Monday, November 6, 2017

American para references

Having visited France last month I managed to get to a number of museums, I have put together some pictures for future reference for my upcoming American para brigade for rapid fire. These photos were taken at the Bayeux WW2 museum

Falklands War aircraft

Decided to paint these and get them off the production line, these guys will be sold off as I cannot find any rules I like for air to air combat that works well with the jet age. 1/600th tumbling dice

Minarions Russian destroyed aircraft

I have the plane bug again so building 1/72 scale and 1/300th aircraft again. Off the last weekend was a great offering from Minarions for their SCW collection, as I do early war Russians I have added it to my collection by adding some spare stars and a number, very happy with it as it was a single day build and paint.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ww2 Dutch additions

some more Dutch to add to the growing collection.

Dutch Hussars, converted Minarions

Dutch cyclists from EWM

7 veld towed Artillery, gun and limber Moonlight models, horses and crew Revell.


Dutch Fokker D XXIII MPM 1/72

A rare plane for my Dutch, although only one was flying at the time of the invasion, there is doubt it was even armed in time. I decided to build this lovely kit by MPM just because I had to have it!


Fairey Fox mkII Pegasus resin kit

next on the desk for construction a resin Pegasus Fairey Fox mkI which will be converted to a mkII for my Belgians.

The main difference is the wheels, canopy, prop and nose, all  donated from another kit, also adding wartime pilots and an extra mg for the floor mg and windscreen from the spare parts box.

Mk I, as built from the kit by another modeller

The Mk II, hopefully look something like this, note the prop, canopy, wheel covers, air intake is larger, wheel struts are positioned differently and the wing W struts, unseen is the rear wheel, the Lewis Mg which points downwards from the observers position and bomb racks which I will add.


Alvis Hefty WIP

Been working on my Alvis Hefty Belgian artillery tow, here are my WIP photos, basically it purchased the airfix emergency kit of two Austin trucks and have used pieces from that to make up this vehicle. Also the boxes on the rear are from the airfix Morris cd artillery tow, which is also being used as a basis for a Dutch armoured car.


Polish 1/72 first to fight

last weekend saw a furious few days of putting together some polish kits for my 30 day kit challenge. These kits are all from the first to fight range of kits, I bought them direct from Jadar hobbies in Poland earlier in the year, they worked out with shipping more than 50% cheaper then purchasing locally.

The first to fight is a little fiddle and the instructions are not that clear but they do look good when together, but I feel are a little undersized for my liking. They will however make a great addition to my polish.

My polish have already a number of frontline resin kits that will be sold off when I paint these ones.


Zil 157 20mm trucks

off the desk in last weekend a bunch of kits that have taken me two weeks to do as I done four of them in a production line while on a business trip. Great simple kits to do too.

Three will be standard trucks for my middle eastern nations

And one will get a S and S command body


Monday, June 26, 2017

Alvis Hefty truck

While I was researching my Belgians, I came across a reference to the Alvis designed hefty artillery tow truck, finding info on this beast is quite difficult as it seems a number of models were produced and all called "hefty".

The most common image is the trial  version, but I believe the Chassuer Ardennes actually purchased the thirty vehicles of the C model. I could find little or no record of how many were built of each type, it seems several different were in production at the same time, all seemed to have the pivot in the chassis though. The Belgian vehicle document mentions 30 Alvis Hefty tractors purchased for Chassuer Ardennes for artillery tows unknown if they were delivered though, as no pictures of the vehicle in service are available.

A early model referred to as the mountain model, could not find much information about this model at all.

Not sure if this is the army model that was sold to the Belgians

Trialled model

Production model, this is the one I will scratch build I think

Hefty type C. Used by the RAF 54 in service (cannot find any more details or more pictures of it though) 

Someone scratch built one (airfix forum)

The type C ( I think) this is the one I think I will scratch build as the tow weight is correct

Although all of the Belgian pictures are of the trial vehicles

I am waiting of a Belgian produced artillery book to arrive to look at the images in it, before I dive into the scratch building of this beast.


Academy 1/72 Sam 6

Next cab off the rank is Academy models Sam 6, a absolute cracker and easy build IMO, little or no flash, parts went together well and I built it over a weekend, it will join my soviet army, thinking about a second one also. The one piece track assembly is really nice and looks better than the rubber tracks, I lowered the finish height of the missiles so it could be transported easily, yet to add a few bits before painting, waiting on black dog bits to arrive from BNA.