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Piston Provosts

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Piston Provosts

Provost T1 WV679 / O-J 2FTS 1958 (Matchbox kit)

Provost T1 XF559 / Q-B 1FTS 1960 (S&M kit)

New kits often have me digging out the old ones and this is what happened with the new S&M Provost kit. The old Matchbox kit had been in the stash since the mid 1970s and I decided to build the two together.

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The S&M kit is much finer of course, and has a lot more detail, especially in the cockpit. I scratch built some new prop blades, though, because the kit blades are just too skinny. The kit comes with the external stiffeners nicely moulded into the flaps and control surfaces, but I removed them because nearly all the photos I found of ‘XF’ machines showed them with smooth surfaces. The decals were very nicely printed but are unusable because the roundels and serials are far too small, whereas the stencils and badges are too big! So out came the old Modeldecal sheet for XF559, which is also about 30 years old, but worked OK apart from the yellowed roundels which I replaced.

Decals for the Matchbox kit also came from generic Modeldecal sheets. The kit was OK for such an old tooling, but the thick Matchbox canopy gives it away.

I put the flaps down on both models because that’s the way they seem to be when parked.

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Very nice pair

Roger

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Matchbox kit scrubs up well after all these years. Twas a favourite as a kid, especially the Omani option.

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Lovely. Such a pretty aircraft.

I remember building the Matchbox kit many years ago.

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A lovely pair of Provosts, even after all this time the Matchbox version still scrubs up well!

Mark

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Yes, both very smart looking aircraft.

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Very very nice, pity to hear about the S&M decals though-an avoidable error methinks.

Thanks for posting these

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Nice! Hoping Mel will do this in 1/48...

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Excellent work on both really well finished nice contrast between the two kits.

thanks for sharing

regards

Eamonn

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Both very nice - does anyone know if there is a vac-formed replacement canopy?

A very nice pair of Provosts and regarding vacform canopies Aeroclub did one CO 32 not sure if it is still available though. MODeller

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Hi CT:

Wonderful pair of masterworks!!! I have enjoyed all your two kits work here and getting ideas for a Matchbox build that willbe done one day. Like a huge lot you overall work and seem Old Matchbox has so many years of lifer despite the newcomwers.

Thank you very much for sharing,

Cheers,

Luis Alfonso

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Absolutely stunning - and proof that God never intended airplanes to have jet engines! (Translation: The Provost just looks that much nicer than the Jet Provost!)

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