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Matchbox 1/72 EA-6B Prowler

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How does the Matchbox 1/72 EA-6B Prowler build up to? I know that it won't match up to Hase's Prowler. Just want to hear some opinions, as I saw them going cheap at the LHS.

Ben

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I've built one here. Build was pretty fun but the fit of the intakes was horrible.

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I've built one here.

Nice work, you made the kit look a lot better than it actually is! ;-)

Cheers,

Andre

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The detail and scale Prowler book is not kind to that kit at all, basically saying that any serious modeller should ignore that kit... I have no personal experience with the kit to say personally.

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The detail and scale Prowler book is not kind to that kit at all, basically saying that any serious modeller should ignore that kit... I have no personal experience with the kit to say personally.

I hope serious modellers aren't always serious and sometimes build a hopeless Matchbox/Airfix/whatever kit just for fun.

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Thanks. I have plenty other Matchbox kits to finish (and huge amount of others to start) : P-51, BAe Hawk, Mirage IIIC, Mirage IIIB, Phantom. Landing gear is up on all of them.

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The trick is to build it out of the box for technique evaluation (first attempt at tinting a canopy and new way of masking canopy frames and glare panel) and use the folded wings option without getting too hung up on its shortcomings: deep/wide panel lines, overly prominent canopy frames, crude landing gear doors, etc. I did make a couple of changes to the outboard pylons...

MatchboxEA-6B.jpg

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The trick is to build it out of the box for technique evaluation (first attempt at tinting a canopy and new way of masking canopy frames and glare panel) and use the folded wings option without getting too hung up on its shortcomings: deep/wide panel lines, overly prominent canopy frames, crude landing gear doors, etc. I did make a couple of changes to the outboard pylons...

MatchboxEA-6B.jpg

Wow! It's nicely built up! Looks like I'll be getting the kit, and to take your suggestion for technique evaluation!

Ben

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I hope serious modellers aren't always serious and sometimes build a hopeless Matchbox/Airfix/whatever kit just for fun.

easy there, killer! :whistle: I was just quoting what the book had to say about it for his benefit... I'm all to happy to take a "substandard" kit and bring it up to par, in fact I get more enjoyment out of that than a kit that builds itself.

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easy there, killer! :) I was just quoting what the book had to say about it for his benefit...

Sure. It wasn't to your post I was reacting to but to the quote itself :thumbsup:

I'm all to happy to take a "substandard" kit and bring it up to par, in fact I get more enjoyment out of that than a kit that builds itself.

Cool ! The care I take to build a kit is proportional to the quality of the kit. The careless I am the bigger the fun is. I sometimes feel a bit sad about that :P The good thing is that I can let my 2 1/2 years-old son touch my Matchbox models a bit (the ones with the gear up and few fragile protuding thingies).

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