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  1. Morning people. With the Challenger and Humber at home awaiting painting and accessories, I need another build for the lunchtimes while at work. I purchased this and loads of other afv's from a club member who wants to see this Matador built, so here goes. Nice sturdy box and a pic of what it should look like. What the heck am I supposed to do with this? It's got an inventory list if you know what things are. The pictures are very dark and not useful at all but I suppose I'll muddle through. The resin but whether it's all there... I'll
  2. When I first decided to participate in this GB I was thinking of entering perhaps 3 aircraft and maybe one AA gun. With 5 planes in the gallery and 4 more well on the way I have finally got round to this, my final entry! And yes, I know there is one already in the gallery but this will be slightly different. I don't remember exactly when Airfix advertised the release of their 1/76 Bofors Gun kit in Airfix Magazine though I guess I could look it up, but I do recall visiting my LMS quite a few times over the next year only to be told that it had not as yet been produced –
  3. Inspired by John's LRDG build, I thought I might have a go at this Revell 2007 reboxing of the Matchbox kit from around 1980. I bought it on a whim as it contained the only injection moulded 1/76 Daimler Dingo scout car I had ever seen - I was not really interested in the one off "caravan" but could convert the Leyland Retriever chassis into something else I thought, though it is still unbuilt in my stash. The normal British Army "command" vehicle was the Dorchester in the early part of the war - an armoured box body mounted on the chassis of the AEC Matador 4x4, and it
  4. Here is my recently completed Vickers Mk VIA light tank in 1/76. Like most of my 'braille' builds, I like doing 'extras' to the subjects and this build was no different: Turret hatch removed and refitted with an open hatch Drivers interior added and drivers hatch opened. Exhaust pipe removed and replaced with tubing. Track guard supports replaced with scratch options made from brass sheet. Moulded on tracks replaced with ACE 1/72 rubber tracks. As an 'A' version, I wanted an early paint scheme, so bronze green was app
  5. Hi All, as my current build of the Marmon-Herrington Armoured Car goes home to wait for painting, it's time to start another lunchtime. This time it's a 1/76 Vickers VI A/B/C Light Tank by JB Models, since released by Airfix. Because I want to build all the variants, I'll start this build as the 'A' version. Box art. Sprues. Instructions with understandable version differences The hull plastic parts are snipped off and cleaned up. The plastic is quite soft, so care needs to be taken with any clean-up procedure. B
  6. OK this one has been sitting on the shelf giving me evil looks every time I pass since it got abandoned during the Kit You Built As A Kid GB - original thread here. No idea what happened during the build process, it was kind of 95% done, but being tiny probably got forgotten. Time to dust it off and finish. Here's where it got left: The tank has been primed in black with some grey shading. I think I was planning to go over with some Dunkelgrau but in order to just get it done I simply gave it a once over with a blue oil filter/wash for panzer grey after the dec
  7. This is Cromwell’s diminutive 1/76 scale Wehrmacht VW staff car. The kit depicts a KdF Type 60 Volkswagen from 1943, but I built it up as a later Bundeswehr vehicle of the 1960s.
  8. Hi folk's last for 2020 is number three of my Christmas small armour builds from the Matchbox stable,it's Revell's re-box of the Chaffee with it's base which Revell happily kept in this issue.Many thanks for looking in.
  9. As I have little in the stash what to build will depend on a visit to my LMS,I might go for a figure,tank or aircraft something simple but I always love these Blitzbuilds so no way am I missing one.
  10. Afternoon folk's,built for the Blitzenbuild taking about four hours over the last couple of days,hopefully some good memories for those of us of a certain age!
  11. A Landing Craft Mechanized Mk.3 from the Normandy Beaches It served with honour and now passes its days in a creek somewhere on the Helford River They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
  12. My first AFV in this scale is this Humber Mk.II from Matchbox in 1/76. Built mainly OOB with a few added details: Pistol ports added to turret sides. Replaced the kits lifting and towing points with scratch options. PE sand channels by Hauler added. A couple of accessories from Milicast added. Scratch towing cable replaced the kit example. Painted with AK and Vallejo paints, weathered with oil wash and dusted with pastels. Mounted on a simple desert base with a couple of repainted cheap palm trees. WIP here:
  13. This has been ticking along in the background for a little while and is now done. Here is my spin on the Churchill IV(?) A.V.R.E tank in 1/76 using the venerable Matchbox kit and built OOB with some little enhancements. With kit of this vintage, their was always going to be some issues of fit and detail which were soon overcome. The only enhancement I done was to replace the handles on the rear deck but I'm sure their can be other refinements like towing cables, tools that can be done...on the next one maybe. Painted with AK Interactive paint. Kit decals held out w
  14. This little Airfix T-34 is my seventh group build. I wasn't going to enter but my nephew (7) is getting into modelling and I've been helping him build a 1/76 Panther so I grabbed this off eBay to build alongside. My last (and only other) tank was a childhood Tamiya Walker Bulldog. This weekend saw us get a move on and quickly complete most of the build minus tracks. Painting and finish this week all going well.
  15. Hi All, Gearing up for the next build as current builds are waiting for the paint shop, tracks or bases. Next is this Bedford MK Tactical Aircraft Refueller in 1/76 by JB Models. Picked this kit up at a pre-lockdown model show, can you remember them, for £4. Boxart Sprue 1 Sprue 2 Sprue 3 Instructions Had a heart stop moment when a major part was missing when I emptied the box.. ...this was in a clear bag and it was trapped in the box and I couldn't see it...until I put my glasses on and looked inside the
  16. Hi Clever ones. I'm slowly building a collection of braille scale models of British AFV's and looking at options for the Abbot SPG. I believe that Matador Models does an Abbot but I have never dealt with this manufacturer before and know nothing about the quality of the kits, communications and service, thoughts and advice please. Failing the Matador route, is it possible to cross kit, scratch, etc e.g. use a FV432 and scratch the gun & mount? TIA Stuart
  17. Recently completed is this Matchbox/ Revell Challenger I in 1/76 built OOB, build log here: This will be my second AFV for 2020 and although the subject has been built for a while, the dio work was new to me and came in fits and starts. Looking through here I found what I thought would be a good scene. Lots of fun. Stuart
  18. Hi guys, can't honestly remember when I last built armour this size, most probably about +/-45 years ago. Anyhow, I've decided on a quick detour away from 'wingy' things and although the intentions are to build airfield vehicles to display alongside my 1/72 aircraft, I thought I'd have a bit of fun with Revell's Challenger I or is that Matchbox 'cos that's what it says on the plastic. Decided on a WiP as 1/72 vehicles seem a little thin on the ground, so here I am. I do know somethings about tanks but don't I know a thing about a Challenger, so if you know of any glaring/ easy thing
  19. 1/72 AFV seem to be a little thin on the ground, so I thought I'd change it. With a stash reshuffle, I have moved my 1/72-1/76 afv's to my work workbench where I can have a little lunchtime activity, until they need painting that is. Having already having a Challenger I on the go at home, I thought I'd start a little armoured car. In this case it's Matchbox's offering of the Humber Mk II. Albeit that the box is battered, everything seems intack except that the base and decals are missing. Nothing major but I'll obviously will need to find decals fir this. I've made
  20. This is my third build of this kit, done for the "A kit I built as a kid" GB. The first one was done when the kit was a fairly new Matchbox release in the late 70s. The second was sometime around 1986/87 and still exists. This one was the current Revell re-release. Pz.II, 5th Light Division, North Africa 1941. On its base, because it wouldn't be a proper Matchbox tank without it Finally, the obligatory 'penny shot' with the 1986 build - I have no idea how it has survived 34 years and 8 house moved, but there it is.
  21. I first built this one back when I could buy Matchbox kits from my local newsagent, and did so every time I'd saved up the 50p or so I remember them costing back then. I had another go some years later towards what must have been the end of Matchbox's original existence. So here we are for round 3. The current incarnation is courtesy of Revell, so one of their end opening boxes. There are two sprues, both the same colour (boo!!) and both with some unexpected flash (very boo!!!) Instructions are the period Revell cheap as chips pap
  22. Hi all, Nice, simple and above all, quick build to start me off. Airfix's Panzer IV which I would have built aged about 9 - It was completed with a coat of light brown Humbrol paint and I managed to paint the tyres black despite not having any small paintbrushes! I built that one as the short gunned option so this time am going to do the long barrelled one - Aren't options great? Appear to have been moulded in the same colour plastic as I remembered. Anyways - 2 1/2 hours later while listening to a streamed Jes
  23. Saw these two in my local model shop and couldn't resist the sheer nostalgia (don't worry about the Yak) a d seeing as I'm away from home an oob build with a basic toolkit was just about feasible and give me something to amuse myself after hours. Chassis assembled. Wheels done Some assembly That's the tractor done, I'll weather it when I get home. Now on to the 88mm.
  24. Hi Folks, this is my first attempt at an armoured fighting vehicle, my normal subjects are Second World War aircraft or modern jets so please be kind. After a visit to RAF Cosford I had this idea to build a small diorama featuring a World War 1 tank and a British and German aircraft in a dog fight above. Well something I found out during this build is I am not very good at building biplanes and consequently the Sopwith Camel found itself flying straight into the bin of shame, and that's where the Fokker Eindecker will find itself if it doesn't start behaving! Anyway here She is, or shoul
  25. From the RAF Refuelling Set (03302) with a few Dan Taylor Modelworks pieces. With the Matador
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