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  • Member since
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  • From: Inverness, IL (suburb of Chicago)
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:47 PM

the Baron

Nice NMF, Johnny!

 

Thanks! I used Bare Metal Foil and then gave it a treatment of black, rust and mud washes.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 3:34 PM

Oh My;

   Now that's a nice natural Metal Finish. Looks like she's flown a few missions.

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Posted by Silver on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:38 PM

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, December 6, 2019 8:21 AM

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

 

The newer Matchbox releases have come a long way and have some nice details. Some Revell/Monograms are real jewels that need some polishing and others are not so good. As with most models the skill of the builder makes it or breaks it. I forgot who built one of the older ancient Monogram dive bombers here a while back and his skill and attention to detail turned it into an awesome model.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, December 6, 2019 10:36 AM

plasticjunkie

 

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

 

 

 

The newer Matchbox releases have come a long way and have some nice details. Some Revell/Monograms are real jewels that need some polishing and others are not so good. As with most models the skill of the builder makes it or breaks it. I forgot who built one of the older ancient Monogram dive bombers here a while back and his skill and attention to detail turned it into an awesome model.

 

The Matchbox brand is really dead and just the name used by Revell of Germany. So any "new" Matchbox kit is just made by someone else and the Matchbox name stuck on the box. Revell does their own kits and also reboxes other companies' kits as well so a lot of their quality is all over the board. Many old 1/76 scale Matchbox armor kits are reboxed in Revell of Germany boxes.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, December 6, 2019 11:30 AM

Now;

     Talking about Matchbox. They did come up wtih decent but simple stuff some years back. My question is Why? did they have to mold the things in more than one color? 

      Plus,the panel lines on some were more like ditches than panel lines, Eh?

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Friday, December 6, 2019 7:59 PM

Tanker - Builder
Talking about Matchbox. They did come up wtih decent but simple stuff some years back. My question is Why? did they have to mold the things in more than one color? Plus,the panel lines on some were more like ditches than panel lines, Eh?

The target market was beginners/kids who wanted to bash the things together in a minimum amount of time. That was the reasoning behind the multi-coloured mouldings, so theycould be built without painting and resembled (sometimes just barely) the colours of the actual subject. They were also moulded using a very hard, very sturdy formulation of styrene so they could be played with roughly.

Later kits toward the end, like the PB4Y Privateer had much finer raised panel lines and better detail, but overall, still fell behind the standards of the time.

 

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  • From: The Redwood Empire
Posted by Aaronw on Friday, December 6, 2019 11:51 PM

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

 

 

 

Blasphemy!!!! Angry

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Posted by steve5 on Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:31 AM

got to say , my last couple of kits have been hobbyboss , cannot complain at all .

 

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:49 AM

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox. 

I don't think that's generally true.  As was mentioned earlier in this thread, it really depends on the particular kit we're talking about.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:26 PM

Tanker - Builder

Now;

     Talking about Matchbox. They did come up wtih decent but simple stuff some years back. My question is Why? did they have to mold the things in more than one color? 

      Plus,the panel lines on some were more like ditches than panel lines, Eh?

 

You're talking about a company whose primary product are diecast metal wheeled vehicles that required thick coats of paint to endure rough handling by children. That is why they had entrenched panel lines.

The kits were in multi colors so there was no "need" to paint the model after construction. I know many of my early model kits were not painted, just assembled and decals stuck on the unpainted plastic.

I eventually graduated to painting headlights silver and road wheels black.

The Matchbox kits of the 1970s are akin to the prepainted snap together kits of today.

Back in the day (guessing between 1976-1980), I think I bought and built every 1/76th scale Matchbox armor kit and a couple of their airplane kits.

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by waynec on Monday, January 13, 2020 10:46 PM

I like HB kits. They do a lot of modern PLA stuff and a bunch of early Soviet armor that few others do. Whatever RR stuff Trumpeter does in 1/35, HB will put out in 1/72. They are so close you could probably build a 1/72 using the 1/35 instructions. For examle a BR-52 2-10-0 loccomotive steam cylinder might have 9 pieces in 1/35 and 3 in 1/72.

Никто не Забыт. Ничто не Забыт

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:20 AM

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

 

Matchbox started making plastic model kits in 1972.

Revell started making plastic scale models in about 1950, although they had been making injection molded plastic stuff for awhile before. "Revell" was a snipe at their competitor in the ladies makeup compact market- "Revlon".

Hobby Boss, which is a Trumpeter brand in turn owned by Yatal Electronics, has been around since the late 80's.

Yes, better than Matchbox (Doh!).

Revell; arguable on a kit by kit basis.

Matchbox is a historic company. Kind of like Airfix or Frog or Plasticart. 

I build kits picked for the subject. Find another Stranraer? Matchbox is it.

Hobby Boss announces their Bounty, Charles W. Morgan. Cutty Sark, Kearsarge? Not in my lifetime.

Hobby Boss is just another company.

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  • From: Chicago area
Posted by modelmaker66 on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:16 AM

GMorrison
 
 

Hobby Boss is just another company.

 

They are actually very good.! I especially like their aircraft kits. Well engineered, really nice detail and fit and great plastic used. In my top 5 manufacturers definitely!Yes

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:59 AM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
plasticjunkie

 

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

 

 

 

The newer Matchbox releases have come a long way and have some nice details. Some Revell/Monograms are real jewels that need some polishing and others are not so good. As with most models the skill of the builder makes it or breaks it. I forgot who built one of the older ancient Monogram dive bombers here a while back and his skill and attention to detail turned it into an awesome model.

 

 

 

The Matchbox brand is really dead and just the name used by Revell of Germany. So any "new" Matchbox kit is just made by someone else and the Matchbox name stuck on the box. Revell does their own kits and also reboxes other companies' kits as well so a lot of their quality is all over the board. Many old 1/76 scale Matchbox armor kits are reboxed in Revell of Germany boxes.

 

 

I meant to say Airfix, my bad Rob. Their new releases are quite nice.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    February 2016
Posted by lowfly on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:39 AM

I recently built the 1/350 USS Virginia Submarine from Hobby Boss.  Decent kit, Very simplified. Actually came with decent decals and PE parts.

 

https://ibb.co/qBBCddD

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:07 PM

plasticjunkie

 

 
Rob Gronovius

 

 
plasticjunkie

 

Silver

They are better than Revell or matchbox.

 

 

 

The newer Matchbox releases have come a long way and have some nice details. Some Revell/Monograms are real jewels that need some polishing and others are not so good. As with most models the skill of the builder makes it or breaks it. I forgot who built one of the older ancient Monogram dive bombers here a while back and his skill and attention to detail turned it into an awesome model.

 

 

 

The Matchbox brand is really dead and just the name used by Revell of Germany. So any "new" Matchbox kit is just made by someone else and the Matchbox name stuck on the box. Revell does their own kits and also reboxes other companies' kits as well so a lot of their quality is all over the board. Many old 1/76 scale Matchbox armor kits are reboxed in Revell of Germany boxes.

 

 

 

 

I meant to say Airfix, my bad Rob. Their new releases are quite nice.

 

I think the new Airfix A-4s are the cats PJ's, PJ.

On the other hand, it's always good to check Scalemates. Airfix is reissuing old stuff in the new "red" boxes as well.

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    April 2019
  • From: Alabama
Posted by Srpuln10 on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 4:55 PM

Hey do they have any airplane kits that's in a 1/35 scale? I've never seen or put one together. I'd like to try one. All I have is a hobby lobby that's close. No other hobby shop. It really sux cause everything I want I have to order. It'd be great if I could buy a kit or most of my supplies without having to pay shipping. But I guess that a small town for ya. 

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  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:06 PM

I think we all have to adjust to buying almost everything online.  I'm lucky to have one of the best hobby shops in the U.S. only 15 miles from me.  But the prices are outrageous. Tamiya 23ml jars are $1.75 more per jar than Scale Hobbyist.

 

I buy everything from Scale Hobbyist.  Lowest prices anywhere and exceptional service.

 

I have the Hobby Boss 1/35th M1070 with trailer, but I'm saving it until I retire.  It's an unbelievable kit.

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