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Amercom-Hobby, Lancaster bomber

by Peter
Categories: Aircraft, Amercom, Aviation, Diecast models
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I had no intention of looking for a new part works series while out shopping but just happened to see the first issue of Amercom and the flying fortress aircraft series in the Co-op, so at only £1.99, had to take one home.

Like Eaglemoss Publications and DeAgostini, this is a bi-weekly partworks series of 1:44 and 1:200 scale diecast giant warplanes.

I’ve not had much dealings with Amercom and only had one of their helicopters about a year ago and although a good model, I had issues with the balance.

The Avro Lancaster bomber was a disappointment.


The stand is much the same as the helicopter series and to my mind too light and should of been weighted, Eaglemoss got this right with their Star Trek Starship collection

The actual plane could of been a good starter for any warplane collector but I feel as with many of these mass produced collector models the quality control is lacking and has let through sub-standard models, as it is in my case, ok, I know it was only £1.99 but the price increases and how are collectors going to feel when their more costly issues come out sub-standard.


Generally though I have to say the detailing is fantastic but whoever put this one together needs glasses, on top of the following issues I have with the model two of the props turn and two don’t.


Although this is 1:44 scale and not something I would normally collect I do have a love of some of the big bombers, especially the Avro Lancaster and could of been persuaded to collect more.

The first thing I noticed was the badly fitted undercarriage making the plane sit lop sided on the ground the tail plane also are out of align with the wings and as you can see in the picture below, looks like an amaturish attempt at an Airfix kit.


It’s a shame and has now been consigned to the bin, I won’t be replacing it nor will I be adding more from Amercom.

If you do want to collect these, you should find them in a local store or try their website below, you may be luckier than me and get a perfect one.

If you have had any bad experiences with partworks from any maker, please let us know as I think it’s time we weed out the good from the bad, use the contact form at the top of the page and sent me the details.

I would also like to hear from anyone that got any part works set or series and all are perfect, it’s only right we should sing the praises of those that get it right too.



Corgi, London 2012 issues

by Peter
Categories: AEC, Aircraft, Buses & Coaches, Corgi, Diecast models, Locomotives, Taxi
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I’m not a great one for buying the newer diecast models and many have been around a few years and just re-released in different paint and decal schemes.

But a few weeks ago I bought the Corgi, London 2012 bus from a local fuel station, just because it was a Routemaster bus and don’t have any in my collection.

And yes it is still in its box, Corgi No TY82319, this bus casting goes back a way with Corgi and have since aquired the Silver Jubilee version from 1977 and numbered 471, its the same casting but has the whizzwheels of the time, it may differ slightly but until I have liberated them from their boxes I won’t know for sure, a later article will be done for this bus.

The thing that intruged me was the backing card of the box on the London 2012 bus showing not only the London taxi and the Mini, that I knew was available in the service station, but also a Concorde and a London underground train.

I have now tracked these down.

Firstly the Concorde, Corgi No TY84005.

Secondly, the Underground train, Corgi No TY88901, all are from the ‘Great British Classics’ range and re-branded to suit.

Now we have the London Taxi, bigger than I thought it would be and based on the modern TX1 built in 1997, Corgi No TY85907, about 1:32 scale.

I will be keeping my eye out now for the  Mini to complete the set, but the service stations have stopped selling them, so guess the supply is nearing the end.

Updated June 30th 2013

Finally, almost a year after collecting most of this set, the Mini came my way, here it is below.