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David Mills said 2 years ago: #
I spotted this kit on ebay, I had build it as a kid and never been that satisfied with the way it turned out. I thought it might be fun to build it oob and see how it would turn out this time round. The decals are not up to much so thought I would use some aftermarket decals I have for Capt.Eugene O’Neills Li’l Abner – lets see how we get on
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Robert Royes said 2 years ago: #
Looks like a fun build. I did the old jo hahn P-47 back in my youth.
Thought I would do the initial construction unpainted so we can see it how matchbox intended ! – and then paint after posting that
David Mills said 1 year, 11 months ago: #
Thought I would skip detailed construction, of such a simple kit, to provide a look of the completed model as Matchbox would have intended. Undercarriage etc is fixed with PVA to allow for removal and paint. Next stop neutral grey and olive drab
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Robert Royes said 1 year, 11 months ago: #
So here we go – undercoat on and a picture of Li’l Abner which is the scheme I am going for!
The next stage is adding camo which is the standard, neutral grey/olive drab scheme. I used Tamiya paints and tried to vary the intensity of the colours particularly the olive drab to try and give a little depth. Wear was produced by sanding away at the paint in places and then going through the grades to knock back the obvious scratches. The kit has had a black wash which has darkened the colours some nest stop decaling and further weathering – Cheers Dave
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Gregg McKim Shaw said 1 year, 11 months ago: #
Looking forward to seeing the finished model.
Never had a problem building matchbox kits.
They always looked good even with the deep panel lines but all these old kits had little or no cockpit detail so left a lot of room for a personal touch.
I think I transplanted a Heller cockpit into mine.
Still got a few of the larger scale Matchbox kits in my stash.
Thanks Tom I always enjoyed them – they were a step up form the Airfix kits of the time and always remind me of growing up in the 70’s. Some more photos shortly. Cheers
Greg Kittinger said 1 year, 11 months ago: #
looking good so far!
Gábor Szabó said 1 year, 10 months ago: #
Nice to see an oldie like this. Time to time I als jump on rhe nostalgia wagon and build a Matchbox kit mostly just for fun or – like You – I remember what I done with such a kit when I was a kid 🙂 Looks good so far!
David Mills said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
Where does the time go? It seems to have been a year full of crises and interruptions and of projects started and very few actually finished.
Never mind, I have started to actually to get round to dealing with a few of these and here is the P-47 waiting for a matt coat and a few last minor repairs!
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Craig Abrahamson said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
This turned out quite nicely given the “small-ish” scale (at least to me) – I’ve seen 48th scale builds that didn’t look as good – some of mine leap to mind. 🙁
Thank you Craig
david leigh-smith said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
Glad to see you taking care of business, David.
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