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  1. With a few hours to go before the starting gun, time to start my thread. This is Revell's retread of the Matchbox Twin Otter kit, of 1983 vintage. Box art: That rather attractive scheme is not going to be the subject, what with those odd round things hanging off the bottom. The kit's second decal option is for a West Coast Air Twotter in blue and white, an example of which one can see on Airliners.net: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycp7deeq From what I can see, West Coast kept their aircraft very clean. Sprue shots; Revell haven't gone for the lurid Matchbox colours, so it's all in glossy grey. Revell provide a most bizarre double-ended paintbrush. One end is splayed to oblivion, the other appears to have been dipped in varnish before being sent out. Waiting for tomorrow to kick off!
  2. Hello all! A really great range of aircraft to find myself amongst here - the best of luck to all of you taking part! I'm going with the <'venerable'/'well-known'/'not entirely without problems'> Dornier Do 18 from Matchbox, meaning that it will require some not insignificant work turning the 'G' variant OOB into an earlier 'D'. I'll take you through some of these issues in a moment. The Roy Huxley box-art is characteristically gorgeous and evocative: I don't intend holding things up by doing a kit review of already well-documented issues but will simply point out the things that need doing for a 'D'. The transparencies have already been thrown away on the grounds of optical thickness: I should add that the kit came without instructions or decals. The former I've sourced in digital form from Scalemates, the latter will be dealt with at the time by a combination of painting and printing my own decals. The particular aircraft I'm intent on modifying the kit to represent is M7+YK, a Dornier Do 18 D-3 from 2/Kü.Fl.Gr 506. Piloted by Lt z See Wilhelm Freiherr von Reitzenstein she was shot down by Skuas from H.M.S Ark Royal on 26th Sept. 1939, reputedly the first Luftwaffe loss of the war (though this has been questioned in some quarters). Other crew members were the observer: Leutnant zur See Ernst Korner, Radio operator: Unteroffizier Walter Heckt, and Flight Engineer: Unteroffizier Fritz Schmalfeldt. My interest in this incident was piqued by discovering a wartime HMSO volume on the Ark Royal from 1942 in a Dorset bookshop back in the summer: In it was a sequence of shots of HMS Somali rescuing the crew of M7+YK, that I hadn't seen presented together before: There was something about seeing this sequence that gave an immersion in the incident that a single image alone can't reproduce. For some reason the sunglint on water in the final image is resonant of a particular moment in time and place. History, in fact... There is little substantive material published in web or book form on the Do 18 to base a detailed build upon - let alone the 'D' variant - so I purchased a complete set of flying and maintenance manuals from Udo over at Luftfahrt-archiv-hafner. The level of detail is astonishing in them and despite the contemporary gothic font hampering my minimal language skills, provides all that is required for this project. If I punch up a composite of kit and ladenplan for a 'D': ...you can see that Matchbox did an excellent job of getting length and much of the shape right for the most part. Same for the dual-engine upper-works: Only some minor addition of shape at the rear beneath prop where it curves inwards. Aside from panel lines - both those present needing toning down and those needing scribing-in - the main things this needs to be 'D-ed' up are as follows. 1. Complete re-shaping of nose - from sharp prow-like 'G' to rounded 'D': You can see where I've sketched the difference in between the two in the image above. 2. Propellor blades and bosses. Not exactly sure how yet but these need to be reshaped and re-profiled, with the rear and front props being slightly different diameters as well (don't ask me which way round, I've got it written-down somewhere...). 3. Interior. Supplied cockpit and other interior parts need completely re-doing - I'll cram as much other detail in as seems appropriate at this scale. Supplied kit guns are risible (the cannon for the'G' turret is just a stick!) so I've a set of these on order, plus some spare mags to line the gunnery positions: That's the only sop to AM parts, everything else will be scratch built. The question of how the aircraft will be presented in the final display has required some thought. It was no real temptation to try and create a diorama of the shots taken from the Ark Royal publication as to be quite honest, I'm no great fan of building dioramas of actual events. What I want to try is something I've not seen done with this aircraft before: having a number of the access panels opened up as if it is being overhauled prior to an operation, fuel tanks being removed etc. I suspect lack of references have stopped people trying this before but with the maintenance manuals to hand, you've got to try and give your audience something different - haven't you? How far we proceed down that route depends on the deadline for the GB or course, as well as family and work commitments, but let's see how far we can push the process. Conscious of the 20% rule, I've done some preparatory work in vacforming a new canopy and starting to re-shape the nose profile, but nothing to contravene the rules. I'll post some shots of these processes up tomorrow rather than make today's starting installment too heavy. Looking forwards to this immensely and hope you are too! Tony
  3. PK-111 JU.87' Stuka G.1/D.3

    Hopefully my first of many entries into this group build, it's the good old Stuka kit. First of all the artwork featuring a diving Panzerknacker. And now the parts. Briefly. The Stuka is one of the Matchbox kits that until now I have never built, I remember the artwork well and always fancied it so looking forward to this. The parts look pretty good so at the moment I'm thinking that I will just follow my usual Matchbox kit building procedure. I will be building the revell kit alongside it to help as a guide to improvements, depending on which version I build the Revell kit may provide a few spare parts to the Matchbox build. The Matchbox build will have to be the canon armed JU87 G, the Revell build probably a winter camouflaged JU 87D, in which case the Revell guns and decals will most probably find themselves on the Matchbox build.
  4. PK-109 Junkers Ju 188 - FINISHED

    Its been a while since i built any Matchbox models, and consequently i am looking forward to this a lot! It took a while to decide on a suitable victim from the stash but eventually i came up with this one.... IMG_2525 by G DSC, on Flickr IMG_2528 by G DSC, on Flickr IMG_2526 by G DSC, on Flickr There may be trouble ahead...! IMG_2527 by G DSC, on Flickr Not unfixable..... Look at all that groovy 70's plastic. I wonder how or who decided to use these colours???! This will hopefully be the first of a few entries by me as i do not anticipate it will take long to build. Thanks for lloking, cheers Greg
  5. Matchbox II GB Chat

    The date has been confirmed. It's 7 October 2017 till 10 February 2018 I have missed the first GB a few years ago and have loads of Matchbox kits in my stash that are dying to be build. You can build planes, cars, AFV's and even ships. So who is up for another one?! I started my modelling with Matchbox kits and loved them since then!!!!! They are easy to build and don't take up to much time and under a coat of paint looks very nice. As long as it's a matchbox kit you are ok. Even the later re-issues from Revell. Like the Stranrear, Sherman Firefly, 1/72 flower class corvette or a 1/32 scale car like the Porsche Le mans racer in martini colours. I will make a list 1. ArnieC (host) 2. Dermo245 3. vppelt68 (co-host) 4. old thumper 5. Erwin 6. depressed lemur 7. Black Knight 8. Rodders154 9. Darby 10.Radleigh 11. Blitz23 12. Trojan Thunder 13. Col. 14. Knight_Flyer 15. Bonhoff 16. charlie_c67 17. snapper_city 18. Stew Dapple 19. GREG DESTEC 20. AndyC 21. Rob G 22. BerndM 23. Jb65rams 24. VMA131Marine 25. Ray S 26. Giorgio N 27. Bobster 28. Bonehammer 29. Supertom 30. Bill Ficner 31. Stevej60 32. English Electric 33. spaddad 34. TonyT 35. IanC 36. VMA131Marine 37. Jean 38. jockney 39. 825 40. Sabre_days 41. John D.C. Masters We have made it into 2017. Thank you guys for voting. Cheers,
  6. PK-115 Bf 110C/D

    Well, after some deliberation i have decided to go with my first idea and finish the Bf 110 i started some yeras ago with my son. He lost interest in the model after a while, and it went back in to the stash. After consulting with the hosts i got the green light to enter this one in the GB as being less than 25 per cent started. I intend to build it OOTB without any alteration to the kit at all. I will be building the BoB option with the shark teeth (i hope the transfer still work!!) IMG_2548 by G DSC, on Flickr IMG_2549 by G DSC, on Flickr Thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
  7. H builds the Auto Union type D

    I wasn’t on the list but couldn’t pass up the opportunity of the GB. I’m going to have a crack at this badger And the sprue shots Got to love that chrome. On closer inspection, I’m missing the decals and the clear parts. Decals sourced online, screen to be bodged when the time comes. And while I was ordering stuff, I ordered some Albion Alloys tubing just to keep @nimrod54 happy. Plan to replace the exhausts with it. How do you get a clean cut with the metal? On a plus note the man cave is finished!
  8. My entry. Built a number of Matchbox kits growing, but not this one. Looking forward to this, should be a fun build.
  9. As the host I can't stay behind with what I want to build. So out came the stash of Matchbox kits. And then I found it. The Dornier Do-18G-1. I bought it for about 15 quid a few years ago. As I will build it also for the Water and floatplane GB. This will be needed to be started first. The top cover the back cover. I have chosen to do scheme 1. Here is the content of the box. The decals still looks very decent with their protective sheet of paper on it. Here is the manual and something extra to replace the mg's. So here it is. Cheers,
  10. Hi guys, this will be a duo build with the Matchbox GB. I will build the 1/72 Matchbox Dornier Do-18G. It will be build almost Straight from the box. I will put up some pictures later. Cheers,
  11. Hi folk's,hoping it's third time lucky after m issing the deadline on the last two GB,s I'm gonna have a go at Revell's re-pop of the Matchbox Spitfire. apologies for it not being an original but at just over a tenner at a recent sale it had to be worth a punt.I know I had a crack at this kit many moons ago when new and can guess at what would have been for the younger me an over complicated build never got far! So a nice relaxed OOB build on the card's don't care about the fault's or innaccuracies I need after a five week lay off a mojo kickstart,see you soon.
  12. PK-39 F-5B

    My entry: Scheme will be as the boxtop, with colours subject to guesswork/whatever I have in my Gunze collection that looks close. A
  13. Hi all, the postman brought today my ordered Canberra kit. Re-Released by Revell some years ago with an excellent new decal sheet i finally got one for a good price. Cheers Bernd
  14. Vickers Wellesley

    I will be in with this. Greg in OK
  15. PK-1 Hawker Fury

    The first of the Furies, and the first of the Matchbox kits, if by no means first in this GB - Matchboxs Hawker Fury. My entry here is an earlyish boxing of the kit (1975 according to Scalemates) I've built the kit before, a long time back, and can not recall any problems. Looking at the plastic now, all I can comment on now is a coulple of ejector pins on the underside of thw top wing, and some sink in the undercarriage legs. Nothing that can't be sorted out... Depending on mood, I may try to do something about the cockpit - the seat is an unbelievable bench, there is no joystick, nor instruments. Matchbox suggest this whole area is painted black, which would hide a wealth of sins (this is a 1972/3 kit, released before Tamigawa began to up the game). After market stuff - I have Model Alliance's Wings of Silver Part 1 decal set. That contains one Fury I (RAF Cranwell), and two Fury IIs (25 and 41 Squadrons), and a Yahu instrument panel. The Matchbox transfers (decals) look as if they have survived well, so I may stay with their 43 Squadron offering. Even with camera shake, the Yahi IP looks stunning: If I 'improve' the 'pit, that will go in.
  16. Hi folks! Ages since I've done a WIP, but here we go. Welcome to my latest (and particularly barmy) build! I'm going to be attempting to clear the logjam of biplanes in my stash by tackling these two Matchbox beauties (alright, the Heyford is a Revell repop, but still a beauty)! It feels like a nostalgia trip back to the 1970s, apart from the fact I'm much too young to remember. I have always imagined the 1970s as being a sort of beige decade, and my mind is filled with visions of Status Quo, AC/DC, striking miners, institutionalised sexism, raging unemployment and violently awful moustaches. A decade perhaps only brightened up by new heights of luridity (is that a word?) in model kit plastic: I've had these two for years while slowly trying to scratch together references - which is a remarkably difficult task. What's worse, the longer it's gone on ( since 2009, in the case of the Stranraer), the more determined I've become to do some kind of superdetail job on them, hence more internet trawling, hence more time the kits languished in the stash. There's plenty of big hatches and holes to see into, but Matchbox provided very little to fill them with. "Why couldn't I pick some nice P-51 or F-16 or something else with references falling out of the trees?" you might well ask. Well, that just wouldn't be as fun as eight years of on-off research. Honest. With my Borneo field seasons done, and a good stretch of time ahead, I decided the time was ripe to up my research efforts, collate all the data I could get, and crack on at last. So I spent an afternoon in the National Archives perusing maintenance manuals and evaluation reports from the 1930s - oh, and purchased these: I've also got scans of the Mushroom Modelling Publication Walrus and Stranraer, 1930s excerpts from Flight, and the Profile Publication on the Heyford, which I think completes more or less all the available information known to mankind. Honestly, it's easier to find out about lesser-known ancient civilisations in Asia Minor than the internal equipment of a 1930s flying boat! I quite often start a complex interior detailing job by drawing sections in large scale with colour-coded bits - it helps disentangle and present complex information much more understandably. This one is a bit rough, and there are a fair few errors, but it's a start: I've drawn out the necessary structure inside the fuselage halves. I think my sanity will walk a fine line throughout these builds, so I've already cut myself a little slack and decided to have the nose hatch closed and the bow compartment undetailed - this is the area for which references are thinnest and I think there'll be more than enough to do already! But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Before I can start adding structure, the Stranraer in particular needs a fair amount of panel lines adding. The only panel lines which the kit provides are a longeron under the window (which is wrong for about 3cm at its rear end) and one other horizontal line above the porthole in the bow. Take up thy scriber and scribe... The starboard side will be tougher as I've got to remodel the access arrangements. RAF and RCAF Stranraers did not have the large access hatch surrounding the smaller door - this was a more commodious postwar modification applied to Stranraers operated by Canadian civil airlines, and MB clearly copied it from the survivor at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon - so I've got to grind off the raised area to the right - fun fun fun! Hopefully by next time I'll have either achieved this or written off the kit - so long for now!
  17. This will be my entry into this Group Build Our 1948 MGTC has been a member of our family long before I was born, being my parents first car. It's been off the road since 1969 but hopefully later this year will be back to full health. The picture below is yours truly next to the car when I was about 18 months old I hope to build this kit to look as simular to our TC as I can and dedicate this build to my dad who I lost a few years ago and who fortunately kept the car to allow me to have it after all these years Good luck to everyone in this GB Cheers Pat
  18. This Meteor used to be at an Air Training Corps close to where I used to live and the colour scheme always interested me. I got an Aeroclub winch and an old Matchbox Meteor NF so that left no excuses. The decals are a combination of my own and those from the kit. The target towing gear under the rear fuselage is scratchbuilt. Steve
  19. The kit ... a My intent is to build her in civilian guise, Queen Charlotte Airlines. This was a Super Stranraer, re-engined with Wright-Cyclone GR-1820 engines, I have a pair of Vector engines that I hope will do the job. These will be a first for me, I've never built a resin engine (not sure I've built a resin kit) I have builds in the 'From Russia with Love' GB, that are overrunning so this will start a little late
  20. Hi, All In January 2017 I decided to restart old Revell's Spitfire Mk. 22/24 kit, which I started around a year earlier, but gave up temporarily due to its poor fit and lack of detail - and the most important, lack of idea, how to paint it. This time however it was most of all to be an exercise in rescribing, scratch-building and riveting (using RB tool and must say it was fun) - did this all for the very first time in such a large scale, so didn't want to spoil any better or more expensive kit... Therefore added here some more details: upgraded wheel wells and new landing gear covers, SAC gear legs, resin wheels, formation lights, Eduard's seat belts and dashboard, CMK's resin gunsight. This is really a vintage kit and it shows. The workshop thread is here: I was hoping to get a result, which would look nice in the second row on my shelf, in Southern Rhodesian markings. Have I won? Well, she's not perfect, please judge yourself - I hope you like it Best regards Hubert (The prop'n'spinner are "bluetacked" only and moved a bit during the photo session... sorry for that).
  21. Tiger Moth to Fox Moth

    I'm toying with the idea of converting the Revell/Matchbox Tiger Moth to a Fox Moth. Apart from the new fuselage. centre wing section and tweaked u/c legs, my research indicates that not much else needs changing. Does anyone have any other views to the contrary? Anyone have any scale plans?
  22. Hello one and all,So I've dug another kit out of my stash, I wanted a nice simple quick build, so decided on the above kit. I am going to use some aftermarket decals I've got and do some simple mods in order to convert it. The decals will be form Model Art Decals System and I hope to make it into a Hurricane Mk.I from the Free French Air Force in North Africa 1942.Here are the customary photos of the box and its contains as well as the aftermarket decals.A nice classic Matchbox kit!! A first for me as an adult, I don't think I've done one of these since my childhood and even then I think my dad helped me slap some polycement on a BAC Strikemaster and called it done no paint maybe a decal or two. Anyway i digress here is the photo of the box that I picked up for £4 at SMW 16.IMG_0533 by Neal, on FlickrInstructions are pretty straightforwards, so even I shouldn't get lost!IMG_0534 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0535 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0536 by Neal, on FlickrThe kit decals seem to be in pretty good nick considering the age of the kit!IMG_0537 by Neal, on FlickrThe back of the box which depicts the kit proposed versions.IMG_0538 by Neal, on FlickrTime for a sprue tour, it will be quick as there aren't many. The panel lines are deeper than some of the Somme's trenchs, and the clear parts are about as transparent as the future trump administration!IMG_0540 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0539 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0541 by Neal, on FlickrThe kit is 10 years older than me!! #vintageIMG_0546 by Neal, on FlickrHere are the decals I am going to use to on the kit, I bought them for the 1/72 Heller Mirage IV that is in the stash, so I thought I'd see how they behave by trying them on this build.IMG_0542 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0543 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0544 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0545 by Neal, on FlickrTime to cut some styrene and get some glue and paint out! Hopefully the kit will go together ok and I can concentrate on the painting, dealing and weathering of the kit.Neal
  23. My Revell boxing (03214) - the runners still carry the Matchbox code PK-76 Natural light using a flash Finished with Vallejo paints and Humbrol washes for Panzer Aufklärungsabteilung der Panzer – Lehr – Division, November 1944.
  24. I finished this a couple of days ago, it is the 1/72 Matchbox kit and is built OOB with a few scratched additions. The multi-coloured plastic gave me a bit of a headache with the red colour tending to come through the white primer, then a fellow Britmodeller suggested using a black primer and this solved the problem. It was painted with Halfords Gloss Appliance White straight from the rattle can. Due to their age, the adhesive holding the decals to the backing paper also became a bit of an issue, not allowing the decals to sit down properly. I got around this by carefully washing it away with a soft brush before fixing them in place. Link to photo of XX507 Link to build thread
  25. As per my recent WIP threads - my first foray into a RFI so please be gentle. The threads: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019580-rn-phantom-buccaneer-finished/ http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016981-done-quadruple-booms-parallel-build-vampire-t11-and-a-sea-vixen/ I think everyone is probably sick to death of seeing Airfix Vampire T11s so I'll skip that The gang: Things I'm already aware of: - silvering on the decals of the Sea Vixen - need Sidewinders for the Phantom - Phantom nose wheel door hinged to the wrong side - realised after Buccaneer picture that a couple of stencils still need to go onto the canopy framing - Missiles all look a bit bare
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