Matchbox AFV Dioramas

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Matchbox AFV Dioramas

Joined: April 20th, 2018, 5:03 pm

June 9th, 2018, 6:13 am #1

When these Matchbox kits first came out they changed the game for me. Airfix AFV models seemed a poor second best somehow. The bases provided in the Matchbox kits seemed to add so much to the deal.

Here's a few I built recently. All built box stock with the plastic provided by Matchbox. The bases all got a bit of scenic material, building sand, lichen, dust and dirt etc. 

The French tank scene had a strip of plastic added to the base to give a bit more depth, the tanks looked a bit cramped without it.

 The PzIII was being difficult at the painting stage. Somehow it just looked to pale and flat to me. I gave the tank and the base a very diluted coat of Tamiys clear yellow and the whole thing came to life somehow. Enough to give a purist fits, but more than good enough for me.

All the pictures were taken in natural morning sunlight, set up on a table in my garden.. 







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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

June 10th, 2018, 10:17 pm #2

They are terrific Tony - I recall how welcome these little bases were - and they added to the overall effect of the model. I still have  couple tucked away in the spider-infested darkness in the depths of my stash.
Well done with all of those models , they look great.
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Joined: June 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm

June 11th, 2018, 12:11 am #3

Agree with Graham, they look great builds and the bases add that touch to them.  I had a few of these bases which I passed onto someone who was looking for them
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