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ProfSparks

Matchbox Skyservant Flying Doctor

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Hi All

 

Here's an 'After Hours' project that I'm embarking on with the view of;-

a) being a filler in for when other projects are drying/setting/etc

b) seeing if I can get a comparable White to NATO Black

c) building it just because it's from Fernando Poo island

 

It shouldn't trouble the accurists amongst you, but that's not the point.

 

I suspect the kit was brought through by Noah judging by the water damage

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It's drying from a soapy bath to remove the flood residue.

 

Anyhoo, there's something oddly comforting about a matchbox kit, like worn out shoes that you still wear, or an LP you still play even though it's covered in scratches.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Hi All

 

The large side doors look to be the only way in or out, and they can be posed open or closed

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Mine will be closed because there's nothing much to see inside unless you have a penchant for mid seventies singles bar decor

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No painting necessary!

 

Ok, so I painted it

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The glazing has no surrounding locating flange, so i guess they just fit flush?

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Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers 🍷

Steve

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Hi All

 

I tried in a window, and it just pushes in flush from the outside, so I figure I'll leave them out until it's painted.

 

I ran a strip of tape along the inside to stop the spray getting in, hopefully it should just pull out again,,,

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It's all buttoned up for the night, as am I

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I had a window recount and only came up with seven, so I suspect a bodge is in the offing.

 

 

Comments and suggestions and the missing window welcome

 

Cheers 🍷

Steve

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Nice project.

 

Try Microscale Micro Krystal Klear. Worth investing in if you can get some. It does windows like that quite neatly and much easier than trying to make a replacement out of clear sheet. There are other similar products I think.

 

Cheers.

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On 1/13/2019 at 10:43 AM, ProfSparks said:

Anyhoo, there's something oddly comforting about a matchbox kit, like worn out shoes that you still wear, or an LP you still play even though it's covered in scratches. 

A perfect sentiment!

Very nice project, as well.

10 minutes ago, Smudge said:

Try Microscale Micro Krystal Klear. Worth investing in if you can get some. It does windows like that quite neatly and much easier than trying to make a replacement out of clear sheet. There are other similar products I think. 

A product called 'Formula 560,' now disributed by Zap, is a similar product that has become my go-to for such uses. I slightly prefer it to Krystal-Kleer because it's a bit thicker...which makes it easier to bridge gaps, and keeps it from running off quite as easily. Dries just as clear with less shrinkage. Just my two cents.

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Hi All

 

Thanks Smudge, I've ordered some Klear, it should be here in a couple of days.

 

Thanks thorfinn, if I can't get the Klear to work I'll get some 560.

 

Thso, after much sanding, the body was ready for some engine pods

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They set quite well, so on with the wings

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I'd notices they looked pretty flat so that's what I went for

 

Turns out they're mostly ok!

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I'll fill any gaps when I do the rears

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More joy to follow.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers 🍷

Steve

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Hi All

 

I've put the rest of the surfaces and wheel spats on, and trying in the windscreen it looks like a quite good fit

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However, there are a couple of gaps that will need to be filled before paint

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Herein lies a quandary:-

 

I figure I could leave it off for the paint, remove the internal masking tape, fit and fill and repaint locally?

 

Or I could cut off the side windows from the screen, fit fill and paint it all, then remove the internal masking through the side gaps and use this Klear to make side windows like the fuselage portholes?

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Hi All

 

Guess which option I went for?

 

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I don't suppose by any chance they have wind down side windows?

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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A nice piece of work. Those Matchbox kits do have a period charm especially the plastic colours used. Liked the comments on the 70's bar colour scheme, truly the decade taste forgot. 

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8 hours ago, ProfSparks said:

 

I don't suppose by any chance they have wind down side windows?

 

There's a good chance they open, maybe not in the wind down style.

Check out some images on the net.

I've opened a few recently, on DC3 with a pilot leaning out, etc.

Gives a bit of life, or animation, to the model.

 

A Matchbox kit is a joy forever!!

And this is a lovely little thing.

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Nice little subject and a Matchbox build t'boot. Coming along nicely but I'm not looking forward to trying to get that tape out...

 

Stuart

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Great to see this build, don't think I've seen the Skyservant built.

Beautifully put about feelings for Matchbox kits in your opening post, absolutely agree!

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Hi All

 

On 2/19/2019 at 7:42 PM, rob Lyttle said:

https://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/1011537/d-ires-rk-flugdienst-dornier-do-28-d-skyservant/

 

Check out this from airplane - pictures. Net

Looks like the windows are tophinged and flip outward. If you fancy having a go! 👍

Hi Rob, thanks, that certainly looks like it could be on the cards if I can give it a go!

 

In the mean time, I've been messing around with paint.

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Tamiya X-1 Black, but I now think I should have used a NATO black as I'm after the corresponding white

 

 

Anyhoo, taped

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And after several rounds of various light grey lightened with white, veering towards white darkened with light grey

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I discovered it was just as difficult to photograph scale white as it was to mix it.

 

Regardless, this is where I ended up

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Looks white until something white is beside it, then it still looks light grey.

 

I can't tell if it's covered with the final mix of white with a drop of light grey, or just a patchy blend of all the previous shades as I couldn't really tell where I was spraying

 

A conundrum and no mistake.

 

But onward. I'll get the stickers on, give it a rub down with a Florry wash and try to remove the internal tape without consigning it to the bin.

 

Then there's the Kristal Klear to experiment with.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Hi All

 

Decals made it in one piece each! (all three of them)

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The carrier film is quite firm yet quite fragile, and also quite resistant to solutions.

 

It's had the Micro Sol, the Daco Strong and the stern glare, but remains unmoved.

 

It's going to get the Silent Treatment for a couple of days while I'm away, let's see if that works.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Well, of course, back in the day, at the height of the Cold War, Matchbox decided that it would be better to make the decal sheet to survive Armageddon

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Hi All

 

On 2/24/2019 at 12:49 PM, rob Lyttle said:

Well, of course, back in the day, at the height of the Cold War, Matchbox decided that it would be better to make the decal sheet to survive Armageddon

Hi Rob, yeah I was surprised that they held together or came off the backing paper at all, considering the water damage they had sustained.

 

But, as every silver lining must have a cloud, they were just as resilient on application.

 

 

Anyhoo, a bit of detail painting with Grey Flory Wash

 

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Taking it off with some kitchen roll

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Leaves

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It looks like the Flory is a residue effect like mud or dust or clay not panel lines, Lesson 1.

 

I put some Sand on the wheels

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And it looked like dried mud, so that's what it's for.

 

Now onto the main event, removing the internal window masking...

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And it's out!

 

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Next Experiment is with the Klear

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Gloopy and thick, managed to cover the windows and windscreen sides

 

So there it is

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It's not big or clever, but has served its' purpose as a test of getting close to a NATO white, and an added bonus of Kristal Klear introduction.

 

It's still slightly foggy where it was thick

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Hopefully this will clear eventually.

 

But if not, then I'll know not to put so much on next time.

 

All in all it's been a bit of a blast, thanks for all the help and info.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Looking good Steve. Only time will tell if your Klear works, should do. I used Formula 560 canopy glue to do the same job on my boat windows and it worked a treat.

 

Stuart

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