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  1. Just getting around to starting this build - and thanks to Bone Hammer who first mentioned a possible build of the He115 but has very kindly given me a green light to pick this kit as he may have trouble locating his during a house move. I've never built a Matchbox kit but the calibre of the modellers wanting to be involved in this GB certainly caught my interest and as has happened before, I'm now wondering what I have been missing! I had become aware that in their heyday, Matchbox had many kits in their range not covered by others and the He 115 seems to be one of those. Also, I was made aware that there was actually originally a Frog kit of the He 115 which was not released by Frog before they closed down and this was taken on by Revell, who also took on the Matchbox kit when they closed down - and I read up on a comparison previously posted on Britmodeller before I went a-buying. So, a very interesting background. When I went looking for a He 115 kit on ebay, I actually ended up with three of them - the first had been started (unbeknownst to the seller?), the second didn't have swastikas in the decals and was a different set of colours and the third was eventually as expected. Since a 3-colour kit seems to be a Matchbox 'differentiator', I propose to build one of these kits 'bare' as someone may have done way back then, to see how good the base level and quality of this kit was, as follows: 1. retain the 3-colours - no painting other than picking out some details upon completion. 2. build OOB - no after market bits 3. minimise any blemishes on the plastic finish such as gluey fingerprints or over enthusiastic trimming/sanding - the hard bit! 4. use any 'modeller hints' available in the Matchbox publications at the time the kit was available The second kit I will complete in one of the suggested colour schemes and deploy as many of the model enhancing techniques I have mastered as yet. The third 'started' kit will be used for spares and for testing any balance weighting required etc. So, looking forward to getting started - may take a little time so patience please!
  2. I picked this kit up as part of a random bundle online, worked out it cost me about a quid, which in modern terms is probably about 50p more than it's worth. It's a reboxing of the old (old old OLD) Frog kit, with some fresh decals, no interior, and bits missing. And terrible fit, and terrible detail. But, it's a kit, therefore it can be built. I'll try my best to correct as much of the fit issue as I go, and add a rudimentary seat and instrument panel. And I'll need to scratch the radiator as that part is missing. So, let us see what can be done. I've put the wings together, cut off all the locator pegs on the fuselage as they were slightly off centre, and added a plastic disc to the rear of the spinner as there was a bit of a size difference between it and the nose. Now on to the seat. Maybe it's just me, but the red on the decals seems just a little too bright, or slightly the wrong shade, what do you guys reckon?
  3. I picked this kit up as part of a random bundle online, worked out it cost me about a quid, which in modern terms is probably about 50p more than it's worth. It's a reboxing of the old (old old OLD) Frog kit, with some fresh decals, no interior, and bits missing. And terrible fit, and terrible detail. But, it's a kit, therefore it can be built. I'll try my best to correct as much of the fit issue as I go, and add a rudimentary seat and instrument panel. And I'll need to scratch the radiator as that part is missing. So, let us see what can be done. I've put the wings together, cut off all the locator pegs on the fuselage as they were slightly off centre, and added a plastic disc to the rear of the spinner as there was a bit of a size difference between it and the nose. Now on to the seat. Maybe it's just me, but the red on the decals seems just a little too bright, or slightly the wrong shade, what do you guys reckon?
  4. HI,Thought you might fancy some more of revell,s brill nostalgia.though this kit,is futuristic in design,it was designed by one of werner von braun,s team[v2,apollo,saturn fame],after the war they were absorbed into American society under operation "paperclip"and Kraft A Ehricke joined the convair co,this and various other designs by von braun,wily ley,s were released in the late fifties and early sixtie,s as what they thought the future would be?..so this is a 1959 issue mould re rereleased in 96.a design by Kraft,as a shuttle for transport to the orbiting space stations,all these designer,s promised would be orbiting the earth by the70,s?...Looking at it ,its really not a million miles away from a shuttle...anyway bathe in nostalgia,and the horrribillllllll. turquoisy plastic.......cheers Don by the way,the spiel gives the height as 130 ft,but no scale? The box box images of it working contents,shade your eyes? whats included main shuttle body the shuttle tail end engines Base and ground/shuttle crew rough idea of size engines closer crew again underside of stand/base with 1959 mould date decals history instructions well enjoy your wallow in the fiftie,s cheers Don
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