Thursday, 9 December 2010

IPMS Scale ModelWorld 2010 part six

This particular post is more of a summary of some of the techniques I picked up at The IPMS Show last month - particularly working with metal/metal foil.

Photo One - Shows the workbench of Ian Sadler who I spent a great deal of time with - exchanging ideas and generally enjoying myself discussing scratch-building techniques. Ian is a regular attendee of the show and I can personally recommend that his modelling techniques are truly inspirational. Ian is a member of the IPMS UK Technical Advisory Service (TAS) and can be contacted via this link

As you can see Ian regularly used everyday items, foil, cartons and even sweet wrappers to model replacement parts and additional details for the Armour TAS. His demonstration desk shows just a small fraction of what is possible with take-away cartons and foil.

Photo Two - Again by Ian Sadler is a better illustration of what can be made from scrap foil - I would hope that this photo alone would be inspiration enough for any reader to experiment.

I am particularly impressed with the replacement bonnet!

Photo Three - Even more of Ian's illustrations, the corrugated fencing being made from take-away carton foil and 'crimped' with an artists tube paint tube squeezer, if you look closely in Photo One, you will see it. White plastic tube squeezer from The Works (UK)

Photo Four - For the more adventurous, what about a stressed metal fuselage? I had originally photographed this Gloster E28 for including in a 'spectacular' IPMS entry - but it just seems to work here! This is scratch-building at its very, very best.

Photo Five and Six shows another exhibit where natural metal has been used to give superb and competition winning results.

Photo Seven - A Hawker Hart (or is it Hind?) Again fantastic natural metal work.

I can only look on in awe at the skill these modellers have shown in producing models and model parts from sheet foil and even beer cans. I hope that you agree and just maybe you will experiment with this everyday material, Good luck and to all Scratch-builders, thank you for the inspiration.

I have in the past used aluminium foil, lead foil (wine bottles or tomato paste tubes) and pieces of soft drinks cans to model detailing parts, but these modellers enjoy a completely different level of skill and expertise.



John Lambshead said...

Interesting, I have never thought of using foil for anything but emergency fuse replacement. I must try this.

Lasgunpacker said...

Those scratch modeling illustrations are amazing. Shows what you can do with a little imagination and a some practice. I particularly like the streetlights and other "terrain" bits, as they are often sorely lacking from game boards.

painterman said...

Wow, that's really impressive work. Have always been aware of this show and your excellent reports have made my mind up to go in 2011!

Leutenant Brittan said...


I posted on the Miniatures page about Anvil and Forge magazine! Essentially I am after any Leviathan articles that you may have!

All the best!

airhead said...

Great inspiration, thinks for posting.

All the best


Ludo Weyden said...

That are some amazing skills and techniques. thanks for the interesting post. really nice. ;)