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Matchbox V Revell 1/76-1/72 Challenger 1
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After two wins on eBay I managed to get my hands on these two kits, I originally thought that Revell had just re-issued the old MB kit but was suprise to see its one of their own moulds.

The MB kit comes in their different colour plastic and can be found in several different varieties of colour plastic, the plastic is their classic soft plastic that you either love or hate and the tracks are the rubber type that no glue on the planet will stick.

The Revell kit comes in a one colour harder plastic with very fine detail and includes extra detail like the external fuel tanks at the rear, the track is made up of long and short straight tracks with individual links to go around the drive and idle wheels.

Looking at the photos of the two kits together the MB kit has stood up well over the years and can't be overlooked if you are after a Challenger, so depending what scale you want you can't go wrong with either.

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Matchbox V Revell 1/76-1/72 Challenger 1
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The Revell is evidently crisper and more refined but the the MB kit stands up surprisingly well

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Matchbox V Revell 1/76-1/72 Challenger 1
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Nice comparison; and yes, the MB does stand up well......but the new Revell version looks great!

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Matchbox V Revell 1/76-1/72 Challenger 1
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there is a nice 1/72 accessory and upgrade set for these... I don't think it is specific to either kit but will work with either... Hannants had/have it. I remember having a look at what it consisted of, a while back.


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The Revell version is clearly superior but of course it is the most modern of the pair and has thus had the benefit of advances in moulding technology. That said, the MB kit looks good for its age and I would still buy and build it. Regarding the tracks, well, I've had issues with both the older "rubber band" types in classic Matchbox AFV kits and also the more modern link and length variety in their Leopard 2 A4 kit. The other issue here is the scale difference between the two kits and, whilst it is not great, it is there nevertheless and will put off some modellers who prefer their collection to be in a unified scale from buying one or t'other. I'm not fussed personally and have a collection of models in various scales and I would happily display these two together.

Thanks for taking the time out for posting this very interesting comparison Alan.

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Matchbox V Revell 1/76-1/72 Challenger 1
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There are a number of MB kits that for those willing to take on an old kit, offer a good platform for starting from. I got their Bismarck and with a sheet or two of metal and plasticard it can be brought up to meet a Revell or Dragon newer mould offering.


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it looks as though the MB turret is quite a bit longer than the Revell turret (ignoring the extra bit moulded on the back of the MB turret).

Which is more accurate?


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