Sunday, 12 July 2015

Arab Israeli - Yom Kippur - developments

Been quiet for a while, trying to balance a new job, real life and  commissions, I'm not on top of things but it's getting better.

This is just a post to show some random developments, firstly an Urdan Coupola for my M48's. These will be off to S&S models this week to add to their rapidly developing 15mm range, heavily influenced by what I need for '73 :o)

Also working on some M109 vignettes, this is a test piece and needs more detailing. Each vehicle will have an accompanying M548 with more of the ammunition stacks and I'm working on some shells on ready use crates. Figures are BF Vietnam and chassis is QRF

And finally a teaser on my Egyptian air defence, a lot more work to do on these but you get the picture.

The MT55 is complete and available from S&S models, am currently finalising the M50 Hvss spg as the BF is the '67 version. Probably later in the year will see the Gilllois ferry, both water line and on road and the MTU20 Avlb. 

I've made some decisions and have decided to focus on the Sinai for starters and to base my vehicles. I'm opting on mdf bases from warbases. 

I'm slightly out of my comfort area but also working on Skyhawks, MIG 21's, 19 and 17's

These are stripped 1/100 diecasts, I'm working on weapon loads and am converting pilots out of BF and Peter Pig tanks commanders. This will go on magnetic flight stands.

The MIGs are plastic kits.

Some may find my starting points for my armies as strange (Avlb, artillery parks, air defence and planes!) But rest assured the M50's, Centurions, M60s and M48s will all come in time......

Saturday, 1 November 2014

T55 Bridgelayer - MT55 - Part 4 - Update - almost there!

Thanks to Shaun at S and S Models, this is progressing really fast.  We have some "first pull" masters of most of the components; and as you can see are re-engineering some to make the master "less of a kit".

The pictures posted here are not the final production components, they show the bridge in deployed mode, you will of course be able to model both stowed and deployed.

The donor vehicle is still the Khurasan T55 , but this also fits the Battlefront T54/55

The picture below shows the full length of the bridge and vehicle deploying, we anticipate having both a deployed and stowed bridge available.

This shows the front hydraulic arm with the foot pad on the deck, also the single deck plate addition to the Khurasan hull.

As you can see some of the masters are being refined and the hydraulic pistons here are plastic rods. We are hoping the main front arm will be one casting including the single piston.

Pic below shows the connection to the bridge section. The "H" section is not fixed to  the bridge so the vehicle and bridge can be separated.

I have also  revised the piston locating lugs based on new pictures being available.

And finally these last two pictures show the T55 after having deployed the bridge, as you can see the "H" frame just slides out and "voila" one laid bridge.

I am expecting to have production copies in a week or so, so I will make up this and a stowed variant.  I aim to have three or four for my AIW Syrians.

If you are interested in getting your hands on one or more of these, then contact Shaun at S&S Models. This is a little diversion for both him and Stewart, but hopefully and given enough interest, will be the start of a 15mm range, mind you only if they make their investment back!

As always comments and ideas welcome, KMT mine roller anyone?......

Friday, 31 October 2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Horch-tastic! HORCH kfz 15 ( x2)

Really enjoyed doing these two. They are display pieces for Warlord Games so no mods, as they come!, although usually they come with crew, but Andres dose them for consistency.  
Loads more pictures on my flickr:



Monday, 27 October 2014

M60- S&S Models

Shaun has worked his magic again, lovely rendition of the M60, I waited to paint this as IDF, but no, he had to opt for the camo version!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Tiger I "S54"

Interesting commission this one! It came fully assembled and expertly modified, so just a paint job for me! ( well I did do some tinkering...) Not sure of the manufacturer, but a lovely piece all the same. The request was to decal and paint as per the example below, so you can make your own conclusions on whether I achieved the brief! 

As I understand, Rafa "Archiduque" is painting the crew, so the final ensemble should be pretty impressive!
As always, you should know the drill by now.... more pictures on flickr!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Steyr Raupenschlepper Ost (RSO) - 1/56th JTFM - FOR SALE


Been waiting to get my hands on some of these for a while, so really pleased when two turned up. Some mods, as always, but nothing major. I remodelled the rear portion of the tarpaulined version and added some stowage and rear frame on the other. Adding the windows was a bit tricky as you'll note they have rounded corners! Also a two part build as they have drivers! Anyway, the one with the full tarpaulin is now with its new owner, the one above is spare, so is for sale if anyone is interested


As always loads of full fat pictures of this one and some sneaky other commissions up on my flickr:
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Loads of stuff coming through at the moment, most of it at the detailing/final detailing stage so I'll try and keep track with the blog.

Current FOR SALE items

1/56 Jagdpanther