Tuesday 29 May 2012

Not At The Bench!

Well after my promise of some updates I am afraid I have failed miserably due to the wife going into hospital and then having to look after her once she got home plus the simply superb weather we are currently having here in the UK. Just had to get out in the garden and sort it out! Oh and it's perfect bbq weather too so plenty of beers just had to be drunk!

Should be back on track by the end of the week, I am on a course at the moment running about in the hot sun cooking inside a combined get up of tac vest and body armour, really at my age I should be taking it easy!

Thursday 17 May 2012

Yo Sushi!

Work on the type 90 and the helicopter has been somewhat slow over the last week as I have had many other things to keep me busy but some work has been done. As you would expect the type 90 just flies together with the usual tamiya quality. So far I have only used two or three bits from the eduard etched set. I have however added some handles made from brass rod on the engine decks, these replace the moulded solid kit items. I was surprised by the size of the model, I expected it to be small for some reason but it's of a comparable size to the German leopard tank.

I should be getting some paint on the chopper over the next few days and also painting the newly arrived alpine figure for the GMC so watch this space!

Tuesday 8 May 2012


Continuing my current two models rule here is the next bit of armour to grace the bench, Tamiya's superb Japanese Type 90 tank. This kit has the ammo loading crew set included plus I have a bit of Eduard etch to chuck at it. It has been in my stash for some time but has recently climbed the heady heights to the top of the "to do" pile! It has been ages since I last built a Tamiya kit so I am looking forwards to this as it's a real beauty.

Halt! Police!

Over the last few days I have been working away on the chopper detailing the seats with tape and plastic card as well as ensuring that everything fits as the locations of most parts are vague at best! The passenger doors are a particularly horrible fit so much so that I have decided to have one side open as the gaps where too big to fill. The glazing has also been test fitted and adjusted for a good fit later on. however the parts count is low and the plastic is very easy to work with. It's now ready fro primer and painting the cockpit.

The GMC is on hold at the moment while I wait for a figure to arrive and work out a diorama for the model. I will be adding the final stages of weathering once I have decided on the base.

Thursday 3 May 2012

More Features Added

I have now added a very useful feature to the blog, Google's translator. You will find this on the right under the blog archives.
Hopefully this will be of benefit to those of you who have difficulty understanding the drivel that I write!

Esci 1/48th BO-105 Police Helicopter

Here is the next build on the bench, ESCI's BO-105 police helicopter. This was a recent bargain purchase from ebay and considering the kits age, it was produced in 1983, it has stood up to the test of time well. The decals are still in excellent nick and the kit on the whole looks very nice indeed.

This is not my usual cup of tea as it's a rather clean finish, something I tend to shy away from but it's such an interesting subject I will attempt to do my best! The cockpit will get some enhancements I suspect and maybe a few more tweaks will be administered here and there but overall it will just be a fun build.