Welcome to Die-cast Diaries
Welcome to the very first edition of Corgi Die-cast Diaries. We think that this is going to be a very popular addition to the Corgi website and we intend to make it an area that die-cast collectors will want to visit on a regular basis.
Our intention with this new blog is to give collectors a dedicated area of the website, where we can take you behind-the-scenes of our product development department, announcing new projects in development much earlier than the traditional December and June launches.
In essence, this will be the first stop for all things Corgi die-cast and will regularly showcase images and information that may be being made public for the very first time. As most new product development projects can take many months to come to fruition, Die-cast Diaries will be a great way to keep you informed on the progress of the Corgi models you are all waiting for.
One of the Corgi design team hard at work
Initially, we will be looking to produce new blogs every month, but as this is a completely new initiative we may review this frequency in the future - for example, if a new sample arrives that we just can't wait to show you, expect a 'stop press' edition to appear! We are, however, determined to make Die-cast Diaries an interesting read and will regularly involve the talented people who are responsible for bringing the fantastic Corgi model range to market.
Before we start, there is something important to stress regarding the content of our new blog. Many of the images we feature will be at various stages of the production process, which will mean that there could be significant development work still to be completed. Rather than wait until everything has been finalised for the production model release, we are going to be showing you images of models at every stage of the manufacturing process, so they could still include some errors and inaccuracies - you will be seeing images of models that would not normally be seen outside Corgi head office.
We are starting this first Die-cast Diaries blog with some massive news for the Corgi Aviation Archive collector as we announce the launch of a very special model, which is an addition to the current catalogue. As we head towards the main period of the 2015 Airshow season we are expecting to see a number of aircraft and events planned to mark the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Britain. In support of this significant anniversary, there is one aircraft that has attracted more media attention than any other and surprisingly, it is not a Spitfire, or Hurricane – it is a current front-line fighter!
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZK349 has been specially painted in Battle of Britain camouflage to commemorate both the 75th anniversary of the conflict and to mark the only Fighter Command Victoria Cross winner of the Second World War. Flight Lieutenant James Nicolson was flying Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3576 (GN-A) on 16th August 1940, when the action leading up to his VC award took place - Typhoon FGR.4 has been painted specifically to mark this historic event.
Presented in 1/72nd scale, Eurofighter Typhoon AA36407 will be an absolutely unique addition to the Aviation Archive range and is the first time that the RAF’s current front line fighter has been decorated in such a radical scheme – it looks absolutely spectacular!
Profile artwork of Eurofighter Typhoon ZK349 and the Nicolson Hurricane Mk.I
Just to whet your appetite for the new camouflaged Typhoon, here is a picture of the hand decorated sample, which was used as the concept model for the project – please remember the previous comments regarding the pre-production nature of this sample!
For more of the history of the action which resulted in Flight Lieutenant James Nicolson being awarded Fighter Command's only Victoria Cross, please check this week's Aerodrome blog which will also look at the beautifully presented RAF Typhoon FGR.4 ZK349 and how it is captivating UK Airshow audiences this summer.
Also, the Corgi team will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo this weekend where the camouflaged Typhoon will be making an appearance. Make sure that you're signed up to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for news from the show.
It is clear that this will be a highly sought after release - this model is already in production and is scheduled for release in December 2015. AA36407 will be priced at £54.99 and as we know that this will be an extremely popular model, collectors are advised to pre-order their example early to avoid disappointment – pre-order the Eurofighter from the Corgi website, or call Corgi Direct on 01843 233 519 with a credit or debit card. Alternatively, contact your local Corgi stockist.
New Corgi North American P-51D Mustang Update
One of our recent Aerodrome articles featured exclusive details of the impending release of a new P-51D Mustang tooling in 1/72nd scale. This new model will include a host of updates and improvements and will incorporate all the latest tooling technologies available to the Corgi design engineers. There have been a number of requests for an update on this project, so let’s have a quick look at where we currently are with the new Mustang.
This first image shows the original stereo lithographic model, which is the first three dimensional resin representation of the new model tool. We have placed this next to the first shot samples from the new tooling, which also illustrate the detail included in this impressive model and the accessory parts, which further enhance the new Mustang. As you can see, there are a number of weapons options, alternative flap positions and two different tail representations.
The second image is really quite interesting, and shows us just how a Corgi die-cast model is cast and the different component parts that all need to be cleaned and assembled, before any decoration work can take place – there really is quite a bit of manual labour required in the production of a die-cast model. You can clearly see the major cast parts, including the wing assembly which is still attached to the mazak sprue, and some of the alternate parts for the new model. As perhaps the most celebrated fighter of WWII, this new Mustang is certainly going to be of great interest to the die-cast collector.
CAD images from the new Mustang development process
In the second edition of our Aerodrome blog we covered the development stages of the new Corgi Mustang, including some exclusive images taken straight from the computers of the Corgi design engineers – for a more detailed look head over to the Aerodrome blog.
What’s on the desk?
We know that the main reason you will be reading this blog is to see new die-cast models, and to peer directly into the Corgi product development department, and that is exactly what we are going to give you! With each new Die-cast Diaries blog we are going to do a covert sweep of the Corgi design engineers' desks for signs of interesting items – our first operation has revealed the following models that are heading towards completion.
OM46612 – 1/76th scale New Routemaster bus, which has been beautifully finished to commemorate the centenary of the First World War - due September 2015
CC13772 - 1/50th scale Scania R Topline tractor unit. Presented in distinctive Joe Sharp International Freight livery, this model features the beautiful airbrushed artwork associated with these unique vehicles - due September 2015
VA09518 – 1/43rd scale Ford Escort Mk.I 1300E in Amber Gold. This limited edition release will bring back memories for motorists all over the country and as the pre-production model is now on a desk in Kent, it cannot be too far away!
We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this first edition of Corgi Die-cast Diaries and that we have given you a little insight into what is going on at Corgi. Future editions will keep Corgi collectors informed about new models and other die-cast developments, so please keep checking this section of the website regularly.
What do you think of the Eurofighter? Is there something that you would like to see covered in future editions? Discuss this week's blog on the new Die-Cast Diaries forum, or drop us a line through Facebook or Twitter using #CorgiDiecastDiaries.
Until next time, happy collecting!
The Corgi Team
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