Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rubicon LRDG Jeep

So, as mentioned in the Colours 2017 posting, I bought one of the new Rubicon Models Commonwealth Willy's MB (Jeep is trademarked).
The kit comprises one large sprue containing all the main components, a crew sprue, plus separate canvas tilt and upper body. The Commonwealth/UK and US versions differ on the crew sprue (the Commonwealth one comes with two LRDG/Desert SAS figures and two Airborne figures).

I had started construction when I spotted a fill issue on the  upper body moulding.
Another view of the rear showing the fill issue. Now as this is going to be built as an LRDG gun jeep with plenty of stowage, it was not going to be too much of an issue. If this was a plain jeep, it would have been awkward.
Having looked at the Bolt Action Armies of Great Britain list, the (SAS) gun jeep has a forward facing HMG, either a LMG or MMG also firing forward, and twin rear firing LMG or MMG. The kit has the HMG, one forward firing BREN LMG (or a Vickers K MMG) and twin rear firing Vickers K MMG. So the twin rear mount was added to the back of the body.

The ABS type plastic used by Rubicon can react variably to Humbrol liquid poly. This kit does not particularly like it, resisting the solvent making assembly slightly difficult. The chassis, grille, wings assembly and upper body do not have any location tabs or pins/holes. This, together with the solvent resistance made this part of the assembly more difficult than it could have been. This contrasts with the seat assemblies which have very positive location points.

A very good point on the model is the pre-shaped wheels, they have a definite flat at the bottom showing the weight of the vehicle. The D shaped locating pins ensure that the flat is at the bottom. However they are all different so I decided that rather than leave them off for separate painting (and mix them up), I would glue them in place.
The two parallel pieces of Slaters Microstrip are not holding the moulding together but I thought I would use the excellent Rubicon Allied Stowage set British jerry cans with the WD logo. They are part of the mounting bracket (and should improve the adhesion).
I added the large fuel tanks in the rear of the jeep. The feed pip is difficult to clean up.
Before assembling the chassis I would some thread around the bumper as a tow rope. It is a lot easier if you either use a needle or (as I did) make a weight out of masking tape.
I was going to leave the figures out until they were painted, but I did find them very hard to position so ended up gluing them in place. Hopefully the desert sand/tan colour will cover them suitably.

The WD jerry can added with its holder.
Still some gap to fill.
So started to add stowage. If anyone has previously seen my work, you will know I have sculpted a lot of bags on my tanks. I decided for this one that I would use the soft stowage from the Rubicon Allied Stowage set. As I had had problems with getting a suitable bond, I used Greenstuff both as an adhesive and as a filler between the body and the bags. The front right rucksack had a 1.5mm hole drilled into the body and an Evergreen 1.5mm plastic rod pin added.

A Perry Miniatures 8th Army figure (with optional Keffiyeh head) for scale.

Just in front of the HMG is one of the pieces of rod fitted to the bonnet for a tarpaulin. I have added another WD jerry can under the front passenger's foot. It needs some strapping.
Now the vehicle comes with only two crew, but the rear mounted machine guns will need a crew member. The kneeling Desert Rat figure (I need to add some more greenstuff to make the Keffiyeh a similar length) will have some suitable arms added.
I have added the first roll of tarpaulin on the bonnet and two more rucksacks on the left rear of the jeep.
Front view. I have added a rack of ammunition boxes to the front right mudguard.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Colours 2017

So it is that time of year again, so it was off to Newbury Racecourse for Colours. The convenience of the station opposite was slightly spoiled by the train set owner closing the line after 1400 (they are converting from clockwork to electric or something).

What was noticeable was the absences this year. This slightly spoilt my buy list, but never mind.

Crooked Dice had a nice selection of items (unfortunately I did not get the secret base set, too heavy). There were some new MDF and resin scenery items including a set of bunk beds. Photographs when I start building and painting them.

On my buy list was the new Rubicon Models Jeep. Even though I was there early I could not find any at the usual suspects. Having given up, I found one (of two) on the Great Escape stand. More on Jeeps later.

I had a rather badly written list of figures I wanted from Empress. This included their new "universal" figures in generic uniform with Soviet/Russian weapons. They can be ordered with a range of heads. Perfect for ImagiNation armies. I had forgotten to add the Mutton Chop British infantry suitable for Operation Sealion.

On the subject of Sealion, I bought one of their Spanish Civil War Panzer IB with 20mm cannon.
I also bought one of their new Jeeps, not for WW2 but for later conflicts.
 Scale shops with William Killian (the wheels are just blutacked on)
 The jeep is scaled at 1/50 rather than 1/56, so it is bigger than the Warlord one.
The Rubicon one is also scaled at 1/56 (you might be able to see it inside its bag).
Simple Miniature Games had an offer on Halifax box sets, so I took advantage of the offer to buy some more Resurectionists and other figures. Admittedly the "Stitched Together" was bought for looks rather than utility.

Spectre Miniatures had their new Technical upgrades on sale so I bought a number of them and a Technical Bravo that they had sold out of at Salute.

Technical Bravo is a more modern version with a four door body and shortened cargo space.
 This is a comparison with the SUV, also from Spectre.
This is the Spectre Technical Bravo compared to the Empress Technical.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Macross models

The Japanese animation series Super Dimension Fortress Macross was popular in the early to mid 'eighties. Models from the series were produced by two companies, Arii and Imai. The quality of the two companies was noticeably different.

I bought a number of them (and assembled and to varying degrees painted) way back then. They have been sitting in their storage boxes for a large number of years (and the years have not been kind to them).

This is a Destroid Defender in 1/100 scale by Imai, armed with lots of weapons and is designed to be the main ground combatant.
 It is missing the six pack of direct fire missiles on one of the shoulders.
A PSC Panzer 38(t) for scale.
 There is not too much in the model that is scale specific, it could be used as a 28mm scale model, William Killian for comparison.
The Air Defence mechanism is the Destroid Defender with two twin 78mm auto cannons.
The quality of this Arii 1/100 scale mode is far less than the Tomahawk kit by Imai.

The main characters use Variable Fighters, capable of flight and ground combat.

Of course in space, you do not need to be streamlined so the fighters can have additional armour.

This is the standard fighter type (a VF-1A) with the additional armour and lots more missiles. The kit is by Arii.

The VF-1A's main armament is the Gau-11 Tri-barrel 55mm cannon. There is a single laser cannon mounted on the head. Additional missiles are mounted on the shoulders, on the forearms and on the legs.
The chest panel has separated from the body and the arm and leg joints are extremely loose.

The VF-1J is the officer fighter, identical to the VF-1A except it has two laser cannon mounted on the head (one of which has broken off the model).
This one also has very loose joints and the chest plate has separated. So much so that I had to lie them down.

They have been packed up again. One day I may finish them.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vehicle comparisons

Some more comparisons.

Empress Technical with a Rubicon Studebaker lorry.
Rubicon T34/85 (work in progress)
Warlord M4A4 Sherman V and a Rubicon T34/85.
 Spectre Miniatures SUV and the Rubicon T34/85.
Empress Technical and Rubicon T34/85.
Empress T72M.

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.