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Matchbox Phantom F4K

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This build started a bit of a while ago in a Group Build and latterly was a labour of love. But it is finished. It is also an example of what's great about BM. Rob G in Australia gifted me a replacement set of tailplanes and Brianthemodeller a set of Airfix stencils. 

 

Its finished as an 892 Squadron aircraft from HMS Ark Royal in 1969. It's not quite OOB as the fin was recharged and shaped to remove the RWR fitment, which took a fair while due to the hardness of the plastic. I added some seat belts from painted Tamiya tape but otherwise to keep the Matchbox feel nothing else was changed. The upperworks were painted in Xtracrylix Extra Dark Sea Grey and the underside in Citadel Ceramite White finished off with Kleer. As well as Brian's stencils I used the original MB transfers, which considering were probably 30/40 years old went on fine, albeit a little yellowed on the underside serials. 

 

The build thread is here: 

 

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An underside shot to show the multitude of stencils if nothing else 

 

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And a comparison with a Seafire from 1945

 

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I remember building this one, a real blast from the past!

 

Good work 🤘

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Well done nice looking F4, I had never considered building a matchbox kit, you must be a masochist.😁

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To he honest, I'd clean forgotten about sending the bits away. Glad that they were of use!

 

@Retired Bob there's nothing masochistic about building (most) Matchbox kits. As a general rule they almost click together and there's usually few alignment issues or overly complex assemblies. Some of their kits are still the only examples available in any scale or medium. Roll on the next Matchbox GB, I say!

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2 hours ago, Rob G said:

To he honest, I'd clean forgotten about sending the bits away. Glad that they were of use!

 

@Retired Bob there's nothing masochist about building (most) Matchbox kits. As a general rule they almost click together and there's usually few alignment issues or overly complex assemblies. Some of their kits are still the only examples available in any scale or medium. Roll on the next Matchbox GB, I say!

I have to agree with you, they did some different aircraft, and I remember their 1/76? afv's with a little a little base, that was neat for the younger modeller. I suppose my gut reaction was the memory of one sprue deeply engraved and in a bright colour, the next with raised panel lines in another garish colour, the few in my stash are anyway.

 

Bob

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That's a very good looking Phantom. 

You've certainly got the best out of the old Matchbox kit. 

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