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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 04:37 PM UTC

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Tat, how ultimately generous and thoughtful of you to go to all the trouble to provide your own chart. I am humbled by the interaction that I have seen during this campaign.

AJB, thank you for your efforts and offer of help. Your effort and its results are very much appreciated and your and Tat's contributions have already proving most useful.

It may seem like nothing but you two have helped the cause (the feature) immensely. At the very least I intend to attribute due credit in any derivative of this campaign to those that helped in this endeavour.

As it currently stands, I have created an Internet gallery that will be used by any volunteers to help with preparing images. We will likely request that some individuals post an additional picture or two. Picture preparation has already begun but with all the submissions in the gallery it won't occur quickly. I will keep this group informed of the progress.

Thanks for your help and patience.

Cheers,
Jan



No worries Jan, just remember me when we're all in modeller's paradise.

Jokes aside -- I agree with your observation on the level of enthusiasm, participation, and collaboration that has been shown in this campaign (and continue to be evident post-campaign wise). I believe most of us got into this campaign taking it to be an easy build though it proved otherwise. I myself am heartened by the fact that we all got advice, comment/s, and most especially words of encourgement to carry on. Your leadership and the group's go-go-go attitude is much appreciated. Cheers to all!

Just post if there's anything else to be done. Will try to pitch in if I can help.

All the best

Tat
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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 04:34 AM UTC
Thank you for the kind offer Mark but we, myself and my collaborators, have decided to limit the feature to kits built during the campaign. After all, it is a feature about the campaign first and Matchbox second. Where we can we will use pictures submitted in the official gallery but we'll also draw some from these pages if they are more suitable.

As I stated earlier in this thread, we may require some people to submit additional pictures. The feature editor asks for at least 800 X 600 resolution and some pictures are short of that. I will either create an Internet gallery where you can upload larger pictures or arrange for an e-mail address to sent the pictures. That way it won't count against anyone's Armorama storage limits.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 04:59 PM UTC
I've got a built LRDG on my shelf. I didn't build it for the campaign, but I could post some pictures, if you want them to get one kit closer to completion.
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 04:42 PM UTC
Tat, how ultimately generous and thoughtful of you to go to all the trouble to provide your own chart. I am humbled by the interaction that I have seen during this campaign.

AJB, thank you for your efforts and offer of help. Your effort and its results are very much appreciated and your and Tat's contributions have already proving most useful.

It may seem like nothing but you two have helped the cause (the feature) immensely. At the very least I intend to attribute due credit in any derivative of this campaign to those that helped in this endeavour.

As it currently stands, I have created an Internet gallery that will be used by any volunteers to help with preparing images. We will likely request that some individuals post an additional picture or two. Picture preparation has already begun but with all the submissions in the gallery it won't occur quickly. I will keep this group informed of the progress.

Thanks for your help and patience.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 04:44 AM UTC
WOW!!! Haven't dropped in for a while and look at all this activity. The builds kept on coming and what superb results. Jan, I can help out a bit if you need with your feature thing. Just ask and I'll see what I can do.

For what it's worth I went through all the posts starting at page six and found out the following:

ChaosXVI - Toby de Castro - Challenger was 90+% built.

Maxiplus - Maximilian Froemter - Sd.Kfz. 251 and Humber built prior to start date as an incentive to the rest of us.

Technocrat - Tim Thorley - Panzer II and Sd.Kfz. 251 built during campaign but no pictures added to gallery. They are in his personal gallery and the date stamps show them having been added during/while the campaign was running. So if he can post them then that just leaves the Diamond 'T', Radio Car and LRDG missing. Oh, and he also did a very nice M7 with British crew and markings.

I finally found an LRDG kit in a sale bin but it was after the 15th of June. With the time it took me to do the Challenger I think that even if I found it earlier I couldn't have completed it. It is an original Matchbox and was only $6.00.

Regards,
AJ
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 08:22 PM UTC

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Out of 27 possible kits the campaign completed 24 so that isn't too shabby. Would someone like to check the above completion list against what we have in the official campaign gallery?



Jan -- went to check the gallery today. As of this writing we have 111 pics in it. Kitwise, I've only come up with 22 versus the 24 you mentioned. I believe the discrepancy would be the 251 Hanomag and 232 Radio Car. Have checked the campaign thread -- a couple of 251s have been declared built though not in the gallery; can't seem to find any finished 232 though. Maybe you can do one more round with the guys to check their gallery postings. Hope this helps. Cheers -- Tat

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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 08:49 AM UTC
Thank you Stefan for your offer, consider yourself volunteered. The more of us involved the faster we might get something together.

I threw together this completion list of the kits that were actually built.



I recall Stefan had intended to do the LRDG but couldn't get it finished. We had two tank transporters scheduled to be built but neither made it. I have gone through the gallery and back about eight pages but failed to find a Panzer II. I had thought that someone had done one but apparently not.

Out of 27 possible kits the campaign completed 24 so that isn't too shabby. Would someone like to check the above completion list against what we have in the official campaign gallery?

I've used one of Stefan's submissions to create a prototype of how each image will appear in the Feature. This is not cast in stone and all comments and suggestions are welcome.



In a previous campaign that created a Feature the pictures were displayed in callsign alphabetical order. What would you think of us displaying them in order of their PK-nn number? That is we start with PK-71 (Firefly) and progress along. How about we find the original Matchbox kit box tops and use that as the first image of each section with only the callsign present on actual build pictures?

Just for your knowledge, Armorama suggests a minimal 800 X 600 picture size for features. From looking at pictures in the gallery and in previous pages it seems that most of us were posting at the size or larger.

Thanks,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 07:30 AM UTC

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Dear Fellow MNC members,

Just when I think that my responsibilities as campaign leader are over, a new issue seems to raise it's head. As many of you will recall, I suggested that an On Display or other sort of Feature should or could be made to showcase everyone's wonderful builds. I have investigated the process and in its own right it is not a simple undertaking. Normal reviews here on Armorama have a set format and Web based form to assist the reviewer. Features are a totally different process and in their own right are totally manual in preparation.

What I would like to ask is that all successful campaigners (those who received an award ribbon) who have posted in this thread please leave their pictures available to this thread. I have started putting a gallery together but it will take more time than I originally thought.

I will see how things go but I may need the assistance of the successful members of this campaign. During this process we'll try to keep this thread alive so that you all can know the progress to date. I am investigating setting up a separate Web based gallery where you can all upload completed build pictures, including those of you that have completed more than one build. I ask for your patience and understanding during this process.

Thanks,
Jan



PM me if there's anything I can do!

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 06:36 AM UTC

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I am working on a feature for the Tank Killers campaign. As you said, it looks like a lot of work (at least the first time around).

I decided to add the builder's name and what kit he used onto the photos (the kit only on one photo if there is more than one). I just pulled photos from the gallery but there are some in-progress pictures in the thread which I may also use.



Thank you Gary for commenting and any sharing of your thoughts on this subject. My original desire was to post three pictures from each contributor and merely overlay their callsign on each. Your suggestion of the first picture also carrying the kit name would even in my case be advisable. I have also received a generous offer from one of our members here to assist in this project. He has already one feature under his belt so he might be able to advise us further.

Thanks,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 05:26 AM UTC
I am working on a feature for the Tank Killers campaign. As you said, it looks like a lot of work (at least the first time around).

I decided to add the builder's name and what kit he used onto the photos (the kit only on one photo if there is more than one). I just pulled photos from the gallery but there are some in-progress pictures in the thread which I may also use.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 04:18 AM UTC
Dear Fellow MNC members,

Just when I think that my responsibilities as campaign leader are over, a new issue seems to raise it's head. As many of you will recall, I suggested that an On Display or other sort of Feature should or could be made to showcase everyone's wonderful builds. I have investigated the process and in its own right it is not a simple undertaking. Normal reviews here on Armorama have a set format and Web based form to assist the reviewer. Features are a totally different process and in their own right are totally manual in preparation.

What I would like to ask is that all successful campaigners (those who received an award ribbon) who have posted in this thread please leave their pictures available to this thread. I have started putting a gallery together but it will take more time than I originally thought.

I will see how things go but I may need the assistance of the successful members of this campaign. During this process we'll try to keep this thread alive so that you all can know the progress to date. I am investigating setting up a separate Web based gallery where you can all upload completed build pictures, including those of you that have completed more than one build. I ask for your patience and understanding during this process.

Thanks,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 12:15 PM UTC

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I'm glad you liked the result



Chris, I just checked out your Monty's Caravan and Dingo in the Gallery, and I also reeeaaally like it. Think the finish on both vehicles is great, as well as the base. I wonder if this kit looks like it might have been the most work of all of them in terms of time. There's certainly a whole load of fiddling around to be done, what with that stuff attached to the truck rear, and the barriers and the impromptu map table and the figures, not forgetting the Dingo.
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Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 03:48 AM UTC
Looking very good, Eddy. All the little details you added really enhanced the Humber.

@ picxofus - Please check your private messages. You completed the campaign requirements but you never enlisted so I cannot award you a ribbon.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 12:33 AM UTC
OK! Running late but managed to get a coat of paint on both the vehicle and base!



Looking back through all of the Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign postings and the gallery . . . just can't believe how good these old kits turned out. Can't think of anything more to say - it's 4:30 AM in the morning and I better get a little sleep now.

Jan, thanks so much for the Campaign! (and the mini extension)

-Eddy
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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 03:33 PM UTC
My first campaign and my first award and what a campaign. With all the great builds here the pressure was really on. I had hoped to do one more kit but I couldn't find one in the area. Thanks to the campaign leader and all the participants for making this so fun and enjoyable. If all campaigns can be this interesting I'll definitely have to try another.

Regards,
AJ
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:05 PM UTC

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Yeah, I got diverted too, actually I'm in a motivational low when it comes to modeling right now so that was a no go on the LRDG... Sorry...

Thanks for leading the campaign Jan, you did great! Looking forward to the feature!

Cheers!
Stefan



Stefan, as a new campaign leader I can appreciate your situation. There is a lot of "behind the scenes" work that goes into a campaign and yours was just starting as this one was ending. I wish you all the best on your 1/48 campaign. My LHS is rather pathetic when it comes to that scale. Haven't built one in a decade plus or I might have considered joining it. But hey, you never know.

Thanks for the compliment. Sure I'll run into you again with something in the future.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 11:56 AM UTC

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A tad too late, but it's kind of ready. Taken with my phone's camera... (It actually looks better in life ) The thing is, I moved back to Europe in university housing, I lack all my tools, and paints, so it was done in "nostalgia" mode: tweezers, a blade, some sandpaper and brushes.
Two more years until I can reunite with my airbrush...



Andras, I am willing to be lenient but the rules do specify that the base must accompany the model. The decals I can forgive/ignore but the base is not optional.

Thanks for participating,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:59 AM UTC

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Hi Chris. I'm intrigued by your technique for painting your cobblestone base. I looked at the finished photos and the stones appear to be varying shades of blended grey, but in this photo they are very distinct shades of white, black brown, yellow, and grey -- no blrnding at all.

Brian




Hello Brian,

I originally found the technique I used on my base on the internet when I was trying to paint a wall.

There is no blending as such - after priming you pick out random individual cobbles/bricks by hand in quite bold colours and then overspray with your desired top coat. The trick is to keep the top coat sufficiently thin to allow the colours beneath to show through slightly and so provide the different shades and tints.

I used Tamiya acrylics Field Grey as the top coat. After that a gloss coat and a Burnt Umber wash, followed by a matt coat and then finally a very light overspray of the whole diorama with Flat Earth.

I'm glad you liked the result, I was quite pleased with the cobbles if not the rest of the base.

Chris
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 09:57 AM UTC

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Thanks also so much for running this campaign, probably harder work that you anticipated. That's the first one I've done, and it has been totally addictive, as well as truly nostalgic, with lots of great builds. Shame we didn't quite hit them all (LRDG...?)



As this was my first time running a campaign you are absolutely correct in assuming that it was quite a bit of work. I have experienced eight prior campaigns and the one failing in a couple was a lack of organization. I also experienced some particularly superbly run campaigns and I used what I learned from them for this one.

I have the Matchbox LRDG partially built but it was at that state prior to this campaign so it didn't qualify. Campaign administration and responsibilities were such that I had little free time for anything but my M40 build.



Yeah, I got diverted too, actually I'm in a motivational low when it comes to modeling right now so that was a no go on the LRDG... Sorry...

Thanks for leading the campaign Jan, you did great! Looking forward to the feature!

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 09:29 AM UTC

A tad too late, but it's kind of ready. Taken with my phone's camera... (It actually looks better in life ) The thing is, I moved back to Europe in university housing, I lack all my tools, and paints, so it was done in "nostalgia" mode: tweezers, a blade, some sandpaper and brushes.
Two more years until I can reunite with my airbrush...
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 06:47 AM UTC

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Thanks also so much for running this campaign, probably harder work that you anticipated. That's the first one I've done, and it has been totally addictive, as well as truly nostalgic, with lots of great builds. Shame we didn't quite hit them all (LRDG...?)



As this was my first time running a campaign you are absolutely correct in assuming that it was quite a bit of work. I have experienced eight prior campaigns and the one failing in a couple was a lack of organization. I also experienced some particularly superbly run campaigns and I used what I learned from them for this one.

I have the Matchbox LRDG partially built but it was at that state prior to this campaign so it didn't qualify. Campaign administration and responsibilities were such that I had little free time for anything but my M40 build.


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Although I completed my official entry ages ago, if I get some improved pix of the SdKfz11 over the next few days, is it OK for me to sub them in for the existing pic of that or do you want to freeze what's there?



I have no objections to you replacing pictures in the official gallery if you can. From what I see, when you submit pictures to a campaign gallery they also show up in your personal gallery. If you delete them from your personal gallery I don't know if that affects the ones in the campaign gallery. My guess is that at worst the official gallery will have a few empty frames in it after deletion.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 05:36 AM UTC
Thanks Jan, I know she will be thrilled to achieve that recognition. I think she is intending to take her T34 to school tomorrow for show and tell. Her little sister already took her model in last week, sadly not a qualifier for this campaign as it is a Sukhoi SU-29! Maybe I'll get them properly enrolled next time, as they both already want to build another.

Thanks also so much for running this campaign, probably harder work that you anticipated. That's the first one I've done, and it has been totally addictive, as well as truly nostalgic, with lots of great builds. Shame we didn't quite hit them all (LRDG...?) It also completely diverted me from my Airfix Mk I project . . .

Although I completed my official entry ages ago, if I get some improved pix of the SdKfz11 over the next few days, is it OK for me to sub them in for the existing pic of that or do you want to freeze what's there? It's just that it currently looks like they just rolled it out of the garage, when my intention was for it to be completely covered in dust.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 03:43 AM UTC
Fellow campaigners, you have all done a phenomenal job and produced some truly outstanding results. With 92 pictures in the official gallery this campaign has ranked way up there as far as contributions are concerned. There are still a few people that do to various issues have not posted a completed build picture either here or in the gallery. I have PMed these individuals to try to get a picture up by this weekend.

When I originally set this campaign up I did not appreciate that we would have a number of new people join. As many of you are aware, this site's picture manipulation processes are not the most intuitive. I based the campaign duration on my mistaken idea that these old kits would just "fly" together. Even many of us more seasoned builders soon found the folly of that premise.

So as it stands right now we have had 25 people out of 42 enlistees complete the campaign requirements for a 59.5% completion rate. That is quite a success for us as average completion rates vary but rarely exceed 40%. If we consider all the multiple builds the rate could be skewed much higher.

@firstcircle - Matthew, I must thank you and all the others that completed multiple builds for your efforts and enthusiasm. It has greatly contributed to the campaigns' success. I must also commend your daughter for joining in the fun with her own build. It's a bit of a shame that I can't award an official ribbon to her but you can tell her that she is the recipient of an honorary Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign ribbon.

Honorary ribbon for firstcircle's daughter.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:31 PM UTC

Guys

I'm so sorry to let you down - I'm not even primed!!! I hoped to at least have had my first coat of paint on but it's not to be. However I've really enjoyed getting to grips with my first kit - given it's my first I've deliberated a lot on how to go about things and how much to do. Everything I've done - from getting the parts off the sprue onwards has been a learning experience. There have been some setbacks - some self-inflicted, some accidental (I was surprised just how little damage it took when I dropped it onto the bare floor!). To an extent life has got in the way too, very nearly moving house and then losing our buyer at the last minute put a large hole into the campaign timetable!

I've also gained a lot of advice and inspiration from this campaign. I own many of the Revell re-releases and seeing just what can potentially be done with them judging by the excellent submissions here has been eye-opening!

So I'll be sorry not to get the campaign banner - but it's been brilliant!

Thanks everyone!


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