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Old 09-23-2014, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got about 15-20 of these models and they are just taking up space. I'm thinking of dumping them at the next SFO Collectibles show this weekend but was wondering if anyone even collects them or if they are worth anything. I would go the ebay route, but I would imagine shipping is a pain. Thoughts?

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Old 09-23-2014, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Mate.

Yep people still do.

As for price...depends on the model, tooling, where the model is being sold from and a bit of luck. Some models will fetch over $500. Australian stuff often gets over $500,...thats in Australia though.

Some toolings are rubbish and HM have upgraded others and released same schemes........such as the P51, P47 and Corsair.

The Hellcat is one of their best toolings.

FM F4s tend to get a good price. Particularly Old's F4C and a couple of others.

There are a lot of variables with FM stuff. If you go Ebay, photograph them well, go auction and don't be silly with your starting price.

If you were in Australia...we could have a chat, but postage is stupid now.

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Some toolings are rubbish and HM have upgraded them and released same schemes........such as the P51, P47 and Corsair.
I’m with you here. Their Corsair was terrible. Their F4U-1 had the canopy of an F4-U4, it had decals instead of pad-printed stencilling, the wing root air scoops were installed upside down, etc.

Sold it after only a few months.
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Yeah...FM started pad printing their models shortly after taking over from Armour (which was originally an Italian company). So you can buy the same model, with different methods of marking.

Sound like you had a Armour release. What colour was the box??

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Just let me explain some stuff.

Franklin Mint models were originally manufactured and released by a company called Armour.

It was an Italian Company that sold 1:48 and 1:100 models. The 1:100 models were notable for the squillions of toolings and the diversity of scheme. Very similar to HM today.

Franklin Mint bought the company and toolings. But there was a transition period. Where a many models by Armour were not sold and FM sold them.

So you can get a FM Corsair (and other models) with pad-printing or decals. The general rule is (but as a say there was a small transition period so there are exceptions) blue boxes (with all the piccies of catalogue photos), pad printed and grey boxes, decals.

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Yeah...FM started pad printing their models shortly after taking over from Armour (which was originally an Italian company). So you can buy the same model, with different methods of marking.

Sound like you had a Armour release. What colour was the box??
Yep, the silver box. Armour release. Took a pic before selling it.
But this thing weighed a ton...compared to my relatively lightweight, but more accurate HM version of the same plane.

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Sagar,

People that collect FM 1:48 diecast are well aware that shipping can be painful, so from that aspect they are already immunised from the price shock. I would be interested to know what you have to sell...
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Sagar, why dont you tell us what ya got mate. There might be a release that I have been after for years that may pry postage money out of me.

Lynch's Spitfire would be one.
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Some toolings are rubbish and HM have upgraded them and released same schemes........such as the P51, P47 and Corsair.
The P-47 and Corsair toolings are far from rubbish. In fact, in some ways i prefer them to HM's. The FM korean war corsairs (bedcheck charlie and the dark-scheme nightfigher/radar version) are superb and easily in the top 5 of my favorite 1/48 aircraft accross all my 150+ strong 1/48 collection. I rate them higher than any of my 5 or 6 HM corsairs.

In my opinion, hobbymaster hasn't made a corsair as nice as this yet:




The FM P-51 is relatively weak, but some exmaples are worth getting. Again, the korean war one is nice. I also have the very htf chuck yeager version.

In the above, I'm talking about HM 1/48 aircraft. Armour 1/100 aircraft may be good or bad, but they do not hold value well.

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No, you are right...poor wording on my part. Replace "them" with "others" in the offending sentence.

As you say the Corsair and P47 are not that bad and are extremely hefty.

The P51 is rubbish though....that does not mean I still dont love mine...particularly Yeager's mount. All up I have 20 odd 1:48 Mustangs. EI, FM and HM and I have kept all my FM Stangs and not replaced them with HM releases of the same scheme.

The BF109G is pretty poor due horizontal tail...but some of the mottling is the best in the Hobby (mind you some isn't).

The Hellcat is the best in my view, for the WW2 single engined fighters.
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The Hellcat is the best in my view, for the WW2 single engined fighters.
the hellcat is lovely, exspecially vraciu's. another top 5 1/48 model.



i have an extra hellcat that i have queued up to be painted as a vf-84 bird. the lack of vf-84 birds was a very strange omission by fm in both their corsairs and hellcats. that said, right when they went bust they prototyped a vf-84 corsair at a toy fair in germany. i bought it , along with their prototype FM-1 wildcat. of course hm later came out with the vf-84 corsair, but i'm happy with the fm bird.

i like fm's bf-109s, despite any flaws. between my c1 and fm 109s, i dont anticipate ever buying any hobbymaster ones. between the likely bad mottling, high price, and hish plastic content, i can't see it really being worth it to upgrade.

i do wish, however, that hm would make 1/48 zeroes. i have two fm versions and both are just ok, including the one on floats which sells for a bundle. i'm also far less of a fan of marushin than others seem to be. i'm working on restoring a marushin raiden right now, but the basic models just arent that great.
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HM will be releasing the BF109E, not the F or G, so plenty of schemes that don't require mottling.

Its actually a fairly simple model to colour with plenty schemes with multiple theatres such Spanish Civil War, Poland, France, BoB and North Africa.

As long as the tooling is above par....it should be alright and worth collecting.

Mind you they have just buggered up the 19 SQN Spits ....so who knows.
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HM will be releasing the BF109E, not the F or G, so plenty of schemes that don't require mottling.
sure, and as i said, i'm perfectly happy with this:







the mottling on the last one looks poor in photos - in person it's a pretty nice model.

maybe i'm not a 109 expert, but the 3 c1 emils i have (i dont have the red one) to my eye look the part.

sorry to hear that hm messed up the bob spits. but im taking that with a grain of salt, since there seems to be a lot of carping about the hm spits in general, and while i'm sure they have their issues, i've been very happy with mine in general.
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They have struggled with the MK I/II Spits unfortunately.

Yep, I also have those three ME109s. The mottling is pretty good except they should have mottled the wing root on the desert piece.

But I want more.

Its a tooling I am actually really looking forward to.

However, the Hurricane will be first I believe (they better get the brown right). Another tooling that FM released which is pretty good.

I wish HM would release something different for WW2. MC202/05 would be my pick. The most beautiful monoplane fighter of the war in my view. but until HM learn to mottle...........no thanks.

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They have struggled with the MK I/II Spits unfortunately.

I wish HM would release something different for WW2. MC202/05 would be my pick.
single engined ww2 planes that i'd like to see in 1/48:

- helldiver
- better dauntless (fm's is over-rated)
- avenger
- airacobra
- zero (marushins is over-rated)
- t6/snj (not enough EIs were released)
- bt-13 - one of the most produced aircraft ever, nary a diecast whisper



however, mostly in 1/48 i'd like to see more pre-war types, including several usn types plus things like the a5m and ki-27 which have a huge number of potential schemes and matches up quite well to some released stuff.



mad props to hm if they do the above.


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I have the Korean War PLAAF MiG-15 and happy with it though I hear it's an average mould

The FM Corsair looks a cut above the HM versions
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To add my 2 cents.....I might have collected more 1/48's had someone produced more Blues beyond what I have.

From my Blues collection, here are the only, known to me, Blues ever produced in 1/48 Diecast:

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Old 09-24-2014, 02:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Here's what I have. Any of them "rare"

Armour list

98077 - F-14 - VF-74 Bedevilers
98039 - F-14 Top Gun - Splinter
98038 -F-14 VF-31 Tomcatters

98178 - B-25 Doolittle
B11B634 - B-17 Memphis Belle

98048 - F-15E USAF Dessert Storm - 50th
B11B594 - F-15 SJ

B11C989 - F6F Blue Angels

96101 - F-4 Jolly Rogers
98042 - F-4 Black Bunny

98015 - F-18 Top Gun - Splinter
98013 - F-18 Blue Angels
98073 - F-18 Top Gun - All Black

98086 - F-16 USMC

B11E366 - F-22 Raptor 1

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I have an Armor/Franklin Mint FA-18, Stars and stripes,.
Whilst it seems ok, it doesn't really excite me
Blueangel 78, the quickest way to find the rough e-bay value, would be to search for them and then click completed listings, that will give you recent items sold/unsold.
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Here's what I have. Any of them "rare"

Armour list

98077 - F-14 - VF-74 Bedevilers
98039 - F-14 Top Gun - Splinter
98038 -F-14 VF-31 Tomcatters

98178 - B-25 Doolittle
B11B634 - B-17 Memphis Belle

98048 - F-15E USAF Dessert Storm - 50th
B11B594 - F-15 SJ

B11C989 - F6F Blue Angels

96101 - F-4 Jolly Rogers
98042 - F-4 Black Bunny

98015 - F-18 Top Gun - Splinter
98013 - F-18 Blue Angels
98073 - F-18 Top Gun - All Black

98086 - F-16 USMC

B11E366 - F-22 Raptor 1

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I dont know about rare. The Aggressor F16s normally do well, not the most recent one, but earlier ones released years ago. I think you have the most recent one.

The Doolittle B25 should do well as well.

The problem with the B17 is that postage drives buyers away, so pick up should be an option on your listing.

There are many variables...so I dont want to promise anything....but you do have a couple of good ones.

Dunno about the F15E. They are a bit although they have presence.

I am sorry but there is not much there to get me excited....but in the US, who knows.
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I'm thinking that these are sutible for the local collectibles show. Now just to find some price points.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/SFO-Airline-Collectible-Show/760878127265067?ref=br_tf
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For those that care, here is what my lil eBay research turned up. Couldn't find a couple so guesstimated along with the others.

98077 - F-14 - VF-74 Bedevilers - $90
98039 - F-14 Top Gun - Splinter - $110
98038 -F-14 VF-31 Tomcatters - $140

98178 - B-25 Doolittle - $140
B11B634 - B-17 Memphis Belle - $300

98048 - F-15E USAF Dessert Storm - 50th - $175
b11b594 - F-15 SJ - $140

B11C989 - F6F Blue Angels - $110

96101 - F-4 Jolly Rogers - $130
98042 - F-4 Black Bunny - $100

98015 - F-18 Top Gun - Splinter - $130
98013 - F-18 Blue Angels - $130
98073 - F-18 Top Gun - All Black - $130

98086 - F-16 USMC - $120

B11E366 - F-22 Raptor 1 - $175
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I've got about 15-20 of these models and they are just taking up space.
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They sure do in 1/48, dust collectors and in my opinion more liable to become damaged over time.
I had someone say to me in the model train trade, the older you get you go up in scale as your eyesight diminishes.
So pack them away till you get to old age.
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Or did he mean that in a couple years time we'll all be collecting 1/18?
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Old thread, but I’m interested in the 1/48 B-24. Anyone have info if this a quality piece? The 1/72 from Corgi looks pretty bad to me.
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I used to have one of the 1/100th scale Jolly Rogers tomcats but felt like it wasn't worth the money. It was just a glorified Hogan Wings tbh. I think I bought mine from the discovery channel catalog
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Old thread, but I’m interested in the 1/48 B-24. Anyone have info if this a quality piece? The 1/72 from Corgi looks pretty bad to me.
Corgi's better ones - Strawberry Btch, Assembly ship, and maybe one or two others are pretty good. the newer ones they tried but the mould is tired and gappy. Most of the Hs with the turret nose have a very prominent gap but some are tighter than others. "Pistol Packin Mama" IIRC is pretty good. If i wanted a B24, corgi would be my first choice.

I have a FM B-24 ("Night Mission") in 1/48. It's ok. But it's too big for the limited detail. I'd give it a miss.

I'd also give the AF1 a miss. While it has some fans here, the AF1 overall quality just isnt there for me unless it's a very unique model like their P61.
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Thanks, the gaps on the B-24 look pretty bad, so I won’t bother. I’m thinking about a Franklin Mint Armour in 1/48, from what I’ve seen they look good.
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I have a number of their 1/48 and I think they are fine. 6 F-86's one Mig-15, 3 f-4's,( USN , USMC, Luftwaffe ). The only box Have is for the USMC F-4. All are available if anyone wants photos. Prices way under those I see listed.
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Tigers747, I’d like to see what F-86’s you have. Send photos to [email protected]
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Hello Racer.

I am a big fan of the B24 and its my favourite Heavy of the War. I have plenty of Corgi and three FM versions.

Franklin Mint B24s are really good. The shape is as good if not better than the Corgi versions and the nose join is heaps better, particularly on the turreted versions. Overall,....I would rate FM's B24s over Corgi.

As I mentioned I have three. "The Squaw", a 98th BG B24 with the 12 Air Force. It also took part in the Ploesti raid and survived the war. It ended up in the States on a War Bond tour. I have the PB4Y-1 and the B24J, a 43 BG B24 based in Le Shima Island of Okinawa.

Of course I am bias, but these three are the best of FM B24s. I think released 5 or 6. Night Mission is not one to get I am afraid.

The best (in my view), my favourite and defo one of the top 5 models in my collection is the B24D, "The Squaw". The history and nose art (some of the best of the war with both sides of the forward fuselage having great art) make it the best. The scheme is not an operational scheme, but a War Bond scheme. There are in fact two versions of the release. I prefer the earlier one without the added markings.

Also, I would not discount Corgi too early. Strawberry ***** is a great release. Although it is often thought it took part in the Ploesti raid,...it didn't.

I also have the a couple of turreted versions with the OD scheme, which does disguise the nose gaps a tad. The latest, Male Call, is a beauty. I also have a RAAF code 3 version,....but I am guessing you are not interested in that.

But if you are set on one,...….regardless of scale, the FM's "The Squaw" is the best in my view.

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i would take the B24,25 and B17 for sure!
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Thanks Light Fire. I kinda like the FM 1/48 B-24 Coastal Command Version, but wonder if the white may accent any gaps and look bad. From the the photos I’ve seen of it it looks really good.
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Thanks Light Fire. I kinda like the FM 1/48 B-24 Coastal Command Version, but wonder if the white may accent any gaps and look bad. From the the photos I’ve seen of it it looks really good.
Its one I don't have,....but I wish I did. I was looking for it for an age, but space has finally constrained against any more 1:48 biggies.

Its a good one and I wish you all the best finding the beast.
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I have an F-117 Armor in 1:48 if anyone is interested in buying it.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:54 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I'm looking for replacement parts for the Armour/Franklin Mint aircraft. I have purchased a few different Armour, Franklin Mint aircraft 1:498 scale that have missing or damaged parts. Do you know of any reproduction pieces or companies that may be out there?

Right now I am specifically looking for the horizontal stabilizers for the 1:48 PBY and the cockpit glass for the 1:48 F-15 Eagle. Also looking for the left horizontal stabilizer for the 1:72 "AirForce1" B-17G Bit O'Lace.

Any guidance or suggestions that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I hate disposing these beautiful aircraft due to missing parts.

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I'm looking for replacement parts for the Armour/Franklin Mint aircraft. I have purchased a few different Armour, Franklin Mint aircraft 1:498 scale that have missing or damaged parts. Do you know of any reproduction pieces or companies that may be out there?

Right now I am specifically looking for the horizontal stabilizers for the 1:48 PBY and the cockpit glass for the 1:48 F-15 Eagle. Also looking for the left horizontal stabilizer for the 1:72 "AirForce1" B-17G Bit O'Lace.

Any guidance or suggestions that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I hate disposing these beautiful aircraft due to missing parts.

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Put simply,..no. Your best bet for parts is 1:48 plastic parts (which likely wont be easy or cheap either) where you have to paint and glue them on. They will likely be mildly different to the similar parts on FM models such as the horizontal stabilizers that you mentioned.

Its a bugga,..but there it is.
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Does anyone have a list of when the different models were available? When did Armour start making them and when did Franklin Mint stop? If anyone is still out there that has the secret decoder ring that tells the history of the 1:48 aircraft, I've love to be initiated into the secret club.
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Does anyone have a list of when the different models were available? When did Armour start making them and when did Franklin Mint stop? If anyone is still out there that has the secret decoder ring that tells the history of the 1:48 aircraft, I've love to be initiated into the secret club.

Here’s the only source that I know of that has current FM’s for sale as well as what’s been previously sold throughout the years.....its 3 webpages long..

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https://www.aikensairplanes.com/bran...klin-Mint.html

Franklin Mint took over Armour long ago...
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thanks for the information. Just trying to understand the history of the Armour/Franklin Mint 1:48 military diecast.

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Does anyone have a list of when the different models were available? When did Armour start making them and when did Franklin Mint stop? If anyone is still out there that has the secret decoder ring that tells the history of the 1:48 aircraft, I've love to be initiated into the secret club.
so, the secret is to look at archive.org and to find the old aiken's airplanes web page which listed the 1/48 franklin mints. the listing was not perfect, but was pretty much about as close to perfect as you'll find online. i have a few rare fm's, including a few nuermburg show prototypes and limited edition specials, that never appeared in the aikens list.

the current all singing all dancing modern tech aikens site only lists what they have in stock and is not very useful.

fwif, while, again, not perfect, fm's models had a certain very satisfying heft and finish to them. if i was after a 48 109 for example, i'd probably take a fm over a hm all being equal. for p47, f4u, and hurricane, you can make an argument either way (though probably hm is better for the hurricane). for p-51 (all types), spitfire, fw190, and zero, hm clearly has the edge.
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thanks for the information. Just trying to understand the history of the Armour/Franklin Mint 1:48 military diecast.

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I still collect FM/Armour occasionally. I have quite a few on display,......over a 100. There are good ones and bad ones,.....like any manufacturer. However FM/Armour is characterised by fixed landing gears and canopy’s and no pilot.

I guess to start off with, Armour models are mostly covered with decals. When FM took over the line they went pad-printing. The general rule is the old Armour boxes which are silver or in some cases red and gold (I think), are generally decals. FM boxes are blue and covered with other FM products and generally pad-printing. There are exceptions, probably as old Armour stock were given over to FM when FM took over the line.

There has been a couple releases that have been effected with catastrophic metal warping. The RAF Sabre has come to mind.

Some toolings are superb. The Hellcat for one. Other than the warping issue, I already mentioned, they are extremely sturdy and heavy models.

Like all the manus some releases have poor, inaccurate schemes.

That’s about it for generalities. They released plenty of toolings and hundreds of releases.

If you have any specific questions on a release, you are more than welcome to ask.
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What are the NIB F-4 selling for?
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Depends on the model. Ritchie, Cunningham and Olds tend to go for a premium. eBay normally has plenty to get a decent idea on worth.

They did release plenty of them, I have 20 myself. Not the best tooling I might add, but it’s an F4, big, chunky and heavy. They have a bit of gravitas on the display shelf,......unlike 1:72 Spooks.
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PBY's sell pretty darn dear. They're not the best scale model in 1/48, but are massive and can serve as an effective substitute for a boat-anchor in a pinch.
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i have an extra hellcat that i have queued up to be painted as a vf-84 bird. the lack of vf-84 birds was a very strange omission by fm in both their corsairs and hellcats. that said, right when they went bust they prototyped a vf-84 corsair at a toy fair in germany. i bought it , along with their prototype FM-1 wildcat. of course hm later came out with the vf-84 corsair, but i'm happy with the fm bird.
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i have an extra hellcat that i have queued up to be painted as a vf-84 bird. the lack of vf-84 birds was a very strange omission by fm in both their corsairs and hellcats. that said, right when they went bust they prototyped a vf-84 corsair at a toy fair in germany. i bought it , along with their prototype FM-1 wildcat. of course hm later came out with the vf-84 corsair, but i'm happy with the fm bird.
wait a minute. i also got a prototype corsair and fm-1 from the show. looks like they may have had a few

i remember that the corsair was a bunker hill one (perhaps with a white cowl - i dont remember exactly) and the FM-1 i forgot but it may have been the stereotypical 4-leaf clover tail one. (they are both in storage overseas)
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