Matchbox’s Whistling Outhouse

With a nickname like that, you know the plane has got to be something special, right? Well, what could be more special that a plane of which there is still, in 2021, no other mainline injected kit than the 1978-vintage Matchbox original?

The Supermarine Stranraer was something like a big-brother to the (marginally more famous?) Walrus. It was a biplane anti-submarine and coastal patrol flying boat that looked every heavily-rigged-biplane inch it’s 1935 vintage by the time WWII started. Still, while outdated, they served until mid-war in Europe, and past the end of the war on patrol with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Recently, I was able to get my hands on a bunch of Matchbox kits, and in the poll that accompanied that article the winner of “what to do next” was, to my amazement, the 1/72 Matchbox Supermarine Stranraer. You can check out this golden-oldie at the link above, or on the Out of Box page.



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  2. Pierre Lagacé · · Reply

    I had created that blog for Clarence so he could share his impressive research on different aspects of aviation.

    Thanks for sharing his research on the Stranraer.

    1. Hey Pierre!

      It was a great page, and really well setup.

      I hope it was okay I posted the link to it. It seems a loss for more people not to see the research and the beautiful way it was presented!

  3. atcDave · · Reply

    I’m excited to see this! Definitely a lesser known type. If only they’d done one in 1/48…

    1. It seems like a lot of people like this… I’m glad it won!

      Man, this in 1/48 would be ridiculous… of course I say the same about 1/48 B-17s, too.

      I’m amazed, since Airfix did a 1/48 Walrus, that they haven’t tackled this.

      Maybe Sword will? They’ve been stealing ideas from Matchbox lately (Skynight, Wellesley, etc.)

      1. Of course the common response to that “wish” is; but I don’t want to bankrupt any model company!

  4. Pierre Lagacé · · Reply

    Posting the link was perfect Adam.

    Sharing is the reason I write my blogs, and why I had helped Clarence to publish this story about the Stranraer.

    No publishers were interested with his research on aviation. There was so much he had researched that I created Preserving the Past in 2015, then later a second blog Preserving the Past II, the one you shared a link to.

    I have to check it out, but my guess is that more than 150 articles were posted since 2015, most were little known stories about unknown people.

    1. That’s fantastic! What a great service, to help someone’s hard work preserve the past.

      It’s shameful that a publisher wouldn’t want to get their hands on that kind of research.

      The world is a richer place for both of your efforts! Thanks!

      1. Pierre Lagacé · ·

        Creating a blog was the only way to share his research.

      2. Well, we’re all better for it, and I, for one, really appreciate all the work you both did!

      3. Pierre Lagacé · ·

        I will tell him that.

      4. Thanks. He deserves to know his hard work is appreciated! Like all of us!

  5. Pierre Lagacé · · Reply

    I love your introduction. In fact all of your introductions are very informative. Of course I reblogged it on My Forgotten Hobby III.

    1. Thanks, Pierre!

      I sometimes wonder if my writing is too flowery; my articles tend to be long and they only seem to get longer with time. However, I like to write like the articles are either for a magazine, or for people who want a bit more than just “This is a kit. It has X parts and is beige… etc.”

      I consider building the article part of the fun of building the kit, and I’m always glad to hear that people enjoy the work I do.


      1. Pierre Lagacé · ·

        I like how you write and what you write about.

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