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petbat
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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 03:08 PM UTC
Always the option to do more than one kit Brandi
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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 03:17 AM UTC
So basicly I could've built my Ecto-I by AMT and be fine

Didn't know the Matchbox connections. But anyway bought 2nd hand Marauder:



And contents:



Three parts aren't attached to the sprues, but I think everything's included. Decals might be usable, but I assume I'll need to source replacements. But I'll do that only after building and painting the kit. Tempted to do NMF finish.

I think Matchbox's Marauder was 2nd or 3rd scale kit I've bought. 1st was Bf 109E, and before that I got 2-3 kits as gifts. Few months to go before I can start this...
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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 08:17 AM UTC
Brings back memories Pasi. I didn't have this one in particular (I already had done an Airfix one) but I helped a friend build his. I got to help clean up the mould seams ….

Looks in pretty good shape. Looking forward to seeing you build another fine wingy-thingy
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 06:41 AM UTC
Okay, Greetings and Salutations you Matchbox Aficionados!

Due to a number of operating system upgrades on my 'puter systems I find myself graphic program challenged at the moment. While I try out a few "contenders" trying for that honour I have resurrected and slightly modified a couple of graphics from the first I ran to provide us with a tentative (for the time being, temporary?) Banner and an Award. These should be properly sized but I fear I cannot guarantee that as I'm still struggling with the new programmes.

Banner:

MB Bannor by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Award Ribbon:

MB Ribbon by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 07:07 AM UTC
Pasi, really looking forward to seeing the Marauder built. Been tempted by that myself several times.

My chosen kit arrived today! Boy am I excited about building this.





The box, kit and decals are in a fantastic condition considering the age. But why did Matchbox use bright red and black for the sprues when the scheme is overall white? I can see some good primer being needed!
Will look fantastic when I display it alongside the Airfix Dominie also in my stash.
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 07:49 PM UTC
Nice Stephen.

The colours? Replicating RAF Red, white and blue I guess. Multi-colour was the gimmick of the day and we all loved it.

My question is why have a separate access door, in red when the fuselage is white, with no interior?
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:33 PM UTC

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Nice Stephen.

The colours? Replicating RAF Red, white and blue I guess. Multi-colour was the gimmick of the day and we all loved it.

My question is why have a separate access door, in red when the fuselage is white, with no interior?



That's what I thought. It would make sense if it were a Dominie, their early scheme was red, white and grey. But the 125 was all over white. They were used for VIP transport. Worst choice of colours I ever had though was their Me109 moulded with bright orange and yellow plastic! All part of the fun of matchbox.
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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 03:22 AM UTC
Jan, I like the ribbon. Love the banner, is it ready for Prime time?
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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 04:15 AM UTC

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Jan, I like the ribbon. Love the banner, is it ready for Prime time?



Hey Mark,

Glad you like the "suggestions" but the Ribbon is up to Pete if he wants to use it. As far as I can tell both the ribbon and banner are properly sized to the site requirements. What Flickr might have done to them I can't be sure. Anyone is welcome to download and use these but I can't recall how I got them to work during the first campaign other than I was using the notorious Photobucket at that time. The banner image address needs to be put into your Armorama Settings page but so far all my attempts have not got it to work up until this point. I'll see what more I can dig up on the matter.

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 04:34 AM UTC
This is for everyone here! A former Campaign Administrator, Gary Kato, wrote an excellent post dealing with Ribbons and Banners and anyone interested can find it at Campaign Ribbon and Banner Thread.

To use a Banner all you do is get the image's address and place that in your Armorama Settings page as shown in Gary's article.

As you can see, the banner is now displayed at the bottom of my posts.

Cheers,
--Tread_Geek
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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 04:50 AM UTC
Banner looks good.

Will have to have a play around later and see if I can add it to mine. That's if my laptop will co-operate.
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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 08:35 AM UTC
Thanks Jan

Okay, I could not get a URL link to Jan's banner so I copied a new one to imgur

https://imgur.com/dHZIGPM.jpg

Go to 'Settings' (top right corner of the page). Select 'Modify Profile' from the icons and then copy the URL above into this part of your profile page:

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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 01:28 PM UTC
Happy to help Pete and your copying the graphic and instructions to the others were “spot on”.

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



Cheers
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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 - 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: 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.

Cheers
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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: 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: 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.