Wednesday, 26 June 2013

1/48th Pfalz DIII WIP Pt.2

And here we go with part two of the 1/48th Pfalz DIII work in progress (Click here for PART ONE).

So the rigging begins... I didn't realise how complex the front wing rigging would be, it looked reasonably simple on the instructions provided by Eduard, but when I did a little more research I found the Wingnut Wings website. They produce a Pfalz in 1/32nd and incredibly helpfully post the instruction booklet online.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

1/48th Pfalz DIII WIP

Last year I lost my job and the same weekend I had to move out of the flat I was living in. All in all, it was all a bit of a crap time for me, so to cheer myself up I bought a 1/48th Scale Pfalz DIII by Eduard. It's described on the box as a weekend kit, but has taken nearly a year for me to build...

Just recently I bought and built a 1/72nd SE5a as a tester, as I knew I was going to rig this kit, which is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to get finished. I was just scared of actually rigging the model, but now I have done some prep and a year of research, I'm ready to finish it off. Here are a few pictures of it in progress.

Stupidly I had undercoated it in grey, so not only did the white need a few coats, before it looked white, but the red needed another undercoat of yellow, but after a few days of coating and re-coating, I got it the colour I wanted...

The colour scheme is of Ltn Hans Műller who flew with Jasta 18 in 1918 and ended the war with 12 victories.

I like Pfalz aircraft as they are the 'unknowns' amongst the more famous Fokkers and Albatri and I always try to support the underdog. Anyway, at the model still needs weathering, rigging and basing, so check back soon for the finished thing! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Frigging in the Rigging

One of the items I picked up at Triples this year was this Roden SE5a kit. I bought it as an experiment in rigging. I have built several World War One aircraft over the years, but have never rigged any of them, as they have been in 1/72nd scale I've never bothered. But last year I bought a Pfalz DIII and a Roland CII, both in 1/48th scale and they will need rigging properly. So I bought this SE5a to try it out on. I used the stretched sprue technique and despite being an imperfect kit, I am pleased with how it turned out.

It is the SE5a flown by Captain S.P. Simpson of No.32 Squadron RFC, in France, May 1918. I now feel more confident about tackling the larger kits, so keep an eye out for when they are completed and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

198th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Today is the 198th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, as a teenager I re-fought Waterloo more times than I can remember using 1/72nd scale Esci and Airfix plastic figures. Unfortunately I have no photos of those games, so instead here is a bunch of some of my favourite paintings of the battle:

At the same time the Battle of Wavre was being fought between the French and Prussians, unfortunately I have been unable to locate any pictures of the engagement, so here is the map of the battle instead:

I was working in the Liddle First World War archive recently for material for my dissertation and came across a set of letters and a diary which both mentioned 'Waterloo Day', both from 1915. Then it struck me that the men in the trenches were celebrating the centenary of that battle as they were facing their once allies, the Germans. The fact that it was mentioned in the two sources meant that it must have been a big deal, similar to the coming centenary of the First World War. One of the letters described how the men on the front line had made dummies of the Kaiser and propped them on the parapet so the German snipers could shoot holes in them!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

No, I am your Father!

What better way to celebrate Father's Day than having the classic Father/Son face off in the form of Luke Skywalker verses Darth Vader? Well that's how Dean and I celebrated anyway. He rocked up to mine with his new X-Wing purchases, a Y-Wing, a new TIE Fighter and Darth Vader's TIE Advanced. Again, I was relegated to the Rebels, so I beefed up my forces with the addition of Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter and some Ace Y-Wing Pilot called Horton Salm. With the addition of Astromech droids, proton torpedoes and other fancies, it brought my points to just over 100. Dean's forces consisted of four TIEs and Darth Vader's TIE Advanced. I had a bad feeling about this...

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Wings of War Balloon Busting Solo Mission

I've always played Wings of War/Glory with an opponent, so I decided to have a go at solo play. The easiest way to do this was to have a Nieuport 16 armed with Le Prieur rockets on a balloon busting mission and faced with German ground defences. The balloon would be in the air for twelve turns before it was winched to the ground, so the plucky attacker had a big challenge.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space...

Dean brought his newly purchased copy of  X-Wing over the other night. I know I am bit slow to the X-Wing party, but I have been itching to play it since its release yet I've been slightly put off by the price and what I see as a limited amount of ships.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

British Stokes Mortars

Having a couple of free hours on Friday night I sat down and finished off these two Stokes Mortars and crew by Peter Pig for my British Square Bashing army. when I say Stokes mortars I actually mean 3" mortars from the PBI range with First War crew as a special pack because PP have yet to release a WW1 British Mortar. At this scale there is very little difference between the two anyway, but I'd like to see a Toffee Apple mortar as well as a Stokes. However, I'd also like to see some British bombers and rifle grenades along with various other things to finish off the Square Bashing range. Ahh, we can't always have everything we want, can we?

I trimmed the end of the shell that the loaders were carrying to make it look more like a Stokes round.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Welcome to my Barn Raising!

This little barn came from EBay, it's a HO scale barn by PECO and was amongst some other buildings that I picked up for a few pounds. I thought I'd be able to do a bit of work on it to make it useable for Rapid Fire! or any other game really, as it's pretty timeless.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Zvezda Panzer IVD and some World War One training trenches

These are the first pieces I have finished from the my Triples stash. It is the Zvezda 1/100 Panzer IVD. I wasn't very keen on this kit, the usual clean lines that you find with Zvezda just were not apparent and detail was lacking. Still, they will make some heavy support to the rapidly growing early WW2 German force I have and the detail will not be seen from arm's length anyway. I added stowage from the usual suspects of Battlefront, Command Decision and PSC.

Also, recently as part of a project for work I took a trip to Silverwood Cub Scout Camp near Barnsley, South Yorkshire to have a look at the barracks of the Barnsley Pals (13/14th (Service) Battalion) and some training trenches they excavated in early 1915. These are the remaining hut bases from the barracks, there are probably a lot more still remaining across the site.

I believe these to be the remains of the training trenches the men would have dug whilst they were billeted close by.

The right angled cut at the bottom of the picture could be the remains of a trench cut right angle.

The features are eroded and wide through decades of having cub scouts running up and down the banks.

The memorial for the 13/14th (Service) Battalion close to the woods.

Thanks for looking!