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General Discussion / Computers
« on: February 09, 2021, 10:07:46 AM »
Hi all just an update, I have been without a computer for the last 2 weeks, it is off for repair, they are awaiting parts -the hinge broke, but luckily it was covered under insurance.
I am using a really old one and am not sure how long it will last.

CATCHING UP HAS BEEN A MAMMOTH TASK, I am sure I have missed some posts out, apologies to all.

Modelling Projects / The Siege of Scarborough Castle 1645
« on: January 13, 2021, 11:17:26 AM »
During the English Civil War, many changed sides depending on the wind and prevailing conditions.
One such was Sir Hugh Cholmley, who did this a few times, he ended up defending Scarborough Castle as a member of the Royalists' Forces.
The siege lasted 5 months and the main force laying siege was commanded by Sir John Meldrum, he survived a 200 foot fall from the cliffs but was later fatally wounded and command was taken over by Sir Matthew Boynton. So lots of local connections here.
Pirates were using the harbour and attacking coal ships going to London and so the town and port were seized but the castle was not seen as that important. Presumably the batteries at the castle could harass the harbour and shipping and eventually it was laid siege to.

The castle was bombarded with the largest cannon then available - A Cannon Royal, this had a bore of 8 inches and fired a shot weighing 56-64 pounds.
There was also a battery just outside the castle know as Browne Bushell's battery, after Captain Bushell. Another one who changed sides many time. He was a naval Captain who ended up here and was eventually executed for piracy. He was from Whitby and was married to a Fairfax.

Modelling Projects / Polythene Figures
« on: January 02, 2021, 12:48:19 PM »
The 1/56 figures are proving to be small and quite a challenge and so.........................

This is really me revisiting something from 10 or more years ago.
I painted 1/32 polythene figures and thought I would try again.
I was sure I would find something on here from years ago, but no luck so far.
I think the post from the past was part of the blog, and that is not available now.
I sold all my previous efforts as well.

Anyway, it is a voyage of rediscovery.
I can't remember which method worked best, so I will try again.
The figures come on a sprue and so have to be cut off.
The plastic is very slippery and does not respond to sanding and gluing can be a trial.
I could give you a chemistry lesson but I will refrain.

Once cut from the sprue they were washed with detergent and water and rinsed.

The mould lines were removed with a hot pin and some judicious work with a sharp blade.

Modelling Projects / 1/35 Tamiya Sd.Kfz.222 - Afrika Korps
« on: November 24, 2020, 02:29:55 PM »
This is an attempt at heavier weathering to try to give a more worn appearance.
It still needs a varnish and the crew adding

Modelling Projects / 1/35 Panzer IV and variants
« on: November 22, 2020, 11:49:00 AM »
Time for something a bit bigger, this is the Ausf D from Tamiya.
Again in Afrika Korps livery.
I will need some different figures though.

General Discussion / The problem with scale?
« on: November 20, 2020, 07:59:18 AM »
While modelling various vehicles of different scales I notice that there is a great discrepancy between figures that are supposed to be the same scale.
I accept that we all differ in size and stature, it never fails to amaze me how they can be so different.
While modelling 1:48 scale for the Battle of Britain, the size difference between the Airfix bruisers and those of other manufacturers cannot fail to be noticed.
I again saw the same in 1/35 figures from different manufacturers, and also in 1:56.
I can only presume that this applies to all scales and genres.

So after some digging and searching, the following emerges:
All figures are based on a supposed human size?
This size is generally taken as 5ft 3in - why, I don't know.
Where is this measured to?
The top of the head or eye level?
Some use one, some the other.
This may be where the problem arises.

In wargaming the scale size (1:72 and so on) is not really used, they use 28mm and so on, and this refers to the figure size.
In converting from one to the other, scale are never whole numbers and so, another discrepancy.

Modelling Projects / 1/56 Models
« on: November 10, 2020, 08:43:55 PM »
You have already seen the first, a Panzer II.
Here it is with some figures.
This is Bolt Action, from Warlord Games.

Modelling Projects / Foreign vehicles in German service
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:44:15 PM »
The Germans made much use of captured vehicles and captured countries vehicles.
What can this be.
Clue, another Marder?
It must be an older kit, lots of ejector pin holes to fill.

Modelling Projects / Collections
« on: October 26, 2020, 11:24:33 AM »
Hi all, as requested here is the Panzer Army so far.
I was not sure if this is what Andy wanted or an individual photo of each tank?

General Discussion / Glues and Solvents
« on: October 15, 2020, 07:24:30 AM »
Browsing I came across something about EMA Plastic Weld and thought it might be a good idea if we had an item on the glues and solvents we use.
You could even include filler as well.

EMA Plastic Weld is a plastic solvent with very fast grab properties and evaporates very quickly. I deal for a fast joint where parts are correctly aligned. As it is a liquid, then capillary action allows it to flow in the joint.
Beware always replace the cap securely all it all evaporates.

Modelling Projects / Panzerkampfwagen III and variants
« on: October 10, 2020, 03:57:00 PM »
I will change the title when you get it.

This is a different kettle of fish to the Tamiya kits.
In this kit all the suspension is made up of many parts, unlike Tamiya where it is all moulded on the chassis.
So here are some pictures, the spring is made from 3 parts and the bit above is also 3 parts.
the bottom picture shows the assembled spring.
So lots of bits to stick together.

It is a tank, but what sort, it is German, if that helps.

Modelling Projects / 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) and 38(t) and variants
« on: October 04, 2020, 10:40:15 AM »
I acquired this CMK kit for 13.50, I was not sure what was in the box, but this is the Skoda Panzerbefehlswagen and has etched brass and resin parts in the kit.
The Jerry cans are resin.
This is the 35(t) fitted with a Fu 8 radio and a large frame aerial.
First impressions - it looks ok, but time will tell.
I should have just posted a picture of the jerry cans and asked you what it was.
I have the Tamiya kit to build into a 38(t).

Modelling Projects / 1/35 German Panzer 1 and variants.
« on: September 20, 2020, 09:08:46 AM »
This is the first of these, I am still looking for more variants, at a price I like. Yes, a Yorkshire man, so cheap is best.
This is from HobbyBoss and is a Pz.Kpfw.1 Ausf.A ohne Aufbau.

The overcome treaty restrictions 15 of these were produced without superstructures or turrets and with no armament.

Official title "Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper". (Agricultural Tractor), to disguise the fact that they were tanks.
These were used to train the new Panzer regiments.
Five companies were selected to produce these.

Modelling Projects / 1/35 Panzer II and variants
« on: September 17, 2020, 10:24:21 AM »
Another small panzer, the backbone of the Wehrmacht in the 1930's.

General Discussion / Which are the hardest models to make?
« on: September 08, 2020, 05:52:47 PM »
As you know, I jump from subject to subject.
It crossed my mind to ask "Just which are the hardest and most demanding to make?"

I think I know, but what do you lot think?

Each type requires a slightly different approach, although all require some degree of skill in many of the same areas.

So Aircraft, well I would have to sub-divide and say rigged biplanes are harder than unrigged.
Airliners are harder than fighter, because of the windows, and livery, and so on.
Let me know your thoughts.

I find soft skin vehicles harder than tanks.
But are Tanks easier than aircraft?

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