News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - CHICAGO-- Nov. 15, 2005--Corgi, (Nasdaq: CRGI) one of the dominant brands in die-cast scale models, is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945 with remarkable new replicas that capture the spirit and ingenuity of our victorious forces. Corgi is honoring the men and machines that helped make it happen through recreations of events and locations that contributed to our victory.
D-Day Surrender Dioramas
The fall of Vierville was a critical moment in the war. Taking the small village near Omaha Beach allowed the Allies to wait for reinforcements and field the formidable invasion force that was to sweep through France.
These two incredible dioramas capture this dramatic moment in a way never before seen. Set #1 shows a US M4A3 Sherman Tank of the 741st Tank Battalion and three GIs securing a bomb-scarred building, while Set #2 features two German soldiers surrendering to a GI in front of their SdKfz 7 Quad Flak Gun.
The detail on these dioramas is unflinchingly realistic. Stone and timbers have tumbled from the air and sea bombardment, paving tiles have been loosened. The vehicles are battle-hardened, the soldier's faces capture the determination of the victors, the fear and uncertainty of the surrendered.
Each diorama is 9.5" x 7" and features die-cast models, spin-cast metal figures and cold-cast diorama bases. The two pieces are designed to be handsomely displayed individually, or pieced together to create a dramatic extended scene.
The suggested retail price for each diorama is $89.99.
Nose Art Collection, B-25C-1 "OH-7"
When America's World War II fly boys took to the skies over Europe and the Pacific, they didn't travel alone. They were accompanied by the images of movie stars, pinup queens, cartoon characters and the girls they left behind. Colorful and skillfully rendered, these paintings - known as "Nose Art" because of their typical placement near the nose of the aircraft -- brought a personal touch to some of the greatest aircraft of the era.
Now, Corgi remembers this unique artwork with all-new 1:72 scale Aviation Archive replicas featuring legendary nose art. The artwork appears not only on the plane replica, but also on a larger scale cut-out section of the fuselage, which can be displayed on a stand-alone base along with the model aircraft.
For Fall, 2005, Corgi is releasing the B-25C-1 "OH-7", a rugged bomber that was key to disrupting Axis shipping lines in the southern Mediterranean and northern Africa. This limited edition Nose Art collectible has a wingspan of 11", and includes many detailed features. Suggested retail price is $83.99.
Aviation Archive Flight Line Collection - P-51D-20, April 1945
Not just a replica, but a true moment in time.
The Aviation Archive Flight Line Collection combines impeccably crafted replicas with hand-painted metal figures to bring history to life.
This set takes us back to April, 1945 as John 'Moon' Elder , CO of the 357th FS, returns from his final mission. The unit's most successful pilot, he claimed eight aerial and thirteen strafing