Friday, 12 January 2018

It has been a while

I last posted in August as my job in Jakarta ended.  I had expected to do more posting, but my elderly mother-in-law had an accident whilst Sarah (wife) and were in Mongolia, so we sped back to the UK.

M-i-L recovered from her fall, which is good. 😃 Not so helpful is the fact that a lot of our stuff, including models in various stages of completion, is still in Jakarta....😟

So, several half finished planes & modelling projects have yet to be completed.

A return to the UK has been good in several ways.

I've been able to visit the war-games club in Oxford and have enjoyed a number of games as both winner and loser.  This year's Christmas game was based in Java, 1811, in honour of my return to Blighty from Indonesia - featuring Xmas hats and dice rolls modified by Xmas crackers.  The game also had sealed orders, with one Dutch player following his, sallying forth from the fort with 1/4 of the troops and defecting to the Brits!

Fort Cornelius 1
Looking North.  The Franco-Dutch defend Fort Cornelius against the EIC

A suitably festive look, as the EIC break in to the fort.  Mark, 2nd left, made us pull crackers to determine several special events, such as blowing up captured bastions, etc.  A lot of fun!






2mm BBB ECW.  Bruce has been working on rules & figures.  I recreated history and lost for the Scots against the Sassenach Cromwell.



I went to Warfare, Reading, in November, as I discovered that I only had 1 ton of unpainted troops in the UK, so might need a few more....

I've been wargaming regularly with my friend (& worthy opponent) Mark, BBB Sikh wars, Indian Mutiny/1st war of Liberation (delete as appropriate) & French versus Spanish, 1811.

Mark's daughter Sarah is a keen WW1 planes fan, so wisely used her University holidays to help me playtest some suitable "fast & furious" rules.

I've been painting my Baccus 1809 Austrians, which has been a really enjoyable process.  More of this in a later post.

The new workbench.  I used the previous day's Oxford Mail wisely.

6 mm Baccus Austrians.  Note the use of coffee stirring sticks as troop holding bases and the highly effective re-cycling of coffee cup lids as palettes.  








Thursday, 3 August 2017

On the workbench - July part 3

When I got my TD Ju52s, at the bottom of the bag I discovered a float, which quickly proved to be designed to fit the big holes that I had earlier spent a lot of time filling in.  That got me thinking....

A quick blitz on the internet provided some nice pictures of Ju52 floatplanes, so at Salute I picked up 3 packs.  I also ordered some 1/600 photo-etch ladders, as pictures of these planes shows a permanent ladder attached from the left float to the passenger cabin door.

I then set about working out how to attach the floats with a more intricate structure than the original model.  The TD model as supplied is quite sturdy (always a positive attribute for war-games kit) and as the floats & undercarriage are under the plane, you won't see the attachment much.

But, what the heck!

Here are photos of the project so far - this is my "Mark 1", the ladder is not attached but otherwise it is finished......

The TD Ju52 Floatplane, what you get.....

I only "push-fit" attached the floats - they hold up well without glue

The "Mark 1" Ju 52 FP, which has all the add-ons from previous blogs plus detailed landing gear, which of course is invisible in this photo !

Not the best photo, but you can see that the gear consists of four struts per float.  There is a cross-wise brace that may be added to the "Mark II" model.  No ladder, as I was worried whether it would survive transport back to the UK for undercoating.

The Ju52 Floatplane was used by the Luftwaffe in all theatres of war (yes, in N Africa too, as it could load/unload in harbours or the beach).  There are some nice colour schemes to experiment with.





On the workbench - July part 2

Here's a quick addition to the Heroics & Ros 1/300 Dw D520.  I like to add small details to planes to give them a bit of individuality or to correct details that the manufacturer has missed.

The real plane has a radiator intake (? OK, I'm guessing) that is either side of the engine and parallel to and below the exhausts.  It is pretty prominent (check the internet) so I added mine from plastic rod, filed to the correct profile.  It seems to be round at the spinner end of the plane and almost flat at the tail end.  Here's what mine looks like:




On the workbench - July part 1

Here are a couple of modifications to the 1/600 B-17 G from Tumbling Dice

TD B17Gs (and I have a lot of these) sometimes have the top turret MG missing.  Here's an easy fix that also adds a little variety to your bomber stream....





USAAF B17 Gs had a defensive weapons upgrade over earlier models.  They got a chin turret and two armoured gun positions in the Navigator/Bombadier compartment, either side of the nose.  It is easy to model these two positions using a bit of plastic rod, cut to shape and sanded down....




Sunday, 9 July 2017

Gallery - 2

Jg 1 sported a really neat chequered paint scheme in late 1943.  Here is my 1/600 take on it....


3 staffel, JG 1, highly visible!

With 1 Staffel following 

From the side.  TD planes, Dom's Decals + markings, Beacon transfers (1/285 scale) tiny checks.  

Gallery - 1



OK, I am very much experimenting here.  My aim is to have a separate page with pictures of my planes......

so here goes!



B 17s from 12 o'clock level.  TD planes, Dom's Decals.


Same planes from a slightly different angle.

Sturmstaffel 1 - Heavily armoured FW 190 A-6, A-7 & A-8s to take on the USAAF Heavies

From above - the effect is a little marred by the stands

Side view.  TD FW190, Dom's transfers.  The real model is sitting on a paperclip, what you are looking at is a lot bigger than reality.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

On the workbench - June 2017 part 2

Albatross D IV & V from Jasta 5.  These take longer to paint than the RFC, as they are nice and colourful....


RFC RE8 & DH4.  The Re8s have exhaust stains on the upper wing




Photo'd in Natural light, maybe I need to add lighting? 


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

On the workbench - June 2017 part 1

Here's some photos of stuff on the workbench - painted but not yet varnished.  Photos were taken with my wife's phone - yet to be fully mastered by yours truly.  I've photo'd these on a white background - hopefully the planes stand out more clearly......

3 x B17-G  91st BG (red) & 94 BG (Yellow)  Black side hatches & marking triangles/squares are transfer paper.



448 BG B24-J - more to follow..... The open side hatches are squares of black transfer, as I find it really hard to paint squares.
Mitsubishi Bettys (now where are those British warships......?)

Tumbling Dice Ju 52 - part 3

The first batch of Ju 52 are now painted.  4 are from 2./KGrzbV 172 (in Tunisia), 1 is from the Deutsche Waffenstillstands Commission (based in Morocco).








































































































































Having spent all that time getting the undercarriage looking nice, you now don't see it.... !  They do sit correctly when landed and I'll photo them on stands, and thus flying, soon.

I'm looking forward to getting them varnished, probably in the Autumn.....  They will then have a short career as cannon fodder.....  roll on Operation Flax.


















Busy with Life

I've not posted anything in a while.  I went to the UK in April for Salute 2017, which was really great.

My friend Mark and I had fun looking at the games and exchanging money for metal.

Back to Jakarta, I have got a number of planes painted but need another UK trip to get them varnished.....  so they will feature in the "on the workbench" feature.