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BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part eleven

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In this daily update, I have added five gun ports to each side of the main hull. I was planning four a side, but thought that five fitted better. There are also some deck details which like the gun ports were modelled with various thicknesses of card.I…

Going Rogue

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

A recent release from Osprey Games is the Rogue Stars rulebook. Rather than attempt my own description of how they work, here’s a quote directly from the Osprey website: Rogue Stars is a character-based science fiction skirmish wargame, where players command crews of bounty hunters, space pirates, merchants, prospectors, smugglers, mercenary outfits, planetary police and […]

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part ten

Posted on January 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Now that the hull has been modelled it is now time to start adding the detail and in particular the Aeronef themed detailing. My plan is to add a fore and aft gun on a round base and four gun opening to each side of the hull. Remember this is supposed …

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part nine

Posted on January 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I decided to remove the modern plastic vents or gills from the hull sides and replace them with sculpted or modelled plastic card gills. The vents were removed by placing a scalpel blade between the vents and the hull and twisting the blade – this did …

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part eight

Posted on January 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

At long last – the main mast has been fitted. I tapered a cocktail stick by sanding it with a sanding stick and glued it into a 1mm hole into the fore-deck.The model is 154mm long, 50mm wide (across the head), 25mm wide (across the hull) and 75mm tall …

Pacific Cruisin’

Posted on January 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Back in the days of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter, we decided to remake two Japanese cruiser models, the Akashi and Yakumo, since the original moulds were in need of replacement. For some reason these two models seemed to be cursed – the first designs wouldn’t cast reliably (we managed to get enough out for the […]

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part seven

Posted on January 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest update shows the card keel that was added to the model. The keel was built from three separate pieces of 1mm thick card – it was easier to cut the profile in three parts rather than try to cut it out in one.The main piece runs from the bow, …

Military Modelcraft International – January 2006

Posted on January 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Regular readers and followers will already know that I enjoy reading various model making magazines; be they model air-plane, model boats, military or railway subjects. I can rarely abstain from picking up magazines with interesting articles or those found for bargain prices in charity shops.
I bought four second-hand issues of Military Modelcraft from e-bay and took them with me when Sue and I visited a Spa Hotel yesterday. The issue from January 2006 had, what is in my opinion one of the very best step-by-step construction and painting articles I had read for some time. So good, in fact that I re-read it just to make sure I was not over-stating it.
BT – 7 Light Tank Under New Management by Simon Barrett 
The four page article was a mix of background information, detailed step-by-step construction notes and interesting painting techniques which were inter-spaced with new to me hints and tips. In summary, just what I like when reading model making articles…..
I would be interested to know if any one else has had a similar experience.
The four magazines were bought for £3.00 with the knowledge that some pages had been removed, even so I consider them to be a bargain. I have decided to remove this particular article and keep it in a separate folder to use as inspiration when I write articles for magazines.

I will be looking out for other articles written by Simon Barrett.


BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part six

Posted on January 17th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest update; and at long last the Hammerhead Shark head has been modelled.I have used some scrap Green Foam to model the simple aerofoil section and then, when I was happy with the shape I cut it in half and glued one half to each side of the hul…

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part five

Posted on January 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The deck and hull sides continue to get attention. The forward section now has a gun redoubt that will house a cannon on a swivel base. This was built from a section of Biro barrel. Once again the other parts were card glued in place with superglue and…

All in White

Posted on January 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

So … I mentioned a few days ago that we weren’t able to get hold of any stocks of clear flying stands for the time being. As an alternative we have brought in some rather spiffing white stands, which are exactly the same as the clear ones, just, well, not clear ! They are available […]

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark – part four

Posted on January 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The upper hull sides have been modelled from card. I find that card bends and conforms to the curved hull sides better than plastic card. I used superglue to glue these parts into place and then filled any gaps with a filler/uPVA glue mix. Once the fil…

BS2017 – Hammerhead Shark -part three

Posted on January 14th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have spent most of the evening tidying up the basic hull shape, adding card profiles and filling gaps. At this stage I am still playing around with the design, adding bits here and sanding bits there. I think it is getting close to the stage where I …

Dividing the Nation

Posted on January 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Hadrian’s Wall marks what was the northern limit of the Roman Empire, spanning England from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. It runs for 73 miles and was built to keep the Picts in check. Much of the base of the wall is still in existence, although in the Middle Ages it was used […]

Kickstarter – Oldhammer Stone Bridge

Posted on January 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is an image of the very first resin cast of a Stone Bridge that will be part of a planned Kickstarter campaign due later this year. The Kickstarter will feature over a dozen themed models sculpted by me, cast by Hysterical Games and available from…

Build Something 2017 – Hammerhead Shark part two

Posted on January 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

At long last, construction started…..The hull is being constructed out of Pink Foam, as you can see in the images above I have used five different pieces to construct the hull. The individual parts were cut from foam with a jigsaw, glued together wit…

Commando Comic No. 4843 – Peterloo!

Posted on January 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

My latest Comando Comic is Peterloo! another of the Napoleonic themed issues to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Waterloo. Regular readers and followers will know that I have quite a collection of similar issues, for details see this earlier …

Another Day, Another Dilemma

Posted on January 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

I feel like we’re fighting a constant stream of niggling problems at the moment. PayPal are rolling out updates to their shopping cart software which keep breaking (if only temporarily) our website in minor but irritating ways – firstly there was the issue with shipping costs, which was then followed by the (fortunately brief) problem […]

Build Something 2017 – my Hammerhead Shark Aeronef

Posted on January 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It may have escaped your attention but The Lead Adventure Forum is running another Build Something Contest. The theme is FLIGHT. I have decided to enter and my chosen project is this 1/300th scale Hammerhead Shark Aeronef based on these designs taken f…

Cold War Frontier – Banbury Museum Cold War Exhibition

Posted on January 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Sue and I visited the Cold War Frontier exhibition at Banbury Museum earlier today. I was first made aware of this unique exhibit back in early 2016, and promised myself that I would get to see it. Yesterday while trawling the Internet I saw that the t…

Mini Moonbase

Posted on January 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Last year we released our 15mm Habitation Dome, which has proved to be a very popular model. So once again, in response to demand (especially from New Zealand !) we’ve hit the magic ‘shrink’ button and created a 6mm version. The self-contained unit consists of an octagonal base building which houses power, air and water […]

Games we played over Christmas 2016

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

It has become something of a family tradition to play different and new boardgames over the Christmas period. 2106 was no exception…..The first was Ultimate Werewolf, the edition with mobile phone interaction. We had three of four games on Christmas …

2017 – Looking Forward

Posted on January 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

In my previous post I talked about what had been the highlights for me in 2016. In this follow-up post I will be writing about my plans for 2017.Firstly; Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 – Models for Wargamers. I have already written that the main content …

Missile Menace

Posted on December 31st, 2016 under , . Posted by

As a New Year comes around, our Neo-Soviet spacefleet receive a boost in the form of three new vessels. The Slava-class Missile Cruiser is fitted with two missile pods each carrying four 18K64-series missiles and a decent gun battery to back them up. The Yerevan-class heavy destroyer is an attempt to bring long range firepower […]

2016 a personal review

Posted on December 30th, 2016 under . Posted by

Like many Bloggers, at this time of year I find myself looking back at 2016.2016 has seen my hobby interests become more and more like a small business, with magazine articles and commissions taking up most of my modelling time and stock of Dampfpanzer…