Matt Bacon

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  • Location Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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  1. Matt Bacon added a topic in All the Rest   

    SNCF 241.P "Mountain" steam locomotive, Kitmaster, OO Gauge
    Another nicely detailed early 1960s kit of a big and impressive original! These beasties were the flagship steam locomotives of the SNCF (French Railways). Unfortunately, unbuilt complete kits are pretty rare, and command high prices on eBay, so to get this most unusual and impressive Kitmaster model on display, I had to resort to buying a built-up model. It was only missing one set of cab steps (and seeing how easily they are knocked off by the swinging rear bogie, I can understand why!), which I scratch built. It had been pretty reasonably painted, albeit in silver and olive green rather than the more prototypical steel and Brunswick Green:

    Anyway, aiming for an "in service" but not "uncared for" look, I weathered it as though someone took an oily rag to the green bits every now and then, as befits a locomotive hauling Blue Riband expresses.
           ... yes, it is a big so and so... This one really brings home the issues of OO/HO Gauge: the track suits 1/87 scale prototypes, but is really too narrow for 1/76 scale. On a big loco like this it's clearly noticeable that the body is really too wide for the chassis, and it would certainly look better with the wheels more outboard. The difference is 19mm in 1/76 versus 16.5mm in 1/87, which is pretty significant. Not much I can do about a pre-built model, but I have a few for which I have kits, and I might see if I can do them with a 3-4mm increase in track width... it's not as if they have to run on any layout! bestest,M.
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  2. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Album Art   

    None more so than this one, right?

  3. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Album Art   

    Wel, that first one is the Roy Cross box art for the 70s Airfix 1/72 Superfortress kit. I hope they paid Roy (and Airfix) his dues.... ;-P

  4. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic 1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)   

    Lovely job, Jurgen. It looks perfect, especially the interior. I have the kit, too, so I know you don't get a whole lot to work with!

    Have you got a Heller Bentley to convert to go with it, in memoriam Patrick Macnee?

    All the best,
  5. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Jaguar XJ6 V8 Swap - Worth It?   

    The going rate for fully running XJ6s with minor cosmetic issues (wheel arch rust, say, or damaged leather interiors) is around £1000 over here. You're going to spend SO much more on it than it's ever going to be worth that you might as well import a good car from Europe to start on!

    I've lost count of he number of "restored car" ads that I've seen that say something like "Fully restored and repainted over three years with bills for over £50,000. For sale: £20,000." If you really want a project that ends up as a runner, buy a cheap Mustang -- replacement parts for those are so much cheaper than for a Jag...

  6. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Jo-Han Mercedes 500K Roadster- Slumpbuster!   

    So good, in fact, that I liked it so much that I bought the company ;-P Or at least my own Johan 500K for £15 from eBay UK -- I hope I can do it such justice as Jay has. I'm sure I've got an Octane with one that has grey upholstery with a similar battleship grey exterior. It looked REALLY cool...

  7. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Tamiya Mercedes 300SL Announced, new pics added to OP   

    ...or an E-Type Jag, preferably a lightweight, proudly supported by a resurgent Jaguar-Land Rover, who are building new 1:1s as well, providing all the prototype access and info anyone could possibly want!

  8. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Jo-Han Mercedes 500K Roadster- Slumpbuster!   

    Utterly brilliant, and perfect colour choices. Looks like you well and truly busted your slump!

  9. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Real or Model #234 Finished!   

    I'm gonna go with real...

  10. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic MCM in the Uk   

    It does seem rather expensive. My two year overseas subscription to Hemmings Sports and Exotic Cars cost a bit less than $60. The US prices of the Hemmings magazines and MCM are about the same, but the overseas sub is twice as much for MCM..

  11. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Revell Pre-Finished Series 2014 Corvette Stingray   

    Revell Germany have this:

    down as an August release. They don't say anything about snap together or pre-finished (and they do have a separate range of 1/25 "Simply Snap" kits listed), so I'm hoping that their release will be a regular kit...

    Anyone know any more?

  12. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Vote for the Best Looking F1 Car of All Time   

    ...seems harsh to have to choose between a Lotus 49 and a Lotus 72 in the first round! And no Ferrari 156 or earlier-vintage 312s...

    Fun, though!

  13. Matt Bacon added a topic in All the Rest   

    British Railways Beyer-Garratt 2-6-0-0-6-2, Kitmaster, 00 Gauge (1:76)
    Another excellent early 60s kit, but this time bought assembled because unbuilt ones go for crazy money!

    As bought from eBay:

    After repainting and re-decalling: With weathering (relatively restrained compared to the real things, I reckon...) bestest, M.
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  14. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic OK, I concede on the "Blower" issue.   

    OK. You've said it before and I've no doubt you'll say it again, ad nauseum. Thank goodness for "ignore preferences"...


  15. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic OK, I concede on the "Blower" issue.   

    Bill -- are there any kits that meet your high expectations? You seem to dismiss any kit that anyone cares to release that isn't perfect in your opinion...

    And Greg -- I'm sure it's very satisfying to prove how horrendously wrong every kit manufacturer gets it. How do you find anything that you're prepared to build?

    There seems to be a great desire to slag off new kits based on minimal information; and then have a personal pop at anyone who suggests it might be better to wait and see an actual kit.

    Me... I'm going back to actually building stuff; sorry for those for whom that doesn't seem to be an option.