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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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New Beaufighter for Aviation Archive

The new 1/72nd scale Bristol Beaufighter TF.X takes centre stage in the latest edition of Corgi Diecast Diaries, as we chart the development of this beautiful new model by featuring a host of exclusive images from this new tooling project. We also have news of two Corgi competitions to tell you about, product updates from a number of forthcoming model releases and a look at how the new Corgi display stand made its triumphant debut at the recent Classic Car and Restoration Show at the National Exhibition Centre.

Hornby Homecoming

In the world of models and hobbies, four weeks is sometimes prove to be enough for some rather significant developments to take place. Since the previous edition of Diecast Diaries was published, Hornby Hobbies have been the subject of a popular two part TV documentary and the company have also made a symbolic return back to their famous former factory home in Margate. In this latest edition of our blog, we bring you details of both these interesting projects, whilst also providing readers with all the latest news and exclusive imagery from the world of Corgi model collecting.

Corgi tanks rumble back for 50th blog edition

We are proud to announce that the latest edition of Diecast Diaries marks the 50th edition of our Corgi blog and as such, we have something a little bit special awaiting you. We mark the unexpected return of the 1/50th scale Military Vehicle range by taking a closer look at the fascinating story behind the use of a captured German Panther Tank by a British unit during the final months of WWII and see how the Aviation Archive range intends to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We also have a spectacular competition for our readers to enter, with an unparalleled selection of unique Corgi prizes up for grabs.

British Phantom heads impressive new tooling collection

One of the highlights of any new year is the announcement of the latest Corgi model range and in the latest edition of Diecast Diaries, we bring you a comprehensive overview of the new 2019 Corgi range and a plethora of classic new models. Of particular interest, we have a selection of exclusive images from the spectacular new 1/48th scale McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 tooling. Start 2019 with a collectable bang and the latest edition of Diecast Diaries!

2018 – A Corgi Diecast Diaries Review

We have reached that happy time of year when our Corgi Diecast Diaries blog takes on a slightly more festive and reflective tone. The latest edition of Diecast Diaries is our 2018 Review Edition, where we look back at some of the year's model highlights and look forward to a new year full of new tooling announcements and project updates for the die cast collecting enthusiast. We have also thrown in a little festive competition, just for good measure.

You had your say on the future of Aviation Archive

Aviation Archive fans, your wait is over! The latest edition of Corgi Diecast Diaries announces the results of our recent reader poll, which gave you all the opportunity to ‘have your say’ on the future of our popular Aviation Archive range. We bring you two of the three interesting poll results in a feature packed pre-Christmas edition you will not want to miss.

The devil is in the Corgi detail

The latest edition of Corgi Die-cast Diaries delves a little deeper into the Corgi Development Teams constant search for increased accuracy and authenticity in the production of their scale die-cast models, with two features which highlight their work. We also include a feature which will be of great interest to our readers in Scotland and announce not only the winner of our most recent competition, but also launch another one with a unique model prize offering awaiting our lucky winner.

Hunting the RAF by night

Packed full of all the latest Corgi updates and exclusives, the latest edition of Die-cast Diaries includes the final instalment of our Aviation Archive Avro production feature, where our model finally comes together as a 1/72nd scale representation of this famous WWII bomber. Public Transport also features heavily in this edition, with news of a very special 2019 ‘dual model’ commemorative release and a selection of interesting pictures taken at a recent transport show, which boasted a trio of classic 1950s buses grouped for a memorable photo opportunity. Finally, if unique die-cast models are your thing, the prize on offer with our latest competition will definitely be of interest to you. The blog is now live and awaiting your inspection.

Corgi models by land, air and sea

In the latest edition of Die-cast Diaries, we make our penultimate visit to a Far Eastern manufacturing facility to see how they are getting on with our Corgi Lancaster and see how the fascinating process of tampographic printing has such an impact on the appearance of die-cast models. We also bring you all the latest details from a number of current Corgi projects, featuring models of craft which operated by land, sea and air.

Corgi factory visit continued

Containing more exclusive Corgi model imagery than any previous edition, the latest Die-cast Diaries blog is now live and awaiting your inspection. Featuring the second instalment of our Far Eastern production facility review, we also include a spectacular selection of new model pictures, which our readers will be seeing before anyone else in the collector world. This is one edition you will definitely not want to miss.

A Corgi Lancaster is born

Have you ever wondered how a 1/72nd scale Corgi Avro Lancaster model is actually made? In the latest edition of Die-cast Diaries, we take you on an exclusive tour of a Chinese manufacturing plant from back in 2003, just as a Corgi Lancaster happened to be making its way along the production lines. In a bumper edition, we also have a host of project updates, exclusive images and a fantastic RAF 100 competition, with a unique Aviation Archive prize duo awaiting our lucky winner.

New Corgi model range now LIVE!

The latest edition of Die-cast Diaries takes a closer look at some of the exciting new models featured in the recently announced July – December 2018 model range, including additions to our TV and Film, Original Omnibus, Vanguards and Aviation Archive ranges. With several exclusive development images included for our readers enjoyment, we go on to look at a rather poignant feature which centres around the former Hornby product warehouse in Margate and how its new owners have recently made arrangements for a rather illustrious new heavyweight resident to move in.

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