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Matchbox Nostalgia Campaign
muddyfields
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 01:43 AM UTC
Hi
I've added a pic to the gallery of my finished build.
I've also uploaded a lot more pic's into my photobucket album.
http://s377.photobucket.com/albums/oo218/muddyfields/Churchill%20AVRE/
Hope you enjoy.
It's been a very interesting trip down memory lane. Never built the AVRE years ago but did build plenty of the other matchbox kits( shame all gone know lost).
Thanks for running a great campaign.
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 01:13 AM UTC
Looks good so far, Marc. Is that supposed to be a snow covered base?

Looking forward to see more.
greywolf
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 11:44 AM UTC
Progress so far,

just need to fill seam lines on the turret, then prime and paint

Hosted on Fotki

base assembled and primed

Hosted on Fotki
Andronicus
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: March 13, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 11:39 AM UTC
Hi Jan,

Thanks for the advice - I'll give it a go.

And great news about the extension!!!!:-)--<

All the best

A
tread_geek
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 07:08 AM UTC
@ Andronicus - Re: Rivets/Bolts - I usually use stretched sprue and a contraption called a "Chopper" for creating these items. It's a small version of those large paper cutters (guillotine like) made for wood and styrene.

TO EVERYONE: I have been in contact with Gary Kato (Campaign Administrator) and he has kindly consented to the extension of this campaign. With a week to go until the "official" end of the Matchbox Campaign (May 15/10) and after careful consideration (and re-reading all the requests) I have officially asked for and been granted a one month extension.

The closing date on the campaign enlistment page WILL NOT show this change but for all those that have to this point enlisted in the campaign, the new closing date is June 15/10. This new date should give those having problems in their builds a little over a month to complete them and submit them to the campaign gallery. IF you have any questions or comments please ask in this forum.

Just to be absolutely clear, the new closing date of the campaign is June 15, 2010

Cheers,
Jan
Andronicus
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 10:38 PM UTC
Hi Tim, Jan,

Thanks for the encouragement. An ultra thin bead of milliput along wach seam reinforced with superglue and then sanded into profile seems to have done the trick. Now I can get onto some positive additions like the wire grab handles - after something I didn't think I'd be trying this early on in my kit-making experience - rivets! I need to make two. As I don't have a punch and die set (or any syringe needles I can adapt) I was toying with the idea of a short piece of brass wire the right diameter with the end filed flat bedded into a hole and sunk to the right depth. Or else a slice of plastic tie (the sort you get attaching labels to new clothes) - they tend to taper and perhaps the thinnest end of that might do the trick. I'll let you know how I get on!

Cheers,


A
Firefly74
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Joined: April 15, 2010
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 04:29 PM UTC
Thanks for the compliments! Was my first model in 10 years and is a considerable improvement over the previous ones! I trawled around this site for lots of tips etc. and they really helped! Love this site
When i started out modelling there was only really Airfix and Matchbox kits around, i always viewed Matchbox as the "elite" kits
They still have their problems though! I cant wait to get my hands on one of the newer kits these days, like Dragon!
@Andronicus:That hull and chassis fit caused me quite a few problems to! Hang in there and I'm sure it'll look great when your finished! Once the side skirts and turret are on any imperfections wont be so noticeable.
@AJB: your challenger looks fantastic! and only your second kit?! I used small gauge wire for my antenna and drilled out a small hole as a 'housing' to glue it in, could never get the sprue thing to work well for me! Yours looks good.
Cheers,
Tim
sabredog
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: July 22, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 03:57 PM UTC
Well, the base for my M40 is finished. I will need to do some blend work once the M40 is glued to the base though.

Cabbages look good now.....
tread_geek
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 08:33 AM UTC
@Firefly74 - TIm, I've updated the charts with your build as now complete. Great job on the M24 and the weathering looks top notch.

@Andronicus - Please try to hang in there and persevere. As I've often stated, these kits are proving a challenge to even some of our more experienced builders. Just do the best you can and try to have some fun. BTW, if you haven't read my previous

@AJB - For only your second build that Challenger looks good enough to post to the gallery now. Can't wait to see pictures of what you call finished. Just gotta love how those optics lenses turned out.

Cheers,
Jan
weathering_one
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 07:34 AM UTC
I hate to repeat everyone else's comment but there are some really super builds going on in this campaign. The Caravan looks really interesting, the Firefly and Wespe are showing very good progress and that Chaffee by Tim looks astounding. It's hard to believe what can be done with these old kits.

Andronicus, hang in there! The Challenger is only the second kit that I have built and it has been a whopper. From all the sentiments expressed early on, I thought that these Matchbox were supposed to be easy, NOT.

Here's where my build stood on Thursday.



I am calling the base done and the tank is 98% finished. Had a dickens of a time trying to stretch the track sprue to make antennas. I have one attached and need to make one more. Maybe a touch more dusting up on the body and it'll be done in a day or two.

Regards,
AJ
Andronicus
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 07:08 AM UTC
Hi Firefly74,

That is a great Chaffee! If I can get near that I'll be very happy!!!

I'm still struggling to get off the starting-blocks with mine. I was a bit ham-fisted gluing the upper hull - leaving a rather ugly join along its edges. I scraped down the rough bits where the glue bled onto the surface but it left rather a mess.

I am now trying to make it neater with milliput - but it's v awkward to sand smooth with all those pesky rivets along the edges. That has been my (limited) modelling time yesterday and today. Am in the process of driving myself slightly mad with it. Will meed to replace a couple of rivets which accidentally fell victim to my emery board.

This is my first time making a kit and styrene takes a bit of getting used to. Ho hum! I'll keep at it!

A




Firefly74
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Posted: Friday, May 07, 2010 - 05:10 PM UTC
Hi all,here is the finished Chaffee.Will put 3 photos in the campaign gallery.
I added an antennae (its a little off centre) and drilled out the barrel and 2 Mg's,was the first time ever doing this so reasonably happy with the finished model.
Thanks for the campaign.Learn't some new skills and had fun! Great to see all these old Matchbox kits been brought to life!
Cheers,
Tim

tread_geek
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Posted: Friday, May 07, 2010 - 09:18 AM UTC
@AJB - Thanks for the update and that you also had a track issue. Can't wait to see some picture updates.

@phantom_phanatic309 - Stephen, it's always appreciated when people show updates of in progress builds. If not inspirational it should at least get some people motivated.

Cheers,
Jan

P.S. - The progress chart on page 14 has been updated to reflect changes in builds (eg - A34 in place of M7).
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Friday, May 07, 2010 - 08:37 AM UTC
Got the last few things done on the Comet last night and shot some pics this afternoon. Ive also reprofiled the guns muzzle but no pics of that. Just painting, adding wheels and tracks and then marking and weathering to do.




Ive also put on the first coat of paint on the base.

weathering_one
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Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 12:06 PM UTC

Quoted Text


Had a similar issue with the Challenger 1 that I've been tinkering with as the M40 and my other project dry. In that case I removed the two links from the part where they join. It was also easy thanks to the side skirts. I wonder if the other two Challenger builders have had a similar problem.



Jan, my Challenger has progressed well. I chopped off some pieces of the joining section as they broke when trying to put them together. Guess the tracks were just too old and brittle. Not sure how many links were involved but it worked out fine when I crazy glued things.

Regards,
AJ
tread_geek
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Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 11:39 AM UTC
@Maxiplus - Really looking great!! Thank you for posting the pictures and here is hoping that others will follow your example. Can't wait to see the final stages. The stone on the bridge looks very well done; wish I could achieve the same results.

Cheers,
Jan
Maxiplus
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Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 10:13 AM UTC
Update for the Firefly and the Wespe: Washing completed.





Next Step: Decals, Chipping and Detail Painting.
tread_geek
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Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 09:07 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Jan

Got the M40 tracks on. The trick is to remove two links and CA the run to the road wheels and the front roller. Finally CA lock the top run onto the top rollers.

All is good. I determined this with experimentation and much cursing....



As I originally surmised (two links). Had a similar issue with the Challenger 1 that I've been tinkering with as the M40 and my other project dry. In that case I removed the two links from the part where they join. It was also easy thanks to the side skirts. I wonder if the other two Challenger builders have had a similar problem.

Cheers,
Jan
sabredog
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Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:14 AM UTC
Jan

Got the M40 tracks on. The trick is to remove two links and CA the run to the road wheels and the front roller. Finally CA lock the top run onto the top rollers.

All is good. I determined this with experimentation and much cursing....
Firefly74
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 11:53 PM UTC
Hi all Chaffee is finished.After finishing the base i realised i had glued the sandbags on the wrong corner and with the putty i used to seal the gaps it wasn't coming off again! Had some old ones in spares and added to other side to balance things out.
Had no luck with the Testors Dull coat,even after practising on an old model,kept coming out semi gloss so had to go with the 'back up' plan and used Humbrol flat and a brush,not exactly the finish i was looking for but... Will post photos tomorrow.
@phantom_phanatic309 I picked up the Revell Stuart re-issue about 10 years ago in a box set,came with 50 "Brit. 8. Armee", not matchbox figures though.
Don't know if their still around or not...
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 10:36 AM UTC
I remember seeing the Humber and Char B1 set once in the catalogue a few years ago. Dont recall the Stuart at all. They must have done them very briefly. Pretty much every shop I ever went into only stocked the usual suspects - Firefly, AVRE, T-34, Wespe etc... Obviously if I'd seen either of those two I would have grabbed them! Just bad luck I suppose.
Anyway, I got the next couple of days to myself from she-who-must-be-obeyed, so plan to get the last little things done then prime the Comet and shoot some pics.
Removed by original poster on 05/05/10 - 21:08:22 (GMT).
firstcircle
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Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 09:41 AM UTC
This interesting little package went on ebay today for 18

MATCHBOX GIFT PACK 4 DESERT BATTLE FORCE MODEL KITS

Capt_Concussion
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Joined: May 22, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 09:39 AM UTC
Hi all,

As some may know, I have ditched the Priest build, as I am using a few parts of it (mainly the gun) on a kitbash/scratchbuild - to try to get a 'more or less' 1/72 Priest. (Obviously the gun will be a little underscale!!). You can see progress of my Priest Kitbash in the AFV/Braille section

However I did have a Revell (i.e Matchbox) A34 Comet lying around.

In the spirit of the campaign I have completed a very (I started Monday evening) qucik build a paint job on this, because I want to complete an entry.

Here it is:



Apologies for the poor photographs. I need to take some pictures in daylight to bring out a little more detail and highlights (it is less flat in real life, honestly!!!)

I will spend a bit more time on this over the next few weeks to produce a better model, and will post again if this campaign is still running
tread_geek
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Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 09:36 AM UTC
@firstcircle - Thanks for the chart detailing the builds. Always nice to have input from the participants as it eases my pressures.

@phantom_phanatic309 - Stephen, if you check the qualifying kit chart (and if you could find it ) way early in this thread you'll find Revell re-released the Humber (Pk-75) as the Humber Mk II (03223). The Stuart M3/A1 (Pk-84) was repopped as Kit 03224 - M3A1 Stuart Honey by Revell.

Re: Extension: So far the I have received more input and there is a general desire by most for a 30 day extension being the most asked about. As I wrote prior, I will make my decision on the duration at the beginning of the "official" last week but I have definitely committed to a minimal of an extra 16 days. Now lets see some progress pictures from those that have yet to post any. I'd like to see how far everyone is along. No pressure as the main goal is to have FUN.

Cheers,
Jan