Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Toyworld Score

Haven't seen this one before, picked it up yesterday from the local toystore 


I've got other projects on the go just now so have added this one to the stash


It has nice detail, you get jeep, gun, trailer plus a few accessories, AUD$15


Something new from Airfix, I am thinking?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Command Matilda I

x2 more SHQ Matildas, bringing my total of these to four


I filed off the closed hatch details and added my own, then mounted a figure (Matchbox) in the turret



Decals from the spares bag. I even went all out on this one and included the headlights and exhuast :)



In early war formations these were often mixed in with Matilda II companies and saw a lot of fighting during the Battle of France. Heavily armoured if not armed by the standards of the day; out of service by late 1940. One of my all time favourites.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Trees

A few pictures of the detailed trees I got for Christmas



Mounted on coins. Quite difficult to base these, a few slipped sideways but they'll do for now



These ones have wire trunks, way heavier than anything else in my collection


The really big ones. Will need to spend a bit of time on these.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

1940-43 Soviet Naval Infantry

Out of storage for a bit of a touch-up. Most are the very tidy Pegasus figures, x2 battalions



Command section, NKVD platoon, x2 weapons platoons and 50mm mortar platoon


1st Company


2nd


3rd


Second battalion, command


1st Coy


2nd Coy


3rd Coy


Could easily expand this to 1939-45 if I got some more figure and support weapons, which I might look to later on. This unit is featuring in the big game coming up in a few days time, stay tuned.


Friday, January 2, 2015

4D Models

Thought I'd show you all a closer look at these 4D models the girls got me. They are from China, you get x8 models in each, WW2 and Cold War vehicles from a random selection of nations, about ten parts per kit, the jury is still out on just about every thing else about them :) Oh yeah, x8 models for about AUD$17 including postage


Anyway... here is the Tiger I



As you can see, the picture reference doesn't quite much the actual detail on the model, but is there or there abouts...


I don't have another plastic Tiger I to compare it against, but here it is next to a PzIII (which I'm not sure is 1/76 or 1/72) and a Esci PzI



Here's the StugIIIg


The only other assault gun I have to compare it with is this Trumpeter StugIIIb, looks like the super structure is bigger than 1/72 in this case! The road wheels are not ever close to accurate but hopefully I'll find some spares in my bone-yard to attempt a fix-up on this problem - most of the kits have this lower half representation, the exception at this stage being the Tiger I





As the holidays progress and I get a bit of down time with these I'll show you what I come up with. Also, Games Week this year will be in week two or three, because right now I'm hanging out with the girls, theme parks, zoos, movies, etc.

Best wishes to all this year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Loot

Both girls arrived here for Christmas, here's what they got me hobby wise...



Cool bridge




Not sure about these yet, they claim to be 1/72, let you know...


Lots of very nice trees and some detailed fencing



Not sure if these saw active service but a very cool kit nonetheless.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Airfix Handley Page 0400

Been on and off this for about a year. I estimate I have spent over a hundred hours on completing this kit. These had a crew of 3-5 and a top speed of about 100mph fully loaded. Operational by late 1916, they served throughout WW1, and was later used by several countries, including China



Several parts were quite rough, bent, twisted, or in the case of the wing-strut-thingy below, missing



Here it is minus its crew and payload







Most of the rigging went slack when I applied the spray under-coat, the paint sort of melted the wire. I have tightened it where I could but there are still a few strands that are a bit loose 


The crew. Only the forward gunner is original, 


The pilot is from an old Monogram kit


Mid-upper gunner is from Airfix



Undercarriage and payload





Decals are from what I had lying around, the originals all broke into pieces when I put them in water; I hate decals :)




Invented paint scheme. This model will certainly see tabletop action at some stage. This was an extremely difficult kit to build owing to vague instructions, missing parts and my unfamiliarity with rigging such a large model. Still, I am happy with the overall outcome and very pleased to have it in my collection.