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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Well, after being encouraged by Enzo and Mozzy19, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and build Matchbox's 1/72 Fairey Seafox. I have something of a fondness for Matchbox kits, more so than Airfix to be honest (probably because they are more difficult to get hold of nowadays). About the Seafox The Seafox was built to a 1932 requirement for a light reconnaissance seaplane able to be catapulted from Royal Navy cruisers. Despite the name, it bears no family link with Fairey's earlier Fox light bomber. A biplane, it combined a metal monocoque fuselage with fabric covered wings, and was powered by a 395hp Napier Rapier MkVI. Two prototypes were built, the second with a land undercarriage, and the first flight took place at Hamble on 27 May 1936. A few minor issues were encountered during flight trials, the most notable of which was its comparatively high landing speed. 64 production Seafoxes were built for the Fleet Air Arm, all but one being delivered as seaplanes. The first unit to re-equip was No.718 (Catapult) Flight in August 1937, where it replaced Hawker Ospreys. By the outbreak of war a number of catapult reconnaissance flights were operating the Seafox, and its most well known action was during the battle of the River Plate on 13 December 1939, when it became the first aircraft to spot for ships' guns in a naval battle. One of two Seafoxes attached to HMS Ajax with No.718 Catapult Flight was the only Royal Navy aircraft able to get airborne and spot for the guns of her parent ship, as well as those of HMS Exeter and HMS Achilles, in the action against the Graf Spee. It performed daily reconnaissances for the next few days, confirming on 17 December that Graf Spee had been scuttled. The pilot, Lt. E. Lewin, was awarded the DSC (the first decoration for any Fleet Air Arm personnel in the second world war), while the observer, Lt. R. Kearney, was mentioned in despatches. Seafoxes continued as catapult spotters until 1943, operating from passenger liners converted to Armed Merchant Cruisers. This role was overtaken by the use of escort carriers and the last flight disbanded in July of that year. Very little information is forthcoming about any further service after that date, though one or two may have persisted in service until the end of the war. About the kit Matchbox's Seafox (PK-36) was released in 1982, with fine raised panel lines and no hint of the legendary trench digger of earlier kits. It is moulded in two colours (dark green and silver), with a small clear sprue, and features markings for an all-silver Seafox of No.713 Flight (HMS Arethusa) in 1939, and a camouflaged aircraft attached to HMS Asturias in 1942. The fabric effect is good, if a little overdone, which is typical of many of Matchbox's kits, and interior detail consists of merely the two crew seats (with crew) and the rear mounted machine gun. The decals are not too bad, with a number of stencils included, though the red roundel centres are off centre. It does, naturally, include Matchbox's 'M'-shaped clear stand. I believe it has been reboxed by Revell at some point, but I am happy to be corrected on that point. I intend to build the kit as the camouflaged HMS Asturias aircraft, more or less from the box. There is no aftermarket (with the exception probably of straps), but I will be adding some interior detail, which in the lack of any references (and I have looked) I will base loosely on that of the Seafox's more well known stablemate, the Swordfish and of course it will be rigged. And just for the hell of it, as if there isn't work enough already, I will also display it on a small base with some kind of water effect. Sprue shots will be put up tomorrow.
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