Tuesday 18 October 2016

Seehund Swift Progress

Work has advanced swiftly on the Seehund and she is now ready for a wash before priming. I made a couple changes to the kit in the form of brass handles instead of plastic and I used stretched sprue along the edge of the conning tower for weld beads.

The torpedoes are not built as I've had a very generous offer from Chris O who has a couple all built and painted which he does not want. That really saves some time as I can now concentrate on the painting of the model, cheers Chris!

Thursday 13 October 2016

No Yoke! Tiger Models F4U Corsair Egg Plane

In tandem with the seehund and as a form of stress relief and for a bit of fun I've decided to have another go at this egg plane lark. This one was another freebie form Tiger models in one of their early kit releases. I've even got a resin update set for it from retro wings courtesy of my trip to Belgium!

So far I've glued the wings together and cleaned up most of the parts. the fuselage is just push fitted at the moment. Details very good, it's got a pretty decent engine which will look great when painted.

And here's a comparison with my Me 109 from Tiger models.


Starting On The Seehund

A start has been made and I've glued the hull & torpedoes together and tonight started sanding down the joint lines. So far so good and I'm enjoying the simplicity of the build.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

New Project Bronco 1/35th Seehund XXVIIB Midget Submarine

Here's the next model on the bench and a change from armour and wheels Bronco's rather nice Seehund. This should be a straightforward build and hopefully quick as there are very few parts to worry about.

Monday 10 October 2016

IPMS Belgium Plastic & Steel Show Report

Last Friday again saw Stonehenge Modellers make our annual pilgrimage to IPMS Belgium's annual event Plastic & Steel. After a reasonably early start and some fuel in the form of bacon and sausage sarnies at Brian's before the trip, we had a very smooth journey to the venue at Affligem and after a warm welcome from Erwin and the guys we set up in quick order.

A quick trip back down the E40 to Aalst and our hotel saw us enjoying a few early beers before a well earned rest. Saturday was a lovely sunny start and we made our way to the show before the public were admitted and had a good look around at all the displays and traders. From the start we were busy with lots of interest in our stand. 

Again the quality of the models on display at both the club stands and competition was extremely high with some really innovative dioramas on show. I was also particularly taken by a very nice Belgian M47 and a superb Heller AMX VCI, to which the builder had done a ton of work to bring the kit up to spec.

Trader wise there was plenty of choice and even with the weak pound at the moment some bargains could be found. My steal of the weekend was the AFV Club IDF Shot Centurion for 28 euro. A shrewd purchase I feel! Watch out for that one next year as it's destined for a group build on Modelworx forum. 

Sunday was also busy but did tail off in the afternoon. However as usual the show was a brilliant mix of models, friendly hosts, interesting people and general modelling bollocks! The social side of modelling there is something we really enjoy and why we go back every year, it's a very different atmosphere to UK shows. Thanks as ever to IPMS Belgium for the invite and for being the professional hosts that they always are, we will see you next year.


And my stash additions,