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Matchbox LRDG - small scale classic finished!

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    October 2020
Matchbox LRDG - small scale classic finished!
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 8:17 PM
One of the hardest things about finally getting your hands on a “grail” kit is deciding if you’re good enough to build it. Well, at least that’s what I find. I used to always worry that I’d somehow screw it all up and be worse off than when I started. However, the more I model, the more I realize that grail kits are the ones I really should be building first. I mean, what’s the point in having something you’ve longed for if it’s just going to sit in a box, right?
A perfect example is the Matchbox 1/76 LRDG set. I’ve wanted this Orange Range two-vehicle set since even before I became obsessed with Matchbox armour. Of course, once that bug took hold, getting this went to an even higher priority. I never had luck finding one, until my good friend Alan sent me one, out of the blue!  Thanks again, man!
I couldn’t resist the siren call of all that original Matchbox box art and those three-colour pieces, and decided that, no matter how it came out, I’d feel a lot better getting a chance to build this one! So, off I went, and now it’s all done.
Check out this awesome little blast from the past below.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out; given I’m not an “armour guy”, and I just kept it simple to what was in the box, I think it looks good. At least I didn’t ruin it!
  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:37 PM

I wish I could still find these kits. I had one, once, but when I was a kid I didn't do it nearly the justice you have done with this kit. 

I'd love a chance to build one of those old Tiger kits. If I could find some AM tracks anyways lol. Those vinyl tracks were absolute rubbish lol.

I did love the Matchbox aircraft kits and built many of those old two-color classics. Fond, fond memories.

- Mike Brindos

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  • Member since
    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Thursday, December 3, 2020 11:22 AM

I remember this set fondly - when I bought it I was into wargaming, and the mobility & firepower it gave me were very welcomeGeeked  I didn't build them as well as you have, though - very nicely done!

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 3, 2020 11:25 AM

Nice work there on the vehicles and the diorama! 

Never had any of the Matchbox armour but I did buy their Me-410 way back in the '80s. I remember well the molded in three colours feature. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, December 3, 2020 11:35 AM

Nicely done write up and good looking build.

I have the towed 88 somewhere out in the barn.

I would suggest the tires be dustier.

Well done,



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  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:39 AM
Those came out very nicely.   


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