Saturday, 27 May 2017

Revell TIE Fighter done

This was a fun little build, even though I just had to re-do the back end as the fit was'nt brilliant;

The base is actually a tin of mints with some lead and car filler put inside to add more weight (the mints were removed first by the way).
The black paper gave some weird reflections in the lens but it worked out well as they look like stars :o)

Monday, 15 May 2017

1946 Flak bunker

You may recall I built a '1946/ what-if/ paper panzer' of a radar turret on top of a Trumpeter E-50 chassis a while back. Anyway the base kit was the flak-panzer version and with using the Paper Panzer Productions Heimdall turret this meant the kit item was destined to go in the spares box, however I got thinking as to how I could use this turret for something else.
It was taken back out of the spares box and I had a play around with it on the bench wondering what to do. I thought the gun sight on the top was a bit naff so I blanked off the hole using styrene sheet and added some bolt heads for a start, this then lead to thinking how the guns would be aimed so after drilling holes I stuck some tubes on either side like those seen on the Heimdall turret.
In the kit is a periscope type sight so this was attached to the inside to act as a gun sight, the turret interior was then further detailed with gun breeches, a seat for the gunner, a turret traverse gear and pedals for the gunner with some personal equipment and an MP44 with ammo pouches fixed to the interior walls. While I was at it I ordered some shiny new gun barrels from RB Models too.
I was stuck on what to mount the turret on and one idea was to get an armoured train car but seeing that this little project was in danger of snowballing out of control I decided on a bunker instead so after drawing a few ideas I cut 0.030" styrene sheet into the various parts and glued it all together and here's where it is so far;

Totally insane! I was only going to stick the turret together for a laugh but of course one thing leads to another does'nt it..... at least with these things it gets your imagination working as you can do anything you like within the 'what-if' genre.

Edit; I was thinking about this again and decided it needs a rear entrance (ooh Matron!) so I made one;

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A productive couple of days!

I've had some time at the bench the past two days and managed to get a couple of projects moved on a bit more. Starting out with the neglected zombie figure and bike rider I undercoated the figures and bike yesterday;

Today the fuel tank and mudguards on the bike were painted, the Revell kit of Vaders TIE fighter was also painted using a mix of Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Grey and XF-8 Blue (near-as-dammit being my guide)

After a pin wash of Mig Dark Brown yesterday the Miniart Personenwagen received a coat of matt varnish today and while I was in the mood it got a blast of a dusty looking Tamiya colour, building it up around the back end;
Quite a productive couple of days for a change!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Life Miniatures tank commander bust

After cleaning the parts in warm soapy water and priming with Games Workshop Chaos Black I applied the basecoat of Vallejo Cork Brown (70843/133). I actually airbrushed it on as previously trying to spray Vallejo has been problematical however this time after a good tip off I thinned the paint with Vallejos' Airbrush Thinner and it worked very well. The only thing is next time I spray it I will add a couple of drops of acrylic retarder as the tip of the needle became clogged a couple of times;
One thing that HAS become apparent in this shot are the areas of shade and highlight on the face and this will be very useful when painting later on. I just really hope I can do this bust justice.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Life Miniatures WW2 German King Tiger Commander

Last year I bought my first ever 1/10 scale bust as seeing the finished model by Sang-Eon Lee inspired me a hell of a lot, however as well as inspiring me it also terrified me as I really felt I could'nt do the model justice. The model sat in the stash until yesterday as while sorting out a few bits and pieces I got it down for another look, had a fondle of the kit pieces then closed the box again.

Today I opened the box again, this time taking a deep breath and began cutting off the mould gates and attached the headphone and throat mic cables.  After a couple of hours I had this;

No going back now! This will NOT be a quick project however I've been encouraged by my attempt at painting the 200mm head the other day so I feel more prepared to tackle this one plus if I mess it up I can always strip it and start again.
The head, binoculars and headphones are separate to aid painting. Wish me luck people! :o)

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

RMG 1/35 Leopard tow cables

Another day, another visit by the postie and this time I received these rather splendid 1/35 tow cables for Leopard 1 and 2 tanks from RMG in Portugal.

The towing eyes are cleanly moulded in a light coloured resin and already have holes in them to accept the end of the cable. The cables are very malleable and will stay in shape when you fit them to your Leopard, the colour of the cables means they will just need a rub with graphite to accentuate the detail and you are good to go.
I'm quite looking forward to seeing them on a Leopard now so I suppose I should build another soon-ish!
For more info take a look here;

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Figure painting

Over the years I've dabbled with figure painting to various degrees of being fair to total shit and the bug has bitten me once again. It's been brewing for a while after seeing the work of Man Jin Kim, Sang Eon Lee etc and I even bought a Life Miniatures bust of a German tank commander last year after seeing the picture on the box but chickened out as I felt I could never do it justice;
 So this week I got a few goodies through the post (again) as I need all the help I can get;
I've been looking at getting a wet palette to help stop paints drying out and I could have gone for a branded product but instead went the cheapskate route. I cut the lid off a plastic food box (it did contain some nice cake) and stole a dish cloth and some greaseproof baking paper from the other half and voila! One wet palette!!
For practice purposes I'll be using a 200mm head that I bought from Mitches Military Models as they were selling two for £5 at a model show a year or so ago. I did get some Scale 75 paints for the flesh areas but this time around I'll be using Vallejo;

The head is attached to a holder that was obtained via a Kickstarter project which I find it VERY useful and can be found here;

I used the grip holder for a figure I painted last week for the Personenwagen;
You can see what I mean about getting all the help I need :o)

Edit; I spent a very pleasant couple of hours at the bench and come up with this;
I'm quite pleased with that seeing I have'nt painted in ages