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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?
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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: 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 - 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 - 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,
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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 - 03:22 AM UTC
Jan, I like the ribbon. Love the banner, is it ready for Prime time?
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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: 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 - 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 - 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: 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: 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: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 03:08 PM UTC
Always the option to do more than one kit Brandi
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 02:51 PM UTC
Jan this is awesome!

I was looking at the star trek stuff but unsure if it would count.
I also have been pricing race cars on ebay. Decisions decisions...
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:33 AM UTC

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That is going to widen the field of options considerably. I think I may need you to make a ruling or two in future...



I know that someone, somewhere, has a Matchbox branded Ford Custom Disco Van...
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 09:04 AM UTC
"Keeper of the Sacred text"?
"Font of all Knowledge" ?

"Brother Maynard"??
https://youtu.be/ashgP4YMdJw?t=42

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 07:37 AM UTC

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I am glad you have that book Jan. No way I would know any of these were Matchbox affiliated.



The book really opened my eyes as I read it in preparation for the review of it I did.


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That is going to widen the field of options considerably. I think I may need you to make a ruling or two in future...



Hmmm, am I to interpret this as an offer of employment? If so we should perhaps discuss the currency of renumeration and most important an official title or rank?

How about Sub or Adjutant "Fearless Leader"?

Salutations,
--Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 07:15 AM UTC
I've got several of the Matchbox 1/700 ships in the stash. Currently on their HMS Kelly for the MTO campaign. I'd say they're as good as the older Tamiya, Aoshima and Fujimi waterlines from the 70's. Some of the smaller details are a bit chunky (limits of the moulding technology of the day) but easy to replace with resin or etch. Only one I think I'm missing is the Exeter.

Had to resort to evilbay, but I've just won a very nice kit I've been after for a very long time. Can't wait to get it and seriously thinking of entering it into the campaign along with an armour kit. Maybe even one of those 1/32 tanks.


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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 07:04 AM UTC
I am glad you have that book Jan. No way I would know any of these were Matchbox affiliated.


That is going to widen the field of options considerably. I think I may need you to make a ruling or two in future...
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 03:03 AM UTC

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This is gonna be fun!
I've never been part of a campaign build before
I have zero Matchbox or Revell models, so I'm going to start searching around and see what I can find. Thinking something really off the wall and probably non-military to let my creativity run wild...



Welcome to the wild and wooly world of campaigning and especially Matchbox. So you might be interested is something non-military? Just to give you and others some options, have a look at these pages of kits for something different.

MBox-1 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

MBox-2 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

These pages come from "The Book" and refer to the Glory Days of 1979-80 when Matchbox teamed up with AMT to increase the model range of both companies. Some of these kits were labeled with the joint name of Matchbox/AMT! To add further to the confusion, Matchbox and the Italian ERTL briefly also had exchange arrangements.

There is also the Matchbox ranges of ships and 1/12 scale Motorbikes (if you can find any? )

Cheers,
--Jan
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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 09:57 PM UTC
It's on of my favourite Pics Matthew. It is why I hope to do one day.

At 45 tons, he JP might have been a tad over the 40 ton capacity of the M9 trailer. But with no tracks, and no schurtzen ….maybe



Welcome Brandi.

Will look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:11 PM UTC
This is gonna be fun!
I've never been part of a campaign build before
I have zero Matchbox or Revell models, so I'm going to start searching around and see what I can find. Thinking something really off the wall and probably non-military to let my creativity run wild...