USA, they came out with a few derivative moulds that nobody asked for and totally ignored what was in demand. For example, the first US release of their retooled 1/72 mustang was a korean war version that was available via the old tooling on ebay at giveaway prices. Truly idiotic. They had plenty of solid advice both via online forums and elsewhere and made a strategic decision to go another direction; as a result, when was the last time any americans here gave two thoughts to corgi? Not many I suspect.

Fourth, corgi may well be on its last legs, as many suspect it has been for some time. A pity really, as their stuff really is satisfying once you get it in your hands, and it is built with a real care and craftsmanship at times that puts other manufacturers to shame.

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Vicky Halifaxes for $72.
Yes, I thought about getting this too, but I've got enough of them (Friday the 13th is gorgeous!). Great model for somebody if still available.

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For the archive$

Note the give away price (out of stock now)

Blenheim Mk I 1:72 Diecast Model - Corgi CG-AA38408 - $32.99

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Yes, I thought about getting this too, but I've got enough of them (Friday the 13th is gorgeous!). Great model for somebody if still available.
I currently have the two of them displayed together--they pair up very well!
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Kinda regretting not jumping on the Blenheim deal.

BTW, The Flying Mule is no longer stocking Corgi models. All corgi pre-orders are closed and all Corgi models are on sale. Makes me sad. I like getting stuff from TFM, and I was just beginning to really like the quality of newer Corgi releases.
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BTW, The Flying Mule is no longer stocking Corgi models. All corgi pre-orders are closed and all Corgi models are on sale. Makes me sad. I like getting stuff from TFM, and I was just beginning to really like the quality of newer Corgi releases.
My jaw dropped when I read this. The Flying Mule ditching Corgi??!!! That's like McDonald's Hamburgers dropping hamburgers! It's totally, gobsmacking unbelievable.

Now I wonder if Corgi's on the ropes, and TFM knows it. To hear The Flying Mule is discontinuing Corgi absolutely blows my mind. That's earthquake news, folks. The fallout will shake the diecast world (maybe).
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Yeah, I missed out by one day. Damn.
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About TFM/Corgi... Yeah, I thought it was a pretty big deal, and thought it was weird no one was discussing it.
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Kinda regretting not jumping on the Blenheim deal.

BTW, The Flying Mule is no longer stocking Corgi models. All corgi pre-orders are closed and all Corgi models are on sale. Makes me sad. I like getting stuff from TFM, and I was just beginning to really like the quality of newer Corgi releases.
Whoa, what? Is there official word of this? I have the upcoming Corgi 262 on pre-order with them and haven't received any notification about it being canceled.

PS - I just emailed them to get some clarification on this.
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As far as I know, TFM is honoring all existing orders and pre-orders. They just closed the Corgi models to any new pre-orders and put the surviving Corgi stock on sale. Happened at the beginning of the week.
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I'm going to stretch my neck out and posit that TFM is displeased (to put it mildly) with Corgi and is ditching the company for good reason. Stitching together comments posted elsewhere about the pooch, I'm pretty sure Corgi has exasperated a number of sellers world wide, which aren't taking kindly to the company's flawed business maneuvers. I make no claim this is true; what I'm suggesting here is pure conjecture.

But if you've been keeping up with other forums, you'll read in rather stark terms how vendors feel about the diecast colossus and why. It's painful. In fact it's downright troubling. Which begs the question: Will Corgi survive this pullout? Probably, but the company should note that The Flying Mule likely won't be the only big vendor to drop its product. It should also examine why this is happening and what it must do to survive.
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I'm going to stretch my neck out and posit that TFM is displeased (to put it mildly) with Corgi and is ditching the company for good reason. Stitching together comments posted elsewhere about the pooch, I'm pretty sure Corgi has exasperated a number of sellers world wide, which aren't taking kindly to the company's flawed business maneuvers. I make no claim this is true, and what I'm suggesting here is pure conjecture.

But if you've been keeping up with other forums, you'll read in rather stark terms how vendors feel about the diecast colossus and why. It's painful. In fact it's downright troubling. Which begs the question: Will Corgi survive this pullout? Of course it will, but the company should note that The Flying Mule likely won't be the only big vendor to leave its circle. It should also examine why this is happening and what it can do to survive.
There could be some truth to that. In my personal experience, I had to return two damaged P-38s to them in recent months. I canceled my pre-order for the new 109 because it looked so sloppy. I've since ordered the new HM P-40s because the Corgi effort is a complete mess. Corgi's inconsistency is probably frustrating to retailers (maybe even more so than it is to us collectors). When they're on, they're on--but when they mess up, it's bad.
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Couple of theories.

First, I'm guessing the US is not quite the diecast market that it should be. notice how slowly stock seems to move in the US compared to other vendors. Also, notice how most vendors, including major ones such as TFM, have websites that pretty much date from the early 2000s with some particularly cringeworthy ones like diecastairplane and racersden representing the best of 1997 netscape compatible design. This gives a sense of the shoestrings and backwaters that these guys are operating on/in.
My sincerest apologies for not mentioning back in March that RacersDen was getting out of selling aircraft ... I totally spaced it...and failed to let you fellow Diecasters know. Mia culpa.

Perhaps there are still deals to be had.....

I inquired about some holy grails on the chance he had them on a shelf gathering dust...but to no avail. I have not been to the website since.

Since he sells other things...I thought he was a small Hobby Shop....certainly not at the scope and volume of a TFM type of establishment.

Yes it is a sad commentary on what is happening to this hobby at the moment....

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Email from Glen of RacersDen...last March.

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Subject:RE: Upcoming Hobby Master release...... Date:Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:26:17 -0400 (EDT) Hello

We had made a decision not to continue our aviation side of the business past the April Hobby Master pre orders. That is why I do not have anything listed. We will be selling down our remaining inventory.
If I have anything of interest in inventory now I can work up some sale prices.

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There could be some truth to that. In my personal experience, I had to return two damaged P-38s to them in recent months. I canceled my pre-order for the new 109 because it looked so sloppy. I've since ordered the new HM P-40s because the Corgi effort is a complete mess. Corgi's inconsistency is probably frustrating to retailers (maybe even more so than it is to us collectors). When they're on, they're on--but when they mess up, it's bad.
But that applies to HM too, moreso in some of their models- & TFM aren't dropping HM.
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HM and Corgi are in two different leagues.

HM keeps tripping on itself.

Corgi has given anyone outside of the UK a gigantic middle finger. It's just desserts, unfortunately.
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