Rabbit Leader Posted October 12, 2017 Share Posted October 12, 2017 Hello fellow Matchbox lovers, So all this recent talk and nostalgic images of good old Matchbox kits has peaked my interest of late. This wonderful subject matter has forced me to park some of my other builds in order to join this great GB. After first attempting to source a cheap Tempest kit online (no luck), I then remembered about an old stalled project from my teens that got me thinking (that was well over 30 years ago!). Long story short, I delved into my stash and found approx. 95% of an old Matchbox Tempest kit that was initially used as a donor subject to convert a Heller Tempest V into an Mk.II. I was missing the prop, spinner and the right hand Sabre Engine Cowling parts, however BM member Scimitar has come to my aid after quickly answering my 'wants' post in the Wanted section. Here is an image of the parts I currently have. On the top right you will see the salvaged wing root intakes that I broke off the never completed Heller conversion. There is also a Heller prop and a few Falcon Clear Vax canopies that I 'may' use. The first hurdle however will be to assemble the wings and neatly re-attach those wing root intakes. This will result in a heap of sanding to get right, so naturally I will loose some of those lovely trench panel lines. As a consequence of this, I've decided to make an effort to fill and rescribe some of these panel lines to something a little less 'Matchbox' like - yes I know, not in the true spirit but serves me right for chopping it up in the first place! So here are some progress shots so far. The first shows the wings being glued together with some of my favourite weapons of choice - Loctite 401 CA and Tamiya's Extra Thin Cement. The lamp on the left is serving to aid my failing eyesight and on the right is probably my third cup of coffee for the day - already getting cold. The salvaged wing root intakes are sitting in the middle of the dirty cutting mat. Not that long thereafter, I cut up a few oversized sections of plastic card and mounted them where shown. The previous cut all those years ago had naturally removed a bit too much plastic, so I needed to build this up so that the intake parts would sit level with the wings leading edge. Wing root intakes now attached to wings and left to dry for a short while. The plastic card backing sits proud of the surrounding plastic and if my skills are up to it the whole area will be filed back to a smooth finish! So did I win? Yeh, not bad. Some heavy sanding has removed a few panel lines but these babies will be going off anyway - my god aren't they deep! The next step is always a bit of a nightmare, however I find it to be the best filler around. The Loctite 401 CA is applied with a Toothpick to all areas that need filling. I find that CA dries clear, fast and super strong. It looks horrible when applied, however with a little (actually quite a lot) of Wet n Dry elbow grease it will sand down to virtually new plastic. Hard to believe from the image below! And here is the final result. One pair of smooth and polished wings without all those nasty trenches. To get this finish I've started with Wet n Dry grades 400, 600, 800 & 1200, then moved on to some well used Micromesh graded 1500, 1800, 2400, 3600, 4000 and finally 6000. A polishing cloth is then vigorously rubbed everywhere until the plastic shines like it's brand new. I have slightly rescribed the ailerons and Cannon bay panel however will apply a few more scribe lines a little later on. I've now applied CA to the lower sides and will repeat this sanding work tomorrow until I'm happy with the finish. So that's the end of day one and this GB Intro. I was not sure at the start if I could resurrect this chopped up kit to a level that I would be happy with, however the completed wing surgery turned out OK so I should see this one through to the end. I've got a few days off work now, so unless I get dragged away to do some boring household chores (which is very likely), I'll post more progress pics later.. Cheers.. Dave. 14 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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