Matchbox M-16 Half-Tracks


I've had these two Matchbox M-16 quad A/A kits sitting in a box for a good few years. Back when I built them the tracks broke and had planned to fix them but never got around to it.

(http://www.1-72-scale.com/2009/05/work-in-progress-matchbox-m16-half-track.html)





That was back in 2009 ...

and they've finally been finished today.



The tracks were replaced with some one-piece fixed track assemblies I got from two old wrecked Airfix Half-Tracks that came in a bag of "pre-owned" kits off ebay.



The original decals have long been lost - or used on some other kit - but I had plenty of stars in the decal spares box.

So , gven the time it's taken to finish these, it's clear I'm a very slow modeler - in spite of that, I'm pleased the way the old Airfix tracks work on these kits.

Comments

  1. Nice rescue. The rubber band tracks in that particular Matchbox kit were definitely the worst they ever made!

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    1. Too true Dave, superbly engineered kit but the tracks really let it down.

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  2. Hi John,
    Cool recovery!! After so many years your spare box is probably a treasure chest. Really pleased to see that your Ardennes project is going on . Keep on !!

    Un abrazo

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    1. Thanks Alberto. Next up some pics of that repainted Altaya Half-track you donated to the cause.

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  3. Wow, nostalgia...I loved the matchbox kist when I was younger as they came with a nice little mini-diorama. :)

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    1. Hi Stephen. Yep, great mini-dioramas - nice that the re-boxed Revell versions still have them too

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  4. hi klasse die army wagen
    bin gerade dabei us army figuren zu malen würden genau dazu passen

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    1. Thanks Guido. Looking forward to seeing your Amerikaner

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  5. Top notch as per usual John . Excellent track idea .

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    1. Thanks Paul. The Matchbox rubber-band tracks were never any good, but the spares box saved the day :-)

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