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Bruce Leyland-Jones (MerlinJones)


Matchbox Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver

For the Matchbox Group Build

Project summary

Title:Matchbox Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver
Timeline:Started on January 7, 2014

Project inventory

Full kits
1:72 Boeing P-12E (Matchbox PK-3)
Boeing P-12E
Matchbox 1:72
1972 | New tool
1:72 Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver (Matchbox PK-35)
Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver
Matchbox 1:72
1980 | New tool


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Updated: February 3, 2014


Bruce Leyland-Jones One of the later models from Matchbox, with trench lines absent.
The lurid, translucent yellow suggests a Chinese/Hong Kong kit, so I'll be cautious with the decals. The Matchbox brand glue is not going to be used.
I also see that the blue on the decals for the Enterprise livery is nowhere near H14 French Blue, so I'll be painting my own stripes.

As is typical of Matchbox, there is very little by way of interior detailing.
However, the two supplied crew fill the empty space nicely. I temporarily removed their heads, so as to re-position them and added the large radio behind the rear chappy.

I'll be doing my model in-flight, on a stand, so the detail in the wheel bay won't be seen. Nice though it is.

The kit's engineering makes the arrangement of the cabane struts easy enough. Matchbox were always good at making biplanes easy to build.
7. January 2014 at 22:20:44
Bruce Leyland-Jones The engine may not be resin, but again, is good enough for me, once I'd opened up that small intake.

Very good fit around the upper fuselage and the raised undercarriage doors fitted reasonably well.

Matchbox were often criticised for their clunkiness, but this kit has fine detail where it counts.

7. January 2014 at 22:23:10
Urban Gardini Lookin' great mate!
7. January 2014 at 22:32:36
Brian Y Enjoyed reviewing this album and your build!

I recently pulled this kit out of my stash. The rigging tasks have given me the greatest pause. Could you comment on how the threads were affixed? For example, just touched to a drop of super glue, or holes drilled? Thank you.

I found the related group build event. Wish one could easily click a link through to it from the Project or Album.
22. February 2018 at 07:48:05
Bruce Leyland-Jones No problem.
I use elastic lycra thread, superglue gel and Zipkicker accelerator.
Essential tools are a sharp pair of scissors, a good set of tweezers and wooden cocktail sticks.
I cut a length of thread, just short of the length required.

I soak this in the accelerator.

I use a cocktail stick to apply a tiny dot of superglue gel.

Using the tweezers, I apply one end of the thread to the gel. The glue then sets immediately and your rigging thread is anchored.

Another dot of gel at the other end of the rigging and apply the loose end of thread to that and there you rigging thread completed.
I colour mine using Mr.Metal color, but you could use a gel pen.

Seriously easy peasy and, because the finished job is elastic, it's a lot more resilient to knocks than other materials.

If you use blunt scissors, you can end up splitting the thread, which has it's own uses.

Good luck.
22. February 2018 at 18:37:37
Bruce Leyland-Jones Apologies for the late reply...I only just received notification and, as a consequence, have only just logged myself in.
22. February 2018 at 18:39:15
Cuajete Well done and thanks for the explanations to place the thread. Congratulations!
22. February 2018 at 19:29:03


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