Friday, March 27, 2020

Submarine model - hull and deck improvements

After thinking carefully on how best to improve the submarine model I made some time back, I decided on the following
- raising the out of water height by 3mm
- add a wider curved shape to the central section to represent the top of the ballast tanks.
- improving the look of the deck

I got the sub out for modification, plus a couple of reference photos ....
 I used some paper and a bendy ruler to mark out a template for the new central part shape...
New parts cut out of 3mm card and stuck to the underside, the height 'out of water' look is much better
 new side shape created using plastic wood followed by a light sanding down...
deck given a new surface using some strips of textured wallpaper...
New deck painted and the hull given a new coat of grey paint
I'll have to think of a game I could use it in ....

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Coastal Tanker - finished

The tanker completed, a quick simple paint job on the new deck...

Friday, March 20, 2020

Coastal Tanker (WIP) ....

I've been sorting through my reminder post-its by the modelling desk, one of which was ship with tanker deck.  I'd watched the film Above us the Waves the day before (which includes a sub taking on oil from a tanker) so I decided to make an alternate deck for my small coastal ship...

I cut a new deck base out of cardboard and put in a central walkway with a handrail from thin wire, then added some detail using oddments from the plastic bits-box...

I got out my home-made submarine to put alongside asking for a refill....
the sub also needs some work to give it a better look,  its a bit narrow  (showing a bit more of the hull would be nice)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

A few german figs...

Been painting a few oddment german figures ...

Sunday, March 8, 2020

some scenic bits - buildings and cars....

Picked up a few bits today at a local toy & train fair which could be useful for future story lines and games. A standalone small square factory building, a larger low relief one. Also a couple of cars, two are 1930's Peugeot 1/43 scale ones made my 'Miniatures de NoRev'


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Arrival at the de-briefing location....

The spies, recently returned from England arrive at their de-briefing location ...

[Note: story line posts will switch over to 28mm figs, once I get sufficient figs painted....; games will continue using 20mm]

Monday, February 24, 2020

A special flight lands .....

Linked to Somewhere in England blog post .....
 https://dorset1940.blogspot.com/2020/02/where-sparrows-fly.html


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The German spies extracted from southern England, crossed the channel safely. After reaching the French coast their ME109 escort peeled off to go back to its base and was replaced by a Storsch. A while later they arrived at an airfield somewhere in France....

The Lysander lands.....
 and taxis to nearby the control tower; while the Storsch escorting it landed & parked up...
 A car drew up near the Lysander, Smith and the Robinsons headed for the car ...
they would be taken to intelligence HQ for a de-briefing, once they'd finished their written reports they would meet with General von Tiddenheim .....