Thursday, 29 October 2020
Rapid Fire! Market Garden in 20mm - Oddities and such (part 9) - A few more German missing bits for the new RF book
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Well, frankly I don't like to say negative remarks about models. For me, models are pieces of heaven that God sent to earth in the form of small bits of plastic, resin or metal for the fruition and pleasure of men (and woman alike as it keeps us at home). But this one simply drove me crazy! Why Revell needs to place 130 small parts, sometimes 3 parts in a 5mm lenght of a model thats ends up being 15cm long? This one was clearly designed for that friend of ours that when in a modelling contest abandons the conversation with you as soon as the loudspeaker announces that the winners will be revealed in seconds. There he goes running like crazy, expecting to receive 1st prize! After all he spent a good part of his life looking behind the magnifying lens, marvelled at the spark of the cigar on its 1/72nd figure or the button on the belt on its last jet fighter's seat that no one else can see!! This is really a model for them: dozens of small parts, parts divided into other small parts, parts, parts, parts! And look at the box, almost the size of an Airfix playset with 100 figures and a castle!
The model on its own is a marvel of engineering, everything fits well and the end result is very good. But can't Revell understand that their biggests buyers are not our friends that run crazy as soon as the loudspeaker calls them - I mean the true (static) modellers - but we, the wargamers, or model hoarders? We are the ones that after buying 2 or 3 times the same model, still think that 2 or 3 more will be necessary as we never know when Nostradamus can be right. I wish PSC, Armourfast or alike could have made this one as I never missed these brands as much as I did in the last four previous and precious days. When the last tiny part was glued I just felt a big relief and pleasure as if smoking a cigar after getting laid with Miss Colombia...
Saturday, 17 October 2020
The colours matches my own Hasegawa MkI and Mk II pretty well which was a true relief.
From here you can see the beautiful original painting of the models using the main tone first, dirting with diluted black all crevices and then drybrushing the main tone + white. This is also my way of painting tanks (the only difference is that these are better painted) and they fit very well next to the Hasegawa ones.
In the meantime I changed the turret symbol colours to dark and light blue as the yellow was wrong.
Next: before the mailman arrives I´ll built a Revell´s 21Cm Mörser 18 for Normandy.
Thursday, 15 October 2020
Sunday, 4 October 2020
Rapid Fire! Dieppe 1942 in 20mm (part 2) - The Churchills MkI and MkII of the Canadian Calgary tank Regiment
Amidst a hail of invisible fire from 37mm, 47mm and 75mm guns the Calgary Churchills are dealing with the treacherous shingle of Red and White beach right in front of main Dieppe. 29 tanks of the regiment left the TLCs, 2 sank, 12 bogged down and only 15 (16?) left the beach somehow and went over the seawall and reached the promenade.