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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 06:03 AM UTC
Alright, gentlemen! I was at the store today (and oh what a glorious day it was!!) and bought a whole bunch of kits (6 in all). Matchbox/Revell re-releases were scarce though, they had a Pz IV/L70, a Puma ant the two I bought: Chuchill AVRE and LRDG-Set. I will probably start with the Churchill as I haven't built one of those and maybe do the other as well later.

I also got an Airfix Matilda for the follow-on campaign...

Alright, over and out!

Cheerio!
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 08:58 AM UTC

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Alright, gentlemen! I was at the store today (and oh what a glorious day it was!!) and bought a whole bunch of kits (6 in all). Matchbox/Revell re-releases were scarce though, they had a Pz IV/L70, a Puma ant the two I bought: Chuchill AVRE and LRDG-Set. I will probably start with the Churchill as I haven't built one of those and maybe do the other as well later.



Congratulations Stefan. I am glad to hear that you had so much good luck in finding the re-releases. That is at least two of us that have had fortune smile on us this week. Now don't get carried away and just save at least one of those kits for the campaign.


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I also got an Airfix Matilda for the follow-on campaign...



We haven't even started this campaign and you're already anticipating a 1/72 Airfix one! Some people are just so incorrigible.

I'd also like to welcome Dani (madmax5510) who officially enlisted today(check mark added to the list above). That brings our total to 23 with still almost two months before the official start.


Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 09:14 AM UTC
Interesting how the box art has changed with the Revell releases. I see the Priest is now British rather than American crewed, while the M40 is no longer in NW Europe in 1945, but has moved to Korea, I guess that is meant to be, judging by the blazing T34 and the snowy mountain in the background.

Not sure if anyone else here has linked to this site already, but for all the old box art this is not bad. Some of them have examples of completed kits, although without sounding rude, I think we'll produce better results than some of these!! [http://www.matchboxkits.org/index.php?cPath=81]Matchboxkits[/url] - sorry, but you get it anyway...

I'd never seen the SdKfz11 out of the box before, that diorama base is awesome, especially when you compare it to that tiny thing the M40 has to squat on - it's like a squashed turd!! I guess they ran out of plastic.
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 01:29 PM UTC
hey all, heres the pictures i said i would post. better late than never. picture quality might not be all that great but it was new camera and im not very good with them anyways.











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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 - 04:16 AM UTC

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Interesting how the box art has changed with the Revell releases. I see the Priest is now British rather than American crewed, while the M40 is no longer in NW Europe in 1945, but has moved to Korea, I guess that is meant to be, judging by the blazing T34 and the snowy mountain in the background.



Very observant of you Matthew. I was so excited with receiving the kits that I totally failed to notice the difference in either kit box when compared to the originals. I haven't opened either box as I've not wanted to be tempted to jump the gun on the build. The diorama base for the SdKfz 11 and in particular the Morris and 17 pdr are quite impressive. They would definitely make a great start for something truly impressive with just a bit of work.


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hey all, heres the pictures i said i would post. better late than never. picture quality might not be all that great but it was new camera and im not very good with them anyways.



Thanks for posting and sharing those pictures, Gary. I recognize the LRDG jeep but the two olive drab jeeps are unfamiliar to me. I know there is a Jeep that comes with the Morris truck but I don't think that it has a .50 cal mount.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 - 06:45 AM UTC
Hello,
The 2 OD jeeps are, I, believe Fujimi, one came with a Sherman but I don't remember how the other one came(I think it might have been with a Kubelwagen and motorcycle. Kind of like the recent Academy 1/72 kit). As I was taking the pics I got to thinking the M-3 was out of scale as the hatchs on top were really small, I have been in a Stuart with that hatch type and at 6'+ it was tight but those on the model kook way small!
Good Hunting Gdub
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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 - 07:40 AM UTC
I've got a 1/72 Hasegawa Stuart that came with a commander figure and I swear that when I first saw it I thought that maybe it was out of scale. I've a book with a picture of the crew exiting a Stuart and I swear that I can't imagine how four guys could fit in that thing. In our area we have an M5 Stuart as a war memorial. It was used as an APC so there is no turret. I remember crawling all over the thing when I was a kid but the last time I looked at it I swear that at 5' 10" you'd need one big shoe horn to get me through the drivers hatch.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 02:44 AM UTC

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Alright, gentlemen! I was at the store today (and oh what a glorious day it was!!) and bought a whole bunch of kits (6 in all). Matchbox/Revell re-releases were scarce though, they had a Pz IV/L70, a Puma ant the two I bought: Chuchill AVRE and LRDG-Set. I will probably start with the Churchill as I haven't built one of those and maybe do the other as well later.



Congratulations Stefan. I am glad to hear that you had so much good luck in finding the re-releases. That is at least two of us that have had fortune smile on us this week. Now don't get carried away and just save at least one of those kits for the campaign.


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I also got an Airfix Matilda for the follow-on campaign...



We haven't even started this campaign and you're already anticipating a 1/72 Airfix one! Some people are just so incorrigible.

I'd also like to welcome Dani (madmax5510) who officially enlisted today(check mark added to the list above). That brings our total to 23 with still almost two months before the official start.


Cheers,
Jan



I reckon that ought to be the next one!
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 03:53 AM UTC
Greetings all. As of today we are now 24 strong with the enlistment of "hincmar." There are also two others I know that will be enlisting as soon as they can dig up a kit.



There has been a question raised via PM as to whether we might allow a larger diorama providing the original base is incorporated into the build. I personally do not have a problem with this idea but what are others opinions on this proposal.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 04:21 AM UTC
Why not? Its just and just inside campaign rules but its majority desicion. Personally I dont mind.
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 04:57 AM UTC
Hi

Well count me in. A bit of a milestone for me. Number one this will be my first campaign participation and number two...the biggie, it may well be the first kits I manage to finish

Despite tinkering around the edges and getting a fair few kits part way built I've not actually completed a kit since my return to modelling. Also most of my stuff is 1:35 scale so this will be a test of my eyesight as well, although I've got my Optivisor all ready.

I must admit this won't be a big nostalgia trip on my part as I never really brought Matchbox kits. I was a Airfix modeller till Mr Tamiya started sending his stuff over, but it will be nice to get back to those innocent times, when I seemed to have more "fun" modelling than the deadly serious accuracy issues of today.

I've held back from joining till now but the news I've won a Matchbox Char B set on ebay this afternoon has given me the green light. Although I may change that choice to a Jagdpanther or Panzer 4 depending on how I fair in the next coming week or so.

Yes, lets have an Airfix one next please.

Alan.

P.S. Under the rules am I able to embellish the supplied base in any way with say for example static grass etc ?

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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 05:17 AM UTC

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I also got an Airfix Matilda for the follow-on campaign...



We haven't even started this campaign and you're already anticipating a 1/72 Airfix one! Some people are just so incorrigible.



Hehe, these little kits bring back old memories. I used to have a whole army in 1/76 and 1/72 as a kid. How a bout a Fujimi folow-on-follow-on... I remember the M36 and M4A1 were really great little kits with full interiors. One came with a Jeep (the M4A1 I think) and the other with a Harley.

By the way, you can put in the Churchill AVRE as my definite build. I will decide after that whether I'll build the LRDG as well.

As for the question of integrating the base in a larger dio, I think it should be allowed.

Cheerio!
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 05:59 AM UTC
I'm in I just bought the Wespe from Revell, and was about to ask why the name of the company was erased on the sprues. I suspected it was Matchbox, but now I know. So I guess, I'm going back tomorrow, to get another kit to work on in the meanwhile.
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 06:12 AM UTC
I guess I'm OK with the extra bits on the base and around the base - but, well, just don't let it go too far ! Remember the vehicles themselves have to be straight out of the box. We want these kits finished!

Once tinkering around creeps in there's no telling where it might end. . . extra figures, conversions, super-detailing, resin accessories, etched sets (heaven forbid).

I'm all for an Airfix campaign too . . . and they're still available.

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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 06:35 AM UTC
@Alan
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Hi

Well count me in. A bit of a milestone for me. Number one this will be my first campaign participation and number two...the biggie, it may well be the first kits I manage to finish

....
Yes, lets have an Airfix one next please.

Alan.

P.S. Under the rules am I able to embellish the supplied base in any way with say for example static grass etc ?




Greetings and welcome, Alan. You are officially added to the list however, you need to "Enlist" on this campaigns home page to be totally in. You just go to this LINK and to the right you will see an Enlist button. Click on that button and you are all set as your callsign will be added to the list of enlistees on that page.

As to your question, you will see that on that enlistment page the rules for the campaign are displayed. Under Rule #3 participants are permitted to embellish the bases with foliage, grasses, soil etc. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in this thread.

@Kimmo -Thanks for your vote. I can't see a problem with this issue but we;ll wait and see if anyone else has anything to add on the subject.

@Stefan -Okay, that now three of us that don't have a problem with integrating an original base with a larger diorama. Your definite choice has been added to the list. As for the old 1/76 Airfix/Fujini kits they were definitely part of my history also. This is rather but something for us all to consider for the future. The "Lets Get Small" campaign covered just about everything under 1/72 but was not manufacturer specific. Perhaps a 1/76/1/72 campaign in the future that covers multiple companies!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 07:04 AM UTC
@Andras -I've noted your selection in the chart but if you change your mind that is also fine. As was stated in earlier posts, even a definite red choice is not cast in stone.

@Matthew -Rule #2 and #4 encourage out of box but we all agreed that "minor" embellishments or corrections were permitted and these exceptions also appear in those rules. And we definitely do not want individuals getting carried away. Ideally if everyone completed at least one build for this campaign we'd have set a record.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 08:06 AM UTC
Jan,

If you want my humble opinion: stick to the original rules!

gr.

Martin
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 03:26 PM UTC
Hi,
I'm up for a fujimi build next as I still have several stashed away! I know I have an Elephant but I'm not sure what else, hope I have the M4 Sherman as I really liked the interior deal!
Good Hunting, Gdub
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 07:23 PM UTC
Wow! Looks like I started something here... We'll have to have a fight over what the next campaign will be about... We could go on forever: Hasegawa, Esci, Italeri, Revell, Dragon...

Just joking...

Cheerio!
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 02:09 AM UTC

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There has been a question raised via PM as to whether we might allow a larger diorama providing the original base is incorporated into the build. I personally do not have a problem with this idea but what are others opinions on this proposal.

Cheers,
Jan



No worries whatsoever from me either.

Cheers

Mike
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM UTC

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@Andras -I've noted your selection in the chart but if you change your mind that is also fine. As was stated in earlier posts, even a definite red choice is not cast in stone.

@Matthew -Rule #2 and #4 encourage out of box but we all agreed that "minor" embellishments or corrections were permitted and these exceptions also appear in those rules. And we definitely do not want individuals getting carried away. Ideally if everyone completed at least one build for this campaign we'd have set a record.

Cheers,
Jan



Personally, the OOB rule should be tantamount, though boring out gun barrels and minor work is perfectly acceptable.
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM UTC
Thank you, Jan.
I will surely build the Wespe; maybe add a few more kits on the way. (I'm living in a dormitory right now, so only 1/72 is left for me to build.)
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 05:26 AM UTC
Well people I've taken your comments under advisement and I thank all those that have made them. My read of everyone's feeling is to keep the builds as close to OOB as possible for this particular campaign (with the minor enhancements permitted by the original rules). It just so happens that Dani(madmax5510) has posted an interesting build using a Matchbox diorama base in the Braille scale forum. Link here. BTW, he is not the one who posed the original question. While this use of an original base to create a larger diorama is fascinating, I believe that going this far in the campaign exceeds the mandate set out in our original rules. Once again, if in doubt please feel free to ask. Comments on this topic are always appreciated.

Andras reshaped the electrons to say:

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Thank you, Jan.
I will surely build the Wespe; maybe add a few more kits on the way. (I'm living in a dormitory right now, so only 1/72 is left for me to build.)



Your welcome and I will be looking forward to see how your Wespe turns out. I've built four of these little gems and have a soft spot in my heart for them. The great thing about Braille scale is that you can exercise your modelling talents but be able to house almost a company sized force in a shoe box.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 08:21 AM UTC
Greetings all. Our ranks are now up to 26 enlisted members.

As new people join, I'll update the membership list and move it to the last page of this thread. If you see anything amiss please feel free to let me know.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 02:05 AM UTC
Howdy y'all!

Thought I'd add some nostalgia, found some pics on my PC of an ancient build. The Matchbox M24 with base and a few modifications: Trees and Matchbox figures. Must have been about 15 when I did it.




Is this the kind of modifications to the base we're talking or is it already too much (not that the AVRE-base would have any room for modifications... )

Cheerio!