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Be careful what you ask for - Matchbox Stranraer (OOB)


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I guess it’s true – it’s always the ones you least expect!

 

When I bagged a tonne of Matchbox kits a month or so ago, and I asked everyone to vote on which they’d like to see reviewed first, I figured it’d be something relatively famous, and weird only in it’s being a Matchbox. Something like a Spitfire or Tempest or Panther, even the Prowler.

 

Nope.

 

I mean, there were some weird ones in there, with the Siskin and BAE-125/Dominie, so I was thinking maybe that would be the most popular. Nope again. I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised when it was the biggest and weirdest of them all, the Supermarine Stranraer! Given that the Matchbox is the only way to get a Stranraer in styrene, even in 2021, the appeal should have been obvious.

 

So, check out this massive collection of wings and struts flying in formation. Oh, it’s “BYOI” (bring your own interior) to this party, just so you know! Get ready for some classic, classic stuff!

 

https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/matchbox-pk-601-1-72-supermarine-stranraer-oob/

 

stranraer-oob-001.jpg?w=450

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Great! Not what I was voting for... but it's a Matchbox! And after all, this is a very interesting plane, which I wasn't even aware of before this. 

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Yeah, the Stranraer wasn't exactly the highlight of the Supermarine lineup, and its limited service meant it was quickly overshadowed. Still, it's a neat plane (kinda) and it's certainly the poster child for why I love Matchbox. 

 

Literally no one else makes it as a kit, yet here is a model, and it's not even a short-run. It was a full-on production kit, just like a Mustang and a Corsair. 

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