Tuesday, 27 September 2022

1/48 Pfalz D. XII

 The mojo for painting little metal men is still on long term leave but I hope to return to them shortly. Steve's surplus kits continue to provide useful distractions, an outlet for building things and painting big blocks of colour. This 1/48 Pfalz D. XII is a Blue Max kit. I bought some lozenge decals for the wings as these were not provided with the kit. A remarkably colourful aeroplane when complete. The photos are taken on the workbench rather than in the lightbox as it is not currently set up. 

Saturday, 17 September 2022

1/48 Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 "Harry Tate".

As a consequence of my friend Steve's clear-out a few weeks ago, I was very pleased to come into the possession of an Aeroclub 1/48 kit of a RE.8. An out of production kit dating from the 1990s. I have been on the lookout for one of these for quite a few years but when they cropped up in eBay or on websites dealing with "vintage" and out of production kits they were selling for silly money. Too pricey for what I wanted to do with it - create a gaming piece that would buzz above the wargaming table. During all that time, Steve had one in his "black hole". This beauty, equipped with a radio transmitter, will circle the table spotting the fall of shot from 96 Heavy Artillery Group. Time to get hold of some pilots from Copplestone Castings.

Thursday, 1 September 2022

WW1 Leyland 3-ton Lorries, a big gun and a Hannover CL IIIa

 The mojo for painting little metal men has taken long term leave but over the past month the time at the table has been dedicated to "equipments". Earlier in the summer I obtained these two 1/56 scale 3D resin printed models of WW1 Leyland 3-ton lorries from David Freemantle in Australia. Splendid stuff. I also assembled and painted up a 5 inch gun on an obsolete 40pdr gun carriage from Actual Size Miniatures. The dial sight came from my bits-box. I was pleased to get this model as this gun was used in Mesopotamia. There is a photograph of such a gun mounted in the bows of a river lighter that has been converted into an improvised powered gunboat. I will now be able to think about building the powered lighter. My friend Steve, in a moment of madness, had a clear-out and as a consequence of his episode a number of 1/48 aircraft kits are now sitting in in my "to build" pile. Here is the first, a Hannover Cl IIIa. This kit caused much swearing and getting the top wing fixed in place was a nightmare. Even now it is not central! There comes a time to cut your losses, say "bugger it" and crack on.


Sunday, 31 July 2022

Empress Miniatures Italians in Abyssinia and some pulp Deep Sea Divers

 Well....it has been quite some time since I posted anything. Sadly, real life has dealt the family a number of long term problems to deal with and painting was shelved due to necessity. The problems are still ongoing but I have managed to return to the painting table although available time and motivation are scarce. Here are some Empress Miniatures Italians from the conflict in Abyssinia and some deep sea divers for a bit of pulp fun.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

40th of Foot, French and Indian War, the completed unit.

 Figures from Front Rank. Colours from GMB Designs. Also, a mounted General Officer, again from Front Rank.

Sunday, 27 March 2022

40th of Foot, Grenadier Company, French and Indian War.

 Something completely new for me and the entire product of painting over the past five weeks.....such is the hobby when life throws monumental brickbats at the family.  These are British Grenadiers from Front Rank Miniatures destined for service in North America between 1754 and 1763. At least I got to try out some new paints from AK Interactive over the last month or so and the freehand work was rather fun to do. I stop short at attempting to paint regimental lace because life is simply too short. The hatmen will follow but goodness knows when the entire unit of thirty figures will be complete given the demands of real life for the next few months. 

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Setting out the toys on Steve's table.

 Last week, Steve was good enough to let me set out most (not all) of my WW1 Tommies on his table to allow me take some photos of the collection amongst his wonderful terrain. I was particularly keen to set out my Heavy Artillery Group, hence the photos of 6 inch howitzers, an 8 inch Howitzer, 60pdrs an a 6 inch gun with their transports. The eagle-eyed among you will recognise the Holt tractor produced by 1st Corps but the 60pdrs are being pulled by Holt Tractors made by John Hart who, for fun, built a 1/56 model and cast up a couple from resin which have now made it into my collection. The 6 inch 26 cwt Howitzers and the Model B FWD trucks and towing limbers are also the product of John's skill. John's work can also be seen in the Model T Fords. These are the prep-production models that eventually became part of the Empress Miniatures range. John is also responsible for both the 4.5 inch howitzer, the 18pdr and their respective limbers, again, now produced by Empress Miniatures. It was fun indulging my inner twelve year old, just setting out the toys and looking at them.......