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phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 07:00 AM UTC

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Hi everyone. Sorry I have had no internet for a week..

Nice start Stephen. Maybe you can just roll some styrene stock into a tube and add a disc on the end. Painted very dark brown and you will likely not see anything. Another option is to add the 'cone' in the centre like on this kit:
https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-saab-j29a-b-tunnan-tgsta7201

scroll down to the 8th pic.



Great idea thanks!
I had a piece of tube the same diameter as the intake so cut a piece of that. I made the cone from a piece of sprue turned to shape in the chuck of my my drill. Should look ok when painted up.
Also finished up the cockpit. Rest of the build should just fall together.



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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 08:57 AM UTC
Hi Eddy

Just found this and thought of you:

From Airfix Magazine October 1974 edition!




Oh how our expectancy has evolved.....
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 10:37 PM UTC
Hi everyone. Sorry I have had no internet for a week..

Nice start Stephen. Maybe you can just roll some styrene stock into a tube and add a disc on the end. Painted very dark brown and you will likely not see anything. Another option is to add the 'cone' in the centre like on this kit:
https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-saab-j29a-b-tunnan-tgsta7201

scroll down to the 8th pic.

Nice to see some extra work being done Eddy. It sets this apart from others. You could go to town with detail, or do what you have done and add some interest without going crazy. I like it.

The Matchbox kit is based off an early Firefly, with sand shields and the 3 piece cast transmission. Most did not have the sand shields (either lost quickly or never had them).
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 06:35 PM UTC
Seeing a lot more building going on, thought it best to add my two cents!









I finally made some progress on this tiny kit. The upper and lower hull are not yet cemented together. Went ahead and added some of the extra armor to the hull and turret and storage box as seen on some later Fireflies I found on the internet. There is a lot of detail missing on these kits but Im not bothering with that, keeping the kit as Matchbox as possible without going overboard. I dont know anything about these vehicles but Im having fun.

~ Eddy
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 06:26 AM UTC
You may be right. Thinking about it I haven't seen much from Model Alliance in recent years.
Hopefully someone has acquired the range. Airfix has the Dominie out for reissue as part of their classics range. While there are some real horrors making a comeback, there are a few good ones. I'll be grabbing one certainly.

Made a quick start on the J29 today while working a couple of other projects. Just tidying up the cockpit and working out how to deal with the intake. As it is you can see straight into the cockpit through it! It's probably one of the nicest cockpits I've seen in a Matchbox. The instrument panel has all the dials molded on, the ejector seat looks like what it's meant to be and even a sidewall panel is present. A sharply detailed pilot rounds it off nicely.



After a weekend of mucking about regrouting the tiles in the bathroom, an afternoon of modelling was just what I needed this afternoon. Tonight I'm going to play some old games on the Amiga and it's back to work in the morning.
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 01:48 AM UTC

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Graham,
Airfix plans on re-issuing the Dominie this year so with luck Model Alliance will do likewise with their sheet.



Not sure that Model Alliance exists anymore, though I do think that Airlife have a bunch of their old stuff.

Good to hear that Airfix will re-issue the Dominie. I need a couple more at least.

I will put some pictures up of my plans when I get some time.
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Posted: Friday, May 03, 2019 - 03:01 AM UTC
Graham,
Airfix plans on re-issuing the Dominie this year so with luck Model Alliance will do likewise with their sheet. I think a lot of those were snapped up by everyone who had the old 125 in their stash, I haven't been able to find a sheet at any price!

luckily it's not difficult to replace with what I have in spares, but it would be nice to add a little colour.
Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the collection.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 12:20 AM UTC

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I had given some thought to build the 125 myself but then saw that my kits decals were probably unusable. Will have to look out for that sheet.




Alas, I believe that decal sheet is made from Unobtanium and costs a fortune if you can find them. I am very wary to use them, but that is what they are for.

Now that I have the Sword UC-125 for conversion back to a 125-800 I can do the full history of the 125, so will use up all the set.

I have made some progress on my 125-600, will post pictures tonight.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 06:18 PM UTC
49p. Those were the days Stephen.

Yes, Robbie, your absence has been noted
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:32 AM UTC
Woah,

I need to get off my dead ass and onto my dying feet and update where I am at in my quest to finish this campaign.

Cheers

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 09:57 AM UTC

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Two very different options. I had one of the SAAB 'Barrel' kits but never built it. Disappeared under mysterious circumstances (probably one of my brother's light fingered friends)

Have some good filler around for the Lynx. The fit on the underside leaves something to be desired. The fit of the cockpit to the frame is very good though. Nothing unusual for the era - Airfix and Frog had the same issues- The Frog more so. eerrrgggghhhh)



Theiving little $%*! Hopefully you'll be able to replace it oneday.
And thanks for teh advice on the Lynx. Only one I've built so far is the Hobbyboss and found that one to be quite nice. I read somewhere that all three of the earlier kits, Matchbox, Frog and Airfix are based on early development aircraft and not accurate for service versions. Not that that has stopped Airfix selling it as such (they still hawk their Eurofighter as a Tyhoon). Fortunately they did a better job with the 1/48's. Pretty sure Matchbox give decals for an Army trials Lynx.

So looking at the 125's decals I noticed that they are a bit fuzzy and the stripes are wobbly. Not sure what happened at the printer that day! I can replace them easily enough from generic sets, but I do need to source a set of stripes.



So, I've decided to go ahead and build the Saab Tunnan. Looks to be a really nice little kit. And look at the price sticker - 49p!






Should be a fun little build.
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 01:59 PM UTC

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Hope to see progress soon. Are the tracks okay? They look like they may be twisted.



@petbat Peter,

Yes, the tracks are somewhat twisted but they are soft so they should not present a problem?

Already have the lower hull together and now working on the upper hull. I needed to take a break. Ill post some progress pictures as soon as I get the upper and lower hull together. The detail is very simple, but this gives me a change to add some missing detail and make a few corrections here and there without changing the overall look of the kit.

~ Eddy
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:44 AM UTC
Hope to see progress soon. Are the tracks okay? They look like they may be twisted.
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 06:32 AM UTC
@petbat Peter,



Heres my entry. Hopefully Ill be able to get started today? So many life things keep getting in the way! No choice I guess LOL!

Looking forward to putting this one together as it was one of the kits that I could not find at my local hobby shop way back when . . .
~ Eddy
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 03:36 PM UTC

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Been checking things out here and it's very inspirational to see a lot of the kits being put together that I once had as a kid a long time ago . . . most of them were unpainted but I remember the fun I had building them.

Thank you,
~ Eddy



Well that kind of sums up the view of most everyone here - and one of the reasons it is 'Memories of Matchbox'. It's is all about the plain simple fun we had back then, and maybe expanding on what our current skills might add.
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 02:55 PM UTC
@petbat - Peter,

Thank you for your quick reply, much appreciated. I won't be able to get started until this coming Friday the 25th as I have a few things to get out of the way first, but as soon as I'm done it's clean sailing to the model bench at full speed. I hope!

Been checking things out here and it's very inspirational to see a lot of the kits being put together that I once had as a kid a long time ago . . . most of them were unpainted but I remember the fun I had building them.

Thank you,
~ Eddy
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 01:48 PM UTC
Eddy, the Revell 1:76 Firefly 03211 kit is fine for this build. It is a rebox of the old Matchbox kit and fits perfectly within the rules. Welcome aboard.
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 01:44 PM UTC
Is the Revell 1:76 Sherman Firefly useable for this campaign? I know that I have a lot of Matchbox kits in the stash but I'm not going to even try to look through the pile of boxes in the garage.

I did find this kit in the box where I located the kit I'm currently working on for the MBT campaign so I was wondering?

~ Eddy
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 10:42 AM UTC
Two very different options. I had one of the SAAB 'Barrel' kits but never built it. Disappeared under mysterious circumstances (probably one of my brother's light fingered friends)

Have some good filler around for the Lynx. The fit on the underside leaves something to be desired. The fit of the cockpit to the frame is very good though. Nothing unusual for the era - Airfix and Frog had the same issues- The Frog more so. eerrrgggghhhh)
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 01:41 AM UTC

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Stephen - you are a tease



Well, it's been a few years since I was called that!
I'm giving some thought to the Saab Tunnan or Westland Lynx. Will have to have a proper look at the decals in the 125 to as that might be the deciding factor.
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 09:30 AM UTC
Stephen - you are a tease
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 08:57 PM UTC
Graham, great to choice and looking forward to seeing your build.
I had given some thought to build the 125 myself but then saw that my kits decals were probably unusable. Will have to look out for that sheet.

Still plenty of other Matchbox in stash to choose from in the meantime.
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 08:06 AM UTC

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That is just wrong, two Sidewinders would have been much more effective.

I am actually building two of these kits together, but the Group Build one will be a -600 as I need to make new engines for the -700 and that won't be done in time.



His idea was to get them before they could get him

Nice to see multiple kits getting built. Sounds like a couple of great builds.
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 01:12 AM UTC

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Welcome aboard Graham.

I had a friend who built one of these. He used to wargame so added a Phoenix missile from an old Airfix kit onto the hull centreline for 'protection' ....




Thank you you, glad I can get moving on this.

That is just wrong, two Sidewinders would have been much more effective.

I love building GA aircraft and Bizjets in particular, but this one will be RAF as I am doing a "History of the 125". I am actually building two of these kits together, but the Group Build one will be a -600 as I need to make new engines for the -700 and that won't be done in time.
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 08:47 PM UTC
Jacob: Great work on the Jagdpanther and the base. I really like it a lot .

Oliver