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    Uncle Les reacted to LSP_Kevin in Matchbox Tiger Moth RAAF Air Ambulance   
    So, after a long hiatus from the fray, I'm finally able to get back to the bench and launch a new LSP project! This one will be a conversion of the venerable Matchbox Tiger Moth kit to an RAAF Air Ambulance. The impetus for this one comes from being passed a brand-new conversion set by Uncle Les that includes all the necessary parts to pull it off, including some decals.
     
    I'll be using the Revell 1997 rebox for this one:
     

     
    Being a stupid end-opening box, I decided to tape up the ends and cut three sides of the top to form a makeshift lid:
     

     
    At least then I can work with the contents a little more easily!
     
    The conversion set is (was*) available in 3 scales (1/72, 1/48, & 1/32), and the 1/32 version comes in a resealable clear plastic bag:
     

     
    It's a very simple set, containing two resin pieces, a vacuform canopy, laser-printed decals, and a set of instructions.
     

     

     

     
    I'm still trying to decide whether I'll do a straight-ahead conversion, or go the whole hog and tart up the cockpit and open the ambulance door. It's a decision I'll need to make early, and if I opt to open things up, I'll probably need much more info than I currently have. My heart wants to go nuts, but my head tells me I should give this project a KISS. We shall see!
     
    (*) It appears that Uncle Les may have ended production on these sets already, but I'm sure we'll see them again at some point, so if you want one, contact Les via his website or Facebook page and put in a request!
     
    Actual modelling to follow.
     
    Kev
     
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    Uncle Les got a reaction from AlbertD in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Piero in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Re the Macchi, one day soon. It's a slow process to get it all together as a kit.
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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Piero in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from A-10LOADER in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    No the kit doesn't come with a pilot, I employed a slightly modified "Aerobonus" unit.
     

     

     
     
     
     
     
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    Uncle Les got a reaction from A-10LOADER in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Marcel111 in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Cheetah11 in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Re the Macchi, one day soon. It's a slow process to get it all together as a kit.
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    Uncle Les reacted to Gelerth in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Awesome - I really like it.
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    Uncle Les reacted to Out2gtcha in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Wow, amazing looking! The model is fantastic, and the photography is truly awesome. 
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    Uncle Les reacted to red Dog in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Fantastic indeed, these pictures are ... WOW
    Love the weathering as well.
     
    Great modelling
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    Uncle Les reacted to Anthony in NZ in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Unbelievable workmanship...I just love everything about this build and how you achieved it!
     
    I saw the pics on my phone on FB and thought it looked great there....but on my PC...WOW!
     
    Now how about that 32nd MB339C???
     
    Great job
    Anthony 
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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Hartmann352 in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from CZPetrP in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from leoasman in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Uncarina in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Dragon in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Seversky in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from allthumbs in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from MaxIt in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from scvrobeson in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Bil in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Nothing special,  just FDM 3D printed up in ABS a slightly curvier piece and cajoled the intake lower lip into place. A little filler a load of sanding and replacement of the front sensors.
     
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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    No the kit doesn't come with a pilot, I employed a slightly modified "Aerobonus" unit.
     

     

     
     
     
     
     
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    Uncle Les got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in 1/32 Trumpeter A7E depicting AC-407 from VA-72 Feb 1991   
    Here's a little something I cracked the whip on last week.  Basically wheels up OOB with the exception of a new scratch-built intake lip to make it curvier and a resin cockpit set.  I loaded up the fuselage with magnets and will fashion a proper display stand at a later date. 

     

     

     

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