Saturday, 21 April 2018

The RAF at 100 - part three

I have undercoated the model in Linen, a cheap craft paint which was applied with a large flat brush in the direction of airflow over the model. Two or three light and watered-down coats are better than one thick one. As you can see, I have used a cocktail stick and a small piece of balsawood to hold the model while painting.


Thursday, 19 April 2018

The RAF at 100 - part two a 100th scale SE5a

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF I wanted to produce something, a model a piece of terrain, anything. I settle on a 1/100th scale SE5a. I have in the past written about a stalled project - scratch building WW1 aircraft for gaming, see this post for more details and even had an article published in Miniature Wargames, see this post.

This particular model was built some time ago and has languished in a cardboard box for long enough. It is time it was painted. The model was built from hand drawn plans reduced from 1/72nd scale. The fuselage is a piece of scrap wood, the wings plastic card and the tail thin card. Detailing was carried out with plastic card and rod. The main construction was done with superglue and PVA glue.

The model is 64mm long with a wingspan of 80mm.



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Meccano Build a Crane

The latest part work available at W H Smiths is this Meccano Crane. Part one is available for just £1.99 and I have picked it up as for this money, I am sure I will find a use for the parts and the packaging. I have no intention of subscribing for the additional part works, but saw this and thought - "that's a bargain". I can add it to the small amount of old Meccano I have in the garage.

For more details see this link.


Monday, 16 April 2018

Book Treasures and where to find them - part three Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore

Continuing with this series of recommendations, I present one of my favourite book stores; Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore, a secondhand and new book store that is situated in the pleasant market town of Pershore, Worcestershire.

The rather narrow frontage hides the fact that this shop stretches back some distance and contains what I believe to be the largest secondhand aviation and military book selection in the Midlands. The aviation section in particular is simply breathtaking with floor to ceiling shelves crammed full of unique and very hard to find aviation book titles in many different languages. The Military and Naval shelves are equally packed with a similar selection while to the front of the store there are shelves upon shelves of railway books. Please be aware that there are both secondhand and new publications intermixed and on display.

It is rare that I visit the shop and don't come away with some rare or unusual treasure. I give this very special shop a 5 Bookworms out of 5 and recommend Pershore as a great day out, particularly during The Pershore Plum Festival in August.

Sedgeberrow Books can be found at;
25 High Street
WR10 1AA

01386 751830


Sunday, 15 April 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-four

The latest update shows most of the painting done, the wooden strips holding the tar paper in place have been hand painted with acrylics and a fine brush, the sofit boards and roof panels have been finished and I have added some additional detailing to the door.

These two images show the low relief nature of this building better and the final image is a detail shot of the door area.


Friday, 13 April 2018

Models For Wargamers - just 10 signed copies left

There are just 10 signed and numbered copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - MODELS FOR WARGAMERS left. I do have a few additional un-signed copies, but would advise anyone interested in purchasing a copy to act fast. For full details of how to order please see this link.

In addition there are a few copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - MORE WARGAME TERRAIN books available for details of how to order see this link.

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 - BUILDING WARGAME TERRAIN is no longer available.

Please note; I will not be attending SALUTE.

Thank you.


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Seam Scraper tool from IPMS

I recently treated myself to this new toy. A SEAM TOOL #1 or seam scraper from the IPMS (international Plastic Modellers Society). For full details see this post.

For those who are unfamiliar with this type of tool, imagine scraping the edges of plastic kits with the edge of a scalpel to remove burrs or rough edges or having to remove the join line of a gun barrel. This innovative tool will do all that and more by using the edges of the metal tool to scrape along the edges of plastic (or resin) to produce a smooth joins or edges. The ends and curved edges are a multipurpose profiling tool that should have hundreds of uses.

If you want one - see this link. At just £5.00 (plus P&P) it's a bargain. Also available to Non IPMS Members.