Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Testing a new LED light set up

Earlier today I purchased a new LED lamp and set about testing it with my light table set up.

I am using my Minolta Dimage Z1 camera 3.2 Mega Pixels with camera set to Macro and varying the light effects and in the case of the last image - the background.

Image 1 - New LED set to cool (daylight) setting.

Image 2 - Same set up but light set to warm light.

Image 3 - Same set up but without new LED light.

Image 4 - Cool LED light set up but with green background.

I think the new light works better with greater clarity and colour definition.


Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Grand Manner is closing

Dave Bodley of Grand Manner has recently announced that he is retiring and that final orders for his painted resin buildings will be early next month. For full details see this link.

I first met Dave some twenty years ago at a shop in Evesham and have been lucky enough to both work with him and meet up socially. I consider him a friend as well as a colleague. I wish him all the very best for his well earned retirement.


Monday, 30 January 2023

Croome National Trust

Yesterday, Sue and I visited the National Trust park and house - Coome on the outskirts of Worcester. We spent most of the time in the park and visiting the Georgian house, but I still had time to check out RAF Defford. The RAF base was set up during WWII and remained operational until the early Cold War as an experimental radar establishment. All that now remains are a couple of huts and a cracked runway, but the museum still has lots to offer and I enjoyed the experience.

For more information, see this link.


Thursday, 19 January 2023

Scratching that itch.....

It's been some time since I blogged about any of my narrow gauge railway projects and in truth there has been very little in the way of any new contact. But.....

I just can't stop thinking about yet another narrow gauge layout build and have started to browse the internet for inspiration. I know that I should be hunkering down and progressing on some wargame magazine content, but that narrow gauge layout butterfly just keeps nagging at me.

My plan is to exhibit Yellow Pelican Mining sometime this year - in fact I'm already looking at suitable and reasonably close exhibitions that I might attend and exhibit at, but so far nothing firmly booked. I''ll keep you informed of any developments, but don't expect anything soon - narrow gauge railway layouts and particularly scratch built narrow gauge railway layouts take some time from conception to the final layout.


Wednesday, 18 January 2023

West House in Epic Scale - Miniature Wargames issue 478

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames (issue 478 from February 2023) has a third scratch built Warlord Games 'Epic Scale' cottage built by me and based on an illustration in the book 1400 Days - The US Civil War Day by Day.

The model was built from corrugated cardboard profiles and thin cereal box card with DAS modelling clay and ready-mixed filler on a used CD. For more information please see the magazine or check out this link.


Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Maverick Games - Good luck with the new venture

Good luck with the new company - we are so proud of you. Maverick Games.

Mum and Dad

Friday, 6 January 2023

Greyhound with Tom Hanks

Sue and I recently watched the Tom Hanks movie Greyhound which was featured on AppleTV.

I thought it was a great film with my only criticism, being that it was a little dark (it could have been lit better). I'd been wanting to see this film since it's release in 2022 and this Christmas/New Year was the perfect opportunity to enjoy it.

A very well made and very well acted WWII drama and well worth checking out.