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.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rafah Six day war

Last nights club game was the defence of Rafah during the six day war, Fred and I played the Egyptians, we needed to block the road to Rafah, I commanded the remainder of the 26th division from our ongoing campaign, only a single coy of Js3m and SU100, Fred commanded the 6th mechanised with two coys of mixed T54 and T55, with some T34-85 to make up the remainder of the blocking force.

The Israelis were commanded by Chris, he rolled well in the previous campaign roll so received two coys of centurions, 1 m48 coy, and a coy of Sherman's, along with a FO for air support.

We had to hold for 8 turns....we failed on the 7th!
Red match destroyed, yellow pinned, orange demoralised, rules were designed by Chris.

Israeli troops advance

Skulking Egyptian T55s and hull down T55s and T34-85s

On overwatch

My enthusiastic shots eventually managed to take out a Sherman, the return fire was devastating 

My Js3 and SU100 coy, my morale failed after two destroyed vehicles

Destroyed and pinned T55s

Bolton Paul Defiant mk1

Built this kit while on holidays last week, destined for my Australians

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

30 day kit challenge BTR-60p

Next four BTR60 kits from S models, two are destined for my engineers and two will become command variants, waiting for S models to deliver variant kits

Gun port removal

Gun port removal and one door

30 day kit challenge Mig 21 and CR42

Recently off the build desk and ready for painting a mig 21 and Cr42 both have taken around 8 days to complete, I had better get a wriggle on, next are some Smodel BTR 60s, waiting for S and S kits to finish them off, could be two week wait, so some 54mm metal Napoleonics next.

Mig 21

Revell CR 42 from the box but scratch built larger wheel struts ready for paint destined for my Belgians


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mig 21

First kit off to get built is a Mig 21 for my Modern Polish, managed to get the pilot cut out , now to paint the interior before assembly


30 day kit build challenge

So what is the 30 day kit challenge? Well, something I Copied from Gunbird and his blog "20mm and then some". As I have moved from a house to a unit I need to make room with the tons of kits that I have. So with that in mind I'm starting the 30 day kit build challenge also

Goals are simple, you will build kits during the 30 day challenge:

  • Any material (plastic, resin, metal, wood).
  • New in the box or partially built, it matters not.
  • Gun, tank, truck, aircraft, ship, animal? Your call.
  • Kit must be basically finished, based if you prefer that, to qualify.
  • Finished kit must be ready for primer.
  • Resin and metal upgradesets can be applied after the build.....the goal is to get kits built and ready for primer, not to finish them with paint and varnish etc.
  • You decide how many kits/models you want to build in the 30 day period.
  • You set the penalty for not meeting your goal (and after that it is the honor system)
Anything beyond that is up to you 

My goal is, in the period from 6/6/17 up to  6/7/17, is to work on a kit every single day, up to a grand total of 20  kits. If I can build more kits n the month, then bonus, if I can't build too many during the week and have to finish them in the weekend, no problem. 20 is my goal and I'm sticking to that.
My penalty is that if I don't make my target, is to sell any unmade kits at the end in my stash.

So, starting with Day #1 (22nd of May 2017), I'm starting with a  kit. 

Feel free to join in btw.