Saturday 15 October 2022

Lt. Col. (Temporary) Winston Churchill (QOOH) attached 6 Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1916.

What does it take to re-start the painting mojo? The answer is an act of generosity. Jeremy S commissioned this figure of Winston Churchill, 1916, from Paul Hicks and he contacted me because he had just received a number of casts and he wished to send me one. I asked Jeremy to send two, so that I could paint one up and send it back to him. I believe that Footsore Miniatures may well be adding this figure to their catalogue in the fullness of time.

Saturday 8 October 2022

1/48 Sopwith Triplane with a decal disaster

 I am enjoying building these kits to buzz above the wargames table.. I am also enjoying re-creating the sort of straightforward paint job that I would have aspired to when I built Airfix kits as a kid. There is a pleasing simplicity about the end result. This was a very satisfying build from an Eduard kit dating from the mid-1990s but the decals were horribly brittle and I lost the Sopwith labelling for the tail plane as well as the blue, white and red zig-zag  markings that went around the fuselage. The tail rudder decals broke into a few pieces along with one of the fuselage roundels and all had to be overpainted by hand. I think I managed to save the build! One more kit to build before the little metal men return to the table...a Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. There will be another four kits from Steve's clear-out to keep until the next time I feel the urge to build.