Friday, 14 June 2019

Airfix Magazine Annuals

Earlier this week Sue and I were tidying up the attic and I came across these early edition Airfix Magazine Annuals. The first volume (the black covered book on the bottom left) was bought for me when I was still in school - that's over 40 years ago!

It is a collection that I do not envision selling as the nostalgic value is worth so much more that the monetary. And as you can see they are very well read.

A real 'blast-from-the-past'.


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review #80

A third post detailing a six page treatise on painting and colouring wood found in the specialist railway magazine Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review. This time issue 80 from October 2009.

The article called Working with Wood was written by James Coldicott and shows materials and techniques for finishing scale timber for model making. The article covers; Materials and Tools, Timber Preparation, Solvents, Graining and even a step-by-step walk-through showing how to model aged wood in miniature. Another great read.

As with the two earlier posts - I would recommend searching out this not-too-common magazine series and checking out the very informative model making articles.


Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review #96

This is another Blog entry highlighting an article in the specialist narrow gauge railway magazine Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review that I picked up second-hand at the recent 7mm Narrow gauge show in Burton this weekend.

Issue 96 from October 2013 has a 6 page article called Weathering a Sentinel written by Tim Shackleton that details the use of MIG weathering powders and other weathering techniques on a 7mm scale white metal and brass 80hp Sentinel built from the Wrightlines kit.

Once again a beautifully written and illustrated tutorial with loads of hints and tips for realistic weathering and finishing that I have enjoyed reading. This is not a common magazine but it is well worth searching out as the techniques are very informative.


Monday, 10 June 2019

Wargame Terrain & Buildings - a You Tube Review

This week I came across this Wargames Illustrated You Tube review. For more information and to see the video please see the link below.

Further reviews and information on how to order a copy of Wargame Terrain & Buildings The Napoleonic Wars can be found here.


Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review #86

As regular readers and followers will know, I like to browse and purchase second-hand model making magazines, picking them up from charity shops or second-hand at shows. At the recent 7mm Narrow Gauge Railway Show in Burton I picked up a couple of second-hand issues of the specialist model making magazine Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review and in particular number 86 from April 2011.

The magazine has a 10 page spread by Simon Harris called Modelling and painting in the larger scales. This has to be one of the most informative model making articles I have ever read (and re-read) and is full of hints and tips for painting realistic metal and wooden subjects with some innovative and unusual materials and techniques.

The magazine is not generally available but I would thoroughly recommend searching it out and in particular getting hold of this tutorial as the techniques used will be of interest to modellers everywhere. It really is that good.

These are just three of the many illustrations of the narrow gauge wagons painted by Simon. They are built to the scale of 1/12th. I hope you will agree that there are quite spectacular.


Sunday, 9 June 2019

7mm Narrow Gauge Railway Show - this weekend

These scratch built models were built and painted by David Wright of Dovedale Models and seen at the recent 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Show held in Burton this weekend. I spent some time speaking to David who was only too happy to pass on his knowledge and offer advice.

The models are built to either 7mm = 1 foot or 1/48th scale.

The image above shows some work-in-progress or test pieces to illustrate his talks. All are Das modelling clay, but the base or core material ranges from card to foamboard to MDF.

More images can be seen by following this link.

Truly inspirational.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

D Day - 75th Anniversary

They shall grow not old.....