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Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:46:48 PM »
As I'm still waiting for the delivery from Hannants with the Do17 paint masks and various other items this kit has moved up on the production line.
Dating from 1985. or is that 1895?, it's in the usual, for then, two colours of plastic and I can say without a doubt 'it fits where it touches'. As I'm making the NF.12 with the framed canopy the only extras I've added in the cockpit are seat-belts. Also, as the inside is painted black you wouldn't see a lot of detail anyway.
The photos show some of the gaps that are going to need a lot of TLC to correct.
If you decide to make this kit as a NF.14 then remember that Matchbox, along with others, got the nose for that version too long. It should be the same length as the NF.12. For some reason earlier references had the real thing as 7 inches longer, which it isn't. It only looks it in some photos.
I've added braces to the mudguards from fuse wire as these are missing in the moulding.

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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2020, 02:56:41 PM »
I like a good Matchbox kit.
Looking forward to seeing this one built.
Well done,
Andy.
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2020, 02:59:21 PM »
Yes I have fou d that the Matchbox kits do fit together pretty well. Still got one or two to do myself.
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2020, 03:36:03 PM »
After a senior moment when I thought the carpet monster had eaten the nose wheel, which would have been very difficult as it's cushion floor in the conservatory, it was on with the build. Only an hour wasted before I found it in a clamp I'd used to hold the fuse wire bracket til the glue set, doh!!!
I started tidying the fuselage up and then fitted the wings and tail-planes. Again online reviews were good to their word and the fit left a lot to be desired. So it will be out with more Perfect Plastic Putty!!

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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2020, 04:01:38 PM »
Good stuff that Perfect Plastic Putty!
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2020, 04:20:34 PM »
Good stuff that Perfect Plastic Putty!
It polishes up well, I use it and Squadron, depends on the job.
I also use Green Stuff, sometimes Milliput.
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2020, 04:28:07 PM »
I also have Green Stuff and Vallejo Plastic Putty both of which have their uses and also foibles!!

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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2020, 04:39:08 PM »
Looks good, will be good to see it when it’s finished not seen one for ages.
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2020, 05:05:06 PM »
I know you all think I am funny ( strange not hoho ) but I like the way the engines are splayed out at an angle from the body.
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2020, 04:34:13 PM »
Nice Job though, despite the fit. This will be a nice model.

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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2020, 06:54:10 PM »
I know you all think I am funny ( strange not hoho ) but I like the way the engines are splayed out at an angle from the body.

Hi Msea,
Could this be a trick of the light/photography?
Cheers,
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2020, 03:20:37 PM »
Is that referring to Martin or the model Kevin?
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2020, 03:44:26 PM »
HoHoHo Chris I am making a note about these and think you will be in the caption comp next time we can have one -- so hohoho to you
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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2020, 02:24:25 PM »
Now that a few more jobs have been done around the bungalow, the Dornier is finished (nearly) and it's a windy day I thought it was time to tackle masking the beast (not Tracy!!!). 3 and a bit hours later it was done and it's been in the paint shop. The thing about Matchbox kits, and some others, is that the painting guides don't always match up, see the first two photos. These also don't match photos of 85 Sqdn Mk. 12s which have the bottom half of the radome in Medium Sea Grey with the top in (rubber) black. So I'm going with the online photos. There's also discrepancies with the markings for a Mk. 12, but we'll cross that bridge later, including the fact that the box top says the Mk. 14 is 85 Sqdn and the Mk.12 is 84 Sqdn, even though they both have the same Sqdn markings? There are no 84 Sqdn markings in the kit!!!

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Re: Matchbox A.W. Meteor NF.12
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2020, 02:32:47 PM »
I need a mug like that.
My lot just got me the Mr Grumpy one.
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