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Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign
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Posted: Friday, June 04, 2010 - 04:53 PM UTC
Matthew, what is going on? As someone mentioned, is it a toothpaste issue? To everyone else, the clock is ticking! If anyone has a problem, please ask for assistance. This is all our campaign.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 10:22 AM UTC
Nice one. How long it take you to build those?
You use the toothpaste method of masking the cammo on the Morris?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 07:10 AM UTC

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...noses to the grindstone...Full steam ahead.











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Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 05:13 AM UTC
Well people, its been rather quiet here. Does that mean that everyone has put their noses to the grindstone to get their builds finished? There are now 65 pictures in the official campaign gallery and I can't help desiring to see that number grow. As of today we have two weeks left in this campaign. The quality of the results has been astounding and far beyond what many of us might have expected. Full steam ahead.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 02:47 PM UTC

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@sabredog - Yes, you are definitely a scurvy dog as those are the decals I wanted to use. Weren't we supposed to negotiate who did which version! Fine, I'll remember this for the next campaign.

Cheers,
Jan



Yikes! Sorry Jan. With the impending club trip looming and the manic preparations, I went into auto mode...

Cheers and sorry again

Mike
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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 11:20 AM UTC
Thanks for your help and positive comments on my humble models Matthew
I've uploaded some photos of my Char B1 and FT-17 to the campaign gallery now with your able asistance, thanks for the link!

I've also declared complete my 251 and Jagdpanther. (Mainly as a have a short attention span and a very large pile of models screaming "Build me!")





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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 09:00 AM UTC
Success!!!

It took a lot of toying around but I finally was able to decide that two links on the track would not be enough and four might stretch it too much. The magic number for the right side turned out to be...you guessed it, three. The left track should go a lot smoother now.



Trivia Time Earlier in the thread a person new to Armorama and campaigns showed a "Matchbox" T-34 that they were building. Several of us were puzzled by the bright blue colour of one of the sprues. In doing some mindless surfing while the super glue on the tracks cured I discovered a site that mentioned there existed a "Matchbox Shanghai".
Story Link. From the article it appears that this offshoot of Matchbox was run by the Mattel toy company. I also found another site that has a Matchbox Shanghai review and you can see it and the accompanying pictures HERE. Unusual plastic colours appear in the sprue shots.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 06:15 AM UTC
Thanks to everyone for posting. There are 16 and a bit days left in the campaign so I expect to see some action in this thread...OR ELSE!!!

@sabredog - Yes, you are definitely a scurvy dog as those are the decals I wanted to use. Weren't we supposed to negotiate who did which version! Fine, I'll remember this for the next campaign.

As for me I managed a bit more tidying up of my M40 and started painting the rubber on the wheels.



Now in the next picture you can see the issue with the tracks that appears earlier in this thread. Michael mentioned he shortened them by two links but from what I am seeing mine might take more than that (at least on the right side).



I'll concentrate on sizing and painting the tracks today and if possible put on a clear coat in anticipation of the decals. BTW, for the photo aficionados, the above pictures were taken with a new F3.5 18-250mm lens with built in tele-convertor. It's a pre-early retirement present from my SWMBO. Man, does that thing really show up even the most microscopic flaws in a build.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 11:34 PM UTC
Thanks!

I shortened the recoil cylinders about 2mm where the smaller tube retracts into the larger to get the 45 degree elevation I was looking for.
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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 10:01 PM UTC
Hey Michael! Fantastic M40! I wish mine would turn out half as good as yours! Did you alter anything to get the gun to elevate that high?

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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 07:43 PM UTC
Here is a quick pic to confirm the M40 is finished. Pretty pleased how the revised elevation turned out!



I will try and get better pics finished before I head to holidays.
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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 12:16 PM UTC
Thanks for the compliments A! There's still time so I guess a bit more push and you should complete your Chaffe.

I have a hard time keeping to campaign schedules, procrastinating mostly, but I just felt to make sure I complete this one. More than just a nostalgic trip to Matchbox days, the thing that got me here is that the Jagdpanther was my first attempt at armor ages ago. I got as far as this:



Lost interest, chucked the kit, and went on with life. Quite happy that Jan got this campaign going. Had to settle with a Revell re-box though. But most importantly it was a chance to do it again, finish it. And I guess, redeem myself.


Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 01:35 AM UTC
PS - forgot to mention - I love the Jagdpanther Tat - it looks great!
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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 01:32 AM UTC
I WILL complete in some form or other...Attaching wire grab handles this morning - it's great fun. Am hoping to speed on with the detailing and get painting next week. Am tempted to try the cages over the headlights - will see how I get on.

Will post a pic once all the wire is on.

All the best

A
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Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 03:48 PM UTC
Thanks for the comments Jan, Jesper. Well I hope it doesn't look too worn out, at times I tend to overdo it. I dry-brushed the dust-effect, using acrylics mixed with water. Tried weathering powders before but they rub off to the touch.

Here's a bonus build. All too secret as it looks crappy. Wasn't too happy with the paint job, so its off to a tub of paint remover. Will work to finish it before the 15th.

Cheers

Tat

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Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:55 AM UTC
One thing I like in this campaign, is that it proves that old kits still make good models, it doesnot need a lot of aftermarket products to build a decent model.
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Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:47 AM UTC

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Nice participation in this campaign. Testament to a well run campaign. Thanks for the effort, Jan!



Thank you, Jesper, for compliments. I have seriously tried to take all the good points from previous campaigns and apply them to this one. I am still looking at doing a feature on all our efforts but doing a future follow on to this campaigns' subject might be a definite possibility in the future. Can I dream and hope for a 75%+ completion rate.


Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 10:34 PM UTC
Very nice JagdPanther, Tat. Very worn finish - I like it;)

Nice participation in this campaign. Testament to a well run campaign. Thanks for the effort, Jan!
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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 09:25 AM UTC
Quite a sinister looking Jagpanther, Tat. Sorry to hear about all your troubles with the base but you seemed to come through with an exemplary example. You are not alone in your challenges as many of us have experienced our own with these kits. I particularly like the dusting effect that you managed to create.

Here is the updated awards list and we now have 19 (45%) builds completed and 17 (40.5%) posted in the official gallery. There are still a whopping nineteen days left for us stragglers to complete their offerings.



Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 02:40 AM UTC
Been lurking for a while now till I get my entry finished. I must say that everyone's efforts on bringing these old kits to light have been awesome. Jan, I must commend you for leading this campaign, its been quite fun and most challenging at best.

Well my challenge was more on the base, as I had to do and redo several times over. Still a lot more to learn and practice. Here are shots of my contribution to the campaign, I have also posted some in the gallery.

Cheers and all the best to the participants.

Tat



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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 09:27 AM UTC

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I believe that when uploading photos into that gallery, you are adding them to your own account but showing them in the gallery. It looks like you already hosted that pic of the Jagdpanther in your site account, so I assume you know how to do that.



You are absolutely correct about the campaign pictures taking up space in the members own gallery. Matthew, thank you very much for posting the clickable link and it does appear to work. TIm will be required to login prior to being able to post in the campaign gallery.


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Jan, regarding what I said about the addictive nature of this campaign, I will post some WIP photos on yet another gap-filling bonus shortly, subject to be announced...



My goodness Matthew, is it an actual addiction or perhaps could it be something viral in nature. It would be more than we could have hoped for to have every kit in the series built.


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It's very inspiring to see the quality of the work on all the models posted here. I've put some photos of previously built matchbox models from the last 10 years or so in my photos - I was quite pleased with them until I saw all these beatifully finished kits here.



I have to agree on all counts about the kits that have been completed. People have done a fantastic job of bringing new life to these old and in some cases troublesome kits. I had a look at some of the pictures in your gallery Tim and they are not shabby in the slightest. Let us know if you have any further difficulties with getting pictures into the official campaign gallery. BTW, in my records you are considered to have completed your build and due for the ribbon. It's just a minor formality to post in the campaign gallery.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 01:39 AM UTC
Tim, go to the Photos tab, log in if necessary, make sure you are at the home page, so click Home if necessary, then scroll down and click the link "Campaigns", then "Currently Active Campaigns" and in the list you will find ! Matchbox Nostalgia" in fact maybe that link will take you straight there, maybe not.

I believe that when uploading photos into that gallery, you are adding them to your own account but showing them in the gallery. It looks like you already hosted that pic of the Jagdpanther in your site account, so I assume you know how to do that.

Nice paintjob on the JP by the way.

Jan, regarding what I said about the addictive nature of this campaign, I will post some WIP photos on yet another gap-filling bonus shortly, subject to be announced...
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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 12:25 AM UTC
Hi, pleased to see this campaign has been extended - I've got another couple of builds which I'll try to post more reliably!, I found some photos of my Char B1 and FT-17 pre-build Sorry to get stuff in the wrong order, but thought it may be of interest.


http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/500/2010-01-20_D60_00002_640x480.jpg
Also one of my now partially complete jobs:

It's very inspiring to see the quality of the work on all the models posted here. I've put some photos of previously built matchbox models from the last 10 years or so in my photos - I was quite pleased with them until I saw all these beatifully finished kits here.

Lastly - sorry to be a know-nothing but... how do I add photos to the campaign photographs? In fact, how do I find the campaign photos? Apologies for my ignorance - I have tried to find instructions on the site but I must be looking in the wrong places!? I'd be gratefull for any assistance.
Tim
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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:54 AM UTC
Always great to hear about progress but pictures are worth...

I can't say that I have had much progress on my build. Just too many things going on at the moment (reviews, other campaigns, early retirement...). Anyways, we still have 21 days left (as of this post). Let's get building people!

Cheers,
Jan