Monday, 20 November 2017

Scale Model World 2017 - part two

Part two and armoured vehicles I photographed at the show.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Away Day - Birmingham, December 2017

My plan is to have another pre-Christmas day out in early December. I have already booked the day as Friday 1st December and will meet at Parabellum, Birmingham for 12.00 on the Friday. For details see this link.

For those that have been to one of these annual days out you will know of the cakes and tea, but for those new to this event, expect to have chats with other like-minded modellers and put the world to right.

This will be the eighth or ninth time we have met up at Parabellum and numbers who attend vary, so if you can I would hope to see you there.


Friday, 17 November 2017

Twelfth Night at the RSC

Last night Sue and I visited the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon to see Twelfth Night. For details see this link.

I thought the performance was once again stunning with very special contributions from Adrian Edmondson, Michael Cochrane and John Hodgkinson. The stage design and production were very Edwardian or Gilbert and Sullivan and the use of music was inspiring.

For anyone who knows the play, the humour was 'spot-on'. A very entertaining evening, and another Shakespeare play crossed of the list.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Scale Model World 2017 - IPMS, Telford

Yesterday Sue and I visited Scale Model World, the IPMS model show at The International Centre, Telford. I came away with loads of reading matter, some paints, filler and tools, but as usual didn't spend that much.

Here are a few of the boat models that I photographed. The 'in action' lifeboat model (above) was very realistically modelled, exhibiting some of the best water effect modelling I have ever seen. It really did look like real water.

These small ship models (above) were all the more special as they were entirely scratch-built, see below. I would estimate them to be about 1:300th scale.

Another in action boat model - The sea and waves were made from Modge-Podge.

This galley (above) was featured in the competition area, so was this huge 1;35th scale Mulberry Harbour diorama. What was interesting about this display was that I overheard a veteran of WW2 discussing the actual harbour with the modeller.

Finally a 1:72nd scale Clyde Puffer.

Look out for more images over the next couple of days.


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Ivor the Engine

Another new board game - this time Ivor the Engine by Tony Boydell. This was the first time Sue and I had played this boxed game and I have to report mixed opinions.

Gary and Holly (who had played before) were very positive, Sue and I (first timers) were a little less so. I found that the first few turns were confusing, but things did get better towards the end when I was getting the hang of the turn sequence and picking up stray sheep. In the end a reserved welcome and possibly this is a game that you have to play a couple of times before you can fully pick it up.

I will add that production values were top notch and the value for money very good.

Further details can be found here.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wooden Clothes Pegs

Sue and I were visiting Bewdley, a small riverside town in Worcester last week when I saw a pack of 36 old fashioned wooden clothes pegs for sale for just 99p. I had been looking out for a pack for some time as my own supply had dwindled quite a bit over the years. What do you use those for? I hear you ask.....

Well they have many uses;

1 - The obvious is holding things together while glue sets - I can remember old Airfix Magazine articles stating the usefulness of these simple clamps as aids while scratch-building and even today their use in holding plastic kits together while the glue dries is as relevant as it has always been.

2 - Holding illustrations or sketches up while modelling. I like to have my inspirational images on display as I'm working on new projects. Usually the sketch is pegged to my overhead lamp.

3 - Lately I have used clothes pegs as grips while sculpting. If you need a bit more 'bite' just add a rubber band around the claws and you can hold your sculpted pieces with ease.

4 - Figure holders while painting or in my case while varnishing. I find that a simple wooden clothes peg either as it comes or with a large wooden lollipop stick glued on the top gives me a great figure holder (with the figure either glued in place with a tiny drop of glue from my hot-glue gun or just plain Blu tac).

The clip means that you can clip them to a spare piece of cardboard while waiting for the paint/varnish to dry.

Do you have a simple low-cost hint or tool that you could share?


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part nine

At long last, the Salt Pan base is fully clad. I have used brick slips from an e-bay supplier called Minaco-streamline101. The slips are intended for 1:24th scale dolls houses and so I had to trim each individual brick by about 2mm to get a correct 1:27.7 scale brick.

The black/dark grey bricks were standard red bricks painted with acrylic paints. The wooden clad area to the lower, front right was modelled from green foam and the filled arch to the right side was modelled with DAS modelling clay over PVA glue and painted with acrylics.

The roughly made wooden door and support were modelled from more green foam and detailed with both plastic card and plastic rod.

The brick slips were a real pain to apply one-at-a-time and in truth, I'm not that impressed with them. They still look a little 'toy like' to me.