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bristol boy

Matchbox Gladiator

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I returned to modelling a couple of years ago and have put some builds on here but not my very first 'return build'- so here it is.

I came across the Matchbox Gladi in a Charity shop for £1.50 and couldn't resist buying it. It's crude compared to the recent Airfix new mould but looks like a Gladiator to me.

This was also my first attempt at rigging, I used fishing line and some isolated bits of stretched sprue.

The decals are RAF Kenley 1938, couldn't resist making it look a bit tired as the Squadron will be getting Hurricane's soon and play a key role in BoB.IMG_4682_zpstonuz3ko.jpgIMG_4672_zpsebii7im3.jpgIMG_4670_zpszfcsw7ku.jpgIMG_4651_zpsbkvmii9q.jpgIMG_4634_zpsudrwhugl.jpgIMG_4634_zpsudrwhugl.jpg

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Nice Glad!

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I really love it!!!

How did you make that rigging?

It looks so realistic.

Congratulations. Polo.

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Ditto. Great job and the rigging looks very realistic! Thumbs up!

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Nice job, at £1:50 bargin.

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Gotta love a good Matchbox build!

Terrific Gladiator....

Congladulations!! :winkgrin::coolio:

Cheers

Bruce

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Thanks to all for your kind words about my Gladi.

I really love it!!!

How did you make that rigging?

It looks so realistic.

Congratulations. Polo.

The rigging is fishing line, usual process, drill a hole part way into the underside of the upper wing, insert fishing line with a blob of Superglue on the end. Leave to dry, then pass the line though a hole in the lower wing and tension, I use a small bulldog clip and a blob of blutak. Super glue into the hole, leave to dry and cut off. Make good the hole from underside. Something like this.

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