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Old 02-25-2008, 02:50 AM   #1
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Default Corgi models?

Looking for an F-4 Phantom in 1:72. A few of em popped up on eBay mostly made by Corgi.

Is Corgi the only ones to produce em in that scale? I don't have a Corgi product yet but am keen to find out the quality of their pieces.

I bought a Century Wing tomcat but it never came so I have no idea how excellent their models are yet. I hear it's the cream of the crop. I am satisfied with Witty Wings and Hobby Master so far though. Just as a clue to measure standards.

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P/s: Anyone know who makes 1:72 bombers?
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:40 AM   #2
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I work with Corgi and we have made a load of excellent 1/72nd scale F-4 Phantoms all researched and instigated by me. Let me know which schemes you are interested in?
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:31 PM   #3
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Don't forget about the upcoming Hobby Master F-4s. They look sweet!
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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P/s: Anyone know who makes 1:72 bombers?
..... I have a Corgi Guy Gibson's Lancaster, a real beaut!
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:19 PM   #5
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Hey! Thanks for so many quick responses. Will definitely look em up now.

Adrian.. I envy you! You are living my dream! (well one of em anyway ).

And thanks dboyd001 & jjgilz for your input!

Have a great day!
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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HM's F-4 is fantastic !

What happened to your CW F-14 Derekrodneysim...?
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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Hi all. I just bought a Corgi F-4J Black Bunny Phantom & I'm wondering if anyone else feels disappointed by this model like I do? It's from Corgi's Aviation Archive which I've found to be very good generally. But as an avid Phantom fan & having made several plastic scale models of the Black Bunny Phantom every time I look at it I'm struck by the impression the radome is the wrong shape & the tail planes don't angle down enough, as well as one or two other more minor faults. Have I got it wrong? Am I expecting too much?
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #8
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Corgi's F-4 Phantoms are pretty bad. There are a few Corgi AA molds to stay away from. This is one of them.

You'd be much happier with Hobby Master's HA1923. It's still a bit too glossy for me, but the shape is right.

Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series (Jet Powered) HA1923 - McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II , VX-4, Vandy 1, 153783, Oct 1972
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #9
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Thanks for that. I thought I might be being too critical. I don't have a Hobby Master Phantom but looking at the photos of a few on Flying Mule I hesitate over theirs now too. They seem to have a very ugly join below the windscreen. Conversely I have a Corgi AA F-4C of the Michigan ANG that I love, although the join behind the intakes is a little big too. The HM Black Bunny is much nicer, the join in the forward fuselage looks much better in the photos you linked, I guess the light grey schemes of the F-4E & G models I was referring to makes this join stand out. Cheers.

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Old 12-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #10
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Thanks for that. I thought I might be being too critical. I don't have a Hobby Master Phantom but looking at the photos of a few on Flying Mule I hesitate over theirs now too. They seem to have a very ugly join below the windscreen. Conversely I have a Corgi AA F-4C of the Michigan ANG that I love, although the join behind the intakes is a little big too. The HM Black Bunny is much nicer, the join in the forward fuselage looks much better in the photos you linked, I guess the light grey schemes of the F-4E & G models I was referring to makes this join stand out. Cheers.
Superkungfu here on these boards came up with a neat way to minimize the join lines. Just get some acrylic paint of the same color and mix with Elmer's glue (aka. white glue). Then apply the mix with a paint brush or toothpick and wipe off the excess with a wet paper towel. Once the paint/glue mixture dries the join line becomes much less obvious. Super easy to do and it really works!

I had to do this with my light grey F-4G - in the exact same spot you mention - the join line just below the windscreen.

Don't hesitate in getting the light grey HM F-4G. It's a stunner when sitting on the shelf.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #11
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I second Skinner's comment, above, about the Corgi F-4. Corgi makes some very fine diecast aircraft models---the Swordfish being a prime example-----but its F-4 is very poor compared to the HM versior.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:29 PM   #12
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I have quite a few Corgi models and they vary considerably. Some are quite crude and toy-like (Constellation, EE Lightning, B-29) and others are outstanding (Eurofighter, Tornado, Swordfish). Clearly, Corgi uses different factories to make different models, which is probably more common in the diecast business than most of us realize. I guess it's a good idea to actually handle the model, rather than order it on the basis of a couple of small images on an internet site...TW
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:57 AM   #13
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If you want a good F-4, and you dont mind spending a bit more money (there are sites with almost 50% discounts on these), you should get a Century Wings/X-Plus Phantom. If you are from Europe, I could direct you to a page where you can get the Japanese F-4 Kai and Sundowners F-4 for half of their original cost.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:45 AM   #14
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Mikael, do you care to share the link with the rest of us, as I am definitely interested.

As for HM's Phantoms, overall they are of very high quality. I just happened to receive the Japanese F-4EJ Kai today and it looks outstanding.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #15
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Hm F-4s are nice looking but the ones by XPlus/CW/Air commander are by far superior in colors, details, prints, even pilot figures and gear desgin
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:35 AM   #16
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They are, but the with only 3, 4 releases there isn't much choice at the moment obviously. The new Aircommander VF-21 Spooks look very promising though.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #17
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I have one of Century Wings new A-6 Intruders that is fantastic, so I will definitely check out their F-4s. And all the other manufacturers suggested. I don't mind paying for quality. I know the mighty F-4 has legions of fans but the other plane I want to collect in numbers is the F-16. Too boring? I've always liked the look of the Viper & of course like the Phantom it has been so successful & widely used.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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yeah, I am all for the F-16, not boring at all. I think HM F-16 are great but an F-16 from Air Commander would be fantastic. I love accurate stencils, accurate engines, and deep intakes.
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