Sunday, 23 November 2014

New(ish) man cave.

Hello all,

A few months back the wife wanted my son to have a larger room so I was kicked out of the guest room into a smaller room. The bribe was it would be re decorated (by us) very cheaply for about £100 all in.
Well after a few more months later I still hadn't settled in and it didn't feel right, I worked out that I couldn't find my paints easily in the current location so something was needed to be done.
I had seen a few ideas on the net but they were all out of reach of my limited budget. Then I had a flash of inspiration or a few beers one or the other. I think I saw something on line that I thought I could knock that up for a fraction of the price. It must have been beer because I am crap at DIY and other tools (ask the good lady).Any way here is the outcome,
A quick trip to B & Q and I walked out with some baton, some thin strips of wood, No nails glue a shelf and a saw.

I got the bloke at B & Q to cut the shelf on their saw, for the frame, but everything else was cut, glued and screwed by my own fair hand, and a little helping  hand to hold the shelves from the good lady Mrs West.

This one is just one long version of the two tier ones.

Please beware that normal service has resumed and it looks like it has been hit by and air strike.

A small sample of the stash. it still needs the lighting sorting out but all in all a nice place to work.
Well I have no excuse for not picking up the hairy sticks and getting them wet now, just need somewhere to put them when they are finished!

Cheers for looking, any comments or tips more than welcome.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Italeri RAAF Hawk 100 1/72

Hello all,

I have forgotten to post the final pictures of my Austrailan  Hawk 100, after about a year or so I found the pictures on the hard drive so  can lay this one to rest. A nice build but the pain job was an arse ache, the decals do not look right.
Not a bad job in the end and the price was right.

The varnish trick on the masking tape paid of.

The dark grey paint colour is far to dark for this aircraft.

Looks better on the paper printed runway.

Still missing the SAM's.

Nice shot of the on the runway.

Another view of the cockpit.

This has taken a long time to post from finishing to blog but he ho. I have anther of these kits and I will be doing anther build.

Thanks for looking and any comments more than welcome.

Italeri M4 sherman fast build tarp how to.

Hello all,

I have finally got off my arse and did the tarp over the stowage of this Pacific Sherman. I thought I might as well show you how I did it. I used white tissue paper, PVA glue, fly brown wash and Tamiya weathering powder.
fist I cut a piece of tissue paper about 3CM X 3CM.

Then with a bit of watered down PVA glue on one side of the paper.

Then lay it over the area in a not so neat or straight angle.

Once dried, I gave it a coat of Panzer aces old wood.

Again once the old wood had dried (oohh eeerrr) and quick wash of flory modeller dirt brown was applied.

Then (again) once the wash had dried a light brush of Tamiya weathering powder sand.

Final picture, what do you all think?

I reckon these could be used in a dio with the Sherman?

Well that's it, I finally got off my arse and did it! all I have to do now is the base and mad Japanese soldier with a bomb on a stick!

Thanks for looking and any comments more than welcome!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Italeri fast build M4A3 1/72 WIP

HI all,
It's been a very a very long time since I have posted anything let alone build anything!my life has been very mad over the last year or two and not in a good way, but never mind that I have now found my hairy sticks again.
I tried to build this M4 in the style of a Pacific variant with scratch built wooden side skirts and stowage on the engine deck.Now the question is should I cover the stowage with a tissue paper tarp? I don't think it looks right just "sat" there.
The Sherman was painted using a rattle can and MiG pigments dusted over with Tamiya weathering powders, I do like the subtle smoke on the gun barrel.please be gentle as I'm not quite back in the groove of model making and still trying to get my mojo back!

Thanks for looking and look forward to any advice.
Cheers Rich.