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So how bad is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24?

February 12 2018 at 4:51 PM

Scott Copeland  (Login SCopeland)
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I'd like to build a 1/24 scale Seafire FR47, but it looks the only large scale late Spitfire, is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24.

How bad is this kit? Are there any aftermarket parts for it?

My memories of Matchbox kits were very shiny plastic in weird colors, and although generally correct in overall shape, had little detail.


    
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Lee Griffin
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Go to Grey Matter Figures/Resin e-bay store...they have this and much more...

February 12 2018, 5:18 PM 

Kind of pricey, but it corrects all of the major issues with the Matchbox kit. Regarding the kit, you just have to decide if you're okay with it OOB with its faults, or if you want to spend the money on the Grey Matter set and have a real winner. Do some Googling and you will find other who have built this kit, especially on Large Scale Planes and Brit Modeller.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GMAA3209-SPITFIRE-Mk-22-24-CORRECTION-SET-1-32-REVELL-MATCHBOX-AFTER-MARKET-/322980191969?hash=item4b331e9ee1

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https://modelingmadness.com/review/korean/cleaver/gb/tmcspit24.htm


Good luck!

Lee G.


    
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Michael McMurtrey, Proud IPMS Low-# Thumper
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Your memories of Matchbox are the same as mine …

February 12 2018, 5:23 PM 

Weird colors, accurate outline, little detail. At one time I had this kit, but I was unaware of the existence of the Grey Matter resin parts until today.
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
IPMS-Canada #1426
Carrollton, TX

If ignorance is bliss, there's a lot of blissful people out there!


    
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Steve Sliger
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Google search Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk. 22/24 .....

February 12 2018, 5:23 PM 

You will find build review articles. The Matchbox kit has been re-released by Revell. Articles should give you an idea of how it builds.

Hope this helps,
Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA

 
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DC
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The Matchbox Spitfire

February 12 2018, 6:28 PM 

in my recollection wasn't their worst kit. You'll want to work on the cockpit and wheel wells (surprised?)and perhaps work on the trenches that pass for panel lines. I did mine all silver and was rather pleased in the end. Seehttp://largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=677 for a build article. The Revell kit is, of course, the same, although the decals may be more useful.

 
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Scott Copeland
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Thanks Steve, the Revell kit is much cheaper..

February 12 2018, 6:53 PM 

...a quick look on ebay revealed the Matchbox kit was $40-$60, where as the Revell kits is more like $20-$25


    
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David Nickels
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About like any 1970s Matchbox kit

February 12 2018, 7:06 PM 

It's not an awful model but it is certainly 1) typical Matchbox 2) a product of it's time.

The outline is reasonably good, and, for better or worse, the kit is pretty clean as Matchbox has minimal surface detail (aside from their usual fine raised lines and heavy engraved lines. The parts breakdown is a bit odd here and there. I found the seperate wing fillets to be very ill fitting. There are no really small or fine parts and everything, overall, is pretty thick. The canopy is thick but clear. The cockpit detail is mostly just shapes - a floor, bulkhead, seat, etc. but not much detail detail. As I recall the pilot figure was pretty nice.

Revell has reissued the kit and that would be the way to go because you get a normal plastic color and better decals.

The Bf. 109 is really not bad either. Again, it's pretty sparse but not a horrible kit.

 
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tomcervo
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And their one-offs

February 13 2018, 8:39 AM 

The Wellesley, the Siskin--or insert the name of one of their 40 year old kits that are still the only injected kit of that plane.

 
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Scott Copeland
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Found a resin kit to convert it to a Seafire FR47

February 12 2018, 7:27 PM 



    
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Lee Griffin
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That Mastercasters cockpit looks really nice. n/t

February 12 2018, 8:31 PM 

n/t

 
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Greg Meggs
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Re: That Mastercasters cockpit looks really nice. n/t

February 13 2018, 3:33 AM 

I reckon it is so good that I sold all of mine.

 
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Lee Griffin
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Is that a thumbs up or thumbs down for the set? Thanks... n/t

February 13 2018, 12:12 PM 

n/t

 
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Scott Copeland
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The pictures look good, but it will probably be..

February 13 2018, 1:02 PM 

...about 2 weeks before I get them from England.

 
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Greg Meggs.
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Re: That Mastercasters cockpit looks really nice. n/t

February 13 2018, 3:34 PM 

By my original comment I was referring to the Matchbox kit itself, which is ........ The Matercasters set looks to be fine.

 
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Lee Griffin
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Ah, I got it now - thanks. I misunderstood. Cheers. n/t

February 13 2018, 8:32 PM 

n/t

 
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bob in Maine
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It's about... this bad

February 13 2018, 4:03 AM 

Yeah, very dated feel about it, and quite inaccurate in some spots, such as around the windscreen/cockpit and the main gear.

Can you make a nice looking model out of it? Of course. Can you make an accurate model out of it? With some hard work and swapping of parts, yes. Just don't expect much of a starting point.

There's also a 1/18 Seafire 47, if you can still get your hands on one, and have the money...
"Ignorance is bliss, but I find learning more interesting." - Me, as far as I know

 
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James Levingston
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Matchbox Mk 24

February 13 2018, 3:56 PM 

I have constructed the kit and if you go to Aircraft Resource Centre March 19 2012 there are photos of the finished article.

I upgraded cockpit by scratch building and using some Eduard. The undercarriage is bad and doubtful if it can carry the weight. I used Scale Aircraft Conversions Spitfire VIII undercarriage - but with it reversed as the torque links are at the rear and not the front. The wheel wells are very inaccurate and has no of the door operation equipment.

I was fortunate in that there is a Mk 24 on display in a Museum in Perth Western Australia and have photos taken of both cockpit and undercarriage bay/undercarriage.

Hope this may help.

James Levingston

 
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