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Diecast Diaries

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Welcome to Corgi Die-cast Diaries, an exciting new addition to the Corgi website where every month we will be taking you behind-the-scenes of the Corgi Product Development department, tracking the development of Corgi models often many months before they are released.


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World of Tanks update exclusive

Tis the season of good will to all Corgi collectors and in the latest edition of Diecast Diaries, we have a bumper festive update from all the latest new model projects. We have a major exclusive looking at our new range of World of Tanks models, in addition to featuring two very special Vanguards collector’s sets which include both newly tooled models and a selection of Britain’s most iconic post war sports cars. We provide readers with updates on our newly tooled Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and check in on Bond’s Aston Martin which is looking more than a little the worse for wear. As it is the festive season, we also have a cracker of a Christmas competition for everyone to enter, with a stunning Corgi model awaiting our lucky winner.

Old ‘Snake Hips’ flies in

It’s new Corgi models all the way in the latest edition of Diecast Diaries, as we not only bring you full details of a new model announcement made earlier this week, but we also provide updates on some of the most anticipated new and modified tooling projects from the current 2020 model range. We have two of the world’s most famous warplanes checking in, a magical flying motorcycle and sidecar, a machine-gun toting classic British sports car and a man who seems to prefer driving his Mini whilst sitting on its roof! How could you not want to find out about all that diecast goodness?

Royal Navy Flagship Corgi style

The latest edition of our Corgi blog weighs anchor on an exciting new tooling project which will produce scale representations of two new warships which are already amongst the most famous vessels ever operated by Britain’s Royal Navy, the gargantuan F-35 Lightning II equipped Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Not content with this, we have perhaps the largest selection of exclusive Corgi model imagery we have ever featured in a single edition, as we update readers on some of the most eagerly anticipated new tooling projects in the diecast collecting hobby. It’s ‘full steam ahead’ for another stunning selection of exclusive Corgi model updates.

An intentionally unloved motoring classic advances

Another mighty Corgi model development update awaits your inspection in this 70th edition of our Diecast Diaries blog. This time, we feature a project which takes its inspiration from a classic motoring icon, a scale collectable tribute to the pilots of the Battle of Britain in this 80th Anniversary year and an interesting look at a German tank which wasn’t all it seemed to be at first glance. In an eleventh our addition, we are also delighted to be bringing you a spectacular Breaking News feature at the end of the blog, one which you will definitely not want to miss out on.

Tornado disbandment trio complete

The RAF Panavia Tornado GR4 takes centre stage once more in the latest edition of Diecast Diaries, as we bring you exclusive pictures of the third model in our fantastic Disbandment Trilogy. For the first time, collectors will be able to see what all three of these fantastic models look like when displayed together, as we attempt to recreate the iconic official RAF photo call featuring these three aircraft in diecast style. In addition to this, we have all the latest news from several exciting 2020 model projects, including a pair of collectable Hornby Centenary buses, the impending arrival of a future Aviation Archive classic and our attractive range of miniature classic military vehicles. Finally, could we ask everyone a quick question? Would you dare to ride the Kraken bus?

Exclusive new legacy Tornado GR.1 announcement

NEW MODEL ANNOUNCEMENT – The latest edition of Diecast Diaries is dominated by the exclusive announcement of a new Aviation Archive model, one which makes our final scale tribute to the impressive 40 year service career of the recently retired Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado strike jet. In what has turned out to be something of a bumper edition, we also bring you a full update from all the latest Corgi model developments and final sample images from several impending releases.

First test flight for new Bristol Fighter

We return to our usual 4 weekly Corgi blog schedule with a feature packed edition full of exclusive imagery and Corgi model updates. Our headline feature is a first look at the first metal shots from our impressive new 1/48th scale Bristol F.2B Fighter tooling, followed by a look at a scale representation of a UK Airshow favourite Spitfire Mk.1a and a summer quartet of Vanguard model releases. We end by featuring a 2020 model release which marks a WWII Allied tank forced to operate under sinister new management.

Corgi Week Day 5 – ‘Mi Amigo’ research breaking new ground

The final day of ‘Corgi Week’ and it’s the turn of our Aviation Archive range, where we will be focussing on one very special model. Benefitting from a fascinating selection of exclusive images, we will see how the Corgi design team have unearthed new information relating to the presentation of a WWII bomber made famous by media coverage during 2019. We will also see how this new information will be incorporated in a spectacular new 1/72nd scale Boeing B-17G release, which is now only a few short weeks away.

Corgi Week Day 4 – Vanguards Jaguar is purrfect addition

We are very much on the home straight of our inaugural ‘Corgi Week’ now, but we will not be ending before we have spent a little quality blog time with some real Corgi heavyweights. Day 4 is all about the Vanguards range of 1/43rd scale vehicle models, as we focus on a trio of newly tooled models which will soon be delighting thousands of model collectors. We also have our fourth competition to enter, with a unique model prize awaiting our lucky winner.

Corgi Week Day 3 - A midweek model release update

We already find ourselves at day THREE of ‘Corgi Week’ and in this latest blog, we will be bringing you an exclusive update on some of the models which are currently winging their way to our warehouse and will be in you display cabinets in no time. We look at a beast of a model which is about to slip into the long list of 'unavailable' previous Corgi releases and test your brain power once more with the latest addition to the Corgi competitions page.

Corgi Week Day 2 – Collecting kids rule

Day Two of ‘Corgi Week’ and this time it’s the turn of our younger collectors. We are also delighted to introduce you to the newest member of the Corgi team, our new Assistant Brand Manager Meg Atkinson-Chance. Meg has decided to dive straight in and kindly offered to produce this latest blog. Meet Meg and find out some of her views on the collecting hobby, as she takes a look at some of the high quality model ranges we have created with the younger collector in mind.

Corgi Week 2020 Day 1 – Military Legends go to war

Day 1 of ‘Corgi Week’ and we embark on five consecutive days of Corgi blogs by taking a slightly alternative look at our Military Legends range and posing the rather thought provoking question, ‘Would you ever consider weathering one of your diecast models?’ We also have news of a new competition, with a fantastic 1/50th scale model of a Battle of the Bulge Sherman Tank up for grabs.

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