I just had a brain fart. How about asking Sprue Bros if we can use the box art pics they have on their web site catalog? I don't mind down loading them and sending them to you in my free time. The bottom corner of each pic has a Sprue Bros water mark but who cares? they are a sponsor and it's some free advertising for them.
Perhaps some of us could volunteer to down load pic of thier site and send them to you. We could go by manufacture i.e. some do all Edward, someone else do Tamiya etc
What do you think?
Hmm...tricky. Sprue Bros may not have authority to use them for any other purpose than their own website (hence the watermark). Also, not having seen them myself, I don't know if they're of sufficient resolution to be useful to us. They'd need to be minimum 500 pixels wide. If they pass muster technically, and there's no IP barriers, then it's definitely worth considering. Though I have to say the watermark is not ideal.
I've actually been considering contacting kit manufacturers directly to ask if they could supply original box art graphics for the cause. Apart from not having the time at the moment, I also don't have any contacts at that level in the industry. Any members know anyone? Info and box art directly from the manufacturer would be the ultimate!
Even so, we'd still have to handle the old and rare stuff the hard way.
I'll go take a look at Sprue Brothers...