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  1. Hi mates, I'm about to start painting my current project, so that means it's time to think about a new project! Some of you may remember that I ginned up an old (like in 1965) Revell PB4Y-1 Liberator with all sorts of resin, photoetch, scratch-built stuff, sheets of card stock, and some great aftermarket stickers in an attempt to make people think it was actually the Hasegawa kit. Not sure that I succeeded in that endeavour, but it sure was fun. Here was the result for reference: So why not make a model of its offspring? The PB4Y-2 was quite a bit different, especially around the engines, nacelles, and waist turrets, with a single vertical tail reminiscent of the B-32 Dominator. I believe the fuselage was also longer. The only 1:72 kit that I'm aware of is the venerable Matchbox kit that first appeared in 1980. It's one of the better efforts from Matchbox and lucky for me, Revell re-released it in 2009. Why lucky? Because it's not moulded in three different colours! Just nice plain old boring grey. I picked up this kit for a mere $10 from a vendor table at an airshow several years back. Let's have a look. starting with the Gawd-awful, end opening, designed to never stay closed, collapse upon sight Revell box: Nice artwork. The styrene parts have both recessed panel lines (for major control surfaces) and very fine raised lines for everything else. I haven't decided whether this will need to be re-scribed; it may look fine just the way it is. First, the fuselage and tail: Next, the wingy thingies and other assorted bits. The engines, nacelles, cowling, waist turret panels, landing gear, and other goodies: Finally, the clear parts and there be a lot of them! The kit has the typical instruction booklet that Revell produced at the time. The decal sheet has options for VPB-106 of the US Navy on Tinian during 1945, a RCAF Liberator C.Mk.IX (RY-3) from 168 Squadron, and a French PB4Y-2S of the Aéronavale during their adventures in Indochina. It probably builds into a nice replica right from the box. But what fun would that be? Anybody can build out of the box, right? Besides, we got another box! This one here: Resin! Be still my heart! Take off your mask and put on your respirator! (I wonder if you can kill coronavirus with resin dust?) This little box of goodies is chock full of nicely cast detail parts in addition to bits that "correct" the kit. I have no knowledge (at present) of what might be wrong with the kit, but whatever. Let's see what's in Pandora's Box! Er, Privateer's Box! First, some cockpit stuff. This will be a big help in tartin' up the pit - the kit is woefully inadequate here. I think I can combine this with some Eduard B-24 Liberator photoetch that I have. Next, new engines, nacelles, and cowlings. I've read that this is one area where the kit needs correction. New propellers and tyres - the props have better shaped blades than those in the kit, and the tyres are much more detailed: And some very nicely detailed replacement parts for the waist, nose, and top turrets. Lastly, Cobra included several vacuform clear parts, and one clear resin part. Not sure why that one part (I think it's the lower bomb aimer's window) was done in resin, but there it is. Holy Frijole! I think there are more resin parts than there are styrene. Needless to say this will be a bit of a big project, so don't expect anything to happen quickly. But I will start working on this one while I'm finishing up the Hornet. When the Privateer is finished, she should look real nice sitting next to the PB4Y-1, who is a bit lonely all by herself in the Bomber wing of my display case. Cobra, who produced this resin set, is no longer in business but its tooling was acquired by Lone Star Models and this set is scheduled to be released again in 2021. Just in case one of you crazy people out there want to give it a go. That's it for now. Stay tuned and stay safe! Cheers, Bill
  2. I know I really shouldn't be starting another build, but with a major relocation looming I don't want to be adding masking which may stay in place for over 3 months. Since my other builds have mostly reached the stage of masking, and having just picked this up on evil bay, I couldn't resist opening it up to see what was needed. This will NOT be a quick build, as it will take a backseat to all other builds I have in progress. However, I always enjoyed these Matchbox kits as a kid and I love the subjects (I also just got hold of the Auto Union!) so time to take a look.... that was expected...... this wasn't... What?? Looks like the Chinese are reproducing these! Oh well, the result should be the same. First items on the agenda then are the chassis frames, Pretty basic, and in need of some TLC. The flash was cleaned off and mould lines removed, then it was time to start looking into what was needed to bring them up to scratch. First, the gap between the springs and chassis rails was corrected, as seen on the left. Then the connecting arm for the friction damper was removed, and the lightening holes were drilled out. That was the easy part. Now the wheels! This is what came in the box Not pretty. A bath in bleach helped, and at least shows that the moulding is not too bad, it's just that chrome that filled the gaps! The rear wheels are going to be a bigger problem, as the brake drum is moulded as part of the wheel. That will have to be removed, and of course all the spokes will need replacing. I'm now trying to figure out the best way of going about that. The plan at the moment is to drill through the rims from the outside to give me a starting point, then remove the spokes and file a groove into the hub to take the "wires", which will be either invisible thread or fishing line. Any tips are more than welcome! Thanks for looking in! Ian
  3. Here now my Models of the old Matchbox/Rebox Revell. I purposely didn't improve anything, just experimented with painting and other techniques. I hope you like them The first model was a T-34
  4. @Rabbit Leader aka Dave Has brought our attention to the fact that if his calculations and history are correct, 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the first Matchbox (Lesney Products) kit releases. Yet another one of those great British plastic kit manufacturers now lost to childhood memories. So anyone up for another Matchbox Classic GB ? Cheers Pat List of Fame 1. @JOCKNEY Host 2. @theplasticsurgeon 3. @vppelt68 4. @TEMPESTMK5 5. @Rabbit Leader Co-host 6. @Heather Kay 7. @DaveyGair 8. @nimrod54 9. @Jinxman 10. @Jb65rams 11. @malpaso 12. @Mjwomack 13. @Corsairfoxfouruncle 14. @Ray S 15. @Black Knight 16. @Marklo 17. @rafalbert 18. @Bonhoff 19. @Pete F 20. @cmatthewbacon 21. @CliffB 22. @Arniec 23. @bigbadbadge 24. @stevej60 25. @junglierating 26. @Paul821 27. @Angus Tura 28. @airfixpeter 29. @Foxbat 30. @IanC 31. @TimJ 32. @John Masters 33. @klr 34. @Ventora3300 35. @Robert Stuart 36. @Thom216 37. @Desk Flyer 38. @AdrianMF 39. @Wez 40. @ijs302 41. @Rob S 42. @Richard Tucker 43. @TonyW 44. @Mike Dean 45. @fightersweep 46. @Grandboof 47. @Ozzy 48. @Joecool 49. @erniewise 50. @Redstaff 51. @Mr T 52. @GREG DESTEC 53. @Pin 54. @Tomjw 55. @Rafwaffe 56. @TonyTiger66 57. @MsModeller 58. @2996 Victor 59. @pizzapaolo 60. @THEscaleSHOW 61. @Ned 62. @Dermo245 63. @psdavidson 64. @Six97s 65. @Touvdal 66. @johnlambert 67. @stuartp 68. @dbostream 69. @rs2man 70. @alt-92 71. @John 72. @Troy Smith 73. @Franz75 74. @Beermonster1958 75. @jean 76. @RevDWC 77. @PeterB 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. Please note all reboxings of Matchbox kits are naturally included.
  5. I built this a few years ago. When I got it out of its storage box today I found it was damaged so as I did the repairs I touched up some painted areas and then took new better photos of it The colour is supposed to be a 'burnt orange' . The colour and registration of an Aston Martin that was once owned by one of my motor-club members I added a bit of detail in the engine bay Headlamps and tail-lights were from 'Little-cars'
  6. I'll join in with this from the stash. I bought it long time ago and I don't know where or when. I've made one a few years back and it goes together quite well. The price is tucked round the side and I was surprised it was so cheap. Not quite the 2/- Airfix Spitfire of 1960.
  7. Hi, The Stranraer (original Matchbox production) was a kit waiting for many years in my stash. It is about 30 years now. The main reason was the complicate riging and some conversion needed to do as the kit is reproducing some post war changes. I decided to do her in RCAF livery (and machine of Canadian build), and I am very grateful to all BM fellows who took part in a topic providing many useful information on those differences. First of all I thanks Chris ( @dogsbody ). This thread is here: So, the list of modificarions are: 1. removing of carago doors on right side and add additional window 2. cut out the place for cockpit window to move back on right side 3. 4 blades props 4. The a bit reshaped cowlings 5. Fairing of the rear gunner position 6. Browning MGs, and doubled in mid upper site. 7. DF loop control rod between wings 8. Bombs bays for 20 lb bombs and bombs racks under the wings More corrections are landing and positioning lights, pitot tube, some rivets on surface (very delicate, almost invisible, unfortunately) and bombs (20 lb stolen from Airfix Swordfish, bomb chargies scratch bulid) and driving mechanism of ailerons on the bottom side of wings. I done riging by EZ. The scheme presents machine from 117 Squadron (BR) RCAF. The story of this particular machine is described here http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_901_950_detailed.htm as "With No. 117 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Sydney, Dartmouth, Bella Bella, BC, and Jericho Beach, BC August 1941 to March 1944, in camouflage, last date: 8 March 1944 - Struck off". Here she is: An undersides (sorry for wide angle distortion) Comments welcome Regards J-W
  8. Sherman M4A1 (03290) 1:72 Revell The M4 Sherman was developed in the early part of WWII as an answer to the Panzer III and IV, again which it faired very well, outclassing them in armour and armament. It was designed from outset to be fast, reliable and easy to repair, which were key in its continued survival to the end of WWII and beyond, causing the effective leap-frogging of the M26 Pershing directly to the next generation of Main Battle Tanks. Sharing much in the way of mechanicals with the earlier M3 Lee, the Sherman was powered by a Continental radial engine that was mounted in the rear and powered by gasoline/petrol. It had a fully cast hull and turret (initially) and sported a 75mm gun, which was soon uprated in later sub-variants to a 76mm M1 gun with higher muzzle velocity and a re-structured magazine that contained more armour-piercing shells for killing other tanks. Production of the M4A1 began in 1942 and ended May 1944, with their first in battle at El Alamein in late 1942 with the British 8th Army, but was used extensively by the US, Poland, China, and by the French in smaller numbers. Over 6,000 were made before production was switched to the M4A1(76)W with the T-23 turret and wet stowage hull. The Kit This is a reboxing of the venerable Matchbox kit, and as a lot of folks really like that, it’s no bad thing. The kit arrives in a small end-opening box with a painting of one of the decal options on the front, and a few shots of a completed model in the same captured “Beutepanzer” scheme on the rear. Inside are three sprues in an olive drab styrene, a small decal sheet and the instruction booklet with colour profiles of the two decal options at the rear. It’s an ageing tooling, but it was well-detailed back in the day, and holds up pretty well considering its age with no visible mould-wear on this pressing. Construction begins with the lower hull, which has outer walls added along with the rear bulkhead in preparation for the suspension bogies that are made up from two wheels trapped between the front and back halves of the bogies, three per side and each side handed appropriately. The idler wheels and two-part drive sprockets are added on the ends of the track runs, then the rear bulkhead is outfitted with exhausts and air cleaners in pairs. The tracks are moulded as link-and-length in the same styrene as the rest of the kit, with long runs on the straight sections, short runs on the diagonals, and individual links on the highly curved sections at the ends. This will give the tracks the correct faceted look, and with some sympathetic painting to bring out the detail they should look great. The upper hull is a single moulding, with the cast glacis plate added to the front and the apron at the rear, then the details such as headlights, bow machine gun, travel lock and front hatches are glued in place, to be joined by the full-length side skirts later. The turret is made up of top and bottom halves, with a side hatch, commander’s cupola that can be left open or closed, and gunner’s hatch, which can be cut in half to pose open if you wish, joined finally by the glacis plate and the main gun barrel, which will benefit from having the muzzle drilled out if you feel the need. The turret locks into place on the hull with a bayonet attachment, and you can add a .30cal on a pintle-mount with ammo box in front of the less well-appointed hatch. Markings There are two decal options on the sheet, one of which is a captured vehicle in olive drab, the other in US service with some camouflage applied. From the box you can build either one of the following: Sherman M4A1, unknown unit, German “booty” tank Sherman M4A1, Company D, 66th Armoured Regiment, 2rd Armoured Division, “Spearhead” Division, Operation Cobra, July 1944, Normandy Campaign Decals are by Zanetti, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This is a welcome re-release of the old Matchbox plastic, and it’s holding up very well for its age. The decal options are interesting and unusual too. Highly recommended, Currently, Revell are unable to ship to the UK from their online shop due to recent changes in import regulations, but there are many shops stocking their products where you can pick up the kits either in the flesh or online. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  9. Think this qualifies - I have a few of these in my stash... And, at 95p, I think it qualifies ... That price tag reads Gamleys, which may mean I bought this in Bromley? Don't remember that shop, but I do remember a model shop in Holborn that was taken over by Beatties (was that a Gamleys before?).
  10. Matchbox Hunting Provost 1/72 ( #PK-30) According to Scalemates a 1986 reboxing of a 1976 mould After a stressful week I needed a fast easy build and in the dark dank depths of the man cave I found this. Typical Matchbox of the time. 3 colour plastic, few parts, little detail and basic instructions. Decals give 2 options, one for the Omani AF and the one I chose from the Central Flying School. Paints are Humbrol Metal Cote Dull Aluminium #27001 covered with AquaGloss and Hu.193 for the leading edge Day Glo strip. Weathering was by differential applications of varnish and Tamiya weathering powders. Points of Interest. 1. Few panel lines but those that exist are raised and not the trenches Matchbox are (in)famous for. Fit was good tho quite a lot of sanding was needed at the nose. The cooling vents at the sides had their walls thinned to give a more scale appearance. 2. I couldn’t leave the bare cockpit so scratchbuilt an instrument panel, joy sticks, trim wheels and levers and fitted some spare Eduard harnesses over a scratchbuilt frame. I discovered too late the bench seat the kit provides is incorrect and there should be 2 separate seats. I added a whip aerial as well. I also thought there was a yellow roll bar in the cockpit but contemporary photos didn’t show it so I left it out. 3. The canopy is heavily framed so the interior is not easy to see but hand painting the frame was a lot easier. 4. Looking at contemporary photos other aerials and intakes are not present when the aircraft depicted by the kit decals was flying. 5. The wheels are in an uncompressed state as tho it were in flight. I didn’t change them as I decided the necessary mods were too hard to achieve convincingly. I should also have shortened their axles for a better fit. 6. Decals are from the kit and went on surprisingly well considering their age. Registration problems meant however I had to replace the fuselage side roundels with spares. I would have replaced the underwing roundels for the same reason but had no more of the right size and style. They took decal solvents with no problems. 7. There’s little AM but I understand Aircraft Design will be imminently releasing a decal sheet with a Provost on it. There are no masks either. The kit took just over 3 weeks from start to finish with no nasty surprises. (and within a week the new decal sheet was announced. Doh!)
  11. As part of my effort to clear my backlog of started kits I have dug out my Matchbox Spitfire. I started this literaly decades ago, but didn’t get far. I have looked at it occasionally, but no action. Then I bought some Xtradecal decals for it, SAC MkIX undercarriage legs, MasterCasters interior, Master gun barrels. Finally I found out about the Grey Matter correction set for the nose, which of course I immediately ordered on a wim. Having now spent about ten times what the original kit cost, guilt has led me to this, my first WIP. It will not be a tutorial, I am not that good, it will not be a guide to the ultimate accurate Matchbox Spitfire, but posting about it will serve to prod me to get it built. With a little luck, at about the halfway point, somebody will announce a new accurate Mk 22/24 for you guys waiting for one. We will start with the nose, the Grey Matter nose is one seriously large accurate lump of resin. I may scratchbuild the u/c legs out of brass because even the SAC legs might fold under the weight! It also might be the first Spitfire build to need weight in the tail to prevent it becoming a nose sitter. You can see the difference with the kit item. The panel lines look much more to scale than the Matchbox lines-lol.
  12. 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 seems to have been well liked, at least by Erwin Rommel who used 2 named Max and Moritz that the Africa Corps had captured. Later a larger 6x6 version entered service in Europe. THis particular vehicle is a hybrid. During the 8th Army's surprise advance across the border into Italian territory in Operation Compass in December 1940, the enemy forces were rapidly pushed back and as the campaign continued many Italians were captured. In February 1941 General Annibali Bergonzoli was taken at Breda Fomm - his splendid facial hair had earned him the knickname "barba elettrica" from his own troops and the Brits translated this as "electric whiskers". With him came his command vehicle or caravan, based on a Lancia 3RO chassis, but the Brits transplanted it on to a Leyland Retriever 6 x 4 chassis and it was initially used by General Ritchie. It was a combination office, map room and bedroom at first. Once Montgomery took charge of the 8th Army he inherited this vehicle and used it right through to the end of the war, though after the fall of Tunis in 1943 he aquired the "caravan" of General Giovanni Messi which was transplanted on to a Mack chassis and used as his sleeping quaters. Also, seven weeks before the D-Day landings a purpose built mobile maproom on a Fordson chassis joined his HQ, but this original vehicle remained his office right up to the surrender of Germany in 1945 and is now in the Imperial War Museum collection at Duxford I believe. The original Matchbox boxing showed it in European green camo, unlike the Revell one, and the "diorama base" with cobbled street and tramlines is more suitable for Germany in 1945, but it will have to do - there are decs for both schemes and the instructions say the desert one is as at late 1942, but perhaps it could have been in Tunis a little later? Cheers Pete
  13. Hello all, I saw one of these built at a model show a few years back and thought how sweet it looked - it went into my mental stash... If you want modelling nostalgia and therapy at the bench - get one! 1974 moulding but you’d never guess, really crisp, fine detail and nice fit too. Takes me right back to a wet and windy afternoon in 1978 sat at the kitchen table covered in glue and Humbrol I haven’t really added anything, just a little brass for the machine guns, basic seatbelts and that’s about it. Although I did have to ditch the 70’s decals and as I couldn’t find any aftermarket options for the Siskin, I used paint masks based on the original decal sheet. I’ve already bought the Matchbox Hawker Fury and have an Airfix Bulldog to add to this mini inter war collection. I’ve even got my eye on their Seafox. Any other Matchbox gems that spring to mind? I seem to recall a Boeing ‘Peashooter’? Anyway, without further ado - here she is - 29 Sqn, North Weald, 1928. Thanks for looking, Guy And alongside the old 50’s Airfix Hawker Demon, who said you need high tech kits and a ton of aftermarket to have fun modelling!
  14. It's been some time since I've posted any civvie stuff on BM. I'd like to say I've been to the Seychelles but that would just be wishful thinking.... Here's my take on the Matchbox Twin Otter dressed up in the markings of Air Seychelles : I started using the markings on the Nazca decal sheet but I couldn't live with the join line on the tail markings. Although I tried to paint over, my efforts to match the colours failed miserably - there's a surprise ! I ended up taking the easy way out by painting the markings with home-made masks Hope you can feel the sand between your toes ? mike
  15. I really like the austere look of the 1980s-vintage Hawker HS-125 CC.3 in RAF service, painted gloss white overall and a roundel blue cheat line, similar to that shown on the Matchbox cover-art of the CC.2. To do justice to the type requires kit-bashing using two different generations of kit: the 1974-vintage Matchbox of the -600, and last year's Sword model of the -800. Sword's kit offers many details that can be cobbled onto the -600 to turn it into a -700 jet, such as the engines, underwing details, and possibly the landing gear. As others on this board have pointed out, the Matchbox kit isn't bad, but it does have a few problems. I wanted to do a partial interior and pose the finished product with the door posed open invitingly for little VIPs. No crew figures on this one, however.
  16. A Revell rebox of the old Matchbox He 70, this kit offers the option to build radial-engined version of the 'Blitz' used in Hungary. It was built for the yt/fb #recongroupbuild. Full build vid here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RWJmo96bNg Enjoy!
  17. 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, and they look good enough to me. - The rear MG, largely invisible, was replaced with a spare from the Matchbox Stranraer that I am still (slowly) plugging away at. Small amounts of framing were added to the interior, as well as a new floor and seats. - If I were to do the kit again, I think I would try to build one of the 2 land-based Seafoxes, scratch a better oil cooler, and open up the engine cowling to expose a scratched H-block engine. Perhaps sometime in the future. Right then, the photos. Up next is another Gladiator, this time the Heller kit in Chinese markings. Following that will be the completion of the Nakajima JSSF, another Hawker Fury (AModel) and possibly a Blackburn Shark if my second attempt at the kit doesn't end up in the wastebin like the first did. Thanks for checking in everyone, Stay Safe, Tweener
  18. This is my Matchbox 1:72 Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight which I completed 19 years ago in 2000. It represents BuNo 124620 “15”, of VMF(N)-513, USMC, at K-6 Airfield, Pyong Taek, South Korea, in August 1953. Other than adding a couple of details in the cockpit, the rest of the kit was built OOB. The black was painted with airbrush with the rest by brush, except for the varnish. Surprisingly, Matchbox only supplied markings for one side of the tail so the other is bare. Back then I hadn't yet started buying online so I had to make do with what I had available to me locally. Thanks for looking Miguel
  19. 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, and was able to build a jig to connect the floats: After adding some cockpit detail, including a floor, rudder pedals, new seats, and a radio box: The halves were joined and the floats added: Next up is adding the top wing, the last of the struts for the floats, and the last small details before painting. Thanks for checking in, Stay safe everyone, Tweener
  20. Finished my first March build ! This very quick refurb of an older kit literally occurred to me on Sunday night, with most work done yesterday. It's a Matchbox Wessex, originally built by me in early 1988 when this kit first appeared. It's had a general spruce-up and repair, repaint of some inaccurate areas (like the blades, pilot, exhausts), wire aerials added and a new set of decals for an aircraft from HMS HERMES in 1974, evacuating British Nationals from the war-torn beaches of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. A fast but well worthwhile restoration of this old kit! (My HERMES deck backgound reappears for the first time in years) ... and a "before picture:
  21. In order to deal with the war in the Falklands again, I decided to build the Matchbox Westland Wessex. I found this kit at a low price in a second-hand shop. I started the construction by adding details inside, because the matchbox gives a simple kokpit and only the floor in the passenger compartment. The construction was made of plastic sheets and thin plastic rods.
  22. Good evening all, On the way in the mail is the old Matchbox Stranraer, a kit that I plan to scratch a healthy amount of interior detail for, similar in nature to the stunning job done by @Vulcanicity. While I plan to follow his build for interior reference, I'm also looking for any interior photo's I can get, particularly of the middle gunners section, the navigation section, and the cockpit itself. Additionally, I have a question as to the appearance of pods underneath the wings of some Stranraers as seen below. Are these supply pods? Podded liferafts? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks all, Tweener
  23. 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 gear, the first 6 were standard machines, the same as those used by the Royal Air Force. Right then. The model: Overall, this build was a nice distraction from the ongoing Stranraer project, which has hit a bit of a wall until I can source some belts, depth charges, and new Pegasus engines. Next up is finishing a Percival Proctor from FROG, final detail painting on a second FROG DH.60G, and I have an Airfix Bristol Bulldog in the mail, which will be finished with the included Swedish Air Force markings. Wish me luck. Thanks all, Stay safe, Tweener
  24. Good evening all, Today I have the early stages of Matchbox's 1//72 Supermarine Stranraer, which has turned out to be a far larger model than I had expected it to be. Following the build of (and information from) @Vulcanicity, I have scratched some interior detail, though my final result will be slightly less impressive. Ultimately, I hope to add depth charges under the wings, new engines (and maybe new cowlings), new machine guns (Brownings, instead of Lewis Guns) and I have the Thunderbird models mask set ready to use. Here is what I have so far: Wish me luck on the rest! Thanks all, Stay safe, Tweener
  25. At some point I might get into a detailed discussion of why I've decided to concentrate solely on Matchbox kits as far as 1:72 aircraft go, but the basic reason is that I actually enjoy making models from basic kits. I like to make corrections, and scratchbuild details, and Matchbox give you plenty of scope for that. There is still a part of me that understands the appeal of state of the art kits, and high quality resin and PE detail sets, but I'm going to keep all that to 1:48. In the smaller scale for me, from now on it's Matchbox or nothing! Matchbox were one of the first manufactures to release an A-10 (the copyright date on the inside of the fuselage is 1978), just as the A-10 was entering squadron service. Even at the time of its release, it wasn't up-to-date, since it depicts the prototype configuration. Also, in order to squeeze the model onto three sprues that would fit into their Orange Range box, some compromises were made with regards to accuracy. As one would expect, the detail isn't great, but that's what plastic card is for! So let's have a look at the box and what's inside: Yep, it's a prototype A-10, 20mmVulcan and all. Wow! look at all those bombs! As you can see, the density of parts on the sprues leaves little room for anything more. Pretty sure that's why the wingspan is a half inch short.
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