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Old 12-22-2020, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello chaps,

Just wondering what your hopes are for the upcoming Aviation Archive 2021 release in two weeks time?

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Welcome aboard. Any new tooling that hasn’t appeared in diecast before. I could be more be specific but let’s face it, that would be pointless.

Alright then:

Modern jet (21st century). 1/72 F-35B because HM’s is awful. Yes, I know, no chance.
Cold War jet. 1/72 B-47, because we need a Yank bomber after the Vulcan, and the B-52 is too big. Again, no chance.
WWII. 1/72 Cut-back Spitfire Mk XIV with tear-drop canopy. Slim chance?
WWI. 1/48 Vickers FB5. No chance.

Specific hopes? Pointless. I’ll stick with crossing my fingers for anything new at all. I think that’s not unreasonable. Perhaps re-tool your 1/72 glass nose namesake, with full glass this time as well.

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Old 12-22-2020, 09:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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1/72 Victor

Shackleton (any scale).
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I hope Cold War and Falklands War birds, specially the Argentinian Canberra that they announced time ago
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Old 12-22-2020, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cold War jet. 1/72 B-47, because we need a Yank bomber after the Vulcan, and the B-52 is too big. Again, no chance.
A B-47 would be absolutely awesome.
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Old 12-22-2020, 01:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A B-47 would be absolutely awesome.
fully agree. but, i'd be shocked. this would be a few standard deviations from norm.

a 1/72 b-29 continues to make the most sense - packaged with attachable wings. a corgi b-29 would be very respectable and they could charge a decent price. they could make a few 'washingtons' for the home market. but, the problem here is a combination of corgi (who are clearly cash strapped and risk averse) and the US, where retailers are passive and 'old fashioned.' (To their defense, the US charges no relevant import duty/vat and it costs about the same to post to the USA from china or anywhere else really as it does in the US internally. Plus, us customers are notoriously overpowerful with their credit card "chargeback" abuses, exercised for the slightest diecast blemish by the worst 2% customers - it's a hard market to thrive in). But, a 1/72 B-29 would sell and there are a ton of liveries for it and the B-50/RB-50/etc. I still think this is by far corgi's smartest mould possibility.

My hopes for Corgi include expanding their 1/48 range. The lightning showed that the potential is there, even if the Phantom was just ok. I'm not sure exactly what aircraft makes the most sense, but a Meteor sounds to be up corgi's alley - safe bet for them that HM won't do one soon and airfix owns plenty of "good enough for diecast" plastic kits to crib from. A tempest or typhoon might make some sense, though this would be new ground for Corgi. But, I don't think any of this will actually happen. i think corgi should get out of the 1/72 single engine ww2 business entirely. their customer base has ageing eyes and making more of the same old same old does not wallets extract.

I suspect given covid as such we'll see nothing more than a few new liveries on old moulds. It's probably as a good a time as any to do a 111 SQN ee lightning to raise some cash.

F-35 i don't think corgi can do credibly. The "good" F-35 will come from Calibre Wings, obviously.

And if Corgi do indeed make some boring 1/72 single engine type, my vote is for the fairey fulmar or the firefly. both are reasonable choices.

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How about a B-57B Canberra with the longer, two-man canopy instead of the round canopy that looks like the cap from a toy gumball container?
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Old 12-23-2020, 02:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1/72 accurate ( new tooling ) and without split seam in the middle A-12/ YF-12/M-21/SR-71A & B Hahaha I know I know...

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It is probably a reach, but I would like to see Corgi get back into the 1/32 scale planes again. I recently “discovered “ these and now have a few of them. A P-47, Zero, or FW-190 would be most welcome. I would also like to see a P-38 but it would probably be too costly and definitely very big.
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It is probably a reach, but I would like to see Corgi get back into the 1/32 scale planes again. I recently “discovered “ these and now have a few of them. A P-47, Zero, or FW-190 would be most welcome. I would also like to see a P-38 but it would probably be too costly and definitely very big.
If you like 1/32, look at built models. 1/32 models are relatively unpopular for collectors of built models, so quality 1/32 built models are often available at relatively low price on ebay. A typical ebay cycle is that some builder will list a well built 1/32 model at a relatively high price only to have little to no interest only to have to later discount it very heavily when he decides that the thing is taking up too much space on his shelves and has got to go. P47s and FW190s are quite easy to find. Of course, if you're in america (sorry I didn't check), unfortunately ebay is filled with many very poor quality built models, often passing themselves off as "pro built."

More realistically for corgi, given covid, pound uncertainty, brexit, and the general economic climate, I'd be surprised if they announce much of anything, really.
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A B-47 would be absolutely awesome.
I second that!

I would love to see more EE/BAC Lightnings. T birds for sure. More F6`s? Absolutely!

Though i would wish they would re-tool their earlier marks to get rid of the terrible removable engine cover and strange shaped intake shroud to start with. It would mean me replacing all my earlier Lightnings, but it would be worth it. Some Saudi and Kuwaiti markings wouldn`t go amiss either.

I`m not sure why Corgi doesn`t release their Lightnings more frequently as the F6`s sell pretty quick. (and, considering no other manu produces Lightnings).
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F-35 I don't think corgi can do credibly. The "good" F-35 will come from Calibre Wings, obviously.
I would absolutely love to see a CalW F-35, but it will be several years before one could possibly see the light of day. They have a lot of other projects right now. The soonest one could be on the market is probably around 2024, I would realistically guess.

Just like the F-16, the 35 would be a cash cow in the long run, but as soon as CalW would announce they were making a 35, HM would probably just make a move like they did with the U-2, and announce they were re-tooling their own mold.

Lord knows what could happen between now and then on the world seen.
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If you like 1/32, look at built models. 1/32 models are relatively unpopular for collectors of built models, so quality 1/32 built models are often available at relatively low price on ebay. A typical ebay cycle is that some builder will list a well built 1/32 model at a relatively high price only to have little to no interest only to have to later discount it very heavily when he decides that the thing is taking up too much space on his shelves and has got to go. P47s and FW190s are quite easy to find. Of course, if you're in america (sorry I didn't check), unfortunately ebay is filled with many very poor quality built models, often passing themselves off as "pro built."

More realistically for corgi, given covid, pound uncertainty, brexit, and the general economic climate, I'd be surprised if they announce much of anything, really.
Yeah, I have seen a few pro built models on eBay that look good, but as you say they may not be. I’m pretty sure 1/32 is dead now but have to wait and see.
Meanwhile I will also cast a vote for a 1/72 B-47 as well.
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I would absolutely love to see a CalW F-35, but it will be several years before one could possibly see the light of day. They have a lot of other projects right now. The soonest one could be on the market is probably around 2024, I would realistically guess.
While I'd be happy for an updated F-35, I'd be happier still if Neil kept on the straight and narrow with the projects that are already announced. Other than the long-nose U2, which I think HM for my interest will do a "good enough" job on, I am interested all of the already announced a/c well ahead of the F-35.

That all said, I think 2024 maybe a bit pessimistic and also I doubt that HM would retool. Or, at least, they've not undergone a wholesale retooling like that ever before. If anything, it would make more sense for HM to make a new F-35 and release it under a new premium line that only us boffins would be really aware actually is HM in disguise or come to an agreement to sell it under an existing HQ brand like Air Commander or Century Wings. Stranger things have happened. But all that's speculation. Ultimately, I don't think right now HM has what it takes to make a decent F-35. They do have the capability of making a plain grey one without the bumps, but not one that matches the overall finish of what Neil/CalW are doing. So, this one really is there in CalW's ballpark.
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While I'd be happy for an updated F-35, I'd be happier still if Neil kept on the straight and narrow with the projects that are already announced. Other than the long-nose U2, which I think HM for my interest will do a "good enough" job on, I am interested all of the already announced a/c well ahead of the F-35.

That all said, I think 2024 maybe a bit pessimistic and also I doubt that HM would retool. Or, at least, they've not undergone a wholesale retooling like that ever before. If anything, it would make more sense for HM to make a new F-35 and release it under a new premium line that only us boffins would be really aware actually is HM in disguise or come to an agreement to sell it under an existing HQ brand like Air Commander or Century Wings. Stranger things have happened. But all that's speculation. Ultimately, I don't think right now HM has what it takes to make a decent F-35. They do have the capability of making a plain grey one without the bumps, but not one that matches the overall finish of what Neil/CalW are doing. So, this one really is there in CalW's ballpark.
Well HM did after all, release several of their early moulds under contract with Corgi under the Corgi Predator line, not to mention HM's own sub-brand, Sky Max.
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Love to see the Beaufort come alive.

Another Lancaster,.....but not a special.

Desert, mottled ME110.

RAAF Canberra

A Gutersloh Lightning

A Bruggun Phantom

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Glad to see a 1/72 RCAF Mosquito. Finally.
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