Sunday, 13 January 2019

Team Yankee: Putting some doctrine in the cliche mix...

Lol, high minded post titles.
Had a game finally, threw down against a Soviet Guards T64 company. My oh my those are nice tanks.
Sorry, no pics or battle reports though. Other than, got some kills with my M109s and smoked most of a platoon of BMP2 with a LAV platoon. I can hear the bushmasters howl...

A WIP of a LAV-C2 that I'm working on as an objective marker.

CH46D number 2 WIP, the door guns are placed better now 

M109s, F4S and CH46D

Most of my Marine gang at the moment, I can finally field a good, combined arms, 70pt list

A bloody awful kit, mind you the only 1/100 CH46 on the planet...

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Team Yankee: The Northern Flank

A pretty lazy post honestly. Just showing some of my work for TY.
Includes M60A1 ERA reactive armour mod as well as Humvee fording kit.
I need some more M60's and maybe a platoon of M1's or Leopards...hmmn.

This is not how to coil, more like a dog and pony static display


Humvees in MERDC with fording kit and expeditionary loads

Early WIP of grunts and CH46D

Grunts are nearly ready to rock. CH46D in progress

LAVs and CH46D w M2 BMG

Early WIP Humvees

Humvee fording kit and F4S

M60A1 ERA WIP, one complete and two sets of ERA

Ready for paint

M60s WIP

M60s WIP

Monday, 15 January 2018

Another Twin Engine Beauty

A26 Invader by Italeri. I was tempted to do up the Cuban version flown by both the FAR, current government of Cuba, and the FAL or "Bay of Pigs" invasion forces. This kind of points up my obsession with this aircraft. Birthed in the second world war and refined by wartime demands, it was a very well designed a/c for it's day. Beyond serving in US use in three wars, WW2, Korea and Vietnam, it was also used extensively overseas by US allies and proxies including Indochina, the Congo, Indonesia, Angola and Biafra.(!)

Great inspiring action shot. Note: Boeing officially licenced product logo.
"If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going" Old ad campaign that bled over into aviators circa WW2.

Building and pinting the cockpit first helps alot.

I didn't have a suitable aircraft interior anti rust colour so I mixed up my very own aircraft zinc.

Note that I also painted all of the interior while it was on the sprue and as I assembled it.
I remembered to paint a bunch of the small interior bits on the sprue. Since most of it is inside, no one will know...
A bit of bog was helpful, mostly it fit very well.
I had a couple gaps, where I had slightly mis-aligned a wing and it had knock on effects down the road. Nothing too bad, but annoying as the kit itself was quite good.
I decided that putting the wheels on first would help the masking...YMMV.
The A-26 is a sexy beast indeed, I can imagine some young bomber pilots realising that they got handed a real hot rod. Same engines as the much heavier B-26 and 10,000 lbs lighter, 4,000 combined horsepower in the two Twin Wasp engines. 570kph!

Tamiya cans are very nice, all of the ones I've used so far are tops.

After this I just did a bit of weathering and added antennae. Now another garage twin engine beauty.
I have a more brief post about my OV-10 Bronco build, also in 1/72 coming soon. What goes with these three?

Monday, 24 April 2017

Finally a bit of modelling

Now that I've graduated from Uni(!) and got a new job (!) time for some hobbies! Got a bit of modelling done. I decided to finally have a hack at this very interesting kit that my wife got me in Ukraine years ago. The SB-2, also known as the Tupolev ANT-40, was the most prolific and advanced bomber of the mid to late thirties. It saw service with the loyalist forces in Spain as well as against the Finns in Russian use. During Barbarossa, many were destroyed on the ground and in the air they struggled against the modern German fighters. Shifted East in order to survive they provided the bulk of the medium bomber support in the early Great Patriotic War years. They were however quickly replaced by the more powerful Pe-2. Interestingly, many SB-2 were sold on to the Kuomintang/ Communist forces on China.

This kit was bouncing around my garage for years!

Don't confuse these with the slightly later Ilyushin DB-3 of "Torpedonostsy" fame. (This movie is highly recommended from me!)

I went with the boring yet ubiquitous Soviet dark green paint scheme.
 The kit itself was very tough for someone like me! Brittle plastic, poorly fitted castings, some very small pieces and rubbish decals. Ugh, at least it's over now!

It really makes the red pop!
That said, it will be a nice complement to my 1/72nd scale collection that is slowly growing in my garage workshop!

Some Republic of China Air Force schemes.
I toyed with the idea of doing the KMT markings but couldn't find any on short notice. Now that I've seen how terrible the decals look I may go ahead and replace them at some point. (That picture is from a museum in Wuhan, China and taken on my crummy old phone a couple years ago. lol)

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

From the folks who brought you Skirmish Sangin

Here's a plug for my mates at DishDash.

Definitely check it out these minis look amazing.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Bolt Action Plastic T-34/85

For my birthday I got a very useful kit for my Soviet Army, (thanks Colin!). The Bolt Action T-34/85 isn't one that would have picked myself but it will be very handy for future BA games where some German player just must have his kittys. (Panthers or Tigers). I've heard there is a T-34/76 turret available on its own somewhere. Anyone?

Everything fit nicely but I got a good tip about bogging the surface.

I did some butchery of the mudguards as it's a lot easier with platic kits vs resin.

Waiting on final detail and tank riders!

Soviet Naval Infantry and SU-76M

Finally got some completed Soviets to show after months of back burner work. I also have some completed pics of the SU-76 I got on Poochs suggestion. Very cool model as I mentioned back a bit. The Naval Infantry models are a mix of all of the Bolt Action ones and a few Black Tree Minis as well I think.
1st and second squads will be joined by a third and costed as tank riders. The partizans are the free conscript squad. I also have a Maxim and a 82mm mortar in the works.

1st Squad

2nd Squad



SU-76M crew compartment