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The RAF at 100 – part five

Posted on April 25th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve started painting the markings. Once again using the illustration from page 115 of Aces and Aircraft of World War 1 by Christopher Campbell. The fuselage band and the tail markings are hand painted (it is not easy finding decals/transfers for these…

Enemy Warship Sighted

Posted on April 24th, 2018 under , . Posted by

+++++The Military Space Fleet of the Neo-Soviet Union unveiled it’s latest battleship, the Admiral Zhukov recently. The vessel, along with several previously unknown members of its class has now entered active service.+++++ The new Zhukov went do…

Shed Spring Clean

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 under . Posted by

Dry weather, not too warm and nothing planned. The perfect day to Spring Clean the Shed!In addition to taking some bags of rubbish to the tip, I re-painted the window surrounds and spent some time removing glue from the wooden floor. The hot glue gun t…

The RAF at 100 – part four

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

The main fuselage colour is a brown/khaki as seen on many illustrations of the SE5a, The inspiration for this colour came from a book called Aces and Aircraft of World War 1 by Christopher Campbell. I have used the illustration on page 115 rather than …

The RAF at 100 – part three

Posted on April 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

I have undercoated the model in Linen, a cheap craft paint which was applied with a large flat brush in the direction of airflow over the model. Two or three light and watered-down coats are better than one thick one. As you can see, I have used a cock…

Dob, dob, dob

Posted on April 20th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The next item of our Salute releases to hit the website are our Great War Boy Scouts. Although part of our Belgian range (one figure is based specifically on a WWI photograph of a Belgian scout) the similarity in the uniforms would allow them to be use…

The RAF at 100 – part two a 100th scale SE5a

Posted on April 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF I wanted to produce something, a model a piece of terrain, anything. I settle on a 1/100th scale SE5a. I have in the past written about a stalled project – scratch building WW1 aircraft fo…

Meccano Build a Crane

Posted on April 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

The latest part work available at W H Smiths is this Meccano Crane. Part one is available for just £1.99 and I have picked it up as for this money, I am sure I will find a use for the parts and the packaging. I have no intention of subscribing for the …

The Start of the Deluge

Posted on April 16th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So Salute is over, which is a relief in some ways – the last week or so got a bit manic. We had a good day, saying hello to many gaming friends from all over the country and beyond (it was great to finally meet a Swedish gamer who I’ve corr…

Book Treasures and where to find them – part three Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore

Posted on April 16th, 2018 under . Posted by

Continuing with this series of recommendations, I present one of my favourite book stores; Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore, a secondhand and new book store that is situated in the pleasant market town of Pershore, Worcestershire.The rather narrow frontage …

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part thirty-four

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

The latest update shows most of the painting done, the wooden strips holding the tar paper in place have been hand painted with acrylics and a fine brush, the sofit boards and roof panels have been finished and I have added some additional detailing to…

Models For Wargamers – just 10 signed copies left

Posted on April 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

There are just 10 signed and numbered copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 – MODELS FOR WARGAMERS left. I do have a few additional un-signed copies, but would advise anyone interested in purchasing a copy to act fast. For full details of how to order…

No, wait – there’s more !

Posted on April 12th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

And you thought we’d finished the Salute releases … actually so did we. I shall be brief here, as I still have a thousand and one jobs to do and writing long blog posts isn’t one of them ! Painting display models is, but I suspect tha…

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels #3

Posted on April 11th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer, as there are no wheels visible in the photos below – they’re off being painted separately (which I discovered is so much easier…). We present the last two models in the Centurion series &…

Seam Scraper tool from IPMS

Posted on April 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

I recently treated myself to this new toy. A SEAM TOOL #1 or seam scraper from the IPMS (international Plastic Modellers Society). For full details see this post.For those who are unfamiliar with this type of tool, imagine scraping the edges of pl…

Hat Trick

Posted on April 11th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Stuff is coming online very late here, but Phil delivered a couple of crucial moulds at the start of this week. Amongst other things, they contained a series of 15mm turrets for the various new vehicles that we’ll have on Saturday. There are some…

Something Had To Give…

Posted on April 10th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Some of you may have seen this rather unhappy photo I posted on our Facebook page last week, showing our centrifuge with its guts hanging out. The motor had packed up at the most inopportune moment, as these things tend to do. Fortunately, a) we have a…

The RAF at 100

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under . Posted by

It cannot have escaped your attention that 2018 sees the RAF celebrating its 100th anniversary. I thought that this historic milestone deserved a special modelling project and over the next couple of weeks my plan is to produce a suitable model (maybe …

Tracks, Tracks, Tracks

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

After two lots of wheeled vehicles, it’s time for the treadheads to get in on the action. I posted a picture of a hybrid Lightning Division tank that I’d created by combining the turret and hull from two different Neo-Soviet models along wi…

Stalin’s General

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Revealed at the latest Victory Day fly-past, the Neo-Soviet Union have unveiled their latest starship, the Marshal Zhukov. Armed with the same standard Mass Accelerator turrets as other Neo-Soviet capital ships, the Zhukov also has a heavier Mass Drive…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part thirty-three

Posted on April 6th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

These latest images show the progression so far on this low-relief, back scene building for my small shelf layout. The model is built to the rather unusual scale of 1/27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot which represents 18 inch narrow gauge running on standard HO-OO…

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels #2

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Following on from the vehicles previewed earlier today, we have more wheels (lots and lots of wheels !). This time it’s the large Centurion family of heavy transporter vehicles, which range from the rather dumpy Centurion 400 to the huge 4H6 arti…

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels #1

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

We previewed a number of new wheeled vehicles a few days ago, and I’ve now had a chance to paint some. This first batch of three vehicles form the core of several mercenary units including the Apex Dragoons (in whose colours I’ve painted th…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part thirty-two

Posted on April 3rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Unlike the brick built base of the Salt Pan (see earlier posts) the brick wall on this part of the layout was impressed into pizza foam (the foam that you find as backing to frozen pizzas). The painting was done over a thin layer of cream and grey acry…

Dyb Dyb Dyb*

Posted on April 3rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

We do some odd stuff – along with the flying Victorian battleships, if you haven’t found it yet, there’s a hamster with an assault rifle on our website. So this next item should be relatively normal – after all, it’s at le…