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  1. Hi all,another build in the Matchbox GB is the Swordfish,same as the other's OOB like we used to with hopefully a better finish than we did as kid's I got the kit given it's a second edition boxing with poor decals I replaced the roundel's but lost the starboard codes so made the port ones from an old fin flash and may have got the sequence wrong and left of the rigging in the spirit of the build,Aircraft in a night scheme I believe this aircraft was based on the continent late war and used in anti U-Boat patrols,many thank's for looking in.
  2. Hi folk's been a good few month's since I finished an Armour subject so here's Revell's re-box of Matchbox's Jagdpanther one of a couple of armour build's for the ongoing GB,two of the guy's have built this kit in both box schemes so I changed the number round and tried a scheme found on some late war German armour,great fun these little kit's,less than four quid at my LMS,thank's for taking the time to look.
  3. Just off the bench a couple of days ago is this Matchbox Spitfire Mk IX. This is an original edition from the 1970s and not the revamped version. I replace the canopy and wheels and added, more like forced, an Eduard photo-etch cockpit. The easiest part was using the wonderful AML masks. It was finished with Tamiya paints. There is a minor error with the Czech insignia, and I'm looking for a replacement set. The white should be up. Comments welcome
  4. PK 61 HMS Ariadne

    Although I've already got one entry into this Group Build, with Peter Hall releasing the etched set for HMS Ariadne I couldn't resist entering my second ship. Ariadne is in an original but very battered Matchbox PK 61 box. I only bought Ariadne quite recently as my interest in the class had been piqued after reading an article on the class. Ariadne will benefit from Peter Hall’s Atlantic Models new etched set. I have Warship Profile no. 38 as primary reference plus whatever references I have in my library or has already been gleaned from the web. Improvements will generally follow what is in the etched set although she may need some additional work depending on when exactly I’m going to depict her. A colour schemes has yet to be decided. Other details to be added could include 3d printed light AA if needed plus crew figures, these might etched or 3d printed also. By all rights she should be belting along as the class were renowned for the high top speed. I might add some extra hull below the waterline to depict her heel as she turns. I will also need to add some flags. These might be hand painted or use Mike McCabe’s excellent Starling Models flags.
  5. Hello! As promised, here part 2 of my little Sabres. I built them in parallel, made 2 out of 3 kits, but this one i finished earlier in September 1994. Windshield, rear fuselage and most decals are from Matchbox. Now i found out, the etch was early eduard 72-008, here i used the slats on the different wing. Miss Louise did not live long, was part of 4th FIW, 334th FIS. Written off 29. May 1952. Take off accident at Kimpo K-14. Pilot Jimmy L. Schneider had more luck. I hope you like the tiny missie!
  6. Hi Mates, tonight, inspired by the on going Group build, I would like to show you my Helldiver, done several Month ago. Next to a lot of sanding paper, and Stencils of the superb Academy Helldiver, I used some Rockets delivered by an Academy Hellcat, Exhausts are from Quickboost.. Paints, as always Agama, done by Brush. Hope you like it. Best Regards Stefan
  7. Torbeau Beaufighter

    Hi Folks, Here is my latest project for the GB The Beaufighter TFX. One of my Fave Matchbox kits, which i no doubt mangled back in my youth! It a Revell/Matchbox issue in the black box, and didn't come with a stand... IMG_2576 by G DSC, on Flickr The contents..... IMG_2575 by G DSC, on Flickr Progress pic.s, which have taken place over the last week... IMG_2577 by G DSC, on Flickr As you can see, next to nothing in the pit ot observers position, i'm doing this one OOTB IMG_2579 by G DSC, on Flickr Builds up pretty quickly with no fit issues... IMG_2581 by G DSC, on Flickr IMG_2587 by G DSC, on Flickr Paint going on... IMG_2588 by G DSC, on Flickr And thats where i am as of tonight. Great little kit, which has been a joy to build. Shouldn't take that much longer.... Thanks for looking, cheers Greg
  8. M-19 tank transporter 1/76

    Hello, may I join the party? This GB seemed like an excellent excuse to start on this gem I picked up a few months ago at Hobby HQ in Melbourne: the M-19 tank transporter. I well remember a Matchbox (metal car) catalogue of around 1980, which had an image of a diorama featuring this tank transporter carrying an M3 Honey, and the LRDG set. It was probably a vital element in taking me from metal 'toy' cars into models. Although I'm a plane guy, I like to get around a bit, so let's get into this! Same old box top, the mud is pretty accurate for an M-19 in the Low Countries in 1944-5, or many other bits of Europe at other times. These must have been hell on the roads. Instructions that are easy to follow and all on one A2 size page. How is it that so many manufacturers can't meet this standard today? The parts are also more or less consecutively numbered on the sprues, so it's easy to find the parts. A three-colour kit. Look-shurry! Parts are only a little bit 'soft', but it's almost as good as vehicle kits today. The sprue gates are amazingly small. When I was a kid I usually just broke the parts off, or used a razor stolen from dad, removed from a disposable razor blade. Next time, we build!
  9. Hi folk's,more nostalgia for those of a certain age,Matchbox's Hurricane built for the ongoing GB.Again an OOB build no addition's just built the way we used too,the Decal's were usable as it was an eighties boxing but I used some Airfix spare's I will definitely do another in the future in the box scheme. thank's for looking in.
  10. PK-128 BAe Jaguar T Mk2 ETPS

    So in a moment of 70's fuelled Matchbox nostalgia, I'm also throwing my hat in with this one Bought in another moment of nostalgia from an online auction site a number of years back. Matchbox Jaguar T2 PK-128 Box top by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Love that box art on the back. Omani scheme is cool. Matchbox Jaguar T2 PK-128 Box rear by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr The second hand contents were carefully repackaged... Matchbox Jaguar T2 PK-128 bag by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr But everything there and accounted for. Decals look ok but will put them in the window for a week or two. Matchbox Jaguar T2 PK-128 contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And a rub of a pencil to reveal it's 1973 origins, probably the single seater kit? Scalemates has this as a 1983 release.. Matchbox Jaguar T2 PK-128 close up by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I'll be honest, I have very low expectations of this one...but I can't resist that ETPS scheme and I've always liked the Jaguar and Matchbox. Wish me luck - I think I'll need it! Thanks for looking and good luck with your Matchbox builds. Dermot
  11. I had originally intended to do good old PK-18, Grumman Hellcat which I started the other day, but partway into the build, I realized the replacement vac-form canopy in the kit was not correct for it. It looks like a Corsair one, so it was pushed aside for the Helldiver. After seeing Tony's (@tonyot) build I thought I would also jazz up the cockpit a little. It won't be as funky as Tony's but I will hide some of the gaping gaps in there. Pictures soon. Oh and if anyone has an old spare canopy to fit the Matchbox Hellcat I will happily take it off your hands
  12. 1/76 T-34 in the snow

    Hi all, This is my first armour model in years, certainly since joining BM and it's the old Matchbox T-34. I have built this as part of the ongoing Matchbox GB and mine is not the only bit of armour being done for it, though some more would be nice. I know it's not a super accurate kit but was built as a bit of nostalgia and fun and I really enjoyed building it, and it will not be my last armour model either. Anyway here are some pictures; And for those of you who are interested here is a link to the build. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  13. The princely sum of £5.99 secured this immaculate and unmolested example of PK-23 which I will be doing as an Indian Air Force example and as proof of my Indian heritage , it will be seen in the gallery with my homemade Chicken Balti. Build will be enhanced by a failed Airfix Typhoon which will be cannibalized for parts, accurate or not. Should at least keep my F-5B company as it approaches primer and masking. I'm hoping that with some judicious dry fitting and fettling I should avoid the large amounts of priming and sanding that's been the F-5B to date. Cheers Anil
  14. Douglas Boston mk IV Havoc A-20G

    I couldn't believe my luck back in the summer, when on a trip to Abingdon airshow I purchased this 1977 Matchbox kit, and so I'm ready to join the group build. This is a vintage kit, the box has a certain patina and the decals have aged some what but it's a nice looking kit, and I'm hoping some modern materials will help bring it to life. The kit comes with a tri fold set of instructions, which for an older kit are nice and detailed, although I fear Humbrol may have discontinued some of the paints needed. On opening, the tatty box revealed 3 sprues (one black, grey and brown), and a clear sprue. There is little to no flash, however, several parts have come loose. I have looked and believe (hope) all the parts are there. The kit offers 2 colour plans, and I have decided to go with 675th Bombardment Group 'Green Hornet'. This squadron were known as the 'Dauntless Demons' and we're involved in bomb attacks on Japanese airstrips in 1944. I think this kit may be a bit of a challenge, but I'm already enjoying the history attached to it. Let tue build commence.
  15. So I'm also in with a Dauphin, picked up at Telford last year deep among the 2nd hand kits.. IMG_6063 IMG_6064 Being Irish, when this kit was first issued in the mid 80s was like Christmas for some of us modellers as five Dauphin 2's were soon to be delivered to the Irish Air Corps between June and December 1986. Operated by SAR Squadron, No 3 Support Wing, the five aircraft combined SAR, Air Ambulance, naval ops (with the Irish Naval Service aboard the LE Eithne P-31) and VIP transport. The aircraft served with great distinction and bravery with Irish Dauphin crews receiving some of the highest national and international decorations for their SAR work in rescues of the Capitaine Pleven II in 1989 and Locative in 1990. These missions were often at night and at extended ranges over stormy Atlantic seas in an a/c type not really suited to that role. Sadly a/c 248 was lost in a fatal crash along with its crew of four returning from a Search & Rescue mission in July 1999 in Co Waterford. When our SAR helicopter service was privatised soon after, the Dauphins were retired from service between 2003 and 2004 and all four were sold in 2006 and now operate with the Chilean Navy. If you want to read more about Irish SAR ops, I can recommend this book by Lorna Siggins. I've previously built the Revell version of this kit as an Irish machine and want to try it again but do a better job with it....my last attempt was a bit rough and ready! . by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And that's it. Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing your Matchbox builds! Dermot
  16. Hi folk's,second Matchbox Spitfire in recent day's this time a very different animal,the big 1/32 22/24.Not much loved by most and not without reason,clunky,innacurate and wierd breakdown in part's I know the younger me I failed to complete it after spending what was then a fair chunk of Birthday money on the original boxing,this is a Revell re-box and cost a tenner! OOB build nothing added or corrected as with my earlier Mkix take it for what it is a snapshot in modelling time,thank's for looking in build can be found in the Matchbox GB if you feel mad enough to build one!
  17. PK-17 Bf-109

    Like most of us, I made Matchbox kits as a kid so this GB is heaven-sent. Today, the Postie delivered these: I've been after a Lysander for a while and a Fury is always worth having. Anyway, I decided to make the Bf-109. Sprue shots: The transfers: look good, once the protective paper is removed: I was toying with using AM transfers, perhaps I won't. The instructions are straightforward: I'll probably start this tomorrow (Sunday). Thanks for looking.
  18. Hi folk's,we're all in a seventies time warp over in the Matchbox GB and those of us of a certain age must have ran home from the newsagent's to have a crack at this kit when it came out,an OOB pure nostalgia build even stuck a pilot in and wheels up on the iconic stand,decal's were useable but a bit naf so replacement's used.
  19. HMS Kelly PK-64

    I have HMS Kelly in the stash and I might just be tempted to join the GB. I have lots of goodies to add too.......
  20. Douglas A-20G Havoc

    Well, here goes build number 3, The Green Hornet. I have never built this kit before, and am hoping for as good an experience as the Bf 110. There will be a little bit of extra work involved with this one as the upper gun turret consists of a plain plastic disc to hold the gunners blister plus the guns. Here come the obligatory box and sprues shots.... IMG_2566 by IMG_2565 by IMG_2567 by IMG_2568 by IMG_2569 by Lovely box art on this kit, and transfers permitting will be the version i build. Theres a couple of progress shots thrown in, and so far all the parts have fitted perfectly. Thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
  21. This has been lurking on the stash for a little while so this GB will encourage me to crack on with it. Neither of the schemes particularly appeal yet so I’m hoping once the glue starts flowing so will the inspiration
  22. 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!
  23. PK406 Tomcat F-14A

    And this will be my third build. Here are some pictures of the kit. Like the Heinkel He-111 I will start this after Telford. The Box. And the content. And some extra's. I have a decalsheet from model decals (set 49) and a pitot tube from Master. Cheers,
  24. This will be my second build for this GB. I bought this kit two years ago at the Telford show in the kit swap. I thought I had bought one kit, but after having a closer at home I noticed there were two kits in the box. I had also bought a F-14 box and a BAC Lightning box. Also these were bouble in the box. The upside is that I have double fun. The second kit will go back in the stash. Here are some pictures of the content and some extra's. the Box (that is going back in the stash) The content. The kit was just started (I think) when I bought it. The former owner had the underside windows cut out. These were in the original kit closed with the original brown plastic. Also were some parts already painted as you can see. Here are the extra's. Exhausts and gun barrels from Quickboost. And some decals from Superscale. I think I will use the decals for a KG 55 Night-bomber during the Battle of Britain. Top Picture. I think I will start this after the Telford show. Cheers,
  25. 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.