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Welcome everyone!

Firsly I would like to thank Thommo and his posting of his marvellous Matchbox Tempest V in critique, which sparked off the suggestion of a Matchbox GB, further discussion with Thommo via PM and email lead to discussion with Steve Filak and suddenly the floodgates opened and the result is what we see here now.

My inital expression of interest posting in General Discussion was a runaway success with over 300 responses and a lot of expressions of interest.

It seems there is a lot of modellers out there interested in reliving those great days and partaking in building a Matchbox kit. To be fair, a lot of the expressions of interest have come from UK, European and Aussie based modellers, but a lot of keen Matchbox builders hail from other parts of the world as well. Matchbox holds a great deal of nostalgia and collectability in the UK today, so no wonder we have the makings of a popular build here.

Full rules and instructions on the group build are listed below. These rules are simple and designed to make the GB as much fun as possible, just like it was back when Matchbox was king of the affordable kits.

Thommo and Madmike's Matchbox Group build vision

To celebrate the essence of that which is Matchbox. Simple kits that provided many modellers of today with their first experience of building a model kit. Our group build will attempt to capture those carefree and easy days where aftermarket and desires for accuracy and finish were not as important as finishing the kit and displaying it proudly in our bedrooms for all to see. Afterall the next project was waiting to be purchased!

With the death of Leslie Smith, co founder of Matchbox (26 May 2005 aged 87), Thommo and I have decided to dedicate the GB to the memory of the man who created the company that gave most of us an introduction into this wonderful hobby.

The Group Build's primary purpose though is to pay some homeage to a manufacturer who did produce some great kits of interesting aircraft, some never kitted since.

For a lot of us, that means putting away the notion of building a more mainstream detailed kit and putting together a "fun" and uncomplicated build, a most refreshing exercise.

The official stuff

Start date is October 2005 with closure on the 1st February 2006.

1:72 Aircraft kits only with no aftermarket PE/Resin, aftermarket decals allowed if required. Scratchbuilding to improve a cockpit is fine but there will be no need to go overboard. For those building biplanes, rigging with stretched sprue, invisble thread, fishing line or ezthread is fine. I was using stretched sprue when I was 14 on my Matchbox bipes.

What if's are welcomed!

Both Thommo and I are the moderators for this group build and as such will make final decisions based on what is and what is not acceptable within these simple rules. It really is straight forward and we doubt there will be any issues. For those who have a concern please feel free to PM or email us for clarification or any questions.

Within this forum will be discussion of the group build as it unfolds, general information, links, inprogress threads and galleries of completed entries.

Unfortunately, I have no time to create a website (or webspace) and displays of finished entries will be done within the GB forum, in the Completed entries thread.

Raffle prizes

One of our local Hobbyshops here in Perth has donated two kits for a raffle draw. Breadboard has also generously donated a few more Matchbox kits to the raffle pool. If there are any other people willing to donate to the raffle or could help in increasing the raffle prize pool, then please let Thommo or myself know. A definative list will be posted within the forum once the GB is under way.

The Raffle draw is only available to those entries that are completed.

Group build banner

For those who have joined the GB and wish to add the banner to their signature, instructions are as follows;

Go to My Controls. Under the section called personal information, vlick on signature settings and add

To put this banner into your signature simple add the following lines to your signature, but replace the { } brackets with < > chevrons. This will centre the banner on the page.

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The list below is pretty much the definative Matchbox kit listing. These are the only kits allowed in the Group Build. Note that Revell AG has recently re-released some Matchbox kits in their own boxings. The Heinkel He.70 being a classic example.

Matchbox kit listing

Aircraft - Purple Range

PK-1 Hawker Fury I

PK-2 Spitfire Mk. V

PK-3 Boeing P-12E

PK-4 Mitsubishi Zero

PK-5 Dornier Alpha Jet

PK-6 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A

PK-7 Westland Lysander Mk. I/II

PK-8 Gloster Gladiator Mk. I

PK-9 Bell AH-1G Hueycobra

PK-10 BAC Strikemaster Mk.80/86

PK-11 Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC

PK-12 F-5A Freedom Fighter

PK-13 Mustang Mk. IV

PK-14 Vought F4U-4 Corsair

PK-15 Hawker Siddeley Gnat T. Mk. I

PK-16 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR 1/AV-8A

PK-17 Messerschmitt Bf 109E

PK-18 Grumman F6F-3/Mk. I Hellcat

PK-19 Mikoyan MiG-21

PK-20 Dassault Mirage IIIC

PK-21 Messerschmitt 262 A-1a/A-2a

PK-22 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

PK-23 Hawker Tempest Mk. II/Mk. VI

PK-24 Brewster Buffalo I/B-339D

PK-25 A.W. Siskin Mk. IIIA

PK-26 Henschel Hs 126

PK-27 Hawker Siddeley Hawk Mk. 1/T. Mk. 51

PK-28 Lockheed CF-104/F-104G Starfighter

PK-29 Douglas A-4M Skyhawk

PK-30 Percival Provost T. Mk. 1/Mk. 52

PK-31 Curtiss P-40N/Mk. IV Warhawk

PK-32 North American F-86A-5 Sabre

PK-33 Saab J-29F Tunnan

PK-34 Aeritalia G-91Y

PK-35 Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver

PK-36 Fairey Seafox

PK-37 Hawker Siddeley Sea Harrier FRS 1/FRS 51

PK-38 SA 360 Dauphin

PK-39 Northrop F-5B

PK-40 Lockheed TF-104B Starfighter

PK-41 Mikoyan MiG-21 MF

PK-42 T-2C Buckeye

PK-43 Bell OH-58D Aeroscout

PK-44 Dassault Mirage IIIB

PK-45 BAe Harrier GR 3

PK-46 BAe Hawk 200

PK-47 Dassault Mystere IV.

PK-48 MBB/Kawasaki BK-117

PK-49 Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC/Mk.IID

PK-50 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX/Mk.XVI (teardrop canopy)

PK-51 Focke Wulf FW190A-3/A-4/R6

PK-52 BAC Sea Harrier FRS.1

Aircraft - Orange Range

PK-101 LTV A-7D Corsair II

PK-102 SEPECAT Jaguar

PK-103 Bristol Beaufighter Mk. X

PK-104 Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver

PK-105 Supermarine Walrus Mk. II

PK-106 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S Mk. 2B

PK-107 Dornier Do 28D-2 Skyservant

PK-108 Westland Lynx

PK-109 Junkers Ju 188D-1

PK-110 Hawker Siddeley 125-600/Dominie T. Mk. 1

PK-111 Junkers Ju 87 D-3/G-1

PK-112 Fairey Swordfish Mk. I/III

PK-113 Messerschmitt Me 410 A-2/U4, B-1

PK-114 BAC Lightning F. Mk. 2A/6

PK-115 Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-3/D-2

PK-116 D.H. Mosquito B. Mk. IX/NF. Mk. 30

PK-117 Hawker Hunter F.6/T. Mk. 7

PK-118 Lockheed P-38L Lightning

PK-119 Saab AJ-37 Viggen

PK-120 Douglas A-20G Havoc/Boston IV

PK-121 Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II

PK-122 General Dynamics F-16A Thunderbirds

PK-123 Vickers Wellesley Mk. I

PK-124 Grumman F9F-4/F9F-5 Panther Blue Angels

PK-125 Norseman IV/UC-64A

PK-126 BAC Lightning T. Mk 55

PK-127 D.H. Twin Otter

PK-128 BAe Jaguar T. Mk. 2

PK-129 Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF-11/12/14

PK-130 Panavia Tornado F. Mk. 3

PK-131 Saab SK-37 Viggen

PK-132 Heinkel He 70F-2/G-1/He 170A

PK-133 Westland Wessex HAS.31/HU.5

PK-134 Douglas Skyknight F3D-2/F3D-2T2

Aircraft - Red Range

PK-401 Heinkel He 115

PK-402 Wellington B. Mk.X/GR. Mk. XIV

PK-403 Heinkel He 111H

PK-404 McDonnell Douglas F-4K/M Phantom II

PK-405 North American B-25H/J Mitchell

PK-406 Grumman F-14A Tomcat

PK-407 Martin B-26B/Mk. II Marauder

PK-408 BAC Canberra PR. Mk. 9

PK-409 Dornier Do 18 V-2/D-2/G-1

PK-410 Grumman EA-6B Prowler

PK-411 McDonnell F-101F/CF-101B/RF-101B Voodoo

PK-412 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG. 1/FGR. 2

PK-413 Boeing Vertol Chinook HC Mk. 1/CH-47D

Aircraft - Green Range

PK-551 Handley Page Victor K. 2 Tanker

Aircraft - Brown Range

PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer

PK-602 Avro Lancaster B. Mk. I/III

PK-603 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

PK-604 Halifax B. Mk. I/GR. Mk. II/Srs.IA

PK-605 Handley Page Heyford Mk. I/II/III

PK-606 PB4Y-2 Privateer/Liberator RY-3

Matchbox Box Art

Let's make this GB a big and fun one!

:thumbsup: and thanks for joining

Madmike and Thommo

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