Friday, February 28, 2014

2nd Battalion BEF, completed

Finally finished the 2nd Battalion for my early war British collection

Command platoons

The majority of the figures are from the most excellent Zevezda range, though there are a couple from Airfix and Revell in the mix also

This is the battalion support company

I managed to achieve a reasonable amount of variation with the figures and their poses, and I will try to apply similar practice to the creation of the third battalion.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Road Trip pics

A few pictures from my recent trip to New South Wales...

Fort Scratchley was built during the 1880s' to protect Newcastle from (at that time) a possible Russian attack

As history would have it, the fort did not see active service until June 1942 when it engaged a Japanese submarine which attacked the harbour area and the industry around it

The tour through its subterranean galleries is quite cool 

This is fired everyday at noon

Formerly a 'disappearing gun'

One of the guns that engaged the Japanese submarine

Battery OP

This Matilda II is located in Singleton NSW and saw service in New Guinea.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Italeri - US Half Tracks

Finished these yesterday

Nice little models, well engineered, and no flash

All of about ten parts each, very good wargames models

Partly undercoated on sprue

Vallejo Dark Green, black wash, then two stages of lighter dry-brushing

Decals from the spares bag. I usually leave nation markings off this sort of kit so that the Russians can use them as well; made an exception with these

Could easily pimp these up a bit more, but they'll do for now. I have enough of these to mount two companies of US Armoured Infantry. Nice kits, x2 for $20.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A New Sabre

A couple of pictures of my new F86

This one is modeled landing gear up 

It was a present from Paul and very very cool it is too

Great paitwork all round, a really authentic looking finish. It needs some minor panel beating owing to the usual perils of the international postage service, but nothing too major 

This is a cool addition to my Cold War aircraft collection. Quite a few scenarios from this era allow the NATO player additional jet fighter elements owing to the western allies superiority in this area at that time. 

Thanks Paul.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A visit to Col's

Just completed a 2500km roadtrip on my bike, part of which included a visit to Col's from

I took a few pictures of Col's collection for you to see

This model is quite simply outstanding, the effort and attention to detail impressive

Col has an excellent figure collection too. Some of these are very rare, and hopefully he will post some more pictures with details in the not-too-distant-future

Col and me. Similar age, background and interests. "We love you Blogger!"