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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 03:06 AM UTC
Glad to see a smidgeon of action here for the time being. Haven't "uncovered" anymore Matchbox goodies for the moment as have been busy trying to get things ready before winter.


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On the 232, the armored covers over the wheel bearings (the triangular plates) are missing. I am planning on doing the markings for the Polish campaign so I am checking if they had them during that time or were added after Poland....



While I'm not an expert on German armoured cars I can relay to you what I found in the SquadronSignal book "Panzer Colors". Pictures/ilustrations from the Polish campaign show a SdKfz 232 (8 rad) without the armoured triangles BUT a 221 and a 223 with them.

As for the Pz II turret rear storage box, it seems to be a 50/50 split with the images. Earlier photos from March '41 generally don't show boxes but later photos usually do. Hope this helps muddy things up further?

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 07:41 AM UTC
Nice score Stephan. Sure looks like it is going to be a great build.

Robbie, nice to see you planning ahead and thinking of what you can upgrade.

I'm plodding along on my M16 for the AA Group Build, but it is getting there. Pics as promised.



Working on the base at the moment. Did some work on the little base it comes with. Replaced the train tracks with styrene strip rails and sleepers, added some retaining plates and then glued down some pulverised clay cat litter for the gravel (ballast) between sleepers.


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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 05:24 AM UTC
Got suddenly quiet here so I decided to post some busy work. I thought before the campaign starts, I should do a little reading up on my subjects.





Matchbox looks like they are pretty spot on with accuracy. I, however did not see any rivets to count nor I did not break out the measuring calibers. On the Panzer II I might leave off the left rear storage box. Most of the photos do not show one installed back there especially the one I will be doing which is 21st Pz Div. in North Afrika. Also the rear storage box on the turret I am not sure.
On the 232, the armored covers over the wheel bearings (the triangular plates) are missing. I am planning on doing the markings for the Polish campaign so I am checking if they had them during that time or were added after Poland.


Cheers
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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:26 PM UTC

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"associates" in Roswell



Named Guido, Rocky and Crusher.... although Guido might be a nickname...

Nice start to the refurb Jan.



I missed this. Roswell ? In Arizona. Only Roswell I know is in New Mexico. I know I have been there and yes the street lights are shaped like alien heads. If I am missing another reference please enlighten me. Last time I ran into a Guido, Rocky etc. was in Detroit many decades ago. I was going to say Windsor but thought it would miss the point

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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 08:38 AM UTC
Hey gents, sorry for my conspicuous absence… I've been busy and spending the Little free time I had at the bench.

And on our Swiss version of evilbay. Look what I got in the mail today:


Whoohoo! Now that's a trip down memory lane in several respects. I remember a neighbour boy having built this kit and I was fascinated by it. And not it's mine!! My own! My Precious!

Anyway… Sticker on it:



6 digit phone number and no area code! That about fits the time I remember our neighbor having it. Mit 80ies probably… Interesting enough, it seems the store is still active at the same address! Since 1957: http://amacher-models.com/page2.php




Decals look okay, a bit yellowed, but I can easily replace the stars and bars:


And of course lot's of colored plastic:




So now I'm definitely in!

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 08:25 AM UTC

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"associates" in Roswell



Named Guido, Rocky and Crusher.... although Guido might be a nickname...



Pete, this is, Armorama so therefore you should not be surprised that the...ahum..., gentlemen are Che, Fidel, Raul and Ernesto?


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Nice start to the refurb Jan.



My thanks while I build up the nerve to try to bore out the 1/76 gun barrel with a .0366" (.93 mm) drill?

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 08:11 PM UTC

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"associates" in Roswell



Named Guido, Rocky and Crusher.... although Guido might be a nickname...

Nice start to the refurb Jan.
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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:26 AM UTC

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Build one now and buy another for the start of the campaign!


I am in the process of finishing my M16 for the anti-aircraft build and will post a pic or two here for interests sake.



No no no… I don't want to do that. My procrastination will kick in even before the campaign starts and ruin it.



Rob, really? Do you think we'd allow that to happen? I personally have ahem, "associates" in Roswell in your state and they could pay you a visit for encouragement purpose?

Anyway, as promised a couple of images of the Panzer III with a start at revitalizing. Roadwheel black is from the original build while spares on the fenders are trying the newer Tamiya Rubber Black that doesn't look too bad compared to the "old" paint.

MB Pz-III-A-1 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MB Pz-III-A-2 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MB Pz-III-A-4 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Don't these get your creative juices flowing?

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 08:17 AM UTC

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Build one now and buy another for the start of the campaign!


I am in the process of finishing my M16 for the anti-aircraft build and will post a pic or two here for interests sake.



No no no… I don't want to do that. My procrastination will kick in even before the campaign starts and ruin it. I already still have a bunch of 'work in progress' from previous Kitmaker Campaigns I have not completed. I will get over my procrastination. You just wait and see.

Cheers


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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 02:30 PM UTC
Build one now and buy another for the start of the campaign!


I am in the process of finishing my M16 for the anti-aircraft build and will post a pic or two here for interests sake.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:50 PM UTC
For me, just lurking for now. I have my four picks for the campaign but it says it does not start until Jan '19. Didn't want to start now and get disqualified.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:41 AM UTC
Hmmmm, we’re up to 17 enlistees now but it’s gotten pretty quiet around here. Been working on rehabilitating my Matchbox Panzer III lately and might have a picture or two in a day or so. Also looking through storage containers for other “historic” Matchbox items.

Cheers,
……Jan
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 02:49 AM UTC

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BTW, Revell didn't want to release the Matchbox Panzer III as they felt it might compete with their version.



Whimps. Man up Revell and re-issue I say.



And lets not forget that the Revell 'L' version is 1/72 scale and the Matchbox is 1/76 so we are talking dolphin as opposed to porpoise?

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 03:35 PM UTC

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BTW, Revell didn't want to release the Matchbox Panzer III as they felt it might compete with their version.



Whimps. Man up Revell and re-issue I say.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 08:28 AM UTC
Speaking of builds, I "dug up" a few high school era Matchbox goodies from the deep, dark and sinister cellar depths! At the time numbers were far more important than quality for the war-game army. I only found three of the Wespes but also a Panzer III that I'd forgotten about. BTW, Revell didn't want to release the Matchbox Panzer III as they felt it might compete with their version.

MMB-1 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MMB-3 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MMB-2 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MMB-6 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MMB-5 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Hope the above enhances everyones desire to get started (and do a better job than I did at the time)?

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 08:03 PM UTC
Send me what you won't build and I'll do them for you Robbie!
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 12:05 AM UTC
So, it is not y'all's fault. Like I really need more kits in the stash (hitting 600). Anyways I cracked open the Wespe box and Revell gives you a nice colorful set of instructions. Also when I looked over the sprues, Revell took the time to etch out any old Matchbox copyright stamps. You see them on the underside of the base and inside the hull. Now that I have four kits to choose from, I must decide which one or two to do. I really don't want to do all four. Hard enough for me to complete a campaign just doing one kit.

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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 09:50 PM UTC
Yes, there is just so much out there Jan.


I never did the Fury though.

I built about 4 or 5 Wespe when I was younger. Great wargame artillery pieces.

Man, I really should buy more of the kits out there...
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 12:29 PM UTC
Hmmmm, don’t blame us for your good Taste in kits or manufacturers? That Wespe is a real gem, I should know as I built three or four of them. All these vehicles raise my urge for another vehicle specific campaign in the future.

Cheers,
—Jan
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 11:14 AM UTC
Darn you people. Another ebay binge. Again under 10 bucks.



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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 09:18 AM UTC

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Nice Jan. Once we get a little further on we can put the award up for vote.

I have amended the rules as suggested - a good idea.



Okay Pete, sound like a plan and like Col. Hannibal Smith "I love it when a plan comes together"?

Just to stir up the creative juices I scanned this little gem from "THE BOOK"!

MMC-2 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

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Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 11:06 PM UTC
Nice Jan. Once we get a little further on we can put the award up for vote.

I have amended the rules as suggested - a good idea.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 06:36 AM UTC
The programmes a bit old but it still works like a charm, so here's another one?

MBox-4 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

BTW Pete, you might consider changing the campaign rules to require two or perhaps three images of the finished model for the campaign gallery. If you check out other campaigns that's a pretty common practice.

And a new award option for consideration?

MB Award1 by Jan Etal, on Flickr
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Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 02:52 AM UTC

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I appreciate the time you took to prepare these and your help getting the thread up and running.



Pete, happy to help out as I've always thought about running another Matchbox campaign but certain "full scale life" issues have been interfering with that plan.


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Now - any other Matchbox aficionados out there itching to join us in the fun?



Getting the "word" out about a new campaign seems to be a constant battle. The banners at the bottom of our messages are a start but it never hurts to spread the word in other forums as people don't always check out about campaigns in this forum. A note in a general forum about the upcoming campaign with some specifics such as start date and what subjects are allowed would be helpful, plus that started kits would be permitted. As this is a Kitmaker wide campaign separate notices on Aeroscale, Model Shipwrights and other sites might be warranted. Now if only I can get some of my old graphics programmes up and running I could make a few new banners.

Cheers,
--Jan

EDIT: Got one of my graphics programmes to update enough to be usable. Here's a first attempt at something a bit different but still follows the size rules.

MBox-3 by Jan Etal, on Flickr
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Posted: Monday, October 01, 2018 - 09:38 PM UTC
I appreciate the time you took to prepare these and your help getting the thread up and running.


Now - any other Matchbox aficionados out there itching to join us in the fun?