Tag Archives: Matchbox

Old-School Desert Strikers

Fighting a war is obviously a life-and-death matter. However, doing it in some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth ratchets the stakes to a whole new level. This is what the British and Commonwealth forces found out when they fought the Italians and Germans in Africa. However, there was a group that took on […]

The Luftwaffe’s Parasolled Workhorse

When it comes to capturing the headlines, it’s usually the fighter planes that get all the glory. Often forgotten are the workaday utility types, going about their often hazardous duties behind the scenes. A perfect example of this is the World War II observation plane. While scouting and spotting are vital to the ground forces’ […]

Obscurity through Pedestrianism

Not every plane can be famous. Even those that serve during a major conflict  can, if they’re not sufficiently numerous or glamorous, get forgotten about and end up in the dark, rarely seen corners of history. A perfect example of this is the Fairey Seafox. This little catapult-launched biplane was used for naval gunnery observation […]

Chicken Tax-Evading Off-Road Machine!

When it comes to the automotive world, it takes quality or innovative products to help a company survive. (Notice that the two don’t always go together!) By the time the late 1970s had come along, the burgeoning small truck market was being dominated by imports, both captive and direct. Subaru, always a niche maker in […]

A Fool and His Money…

You know what they say, right? Well, a great place to separate modellers and their money is, of course, a model show’s vendor area! The HeritageCon 13 show on March 24, 2019, was no exception. Of course, it would have been foolish NOT to have snapped up the epic kits I found! For more info […]

AAAHHH… My Seats!

The threat of a horde of Soviet bombers racing over the North Pole to rain destruction on US (and Canadian… c’mon, we count, right?) cities was a major concern for the USAF (and RCAF) back in the ’50s and ’60s. The need to find and destroy these bombers was the major “raisons d’etre” of the […]

Back to Basics!

Basic training is an essential part of any airforce’s curriculum. Let’s face it, you can’t fly a Mach 2 superfighter if you don’t know your pitch from your yaw, and you think a Dutch Roll is something you eat for dinner! One of the classic aircraft used for such basic flight training was the Percival […]

Paralyzed by (Odd) Choice(s)!

For me, finding unusual car kits that appeal to me is an ongoing quest, and one that meters out results in “ones and twos”. While I may find a treasure trove of Luft ’46 kits at one vendor’s table and a model show, or a tonne of Matchbox kits at a flea market, finding large […]

Have Gun, Will Travel!

In the days before tank destroyers and helicopters, the main anti-tank weapon was the anti-tank gun, a piece of field artillery specifically designed to kill tanks. Of course, just as had always been the case, the cannons weren’t really mobile, requiring a prime mover to get them into position and move them around the battlefield. […]

Panzer II, Low Countries 0

What kind of a score is that? Well, it’s the score from the European front in 1940, of course! The Panzer II helped blast a path through Western Europe (then Africa and Russia) despite its failings and overall weakness. This do-it-all little stopgap fought everywhere until it became brutally apparent that it was no match […]