Monday, December 29, 2014


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.

Wednesday, December 24, 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. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Another Airfix Resin Building

Another nice ruined Airfix building for the scenery collection

Included a few brass window frames which are a good addition

Compared to the others, front

And, back

A couple of scale comparisons 

I'll keep my eye out for these in the future, if you can get them on sale they are quite good value for money.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gloster Gladiator

Had this in the stash for a while, a very simple little kit set of about two dozen parts

Made just a little more difficult by adding basic rigging

The paint scheme is one I copied from the internet, European theatre 1939-40

Exported to over twenty countries. I'm definitely going to get another one of these and paint it up so that it will fit in with several countries from my Minor Nations collection

The decals are from a Hurricane or Spitfire

I may yet paint the rigging, we'll see.