Friday, 31 July 2015
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Last year I built an experimental M-113 in around 1/48 scale from balsa. The resulting model looks OK but the build was a little too much like hard work. It occured to me that, following on from some success with carving bits of AFV from insulation foam, it should be relatively easy to carve the fairly simple shape of an M-113. I tried using the 1-inch thick foam I already had but this didn't go well as the two parts required to make up the hull was clearly one too many. Some thicker (2-inch) board was acquired (about £5 for a 2x4 foot sheet) and my knife and I returned to the fray.
The basic hull shapes....
...with the distinctive rear fenders.
It all looks a bit bare...
...but hatches and doors are ready to be added using balsa and mdf.
A balsa track guard before final shaping.
More on this crime against accuracy coming soon.
Monday, 27 July 2015
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
The IAC acquired several Magisters from their native France in the mid-1970s and they served until 1998. Bertrand - for whom this model is destined - has an idea for a game and having quizzed me about Panhard armoured cars and Wessex helicopters the talk moved on to (relatively) fast air.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
this earlier post, but rather One I picked up to build for my Little Cold Wars co-author, Bertrand. The kit came in the current style box (below) but I have to confess a preference for the artwork on the 1975 original (above).
Thursday, 9 July 2015
I managed to finish this in time for the varnish to be dry to pack it for COW. I still say it looks almost nothing like a Dakota...
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
There's some other stuff too, but this post covers the things you actually want to hear about.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Today is my birthday. You may be able, by using the hint in the post title, to figure out which one. If you require additional clues, then it may be of interest to learn that the photo of me aged 3 was taken 47 years ago....
And I still have photogenic knees.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Parked outside the army museum at Invalides was this splendid Matilda infantry tank...
Mrs G snapped this dodgy looking chap hoping to drive off in the Char.
Friday, 3 July 2015
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Coming soon - Brits invade Paris shock!