You can see that the separation between the cannons and the head is almost nil. However, the guns don’t block most of the mono-eye’s travel track (the black band), which is good for combat!
Looking in from behind, you can see some of the well-detailed dash, as well as the chrome Bare Metal Foil I used around the windows and on the door handles.
That doesn’t look too hard, does it? As with most Matchboxes, the instructions are clear and simple, pefect for little hands or a weekend build!
Here’s the Tractor from above. Note the simple trailer hook and the spare tire. It’s actually a good thing he’s got that spare, as it turns out…
Here’s where the instructions were when I opened the box. They completely escaped the water damage in the top left corner, and are in excellent shape!
Here you can see the silver rack that contains the block and tranny for the Wankel power plant. There are many accessories in chrome, too!
Here’s the “dollop” on the roof. This seems to be a trademark of this kit. No major deal, and nothing some sanding won’t solve!
Here you can see the “Rotary Coupe” badge on the trunk. You might be able to just see the “Mazda” scripting too. AWESOME detail!
Face the facts! Here’s the finished head and face in place for a test fit. The smirk has already been carved in.
This is one of a pair of SNEB pods that the Bucc comes with. SAAF machines often carried four of them, but for that, you’ll need to buy two kits. The pod is moulded to the pylon, but the black “nose” is a separate piece
There it is! Check out the “nose weight” between the two fuselage halves. That’s weak. Notice that I went to town with lead shot – a far better solution. You can also see that the bomb bay door is glued in place already.
Here is the Morris Cowley Bullnose on its box. Note the simplicity of the illustration, and compare that to those of later MoYY cars on the other pages!
Emblazoned with the number “6” (its Y number) the Type 35 is seen here with the smoother type of tire. The earliest versions had tires that were more heavily treaded.
Here’s some good detail for ya! Look at all those vents, as well as the hood straps, buckles and gas cap! Nice work. Too bad the paint on the radiator shell didn’t follow suit…
This is the flashy new-style box for Y5-2. Note the more elaborate art and “Matchbox” titling at the top. Note the price tag on the bottom, too!
This is the new end flap design. You can see the evolution to the window package clearly in this box.
Sitting on its box, the 4.5L (S) Bentley looks every bit the dashing piece of motoring history it is held out to be. A nice update, to be sure!
Here’s the body, resplendent in Loser Beige.
Interior is in primer, and the firewall is beiged. So much room, so little engine!
Test Fit! This was a dry run to see if everything would fit on the base acceptably. The Sled Jabber is a bit big, and hangs off one end, but you can’t tell from here. Note the Elf and Truck aren’t even painted here yet!
This view from the left end shows how the Reindeer B’Cue, the Type 74 and the Elf fit into the picture, with the Santa Gundam in the background.
The side of the box with pictures doesn’t show you much. No interior shots or back end shots are given. the other side has stats on it.
This car comes with a pretty big decal sheet, almost all of which are for the custom version. The Custom decals proclaim that this car aims for 72st place! WTF?
Another detail shot showing how the metal extension tab on the chassis fits into a notch on the body perfectly. You can’t fit the body on “backwards”.
This is a closeup of the clip. You can also see the “1” on the inside of the canopy lid. Are there others like this? Is there a “2” and beyond?
Collect ’em all! Here are some other Strombecker kits you can buy. They look pretty cool too, actually!
Here’s the rest of the lineup. Don’t forget these!
The major subassemblies have been removed for clarity, and you can see the rest of the kit in the Ziploc. Kudos to whoever owned this kit before me!
Here you can see some of the fabric detal on the wings. Getting this right is a big deal, since the structure is a trademark of both the Wellesley and the Wellington. You can also see the simple engine.
There’s some sidewall detail on this kit, and it will add a nice dimension to the finished product.
Louvres were apparently stock on Cruising Wagons. Here they are!