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Here's my first contribution 

 

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only only one option to go for. 892 Squadron from HMS Ark Royal from 1969. 

 

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Sprues  Classic three colour Matchbox

 

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Instructions

 

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Transfers

 

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Off we go, tether to waist catapult and wind up the Speys. 

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What a Ballsy subject choice, seeing that the Airfix kit will be released in (hopefully) a few months time. 

If I'm right, this may have been the first 'true' Spey engined Phantom kit made available to the modelling masses (I believe the Frog / Hasegawa kit was a modified J - I could be wrong here?). 

I hope you will be using those kit supplied ladders, which if true to scale would have required the poor crew to have hands the size of gorillas !!

 

Best of luck with the build and yet another kit that I'll be looking forward to seeing come alive.

Cheers.. Dave   

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Watching with interest.

 

This looks to be the initial version with the squashed cockpit canopy? I believe Matchbox tweaked it later and reboxed it as a grey scheme bird.

 

Will you be correcting the nose area or going straight out of the box?

 

Trevor

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Beat me to it - Was wondering to do the same one although I'd planned on the RAF version as I've got an Eggplane derived 892Sq one already.

 

IMHO the eggplane had a better shaped nose than the Matchbox one...

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2 hours ago, Rabbit Leader said:

What a Ballsy subject choice, seeing that the Airfix kit will be released in (hopefully) a few months time. 

If I'm right, this may have been the first 'true' Spey engined Phantom kit made available to the modelling masses (I believe the Frog / Hasegawa kit was a modified J - I could be wrong here?). 

I hope you will be using those kit supplied ladders, which if true to scale would have required the poor crew to have hands the size of gorillas !!

 

Best of luck with the build and yet another kit that I'll be looking forward to seeing come alive.

Cheers.. Dave   

Thanks Dave. I think it was the first Spey version. The Fujimi, which is probably the most accurate British Phantom, was a bit later I think. 

 

2 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

Watching with interest.

 

This looks to be the initial version with the squashed cockpit canopy? I believe Matchbox tweaked it later and reboxed it as a grey scheme bird.

 

Will you be correcting the nose area or going straight out of the box?

 

Trevor

 

I didn't realise there was a canopy issue. I may just live with it, I do have another in storage so can always see if a swap is possible. I will have a look at the nose and see what is achievable with putty but life's too short for too much work. I think the ladders may be left off. I think there more appropriate for getting between the decks of the ship rather than into the cockpit of one of Her Majesty's expensive jets. 

 

2 hours ago, Bonhoff said:

Beat me to it - Was wondering to do the same one although I'd planned on the RAF version as I've got an Eggplane derived 892Sq one already.

 

IMHO the eggplane had a better shaped nose than the Matchbox one...

Will be good to see the RAF version build alongside this one. 

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Canopy issue can be helped by not painting the frames on the transparencies.

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I was hoping one of these would turn up,takes me right back to 1976,hot summer night's,sailor on TV and this kit and the Buccaneer on the 

table.

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48 minutes ago, stevej60 said:

I was hoping one of these would turn up,takes me right back to 1976,hot summer night's,sailor on TV and this kit and the Buccaneer on the 

table.

IIRC The Summer of '76 was an absolute scorcher in the UK. I'm sure I have a Revell boxing of the Matchbox Buccaneer somewhere. So I could turn up the central heating, find my sound s of the summer CD and we are back there. The only thing missing is my youth. 

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1 hour ago, 825 said:

The only thing missing is my youth. 

 

And your hair?

 

:o

 

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5 hours ago, Rob G said:

 

And your hair?

 

:o

 

Nope, I've still got a full head of hair.

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Great choice and it brings back some good memories. This kit was my best build back in the days.

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On 14/10/2017 at 9:56 AM, Rob G said:

 

Lucky you.

Albeit with a bit of grey.

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