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  1. Possibly Apocryphal

    1:72 Hawker Persian Fury

    My choice is the Hawker Persian Fury. I will be using the Matchbox 1:72 kit )of course!). I have the Kora decal sheet for the Iranian Tiger Moth, which will provide the national markings. I haven't decided yet whether to scratchbuild the Mercury engine, or just nick one from a Lysander kit. Earlier releases were molded in blue and light grey, but the one I have is very low contrast light grey and silver, which should make priming it when the time comes a much simpler task
  2. Hi folks! Ages since I've done a WIP, but here we go. Welcome to my latest (and particularly barmy) build! I'm going to be attempting to clear the logjam of biplanes in my stash by tackling these two Matchbox beauties (alright, the Heyford is a Revell repop, but still a beauty)! It feels like a nostalgia trip back to the 1970s, apart from the fact I'm much too young to remember. I have always imagined the 1970s as being a sort of beige decade, and my mind is filled with visions of Status Quo, AC/DC, striking miners, institutionalised sexism, raging unemployment and violently awful moustaches. A decade perhaps only brightened up by new heights of luridity (is that a word?) in model kit plastic: I've had these two for years while slowly trying to scratch together references - which is a remarkably difficult task. What's worse, the longer it's gone on ( since 2009, in the case of the Stranraer), the more determined I've become to do some kind of superdetail job on them, hence more internet trawling, hence more time the kits languished in the stash. There's plenty of big hatches and holes to see into, but Matchbox provided very little to fill them with. "Why couldn't I pick some nice P-51 or F-16 or something else with references falling out of the trees?" you might well ask. Well, that just wouldn't be as fun as eight years of on-off research. Honest. With my Borneo field seasons done, and a good stretch of time ahead, I decided the time was ripe to up my research efforts, collate all the data I could get, and crack on at last. So I spent an afternoon in the National Archives perusing maintenance manuals and evaluation reports from the 1930s - oh, and purchased these: I've also got scans of the Mushroom Modelling Publication Walrus and Stranraer, 1930s excerpts from Flight, and the Profile Publication on the Heyford, which I think completes more or less all the available information known to mankind. Honestly, it's easier to find out about lesser-known ancient civilisations in Asia Minor than the internal equipment of a 1930s flying boat! I quite often start a complex interior detailing job by drawing sections in large scale with colour-coded bits - it helps disentangle and present complex information much more understandably. This one is a bit rough, and there are a fair few errors, but it's a start: I've drawn out the necessary structure inside the fuselage halves. I think my sanity will walk a fine line throughout these builds, so I've already cut myself a little slack and decided to have the nose hatch closed and the bow compartment undetailed - this is the area for which references are thinnest and I think there'll be more than enough to do already! But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Before I can start adding structure, the Stranraer in particular needs a fair amount of panel lines adding. The only panel lines which the kit provides are a longeron under the window (which is wrong for about 3cm at its rear end) and one other horizontal line above the porthole in the bow. Take up thy scriber and scribe... The starboard side will be tougher as I've got to remodel the access arrangements. RAF and RCAF Stranraers did not have the large access hatch surrounding the smaller door - this was a more commodious postwar modification applied to Stranraers operated by Canadian civil airlines, and MB clearly copied it from the survivor at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon - so I've got to grind off the raised area to the right - fun fun fun! Hopefully by next time I'll have either achieved this or written off the kit - so long for now!
  3. I started this in the Matchbox Group Build but it stalled for a number of reasons. I've restarted and thought it's worth putting on here now. The work so far can be found here. I got the airframe finished, some metallic around the tail and the underside painted. I put on multiple coats of citadel white then a couple of coats of Revell Aquacolour Gloss White. It didn't look great, was streaky, rush marks and multiple bits. So was sanded back to the matt white, polished, recoated with citadel and a couple of coats of Kleer. Here it is masked ready for the ESDG. First coat of Xtracrylix ESDG thinned with Flow Improver
  4. No. 264 squadron flew Meteor night fighters from 1951 when it replaced its ageing Mosquitos with NF.11s, subsequently upgrading to the NF.14 in October 1954. The squadron flew these from Linton-on-Ouse until renumbering as 33 squadron on 30th September 1957 and moving further north to Leeming. The NF.14 had the most powerful engines of all the Meteor night fighters and continued in service until 1961. However, by the mid-50s it was fast becoming obsolete and regularly out-performed by Canberras during exercises. Despite this it was generally popular with its crews and just over 100 were built. WS810 was delivered to the RAF in March 1953, and became one of the last operational Meteor NF.14s after transferring to 60 sqn following 264's disbandment.
  5. 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.
  6. It's back to the 50s again and another old bargain, the Matchbox Meteor night fighter. I'll be making this one out of the box, as WS810 of 264 Sqn, an NF.14, the version which I've always considered the nicest looking of all Meteor variants (along with the F.8). The decals look quite good for an old kit, and there's no flash on any of the parts or sprues. I've made notes to use the same nose as the NF.12 (ie. not the extra long one erroneously purported to be for the NF.14) and the wider engine intakes. I'll be painting the Meteor in its 50s colours of dark sea grey/dark green camo and medium sea grey lower, I believe for this aircraft with the high demarcation line.
  7. I've always had a love for the Meteor. It goes back to 1972 when I bought my first modelling magazine: something I still have as you can see below. It was a fascinating and intimidating article in equal measure. I knew there was a Meteor III and Meteor IV, the marks I and II were a mystery and to discover that there were marks 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, even 20! Meanwhile, the article gave me a glimpse into past treasure with the original 1956 Frog Mk.8 model (regarded as unobtainable - see later) and then described how to build a vacform machine out of wood, aluminium and asbestos (yes, really) that you placed under the domestic grill. At age eleven, you might have well given me the plans to build a moon rocket... Nonetheless, I was hooked on Meteors! Roll forward to 1988 and I was well into modelling and absolutely delighted when Matchbox brought-out this beauty: Now, a little context is required here: in the 1980s, there were no Meteors in catalogues: Airfix's Mk.III was discontinued and Frog's Mk.IV was, well, Novo so in that pre-internet age you found them where you found them. So to get a model with THREE, say it again, THREE variants was a Meteor fan's dream. It was an excellent choice because it was a kit-basher's dream too: combine it with the spares box or accessories and you could pretty-well model any post WW-II version. - PAUSE - 1988 to 2017: house move, climb the career ladder, raise two children (not on my own, naturally) and spend all your spare time involved with this: https://www.e-v-r.com/ - still my obsession - and so scale modelling disappeared from view. I still had all the kits tucked away but I'd lost my mojo. 2017 and the mojo came back. Slowly at first with lots of gentle dipping of toes into the water and a great deal of uncertainty as to what to begin-with. To cut a long story short, I decided to more-or-less pick-up where I left-off with the Matchbox Meteor. I decided to add a couple of extras to jazz-up the model and decided on a standard Mk.11. I had made a start on the model, having painted the rather bare interior black (which had dried glossy - no wonder I'd given-up) I chose to add the Airwaves etched cockpit walls and hack-around the Czech Master nosewheel bay to replace the flat plate moulded by Matchbox. This proved to be a challenge as the resin insert really didn't fit the different profile of a two-seater: So, off I went with superglue, Milliput a razor saw and a lot of nerves and - to all intents and purposes - bodged it together: Meanwhile, I attached the quite beautiful etched instrument panels: I then came to glue it all together. It was a struggle: the etched sidewalls and the resin u/c bay required a great deal of hacking and gluing the whole assembly together took a lot of patience and tape: I then came to add the 'lid' for the Mk.11 and Mk.12 versions. As you can see, the application of filler was a given: the mouldings had slightly rounded edges and leaving them unfilled would have looked terrible: Similarly, the tailplane was provided in two versions and the fit was similarly 'challenging': Meanwhile, I assembled the wings, using the narrow (early) intakes (thank you Matchbox) and filled the HUGE gap in the rear wing fillet. Once the fuselage was glued (it stuck together nicely), it was greenstuff time: As an aside, the orange fillings above are ear defenders! Those small foam thingies that you roll-up and place in your ear does an excellent job of sealing orifices while filling, sanding and painting. So, with the wings on the model starts to look like a meteor: TO BE CONTINUED...
  8. Even more than usual with my builds, purists look away now! For those of you still here, welcome to pure sentimentality. My dad (1926-2001) had been with 73 squadron in Malta and when the Matchbox kit came out he brought it but never got round to building it. Then somewhere along the line it got lost/ thrown out when he moved into warden-controlled housing. The Christmas before he died (2000), my wife and I made and painted the Airfix 1:48 version as a 73 sun plane, which he was thrilled about and could even remember working on the original plane. But it's very faded now, so this GB gives me the chance to pay my respects to my dad and build a replacement. I know the Matchbox kit has lots of flaws but I've decided that my dad would've built it OOB, and so will I. And if the rumours about Revell are for the worse it might yet turn into a Revell tribute build as well. And so to the kit etc. Not the Matchbox boxing, but figured it won't matter once it's made up! now to the contents I remember the long thin Matchbox packaging so was taken by surprise at how compact it all is in the Revell version. Alas, no three colour plastic. I was amused that Revell talk of this as a classic mould and admit that it's ex-Matchbox; seriously I think that's a very honest thing today, nowadays with Airfix I don't know if I'm paying for a repop or a smart new moulding. First up will be the engine etc. I'll leave as much exposed as I can- what with dad having been an engineer it does seem most appropriate. Haven't decided if there's any place for the jolly good sport of a pilot that's provided but probably not as I get bored painting them! Also, there'll be a friendly email to Revell as the decals have got some water-damage and I don't fancy lining a super thin black band. I won't be starting promptly at 00:01, but hopefully before next weekend something will have happened.
  9. I've been building my own RAF 100 collection this year and needed some models to fill gaps in the collection. I thought that joining in with this group build would be a great way of participating in the fun. So, my RAF Germany representative: Yes, it's the Matchbox kit, so it's simple but that means a quick no-nonsense build in theory. I'll use the Modeldecal sheet which means no need for the refuelling probe and I can have a go at a glossy camo finish.
  10. I'm making my own RAF 100 collection of models and I thought it would be nice to join in this group build while filling some gaps in my collection. So, here's the 1930's silver biplane. The old Matchbox AW Siskin. If the kit decals hold up, then I will build the 32 Squadron aircraft, otherwise I will use the Modeldecal sheet to make a 43 Squadron a/c.
  11. Andre B

    Matchbox kits...

    What Machbox kits do we want to build again? Still there is some moulds out there not used by Revell that would be nice to be used again? Kits that would be simple and fun to biuld. Kits as the A-4 Skyhawk, P-51D Mustang or the Tempest Mk. II... /André
  12. andy wood

    Tiger Moth to Fox Moth

    I'm toying with the idea of converting the Revell/Matchbox Tiger Moth to a Fox Moth. Apart from the new fuselage. centre wing section and tweaked u/c legs, my research indicates that not much else needs changing. Does anyone have any other views to the contrary? Anyone have any scale plans?
  13. Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B 237 OCU, RAF Honington, 1972 Matchbox kit with all panel lines filled and rescribed. Bomb bay fuel tank removed. Scratch built cockpit interior. Reshaped radome. Freightdog resin tailplane. Pylons from CMR resin Buccaneer kit. Aeroclub metal undercarriage, refuelling probe, arrestor hook and tail bumper. Unlike most other Buccaneers, there are no vortex generators on the wings. Back in the late 60s / early 70s I was on an aeronautical engineering apprenticeship with Hawker Siddeley Aviation. It was the time when ‘new build’ Buccaneers in the XW serial range were being built for the RAF, along with some ex-RN aircraft being modified to S.2A standard. I still have some of the notes and sketches I made in the final assembly shed, and one of the recurring notes is that XW aircraft were not fitted with wing vortex generators. It has been difficult to confirm this with photographic evidence, but recently I came across a list of Buccaneer mods and in particular, these two mods apply : 1553 ‘Deletion of Fixed Vortex Generators to S2, S2A, S2B, S2D (Sept 1972)’ 1396 ‘Re-introduction of Fixed Vortex Generators to S2, S2A, S2B, S2D (Mar. 1976)’ Nearly all photos of XW Buccaneers show VGs so I think there must of been only a year or two before they were fitted. The dates on the modification numbers are when they were formally issued, and I’m sure VGs were removed before Sept 72, and re fitted before Mar 76. These new build aircraft also had ‘provision for’ ILS, though the equipment was not fitted. Hence there are blanking plates on the fin where the ILS localiser antennas were to be fitted later, and on the underside for the ILS glideslope antenna. It was quite a challenging task to get the old Matchbox kit sorted but it’s good to have a gloss finished Bucc with Type D roundels in the collection at last. Could be a while before I do another one though.
  14. Thought I would share this here. This is my recently completed build from the Matchbox GB. My clear parts and decals were missing so the screen is scratch built using spare PE & some clear plastic. The engine was wired & spark plug caps made from Albion Alloys. Sprayed in Tamiya Aluminium from a rattle can. AKs metal paste Aluminium & gold was also used. The decal is from evil bay & it has been modelled after testing, hence no car numbers, engine and front cowlings off and the dirty lower sides. Enough waffle Thanks for looking. C&Cs welcomed.
  15. Another model from my favourite experiments category, this time Westland Lysander with tandem wing (Delanne concept). Some historical backgroud you can find here I built it in 2009 as submission to Matchbox madness group build on ARC (WIP thread is here). It consisted of normal Lysander kit by Matchbox and vacformed conversion set by Airmodel. My other builds: Northrop X-4 Bantam A-37 Dragonfly D558 Skystreak XF5U Flying Flapjack
  16. Hey, I might blow a gasket, I'm on a bit of a buildathon at the moment after a too long break. Feeling too enthusiastic and hurried. Maybe I will do a slow detail by detail build thread - I don't know if people want to see that. I usually wack up a few pictures, sort of beginning, middle and end. Anyhow - practice makes perfect, well I thought it should make it better at least. With my second hand but proper little compressor my airbrush has taken on a new life. A little preview of what is coming up. It's green, it has a white star and tracks - then it's a lot of fun to build! - Madame, pouvez-vous m'indiquer le chemin vers Paris - Mais Monsieur il y a un panneau!
  17. Arniec

    Matchbox II GB Chat

    The date has been confirmed. It's 7 October 2017 till 10 February 2018 I have missed the first GB a few years ago and have loads of Matchbox kits in my stash that are dying to be build. You can build planes, cars, AFV's and even ships. So who is up for another one?! I started my modelling with Matchbox kits and loved them since then!!!!! They are easy to build and don't take up to much time and under a coat of paint looks very nice. As long as it's a matchbox kit you are ok. Even the later re-issues from Revell. Like the Stranrear, Sherman Firefly, 1/72 flower class corvette or a 1/32 scale car like the Porsche Le mans racer in martini colours. I will make a list 1. ArnieC (host) 2. Dermo245 3. vppelt68 (co-host) 4. old thumper 5. Erwin 6. depressed lemur 7. Black Knight 8. Rodders154 9. Darby 10.Radleigh 11. Blitz23 12. Trojan Thunder 13. Col. 14. Knight_Flyer 15. Bonhoff 16. charlie_c67 17. snapper_city 18. Stew Dapple 19. GREG DESTEC 20. AndyC 21. Rob G 22. BerndM 23. Jb65rams 24. VMA131Marine 25. Ray S 26. Giorgio N 27. Bobster 28. Bonehammer 29. Supertom 30. Bill Ficner 31. Stevej60 32. English Electric 33. spaddad 34. TonyT 35. IanC 36. VMA131Marine 37. Jean 38. jockney 39. 825 40. Sabre_days 41. John D.C. Masters We have made it into 2017. Thank you guys for voting. Cheers,
  18. Matchbox kit PK-31, Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, re-issued by Revell in the Matchbox boxing, A Burma Banshee of 85th Fighter Squadron, AAF 10th Airforce CBI in Assam, India 1944, Fantastically enjoyable build and a very interesting subject, Build thread is here: I finished this (so i thought) for the recent Matchbox GB but I was unhappy with the provided transfers/decals (badly printed) and the fact that I hadn't completed the Mini Paint Plan with regards to the wing walks and the undersides of the gun bays. I 'borrowed' some more stars'n'bars from a Frog Mustang kit and duly painted in the wing walks (using masking) and undersides of the gun bays (no masking, just a very small brush and a magnifying stand). Now I'm reasonably happy to call this P-40 complete, droopy aerial wire not withstanding, and move on - i'm really pleased with how the 'Olive Drab' colour came out as it seems to be a very good match to the images of Burmese Jungle that I printed off as a backdrop. Thanks for your inspiration and support, BM Modellers!
  19. Well now, here we are again. Not so sure how frequently I will update but this will get us started. I have a very very soft spot for the Matchbox / Revell kits in 1/76. I find so many good things about them. One is the build time and the variety. Some kits don't have a figure, but usually a figure one or more vehicules and a mini diorama. I still find the vehicules and the figures the biggest challenge. Here's a little sequence of the Humber dio. Just 4 parts. Needed some filler on the edges of the wall. I did a black white contrast base using vallejo (thinned with water) and Tamiya (IPA). After the colour coat some Tamiya panel liner and then dry brushes lighter and lighter shades. Finally some white highlights and I began to add a bit of tone with some oils. The wall isn't done yet.
  20. This has been lurking on the stash for a little while so this GB will encourage me to crack on with it. Neither of the schemes particularly appeal yet so I’m hoping once the glue starts flowing so will the inspiration
  21. During the course of the Matchbox GB, I got so excited that I started to pick up other kits. Still a week to go before this GB finishes so there is time to squeeze in one of the kits not covered yet - a favourite aircraft of mine, the Curtiss P-40. Such a pugnacious-looking piece of US heavy metal and much has been written about the instant appeal of painting shark's teeth on the big jawline! Matchbox offered the P-40N Warhawk version with a skull motif so here we go.... Surprise...when I bought the 'unstarted' kit, I noticed that someone had already applied some paint to the spinner. Got going on the first few stages of the build - as usual, a very good fit of parts and next to no flash (just a little at the rear of the fuselage pieces). I'll leave the pilot out for now until he is painted but cracking on with assembling the fuselage and the prop.
  22. Hi folk's,hoping it's third time lucky after m issing the deadline on the last two GB,s I'm gonna have a go at Revell's re-pop of the Matchbox Spitfire. apologies for it not being an original but at just over a tenner at a recent sale it had to be worth a punt.I know I had a crack at this kit many moons ago when new and can guess at what would have been for the younger me an over complicated build never got far! So a nice relaxed OOB build on the card's don't care about the fault's or innaccuracies I need after a five week lay off a mojo kickstart,see you soon.
  23. maltadefender

    Hawker Fury Mk.I

    Well, Matchbox was always fêted for its bipes so here we go with a rather breathless build of the lovely old Fury. This could go one of two ways... Here is the kit: Time to read the instructions... quickly!
  24. It's one of my all-time favourite aeroplanes and not one that I've ever managed to build properly - so why not try and do one in a week? Yes, it's the Gloster Gladiator as my second and final entry in this GB. My first attempt at a Gladiator was with the old tool Airfix kit. It went together OK but looked rather anorexic. My second attempt at a Gladiator was the 1/48 Roden Sea Gladiator which collapsed into a gluey blancmange. Third time lucky? Let's hope so with the old Matchbox kit repopped by Revell: If my Hawker Fury was anything to go by, I hope that this will be a confidence-building experience. I've got all manner of decals for Gladiators but given the time available I'm going to stick with an all-silver pre-war scheme. The question is: which one? All have their merits and all will be done at some point. As I've done the silver-and-yellow Fury I feel it would be quite nice to come up with something that complements it. I fell in love with the Gladiator as a small boy on my first visit to The Shuttleworth Collection when their example was in 72 Sqn colours, so that has appeal... ... but the 73 Sqn scheme of 'Cobber' Kain that Shuttleworth's Gladiator wears today is a lot more attractive to my eye, and I've got those decals in the new tool Airfix kit... ...and then there's the 87 Sqn scheme that is in my Pavla upgrades box... ...and as a final choice there's the 3 Sqn decals which come with the Revell kit. It's plain silver all over but I love the art deco '3' for the tail. So while I'm getting on with building a standard silver Gladiator I'm going to throw this one open to the floor with a poll. Which scheme would you like to see in the Gallery next weekend? All thoughts gratefully received.
  25. I goofed up on the post a bit so I think you can see the same twice. My apologies. The kit is 99.94% done (as is, "It floats!" for any US commercial from the 50's buffs out there). Sharp eye might notice the landing gear doors not on (should be later this evening) the gun and rear cockpit need to be finished, canopy frames not painted yet and the exhaust pipe not in place (tomorrow's tiny battle). GREAT GREAT kit! The more I build Matchbox the more I love Matchbox...growing up in Michigan we has Lindberg, Testors, and the occasional Airfix. I never even built a Matchbox until I was past 50! I love them!. Greg in OK