Wednesday, 5 August 2015

WW1 Heavy Haulage and an Omnibus!

The Traction Engine from The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company hauling "Ada", another 8 inch Howitzer from the same company. The towing limber is a scratchbuild. Apologies if the images are a little blurred. This is a big model and when hitched up to a gun is almost a foot long! I had to resort to hand held photography and it seems that the anti-shake was a bit ineffective. 



Back in March, out of curiosity, I purchased the Model T Ambulance from Warbases. Last week I took delivery of one of their latest MDF vehicle kits, the AEC Model B Omnibus. I've wanted a bus to put into my display cabinet for quite some time and at a tenner for the kit, it is very good value and, I think gives a pleasing end result. With a bit more work filling in some of the joints it could be even better. If you want some affordable transport to run the gaunlet of German artillery along the Menin Road I heartily recommend this kit.




"Who parked this bloody Bus here? It's meant to go over there!"

Private Perkins was ordered to guard this Omnibus until relieved. He is still waiting.

I am quite pleased with the end result of this build and I think I feel the stirrings of a bit of a conversion project....



5 comments:

Michael Awdry said...

Brilliant inn both counts! I've been trying to justify a traction engine for sometime now and seeing this splendid example isn't helping my resolve. As for the omnibus, you've done a great job on that kit and really excellent value for money.

Thomas Foolery said...

Well done on both!

Bedford said...

Stunning model work Mark!

I'm going to give it a go but I'm starting small- can't think of what yet but as soon as I'm settled in my new pad......

Painting is of your usual very high standard.

Darrell.

Sidney Roundwood said...

Very nicely done indeed, Mark! They look most fine, all three of them. I love the Omnibus, and the tractor and artillery is just perfect for all kinds of scenarios. They'll grace any wargames table, I'm sure. Super work.

Stefan (aka. Monty) said...

Splendid work, Mark!
As I'll see Martin and Diane at Crisis in November I'll add the omnibus on my shopping list.