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PostSubject: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Fri Apr 14 2017, 09:33

One of those unique subjects that Matchbox kitted in the 70s, and remains the only injection-moulded kit 40 years later. I built this straight out of the box, even including the crew figures Shocked Fit was excellent, apart from a slight gap where the forward/rear fuselage section went together which required some filler. Unfortunately the decals were unusable so I made replacements, basing the markings on a profile I found. The replication of the geodetic structure on the wings, later used to great effect on the Wellington, is really captured well in the Matchbox kit.










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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Fri Apr 14 2017, 17:30

Neat looking plane. Of course, the paint and decaling are perfect. I like the flattened fuel tanks. Very interesting.

What was the plane used for?

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Sat Apr 15 2017, 00:41

Thanks Tom. The Wellesley was a pre-war bomber, and the drop-tank looking things are actually the bomb panniers.

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Sat Apr 15 2017, 10:21

Migrant,

I really like planes that are unusual - this one fits in nicely.

Of course your final product does credit to your skills and it looks fantastic. It's a really unknown aircraft (compared to the British bombers yet to come) and represents the evolution of bomber designs through the prewar years.

Great job on an old kit!

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Sat Apr 15 2017, 15:37

Migrant wrote:
Thanks Tom. The Wellesley was a pre-war bomber, and the drop-tank looking things are actually the bomb panniers.

Oh, okay, that makes sense. There doesn't seem to be much room in the fuselage for a bomb bay. Interesting technology like the Fairy Battle with the pair of "in wing" bomb bays...

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Sun Apr 16 2017, 06:44

Another great build. Smile

The Wellesley is an interesting aircraft for several reasons. It was designed by Barnes Wallace who is more famous as the designer of the Wellington, the 'Dambuster's' bouncing mine, 12,000 lb Tall Boy and 22,000 lb Grand Slam bombs. It was the first aircraft to use the Geodetic construction which is better known for it's use in the Wellington construction. in 1938 Specially modified Wellesley's gained the world distance record by flying none stop from Egypt to Australia, a record that held until 1946. The Wellesley remained in service long enough to see action against the Italians in East Africa and North Africa.
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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Sun Apr 16 2017, 09:30

Thanks guys. I hadn't realized the Wellesley had actually seen some service.

This build did remind me how much I enjoy Matchbox kits. They're basic in detail, but there are some interesting subjects, the fit is generally good and the clear parts generally much better than Airfix kits of the same era.

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Mon Apr 17 2017, 07:27

Migrant wrote:


One of those unique subjects that Matchbox kitted in the 70s, and remains the only injection-moulded kit 40 years later.

The replication of the geodetic structure on the wings, later used to great effect on the Wellington, is really captured well in the Matchbox kit.

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As usual, loving your well-executed kits Mike.

I love the Matchbox Vickers Wellesley, so much so, I managed to buy one last-year.

I always wanted to get one "back in the day"....
But it kinda fell in place, when I dropped out of modelling (1st-time around).

You know how it is, late 70's & then Girls, Motorcycles & Guitars took sway !

From the late 1970's till now, I shifted to 1/48th & "newer" kits.
(acquisition of Tamiya, Hasegawa, Eduard, etc, etc)

Looking back, I kick myself, as Tesco's (Lakeside), were banging these out cheap.

Back in summer 1986, I was picking up the Matchbox Wellington for £1.69 each**
(** So cheap, it was laughable !!!!!!!!)

They were well executed in their day & seemed crisply molded, after Airfix.
(given that some of Airfix molds dated back to the late 1950's !)

I still have FIVE of my unbuilt Wellingtons stashed-away, for retirement.
Am totally in agreement in the way they captured the 'Geodetic' look.

Do Revell (owners of most Matchbox molds), still "do" the Wellesley ????
(As in, offer it as a latterday newly available kit ??)

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Mon Apr 17 2017, 09:20

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Do Revell (owners of most Matchbox molds), still "do" the Wellesley ????
(As in, offer it as a latterday newly available kit ??)

Thanks for commenting Hornchurch. Revell have never issued the Wellesley, but while searching I did discover that there has in fact been another injection-moulded Wellesley, released by Valom a couple of years ago. I'd forgotten about that one, and have never seen it. The Matchbox kit is still fairly easy to find on eBay, should you decide you need one Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Tue Apr 18 2017, 22:26

Migrant wrote:
Hornchurch wrote:

Do Revell (owners of most Matchbox molds), still "do" the Wellesley ????
(As in, offer it as a latterday newly available kit ??)


Thanks for commenting Hornchurch.

The Matchbox kit is still fairly easy to find on eBay, should you decide you need one Wink

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Actually, I shoulda mentioned that I've bought one, late last year (2016).
 (from the source you mentioned, too) Cool

Wasn't £1.69 though, like those lush Wellingtons I'd bought back in 1986.

It cost me a tenner (£10.00), with postage "all-in".
(the Wellesley, that is).

I went for an older 1970's 'Lesney' issue in a mint box.

Bought it purely for nostalgia reasons !!!!!!!!!
(I often do that with older kits of 1970's vintage)

Most of my 'nostalgia' stuff is predominantly AIRFIX, with a few FROG.

I became familiar with the Wellesley, circa 1970/'71.

This was because my Father collected "Players Cigarette Cards".
 (all of 1930's vintage-era)

 He had the 1938 Player's set, both in loose & mounted form.
  (& still has)

 Naturally, the Wellesley caught my eye....
 .....along with the Vickers Virginia & the Fairey Gordon !!!!!

 I shoulda bought the Matchbox Heyford too, but that's yet to happen.

 I really do wish someone did the Bombay or Harrow (or 1944 'Sparrow').

 I kick myself for missing out on a Sept'44 "Market Gardern" Sparrow photo'.
 Whilst small, it's the only decent shot I've ever seen of one, sideways.

 (it was taken on one of the Belgian ALG's & destroyed during 'Bodenplatte')


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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Tue Apr 18 2017, 22:58

Hornchurch wrote:

 I really do wish someone did the Bombay or Harrow (or 1944 'Sparrow').
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Valom to your rescue  Very Happy

Harrow in 1/72

Bombay in 1/72

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Wed Apr 19 2017, 21:03

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Hornchurch wrote:

 I really do wish someone did the Bombay or Harrow (or 1944 'Sparrow').
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Valom to your rescue  Very Happy

Harrow in 1/72

Bombay in 1/72

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Wow, thanks Mike.

I plead ignorance here, as I was unaware they exsisted !!!!!!
(at least, not in kit-format Wink )

It may sound daft, but I recently came back from "Southern-Expo 2017".

"Southern-Expo" is THE biggest U.K - IPMS show outside of Telford (Nationals).

No doubt there MAY have been examples of these 'unmade-kits' there...

But the problem is, there is SO MUCH to "try" to take in & see.
Really, it truly is mind-boggling the amount of kits on sale there.
I dont spend as much as I used to there ~ (financial-cutbacks for me).

But I still bought a shedload of kits there, during this 2017 event.
Hobby-Boss 1/32 Stormovik - Eduard Me.110 - Heller Nord-Noratlas
Numerous series-2 AIRFIX 'classics' - Revell Fw.200 Kondor.

Even won a HUGE prize in the main-event charity-raffle !!!!!!!
(An AIRFIX 1/24th Harrier, which I swapped for a Tamiya Char.B)

Yet in my THREE visits there (Fri/Sat/Sun)
= I never once saw any of these particular kits
(though I did see a few other Valom offerings).

Whilst I've heard the name, I'm clueless on Valom products !
(although I did hear they do an A.W.Albermarle in 1/72)

Are the kits rather 'Novo' like ???????
(as in, lots of flash & crappy-molds ?)

Or does the expense they charge, warrant it ????

Lastly, as an aside,
I did see a Matchbox Nordyn Norseman there for sale sunny

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PostSubject: Re: Matchbox 1/72 Vickers Wellesley   Thu Apr 20 2017, 09:15

Hornchurch wrote:
Are the kits rather 'Novo' like ???????
(as in, lots of flash & crappy-molds ?)

Or does the expense they charge, warrant it ????

I've not built any, but reviews rate them highly: all new-tool, recessed panel lines, clean mouldings. And they do have some interesting subjects. Besides the Harrow and Sparrow, they produce Bristol Brigands, B-45 Tornados, He 119, Fokker T.V and early F-101 Voodoos. I see an increase in my stash coming on. Shocked

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