1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

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1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby David E » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:07 am

Slowly working my way through the A numbers..I bought a Matchbox Helldiver many, many years ago as a starting point to tackle a RAAF Shrike. Put off by the garish plastic, lack of detail and trenchlike panel lines it sat unloved for a long time. When the Sword kit came out I grabbed that instead, then learnt a bit about the Shrike/Helldiver DNA and also discarded it. For a long time I pondered converting the Academy Helldiver. In hindsight that course of action - or correcting the Cyberhobby kit - would've been a whole lot smarter. Thanks to the donation of a Matchbox example from Haydn I circled all around back to square one.

To compound my foolishness this was my first build since mangling two fingers with a dropsaw, and something simpler would've been wise.

I began by building a rudimentary interior with plastic card, detailed with the Eduard interior set. I've recently become addicted to their seat belts and now cringe at my previous use of masking tape. The wheel wells scored ribs from plastic strip and the exterior had a big dose of putty.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby David E » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:10 am

For the Neutral Gray undersides I chose an old tin of Agama enamel. I think this might be a bit too dark and with a bit of a brown hint to it compared to contemporary photos. The top colour was Tamiya enamel XF-62, which I think is a good match for factory fresh OD.

I painted the spinner grey as well, in photos of my chosen subject it looks lighter than OD.

The Medium Green 42 splotching to leading and trailing edges of wings and tails isn't all that obvious but it looks to be there in just about all photos of Shrikes. I added this with Humbrol enamel.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby David E » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:16 am

Ronin has a nice sheet of decals for a later Shrike as flown in the US but I wanted to tackle A69-4, the only RAAF Shrike to fly in Australia. The oddball markings and underwing bombs were a bonus. My trusty sheet of Tasman roundels are missing in action and the only ones I could find for the wings are a bit small. The fuselage roundel proportions aren't quite right either.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby David E » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:20 am

Disaster - I've been using Gunze matt clear from the rattle can with no issues for a while, but this time it really didn't like my paint and decals. Some sanding, repainting and re decalling required. Grr..
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby David E » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:30 am

On with the final bits.

I should've test fitted the canopies and trimmed them for a better fit but as usual I forgot.

The kit wheels were devoid of detail and I found some with spoked hubs but unfortunately no tread. The replacement tail wheel isn't quite right - the Shrike wheel looks to be similar to the Helldiver design but with a thicker tyre. It sits on a frame that I didn't have good close ups of so I improvised with card.

There's no underwing guns in the kit, I drilled out holes for the four machine guns and fitted hypodermic tubes. The Shrike has a straight pitot tube so I used the kit tip mounted to a length of plastic rod.

The kit gear doors are a poor representation of the real thing, I made new upper doors and trimmed the kit ones down.

Matchbox forgot the exhaust pipes, I drilled out the holes and added them from plastic tube.

Bombs were from the spares collection.

Glad to taxi this one into the cabinet.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby rodenlee » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:52 am

Great job David...definitely looks the goods.

I've got a 1/48 conversion to do sometime but keep putting it off.

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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby bell209 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:50 pm

You wrangled that into a very nice model - good work!
Rob

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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:37 am

Nice, very nice. Yes, I've had that issue with spray-lacquer lately too.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby noelbarnes » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:31 pm

That's come up great David. I love seeing these old kits come to life....nicely done.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF A-25 Shrike from the Matchbox Helldiver

Postby enfield38 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:53 pm

A great result whilst being digitally challenged David. BTW, I noticed a 1:72 Saracen kit by Ace the other day in my LHS.
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