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  1. I've been looking out for a second Bulldog to build the Nakajima JSSF No.1 with, but it looks like I'll need two more now! As for the decal sheet, I only spent a mere $67 US... Some of the best looking planes of their time in my view. Yesterday and today, a little progress was made on both the Fury and the Siskin, and they now look like this - The next step will be to install the landing gear on each and then painting can begin. Whilst paint dries, I've got a P-40C with an interesting scheme to photograph, as well as the Chinese Gladiato
  2. Hello all, Today I've started on a new set of builds to add to my British collection while I wait for parts and paints to arrive for the Stranraer and a few other builds I have yet to post. Among others, I have a Persian Fury, Avro 504, and P-47 in the works. The classic Matchbox kits are some of my favorites, as they can produce a great model with little work, or can be upgraded as the builder wishes. The Siskin, Gladiator, and Fury have to be my favorites, and so armed with one each of the Gladiator and Fury and 2 of the Siskin, I've set out on a Triple Build.
  3. They seem to have produced very limited numbers of a couple different American and British types in the late 20's / early 30's, which definitely makes for some interesting build ideas! No.1 will definitely be more difficult but I look forward to it as well! In the coming days I plan to take some outdoor shots of my last few completed builds and I will try to add them to this space as well! Thank you! Nice to build something different as well, thank you!
  4. Good day all, Today I have for inspection a modified version of the old Airfix Bristol Bulldog. While both of the kit provided decal schemes, an RAF and a Swedish option, are quite nice, I decided I wanted to build something a little different after learning that the Nakajima Aircraft company license-produced 2 Bulldogs with slight modifications. In the case of the second machine, a cowl ring was fitted, along with wheel spats and a new exhaust system. I took the cowl ring from a Monogram F11, the prop from a Matchbox Fury, and the wheel spats from an AModel Fury II to modify the k
  5. I ended up picking up the Xtradecal sheet for British Mustangs. As for the canopy, I personally can hardly tell the difference between the two types, but I may take you up on the offer.
  6. Many thanks you three! I'm definitely grateful for some of the kits they produced - not only are they some of the most fun kits I have done, but the subject matters are always fun and the box art even better! I have a few more Matchbox kits I still plan to build - namely the Swordfish and the Beaufighter. In the case of the Beau, I will likely add the Airwaves etch set for some practice with that material. I'll have to try and hold off until the GB begins!
  7. Good day all, Today I have for your inspection another Matchbox classic. This time, it is the Fairey Seafox, a catapult-launched gunnery spotting and reconnaissance aircraft from the mid 1930's. Like most Matchbox kits, it probably could have built itself if I had shaken the box enough. - The included decals were only halfway useable, with much of the 'protective' wax paper being firmly stuck to them. To this end, roundels were replaced with some from the spares, though the ones on the fuselage sides have an inccaurate white outer ring. In short, they are what I had, an
  8. I have never built 1/32, and certainly don't have the space for it, but seeing this build has made me decide I *need* one of these kits just the same! I'll have to find a way to clear out a shelf somewhere...
  9. Thanks for the assistance everyone. As I will be building a Floats Mark II in Portuguese colors with the first kit and a Wheeled Mark II with the second, I'll need Cerrux gray for the Fuselage and Aluminum for the rest, though the info about Canadian machines may prove helpful either later or to others. My question now is, is there a known FS # for Cerrux Gray? If not I will probably just use Light Gull Gray from a spray can, mask and paint the black decking, then try to attach the wings and floats which I'll have sprayed aluminum.
  10. Pre-war, circa 1935-1936 when they were still in front-line service, or the Portuguese machines at any point, as they don't seem to have ever been repainted. What confuses me is that the FROG / Re-Pop instructions all seem to indicate that the fuselage of the Shark was a light gray with black uppers and aluminum wings. Is this false?
  11. Which shade of gray would the Fleet Air Arm have painted their Blackburn Sharks with? I have 2 copies of the FROG kit on the way. Thanks all, Tweener
  12. Having built their Siskin, Gladiator (2), and Fury (3) I really should have known what to expect!
  13. If you get a chance to pick one up, I definitely recommend it. All of my anxiety about building it was for nothing. Like most MB kits it probably could have built itself!
  14. Yesterday the Seafox received it's top wing and the interplane struts: Now she is ready for paint, which I need to buy, so she will be going on the back-burner for the moment. That's all for now, Tweener
  15. Having made good progress on the Stranraer and JSSF NO.2, I decided I could finally start the recently arrived Fairey Seafox from Matchbox. Initially, I was quite worried about this one, having not built many in the way of double-bay biplanes, nor any floatplanes previously. As it turns out, if you simply follow the instructions, the kit builds quite well. Naturally, I didn't do that. Instead of building the floats as directed, I deviated from the instructions and almost paid the price for it, as it was difficult to connect them to the floats. Thankfully, I still own a large number of Lego's,
  16. Throughout the day I have made more progress, and she is now essentially done, sans a gloss top coat, windscreen, and wheels. Tomorrow the gloss coat will go on, and soon I will be able to order the Hawker Fury kit needed for the wheel spats. Hopefully I'll be adding this one to the display shelf within a few weeks. That's all for the moment, Thanks, Tweener
  17. Over the past few days, I've constructed most of the Airfix Bristol Bulldog. Originally I was planning to build it in the provided Swedish Scheme to compliment my Gladiator and an in progress Avro 504, but I instead found that Japan debated building the Bulldog as the JSSF in the early 30s, and decided to build mine as such. As usual, I added some detail to the cockpit, including a new seat, control stick, floor with rudder pedals, and radio rack. It now looks like this: Before long, the kit practically assembled itself, which I found remarkable for the age of the moulds:
  18. Ah, the SARO London... What I would give for Matchbox to have produced one!
  19. Both are looking great, and I'm especially happy to see the older kit built to such a nice standard! I may be the only one, but I seem to more enjoy building the older toolings of kits to the best level I can instead of buying the newer tools and having everything already provided. Hence my love for Matchbox and Heller Gladiator kits. I'll have to try the FROG and older Airfix next.
  20. Thanks you three! I had considered buying a KORA Decals sheet like I did for a previous DH.60G, but the lack of tail stripe decals put me off from doing so and I chose to settle for close enough. I'm not quite sure how Matchbox got the color so wrong, but I suppose companies today often make similar mistakes too.
  21. I'd say Roy Huxley in particular earned his pint - I'm amazed every time I buy a matchbox kit! Many thanks Ralph! Hopefully more Yugoslav aircraft will follow - I think a Hind will be next, converted from the Airfix Demon.
  22. Good evening all, Today I have for your viewing another of the venerable Matchbox Hawker Fury's, built as the kit provided option of a Royal Yugoslavian Air Force machine. As typical of the kit, it built well. My only additions were some internal framing that is no longer particularly visible, and a fuselage number 81 as seen on a Kora decal sheet. Without an actual photo, it's accuracy is unknown, but I wanted to break up the flat silver finish. And yes, the Matchbox kit is accurate with these markings. While most Yugoslav Fury's had a different radiator and landing ge
  23. Following with interest, as my own build is on hold until I can source some depth charges, belts, engines, and more silver spray paint.
  24. I've got some good news then - a Heyford is definitely in the future plans! The sure sign of a MB Classic! Last night, a walkway was added to the rear fuselage and the left side bunk was completed. Once this was done, painting began. I decided to paint the walkway with Vallejo Neutral Gray to break up the interior green, but it is far darker than proper NG and will probably look not far short of black once the fuselage is closed up. I decided that it would be cool for the piece that is the base of the middle gunner's position to be removable once the mod
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