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Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign
tread_geek
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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 12:04 PM UTC
@Dangeroo


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I decided to tackle another one, but I fear I won't be able to finish it in time, maybe in time for the article though so we have another one off the list.



Stefan, what spirit you and several others are showing in this campaign. With the extension in place and a month to go you shouldn't be too rushed. The LRDG should be a breeze after the AVRE. ;-)

@ Maxiplus - The Maximilian assembly line appears to be in high gear and all but unstoppable. From the pictures I can see that the details on that little Stuart appear very nice. Thanks to you and others we are really rounding out the kit list.

@madmax5510 - Good to see you finally back Dani. I was starting to get a little worried about you. Hope that your leg is doing better. With four kits on the go I am sure that you can at least finish one in a month. I put you in the chart with the Krupp Protz as it looks the most advanced but your Wespe looks well along also.

@minas-ithil - A Panzer III is an ultimate and welcome addition to this campaign, Stephen. We are really starting to round out the available kits nicely.

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I must say that you people are really putting the pressure on me just to keep all the bookkeeping in order, let alone concentrate on my own build. My head is almost spinning with all the recent activity. We still have six (6) members who have not selected a kit but on the other hand we now have sixteen completed builds. There are now 47 pictures in the Feature Gallery and that does not include the latest.

Here's the completion list to date. Please note that those with a red square with the word 'NO' in it next to their callsign have not yet posted a picture in the official campaign gallery. Would these members please post one (1) picture in the gallery at their earliest convenience.



And here is the updated general members list.



My thanks to everyone for making this such a great campaign thus far.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 10:59 AM UTC

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I have just finished this Matchbox's T-34-76, the kit is modified with Trumpeter and Italeri's parts.
I would like to ask - will it still be OOB?
If yes,I will join this Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign.



Greetings picxofus and welcome to this campaign thread and to Armorama. Unfortunately the rules of this campaign allow for only minimal (less than 5%) deviation from the original kit. Your T34 is far too much a hybrid to qualify under the rules that the members here agreed to abide by.

On the other hand, if you have any other unstarted former Matchbox kits or the Revell re-boxing of them then we are more than happy to have you join this campaign. The campaign deadline has been extended one month until June 15/10 so you still have time.

Cheers,
tread_geek
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minas-ithil
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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 09:54 AM UTC


Well, here my completed Pzkw.III. (There are a few more shots in the gallery) Sorry for the lack of 'in-progress' shots - I recently moved and have not found my camera yet, so I had to borrow one for the 'finished product'. C'est la vie.

I have been very impressed by the overall level of skill that has been evident in this campaign. See it is still fun to play with your Matchbox toys!!!

Stephen
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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 04:25 AM UTC
Sorry for my long absence,from this great campaign.I have started few kits...and the job too[both my jobs],so no time for hobby. Hope to finish something, to the end of the campaign.
These are almost finished:








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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 01:58 AM UTC
Thanks for your nice comments, I really appreciate them.
Now, a quick update on my next builds: Both went together really nicely and didn´t take more than an evening to build, basically they are ready for painting:



The Stuart is really nicely detailed and fit together perfectly
for its age. It even comes with an alternate cast turret. However, a huge sinkmark on the hull deck had to be filled.




The Panther also doesn´t look too bad, even if it lacks a bit in the detail category. I have to find a solution to make that horrible tree on the base look somewhat appealing, I don´t want to completely replace it with something different.

@ firstcircle: There should be way more than 2 pics. Try again!

@ picxofus: Nice looking T-34, but those blue wheels sure look a bit freaky - were they like that in the original matchbox kit? A great build, but IMHO the modifications are too massive for it to be called OOB. I would still say it belongs here in this thread though, even if it doesn´t meet all of the campaign requirements. Just treat it as an unofficial entry, like my Churchill! But that´s just my opinion, maybe others will think different.
Dangeroo
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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 12:47 AM UTC
Well gentlemen, I decided to tackle another one, but I fear I won't be able to finish it in time, maybe in time for the article though so we have another one off the list. Here's the sprue layout:



Started on the jeep yesterday. I'll see how it goes.

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 11:37 PM UTC
Fantastic builds, Maximillian!

Really great details you have added to the bases. You really turned those old models into some great looking AFVs!

Thanks for sharing
picxofus
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Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 06:48 PM UTC





I have just finished this Matchbox's T-34-76, the kit is modified with Trumpeter and Italeri's parts.
I would like to ask - will it still be OOB?
If yes,I will join this Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign.
firstcircle
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Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 01:49 AM UTC
Agreed, super paint jobs on those Maxiplus, but is it just me, I can only see two photos on that post...?? One of the Wespe, one of the Firefly.
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Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 01:33 AM UTC
Magnificent work!

I do love the Wespe and the figures on that base. Fine work...
tread_geek
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Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 09:25 AM UTC
@ Maxiplus - Oh My Goodness!!!!! One might presume that you are suffering from OCMD (Obsessive Compulsive Matchbox Disorder). Seriously though, magnificent job on the two official entries and also on the unofficial one. I particularly like the stone and rock work (painting), the added foliage to the Firefly base, the weathering....it's all beautiful.

And you are going to try to complete two more! Maximilian you are seriously into the true spirit of this campaign and bravo to you. I only wish that the system allowed for one award per build but unfortunately it does not. However, rest assured that you and any others completing more than one build will find all their efforts included in a Campaign Feature article.

@ newfish - Jaymes, beg, borrow or steal a camera. We are all getting addicted to pictorial progress posts.

To Everyone: Truly inspiring work so far and everyone has a right to be proud of their achievements.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 06:38 AM UTC
Hi Guys I managed to get the diamond T into primer but my Camera has broken So I cant take any photos yet

Dangeroo
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Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 03:19 AM UTC
Mathew, the Pz IV looks great, I first had to see if I was in the Matchbox thread...

Wow Max, those are nice looking kits! Great weathering. The AVRE looks familiar somehow...

Looking forward to the Stuart. British I guess so it fits the base...

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 01:40 AM UTC
Nice!
I especially like the Wespe, good job of the weathering on that!
Looking forward to seeing the Stuart done as well. Will you be doing it in British desert or US Army scheme?
Maxiplus
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Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 12:53 AM UTC
Hi! Today I can present you my finished campaign models!

Here´s the Firefly:









and that´s the Wespe:










As a bonus I also completed the Churchill AVRE, although it doesn´t officially count as campaign entry, because I started building it before.










I hope you like it!


@firstcircle: Really awesome progress on the Panzerjäger!
Regarding your list of missing campaign entries on the previos page I decided to announce two more builds of my own:









With the campaign expiring date extended, I hope I can finish them in time. All the other missing kits in that list I already have built - if the need arises, I can post pictures so we actually have covered every single Matchbox Kit in this campaign.










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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:01 PM UTC
@ Andronicus - I am very glad to hear that the sprue stretching worked out for you. I cannot count the times that it has saved the day for me.

@ phantom_phanatic309 - If you have not noticed, I am a rather obsessed Braille scale fanatic. That's not to say that I might not be able to find an interesting topic that encompasses several scales. Thanks for your confidence.

@AJB - That's it, rub it in! Your build looked good two posts ago. Did I awaken the OCD gene in the participants here?

@ firstcircle - That second build of yours is beyond superlative adjectives. Positively great and I see toothpaste in my future.

@ NWBrit - I must say that the detail on your kit looks extremely good. The base is particularly busy and your painting to this point shows that in my eyes you are doing it justice.

@ muddyfields - Thanks for your comments on enjoying this campaign and I hope that I can entice you and others to partake in a future one. If we can all work together we can generate and refine a simple idea into something special, we all win.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 10:53 PM UTC
Hi Jan
That's ok with the pic's. Number 13's ok as I'm not supersitious.
Some great builds being done.
Will watch out for another campaign from you sometime in the future.

Shaun
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 06:41 PM UTC
Hello everyone,

Slow but steady progress for me. Looking at all the others entries is great and will be having a go at some of the others after the campaign without a doubt

A couple more progress pics from me, this is a few days ago going into the weekend.

The main caravan with all pre painting construction done and a base coat on the inside of the cab. With the instructions being so vague, I'm just glad it all seems to sit correctly. Even so there is a slight slope from front to rear on the chassis. I'm not sure if it's supposed to or not, but it doesn't seem to be a problem at the moment.



Painting started on the basework. The dingo is still only half complete as it waits for the internal painting to be finished.



I made good progress over the weekend, more photos tomorrow.

All the best.

Chris
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 12:09 PM UTC

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Man, everytime I think that I am ready to post to the gallery the camera picks up something I missed.



I think this happens to everyone... It's even worse when you start enlarging the photo so it's about 3 times life size and you start to lose all faith in your ability.

Nearing completion of the Panzerjager IV/70. Have to say that I remember having some of the difficulties people have mentioned with some of kits - like the Chaffee with the big gap at the front of the hull, the awkward tracks on e.g. the Jagpanther, and on this campaign I found the suspension quite painful on the Puma, but this Panzerjager IV is actually a really nice kit. I have a feeling this is one of the later ones, don't know if that is relevant or not. Only problem I had was the tiny jack handle that snapped when I tried to remove the moulding lines.

Anyway, with the reverse dots added, i.e. green on dark yellow; after some nasty shaped blobs I found stamping them on with a cocktail stick was OK.


With the tracks and schurzen added, decals, plus all the rear deck details(fire extinguisher, jack handle, wheels) and then an overall oil glaze / wash / filter what have you:


And here's the base. I originally thought this base was a bit "silly" but with the door and bricks done up in a nice contrast, it kind of brought it to life.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 12:06 PM UTC
Looking good!
I wouldn't worry about the antenna, gives the impression of movement. Whip antenna wobble about a lot when a tank moves.
I think we've all been in the same situation when a model looks finished untill you start to look more closely. Looking forward to seeing the efforts of all that hard work.
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 11:21 AM UTC
Man, everytime I think that I am ready to post to the gallery the camera picks up something I missed. THe antennas are done but one is warping in the wrong direction. I also noticed the rear tracks don't look weathered at all. Then there is the rear tail lights that don't show up!
Maybe, another day or so depending on free time.

Latest updates.




Regards,
AJ
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 10:34 AM UTC
Count me in if you do another matchbox campaign! How about the 1:32 tanks they did? I was given 3 as christmas presents years ago but never got round to building them. Not sure how big the range was.
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 09:50 AM UTC
Well just had my first go at stretching sprue--worked beautifully from the first try - kept going until I ran out of available straight bits. Most were a fraction too thick but think I have a couple of useable centimeters.


Thanks for the tip Jan!

A
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 09:02 AM UTC
@Andonicus - I hope the rivet situations works out okay. You and I am sure others should feel a bit less stressed with the extension in place.

@greywolf - It's always great to see progress pictures and thanks for posting them. I did the T34 ages ago but I don't remember much about the build and I believe that I never did finish the base. As with Jesper, I can't wait to see more.

@muddyfields - I have updated your status to "complete" on the two charts that appear on page 14 of this thread. I hope that it isn't unlucky but you have the dubious honour of being the thirteenth to complete their build. That makes a 31% completion rate so far. Thanks for the link to the Photobucket gallery, I've added three pictures from there to the album that I'm creating for a campaign photo feature. Also, thanks for the kind words about the campaign as it helps motivate me to arrange something similar in the future.

Cheers,
Jan