So how bad is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24?

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So how bad is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24?

Joined: August 20th, 2014, 9:00 pm

February 12th, 2018, 9:51 pm #1

I'd like to build a 1/24 scale Seafire FR47, but it looks the only large scale late Spitfire, is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24.

How bad is this kit? Are there any aftermarket parts for it?

My memories of Matchbox kits were very shiny plastic in weird colors, and although generally correct in overall shape, had little detail.
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Joined: April 4th, 2006, 7:00 pm

February 12th, 2018, 10:18 pm #2

Kind of pricey, but it corrects all of the major issues with the Matchbox kit. Regarding the kit, you just have to decide if you're okay with it OOB with its faults, or if you want to spend the money on the Grey Matter set and have a real winner. Do some Googling and you will find other who have built this kit, especially on Large Scale Planes and Brit Modeller.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GMAA3209-SPI ... 4b331e9ee1



https://modelingmadness.com/review/kore ... spit24.htm


Good luck!

Lee G.
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Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

February 12th, 2018, 10:23 pm #3

I'd like to build a 1/24 scale Seafire FR47, but it looks the only large scale late Spitfire, is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24.

How bad is this kit? Are there any aftermarket parts for it?

My memories of Matchbox kits were very shiny plastic in weird colors, and although generally correct in overall shape, had little detail.
Weird colors, accurate outline, little detail. At one time I had this kit, but I was unaware of the existence of the Grey Matter resin parts until today.
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February 12th, 2018, 10:23 pm #4

I'd like to build a 1/24 scale Seafire FR47, but it looks the only large scale late Spitfire, is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24.

How bad is this kit? Are there any aftermarket parts for it?

My memories of Matchbox kits were very shiny plastic in weird colors, and although generally correct in overall shape, had little detail.
You will find build review articles. The Matchbox kit has been re-released by Revell. Articles should give you an idea of how it builds.

Hope this helps,
Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA
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Joined: September 6th, 2006, 5:15 pm

February 12th, 2018, 11:28 pm #5

in my recollection wasn't their worst kit. You'll want to work on the cockpit and wheel wells (surprised?)and perhaps work on the trenches that pass for panel lines. I did mine all silver and was rather pleased in the end. Seehttp://largescaleplanes.com/articles/ar ... hp?aid=677 for a build article. The Revell kit is, of course, the same, although the decals may be more useful.
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February 12th, 2018, 11:53 pm #6

You will find build review articles. The Matchbox kit has been re-released by Revell. Articles should give you an idea of how it builds.

Hope this helps,
Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA
...a quick look on ebay revealed the Matchbox kit was $40-$60, where as the Revell kits is more like $20-$25
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

February 13th, 2018, 12:06 am #7

I'd like to build a 1/24 scale Seafire FR47, but it looks the only large scale late Spitfire, is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24.

How bad is this kit? Are there any aftermarket parts for it?

My memories of Matchbox kits were very shiny plastic in weird colors, and although generally correct in overall shape, had little detail.
It's not an awful model but it is certainly 1) typical Matchbox 2) a product of it's time.

The outline is reasonably good, and, for better or worse, the kit is pretty clean as Matchbox has minimal surface detail (aside from their usual fine raised lines and heavy engraved lines. The parts breakdown is a bit odd here and there. I found the seperate wing fillets to be very ill fitting. There are no really small or fine parts and everything, overall, is pretty thick. The canopy is thick but clear. The cockpit detail is mostly just shapes - a floor, bulkhead, seat, etc. but not much detail detail. As I recall the pilot figure was pretty nice.

Revell has reissued the kit and that would be the way to go because you get a normal plastic color and better decals.

The Bf. 109 is really not bad either. Again, it's pretty sparse but not a horrible kit.
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Joined: August 20th, 2014, 9:00 pm

February 13th, 2018, 12:27 am #8

I'd like to build a 1/24 scale Seafire FR47, but it looks the only large scale late Spitfire, is the Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24.

How bad is this kit? Are there any aftermarket parts for it?

My memories of Matchbox kits were very shiny plastic in weird colors, and although generally correct in overall shape, had little detail.
Out of production, but I know what to look for:
http://www.hyperscale.com/2010/reviews/ ... ewbg_1.htm

And bought a cockpit detail kit :https://www.mastercasters.co.uk/product ... tail-sets/
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Joined: April 4th, 2006, 7:00 pm

February 13th, 2018, 1:31 am #9

n/t
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Joined: June 13th, 2008, 10:54 am

February 13th, 2018, 8:33 am #10

I reckon it is so good that I sold all of mine.
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