Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fame at last!

So a while back (May) I posted some photographs of my late 'eighties model of a tank from Twilight 2000.

This was in response to a thread on the Lead Adventures forum about a Twilight 2000 blog.

The guy responsible for the blog has posted photographs of my model on his blog:
Now I need to find some more of the rules (version 1 and 2) and build some 28mm models for it.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ainsty Small Box Van

So there was interest in post apocalyptic vehicles, and I remembered the Ainsty Small Box Van I bought a while ago.

So I dug it out, and assembled it.
Compared to the Empress Technical it is rather large.

But compared to the Mantic Games scenery items, it is the right sort of size.

Compared to the Mantic saloon car:
 And the Mantic pickup.

Front and rear views.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Automated Infantry - weapon system.

Way back when I bought a pair of British Automated Infantry from the Clockwork Goblin sub stand at Salute.

For various reasons I have not got round to build them.

A thread on the Lead Adventures forum was discussing weapon choices for the Automated Infantry.

Here are some comparisons:

First, here are the components (the components of the current Warlord Games version may differ).
The weapons (Vickers' medium machine gun and a US M2 HMG.
Now, to me they look rather large, so the following is a comparison between the Automated Infantry weapons and other versions of the same weapon from a different manufacturer, in this case an HMG and a MMG from Empress Miniatures.
So at the top, you can see the HMG from an Empress M113 model., at the bottom is a Carton Loyd MMG carrier.

In the depths of my spare sprue drawer I found an Italeri 1/35 modern weapon sprue with an M2 HMG.
It is clear the Automated Infantry weapon is slightly smaller.

Now, a quick measure shows the M2 is about 35mm long, which at 1/56 is 1960mm

Now Wikipedia says the length is 1654mm, which gives a calculated scale ~1/47, so it is probably 1/48.

The Vickers is about 25mm, Wikipedia gives a length of 1120mm, which makes it about 1/45.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dale's RV - The Walking Dead: Days Gone By

Mantic sell an MDF and cardboard model of Dale's RV that is designed to fit the same space as the 2D representation supplied in the Days Gone Bye supplement. It is supplied by Sarissa Precision.

The instructions are comprehensive, though I would assemble the base plate, axles and vertical  central piece together, as shown below,
The wheels are assembled later in the instructions, but I assembled them on the axles but did not glue them to the axles. The axle provides the required centring of the two main parts of tyres and the hub cap.
I marked the parts Left, Left Inside, Right, Right Inside to ensure I got the bits in the right place.

The MDF shell is covered with a card wrapper with laser etched details including doors and grills.

The card surface is not as smooth as the MDF, and this texture is exacerbated by the application of masking tape when spraying the interior black, and during the construction process.

The back of the RV only has two bends, the lines laser marked in the card were deepened using the back of a scalpel blade and a steel rule.
The front has four bends, the ones at the top are very tight. The thin windscreen pillars are very thin and are vulnerable to inadvertent bends, which can actually lead to them breaking. Which is of course what happened while assembling the front. PVA glue was applied both to the body and the wrapper. The wrapper was pressed down to the body and the bottom part held in place with masking tape. Two pieces of masking tape taped down the top part vertically down the front.
The ventilators and aircon unit were removed from the card sheet and assembled on the body. The luggage rack was also removed from the sheet and glued in place. The bumper was filled smooth and glued to the front.
The canopy was assembled according to the instructions.

Now it is ready for undercoating.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Empress 28mm BTR-80 APC WIP

An Empress BTR-80 APC in its basic colour (PSC British Tank Green).
It will need some additional stowage and final painting before it is weathered.
Used by a number of Warsaw Pact forces for motorised infantry.
Armed with a 14.5mm HMG and a coax machine gun.

Empress T72M - work in progress

An Empress 28mm scale T72M tank, with William Killian for scale.
The paint scheme is based on a late East German camouflage scheme