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Old 05-14-2021, 02:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1/48 Model of the Year? Corgi F.2B

A very pleasant surprise: Corgi's Bristol F.2B

It's been a bit of a slow year for 1/48 so far. Basically, the only producer has been hobbymaster who has been dumping out their underwhelming Me109s in addition to generally not too ambitious repaints of their decent older moulds like Zero and P-51.

So what a pleasure to see something truly new and something really nice: I have here Corgi's F.2B fighter in 1/48. I won't rivet count this, but just want to say on general impression it's just gorgeous.

- The wooden prop is the best wooden prop i have ever seen from Corgi
- It is very well packaged
- The rigging is tight and good
- the colours appear to be basically perfect*
- there's even a hint of cockpit inside detail next to the pilots
- The pilot and gunner are reasonable for diecast. i may try to improve them a bit, but this may be difficult.

* well, the glossy cowl is a bit questionable. But, at scale, it works for me.

Main negative:

- missing rigging on empennage.

in short, it's just a really lovely model. The exhausts are not hollow at the end, though this is far from unusual for diecast. Maybe these can be drilled out, but it has to be done extremely carefully.

Grade: Solid A. Model of the year candidate, certainly in 1/48.

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Old 05-15-2021, 08:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Corgi arrivals to the USA always take considerable time but I have this ordered and am really looking forward to receiving it. Your review gets me even more excited. The Corgi line of WWI birds is great and this will be my eighth. The Bristol F.2B remained relevant for a two-seater dominated by single seat aircraft in The Great War.
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Old 05-16-2021, 12:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A very pleasant surprise: Corgi's Bristol F.2B

It's been a bit of a slow year for 1/48 so far. Basically, the only producer has been hobbymaster who has been dumping out their underwhelming Me109s in addition to generally not too ambitious repaints of their decent older moulds like Zero and P-51.

So what a pleasure to see something truly new and something really nice: I have here Corgi's F.2B fighter in 1/48. I won't rivet count this, but just want to say on general impression it's just gorgeous.

- The wooden prop is the best wooden prop i have ever seen from Corgi
- It is very well packaged
- The rigging is tight and good
- the colours appear to be basically perfect*
- there's even a hint of cockpit inside detail next to the pilots
- The pilot and gunner are reasonable for diecast. i may try to improve them a bit, but this may be difficult.

* well, the glossy cowl is a bit questionable. But, at scale, it works for me.

Main negative:

- missing rigging on empennage.

in short, it's just a really lovely model. The exhausts are not hollow at the end, though this is far from unusual for diecast. Maybe these can be drilled out, but it has to be done extremely carefully.

Grade: Solid A. Model of the year candidate, certainly in 1/48.
Apparently the glossy cowl is correct, as it got covered in oil.
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Old 05-16-2021, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I prefer 1/48 scale (at least for smaller aircraft). Not too small, not too large, and it's easier to see the detail. I do see that it seems to be a forgotten scale though.
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I prefer 1/48 scale (at least for smaller aircraft). Not too small, not too large, and it's easier to see the detail. I do see that it seems to be a forgotten scale though.
Hardly- it is now HM's main scale for prop planes, & Corgi's scale for WW1 planes.
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