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PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 - 12:15 AM UTC
I remember building the 232 in the 80s, and damaging the antenna not long after that.

Here's B-26 startup photo:



And where it's now:



Quick build so far, but I'll have to start cleaning up seams soon. For some reason grey parts have huge engraved panel lines while green parts are quite OK in that respect.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 09:07 AM UTC
Get Ready, Get Set, Ya,ya, Don't worry I will get to it...



GO !!

Cheers


P.S. I have 2 more kits as backup in case I peter out (sorry no pun intended) on the first two

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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 08:32 AM UTC

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Besides, don’t we use GMT as the start and end times?

Cheers,
Jan



Yes, GMT - Good Modelling Time.

Technically, as started builds are fine here, I could still be waaaayyy behind someone else...
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:46 AM UTC

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Well at least in my part of the globe it is January 31, 2019 so enlistees, START YOUR ENGINES!!!!!!!
Cheers,
Jan




In my part of the world it is 1st of Feb, so I'm off and you are eating my dust !



AND, you didn’t deem to let the fellow campaigners know? Besides, don’t we use GMT as the start and end times?

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 08:25 AM UTC

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Well at least in my part of the globe it is January 31, 2019 so enlistees, START YOUR ENGINES!!!!!!!
Cheers,
Jan




In my part of the world it is 1st of Feb, so I'm off and you are eating my dust !
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 04:26 AM UTC
Well at least in my part of the globe it is January 31, 2019 so enlistees, START YOUR ENGINES!!!!!!! To all good luck, fair winds and smooth sailing? Time for all too decide what they will be constructing.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 05:20 AM UTC

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Hi Jan

I found that when I posted in the other forums, this thread was already there.



Pete, I was thinking about a link to the campaign signup page in a "general interest" site specific Forum like Armor/AFV on Armorama or General Aircraft on Aeroscale etc. All Kitmaker sites have certain Kitmaker wide forums like Campaigns but not everyone checks them out regularly. Not sure what they might be called on other Kitmaker sites.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 07:17 PM UTC
Hi Jan

I found that when I posted in the other forums, this thread was already there.
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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 04:36 AM UTC
Well Pete, guess it's time to "stir up the pot" some? Still not sure exactly what I'll build. I'm currently in a "flying object phase" and working on a Stormovik and a Vampire but was sort of leaning towards a "ground crawler" for this campaign, who knows? We're up to 23 enlistees but I kind of expected more by now. Might have to wake up the dormant masses with a post in the general sections of other Kitmaker sites.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 08:24 AM UTC
Two weeks to kick off guys. Hope everyone has their choice of kit and sharpened blades ready to go

Plenty of time for any newcomers to join too.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 02:56 PM UTC
Gives a whole new meaning to ' a hair of the dog'

We have a member of our club that quite often enters the club's competition with a model with an errant hair, fossilised arachnid (Daddy Longlegs) or sprinkling of dust. So much so that the in joke is anytime we see a model like that we instantly say " it must be one of Blackie's"

Might I also say, it looks quite good for its vintage, Robbie
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 02:05 PM UTC
Nice find Robb, nothing like an old kit presented in its natural state to get the creative juices going. Dog fur, cat fur, dust or other flotsam all adds to the timeless individualism. Hmmm, did I mention about the nice bridge for sale in New York City? seriously, great seeing these timeless memories still around.

—Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 12:04 PM UTC
Adding to the pics of previous builds, here is my only surviving 'completed' Matchbox kit I did, I say, about 20 years ago. It even has natural dust weathering and dog hair for twigs



Cheers

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC

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Hmmm, yes painting is questionable, Panzer grey was not in use at the time these were built



Greetings Peter!

Age, and dust/grime have left their residue on the poor beast but from what I vaguely recall, at the time it was made I used solely Humbrol enamels and that was most likely their version of Olive Drab and brush painted to boot.


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Well worth resurrecting though Jan.



Yes, it needs tending to and I've moved it to the new modern version of my overworked Motor Pool.

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 09:17 AM UTC
Ah, the venerable Skeeter/Judy...…

I was always amused by the fact they gave you a road sign for St Lo France for the base, but the markings for 'Skeeter' was for a vehicle never there.....


Hmmm, yes painting is questionable, Panzer grey was not in use at the time these were built


Well worth resurrecting though Jan.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
HELLO OUT THERE, ANYBODY HOME?

Just thought I'd wake this thread up a bit. While going through some more boxes I discovered a Matchbox M-24 Chaffee that appears to have been on my Motor Pool Rebuild List. Here's a few images to stir those itchy fingers/minds?

MB M-24-A1 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MB M-24-A2 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MB M-24-A3 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Obviously work got stalled and I make no apologies for the questionable quality of finishing from my youthful past.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 08:26 AM UTC
FWIW, I have the Matchbox USS Indianapolis hiding in the stash. Not sure I really want to attempt it for 6 month long build.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 07:19 AM UTC
Posted on both sites, so hopefully we will see some takers. It would be great to see more guys showing off their skills.
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 04:42 AM UTC

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Thanks Jan.

Yes we have had some cars and planes - are their any ships out there hiding in peoples closets?



Pete,

Perhaps you might inform or leave a challenge in a Model Shipwrights "General" type forum? Hmmm. Maybe on Model Geek too for those that have a Star Trek related kit lying around?

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 08:35 PM UTC
Thanks Jan.

Yes we have had some cars and planes - are their any ships out there hiding in peoples closets?
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 03:04 AM UTC
@Pete (petbat),

Wonderful looking halftrack and I’m quite impressed with the work you put into the base let alone the gun mount. That Jagdpanzer of your sons’ brings back some memories and that kit seems to have been a popular subject. Could use a bit of paint now that you have some "before" images.

@Oliver (Antilles),

You’ve got three interesting kits there. The Daimler Dingo is a nice fairly simple build but it is rather small. As with Pete the Humber has a soft spot in my heart also as I think it was the second Matchbox kit I built after the Panzer II. I liked it better than the old Hasegawa version, despite the slight scale difference. The Puma was fairly popular in past campaigns but be careful to get all those eight wheels touching the ground. Monty’s Caravan is quite something in that it has a nice busy base and if you are ambitious the back interior is pretty much empty except for a room divider so available to be decorated.

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now I can’t help but wonder if any subjects other than AFV’s and flying things will make an appearance?

Cheers,
—Jan
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Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 09:08 AM UTC
Had a visit from my 30 YO son last night. After talking about the Matchbox Group build recently he came over to say 'Hey dad, do you remember this?'

A build he did with my guidance when he was about 10 years old:





It was great 'Show and Tell' material at the time. Now a couple of bits missing from the base.

I might have to strip this back and paint it......
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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 07:38 AM UTC
Great choices Oliver. I think the Humber mk II was the first Matchbox kit I ever built, so it has a special place in my heart.
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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 03:59 AM UTC
Peter,
great work on this halftrack. The extra details are really nice. I love these old matchbox kits and You have done a magnificent work.

I got three kits for this campaign in my stash:


I guess, I will use Your advice:


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



The Daimler Dingo looks promising.

Oliver
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 09:43 AM UTC
As Promised Pics of my entry for the AA Group Build. Just notices I forgot to add the epoxy for the headlights - oops.

Matchbox 1/76 scale M16 Halftrack. Rear 'wall' of the Quad mount cut away and replaced with scratch built struts, braces, battery, motor, fuel tank, etc. Added scratch built stowage and tarps, gear levers, etc. Gauges are white and red decal film punched out of spare water slide decals. Looked bare without them.


My idea was to enhance, not replace, so all of this is kit parts. Base was also enhanced. Hope you like it.