I have written before about the influence of Matchbox and Airfix and the impact it has on the models I buy for gaming. When I was young, before I started this wargaming lark, I use to make up plastic kits. In the main these were the pocket money kits I could buy from my local model shop and these were manufactured by Airfix and Matchbox. I recall preferring the Matchbox kits as they came with a piece of scenery. …I have started to realise how much my knowledge of World War Two vehicles and armour has been skewed by making those plastic kits all those years ago. They have also influenced what models I am buying and which ones I like. A similar thing can be said when it comes to looking around Museums and seeing vehicles and aircraft. So it’s no surprise when I saw the AEC Matador and 5.5″ Howtizer at the Land Warfare Exhibit at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, the first thing that came to mind, was the classic Airfix kit. The Airfix model scene is from Europe, however the actual truck on dis
Back in 2004 I discussed using an 1/72nd Airfix kit of the WWII LCVP Landing Craft as the basis for an Epic scale Imperial Guard Tank Landing Craft . Imperial Guard Tank Landing Craft I saw this post as I was updating some other stuff, so I thought I would add an update. Alas this never got further than the ideas stage and the kit was eventually sold on eBay a few years ago. The post Imperial Guard Tank Landing Craft – Scrapped appeared first on Felix's Gaming Pages.
Our kit in it's natural formWelcome gentle reader to another installment of "It's 500 Miles to the German Border". As our local Twilight:2000 campaign takes place in the US, I've been focusing my model making more to reflect that.This time around I'll be sharing my (mis)adventures in kit bashing/converting the Airfix 1/76 RAF Recovery Set (03305). This one from what I have read is a reproduction of the 1970s kit (of a WW2 subject).. Now currently, Airfix has let this kit go OOP. I was able to get it pretty cheap considering all of the goodies it came with: The kit has a few figures, as well as 2 motorcycles, 1 crane/truck and a tractor-trailer, plenty of Post-Apocalyptic conversion fodder goodness!Normally I wouldn't have bought this as its a WW2 kit. But as my son and others have pointed out that it will still run in a post-EMP world. That's good enough for me! My apologies to the WW2 sticklers out there.The kit itself is worth the price I paid, as it was cheaper than I would have spent on a regular Tr
Sheffield Wargames Society always have aChristmas Games day which this year started at 12.30 and continued until 8pm allowing time to undertake a bigger game or games and enjoy the supplied buffet as well .This year we played a Rules of Engagement scenario .Brits v Germans in the desert ,the game was a christmas cracker , Both sides advancing the German 222 advanced and bravely fired on the British Armour to no avail and the infantry rushing to dig in .Turn 2 saw the Brit tank return fire on the German armored car only to miss wildly ,the 222 responded and caused minor damage but this resulted in killing some of the crew and the rest bailed out and legged it , things got worse for the Brits with a well aimed burst from a HMG taking out the British HQ and the Pziv catching a section of tommies in the open ,things started to look bad for the gallent tommies . Turn 3 started with a boys anti tank rifle taking a shot at the Pziv to no avail what so ever ,next revenge was sought with fire being trained on my
While preparing the Western Desert book, the airfield raids came back to my mind. I already have bought an Airfix Dogfights Double and have a couple of the Dust huts, so set up the matching terrain. Daniel bought himself a Messerschmitt Bf109 G-10 by Revell, and after I saw how cheap you can get this […]
Royal Marines LWB Land Rover by Jorge Del RiosWhile I was stationed in Europe I came to meet with two groups of British troopers that greatly impressed me. The British Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force Regiment, both of these used the Land Rover 1 ton truck as an operational vehicle. The Royal Marines also use another vehicle that I have been tracking and will continue to track until I find it - the BV206. Airfix and JB Models Kits Well, in my Twilight 2000 universe, the elements of the 5thInfantry encountered an Intelligence Gathering Team from the Royal Marine Commandos, the group is using 2 Land Rover Long Wheel Base trucks and ¼ ton trailers to carry their equipment. So I have two of the trucks and trailers for the signal intelligence team. Looking on eBay I managed to locate 5 Land Rover LWB with trailers, 3 Hard Shell covered Land Rovers and 2 Soft Canvas covered trucks. In 1/72 HO Scale I found most of the vehicles were either 3d printed or Airfix models, so off I went and got them.