Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vertical Envelopment, or "I can't believe it's not an Osprey!"

Back in September of 2012 I made a post about my small collection of Aircraft Carriers (Click here for that post), and the glacial speed at that I was progressing with that particular project.

Some Not-Ospreys.

In around 2006/2007 I found that Matchbox had released some large cartoon scaled aircraft as part of their Sky Busters range. These were the "Sky Busters: Missions" sets that seemed to have some potential for wargaming. The Rescue Ranger set (click here for a link containing product information) was snapped up by me when I saw some on sale at The Warehouse. It also has cool lights and sounds....

Esci Modern NATO German for comparsion


A closer look.

Group shot with figure for size comparison
Another set in the collection "Coast Patrol" provided another usable aircraft - that I was originally going to convert to use as a Dune style Carry-All, but will use as a more conventional Sky-Hook style heavy helicopter.

Side by side with figure for size comparison.



It is rather a big beast.
 Of course the reason I got them was to allow for vertical envelopment during the moderns amphibious game, which requires them to to be put on one of the toy carriers that will be converted to an amphibious warfare vessel of some type.

Not Ospreys on the not  LPH 

Another view.
Looking down the deck.

 The current plan is to finish bogging the various screw holes, remove the stickers on the aircraft, and then spray them a base grey and then paint on additional detail, such as cockpit windows With luck, I might be able to do this after Christmas Day. Once that's done I will continue slowly working towards doing more on this project.....

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    1. Thanks Nick! Hopefully the final execution will be speedy and keep the look I am going for.

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  2. Those green gyrocopter thingies would be just the caper for my Jono's World project, by the look... Very pretty. I thought I had an eye for potential, but I reckon you are much more far-seeing in this regard. I probably would have passed them by... :-(

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    1. Thanks Ion! I try to assess most things I encounter for their gaming potential.


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  3. Good buy there, I'm looking forward to seeing that amphibious game when you get around to it.

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    1. Thanks Don! When it gets played, it will get posted here.

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  4. awesome stuff! some very nice not Ospreys. I don't recall seeing them at the wharehouse ever.... then again 3 years ago I wasn't into moderns that and I probably would have passed them by. but now if I see them... Perfect for some Oronegrean VSTOL transports. Naturally locally built and sold to anyone and everyone for no better reason than making money. (Oronegro never exploits other nations misseries.... ooh is that a tui I hear).

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    1. Thanks Gowan! They are the type of thing that could be used for a variety of uses depending on the effort put in to it. Good to see that you are still thinking about your Imagi-Nation.

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  5. Oh my gosh! I have some Matchbox "Jumbo Skybusters: Missions"airplanes in storage at my parents home amongst other collectibles (which is 1000 miles from where I live) and can't find where they are stored since my parents moved them awhile back. I've been looking EVERYWHERE online for the Matchbox "Jumbo Skybusters: Missions" airplanes with little to no luck... If you know any sellers, please email me asap! I will check back at this blog often!

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    1. Just did a brief search on Amazon and found this:

      http://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Sky-Busters-Rescue-Ranger/dp/B004DRA8KI/ref=sr_1_180?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1395664230&sr=1-180&keywords=Sky+Busters

      And I am sure E-Bay could also be a good place to find some. I have comment moderation on my older posts, but this blog is still active - I'm just in the process of moving cities to a new job.

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