Sunday, 14 January 2018

Free Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a

Yesterday afternoon I came home to this surprise. Sue had picked up the Daily Mail newspaper from WH Smiths which was offering this Airfix 1/72nd scale Spitfire Mk.1a model kit free. The newspaper proclaimed that the model kit was worth £9.99 quite a jump from the 2/6 kits I used to buy with my pocket money. Thank you Sue.

For more details see this link.

Later I was searching the internet for some images and came across this Limited Edition box art with Daily Mail logo in the lower right hand corner. My free kit is plain (without the logo) and I couldn't help thinking how rare such a Limited Edition box is or could be in the future.

It is disappointing to read rumours that Hornby (the owners of Airfix) are looking to sell the brand.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Scale Model World 2017 - part five

This update is a mix of 'what-if' planes, special colour schemes and Sci-Fi models from the show. I have started with some unusual aircraft that were spotted at Scale Model World - the IPMS show held in Telford last year.

Then some TV or Film inspired models.

And finally a scratch-built, steampunk motorcycle.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Cold Weather

Blog updates and new modelling projects have been delayed since Christmas as cold weather has limited the amount of time I have wanted to sit in the cold and model or paint.

Commissions and work on magazine and book articles have fared worse but I am hopeful that once the better (warmer) weather starts, I can get back on track.

I will of course keep the Blog updated as to progress.


Monday, 8 January 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part seventeen

Taking inspiration from the original Lion Salt Works salt pan, I felt that the model needed even more weathering. I have once again used watercolour pencils to add more ageing. The police officer stands around 60mm tall from head to toe and gives some idea of the scale of the model.


Friday, 5 January 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part sixteen

I started by ageing the OSO SALT lettering. I used a broken sponge and dark grey acrylic paint which was dabbed on to the metal salt pan walls. Further weathering was carried out with thinned and watered-down light grey washes built up in thin layers while a white Conte a Paris 630 artist pencil was used to produce the vertical white streaks. I sharpened the pencil to a very fine point and used it to draw fine lines on the sides of the salt pan.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part fifteen

The metal salt pan has been weathered, well at least the weathering has been started. I have used acrylic paint applied with both a broken sponge and a fine brush to add rust streaks to the salt pan.

Please note, the metal salt pan is still not glued in place. I'm thinking I might have to add even more weathering.....


Monday, 1 January 2018

Christmas (and New Year) Board Games

As usual, we managed to play some board games over the Christmas and New Year period. First up we have Dixit an old favourite that we brought out once again.

Similarly Codenames had an outing and we had great fun, particularly one clue - four links - Bagatelle! Ask Sue and Holly about how I cocked this one up.....

Crossfire was a New game for 2018 and although we all enjoyed it, playing it a number of times gets you rely quite confused as to exactly what cards you have or have had!

Finally Mysterium - my favourite of the holiday games and one that although expensive is a great family co-op game.

Happy New Year.