Sunday, September 15, 2019

US T1E2 Light Tank

The US Light Tank prototype T1E2 was one of a series of Light Tanks built in the late 'twenties and early 'thirties.

The T1E2 was the third prototype model and had the engine in the front with the turret and the crew compartment at the rear. The turret was armed initially with a short 37mm gun and a coax 0.30" Browning, but was later armed with a long barrel 37mm Browning semi-automatic gun.

The Empress kit comprises a resin hull and turret, and white metal track units and gun barrel.

I managed to irreversibly bend the barrel, so decided to make my own out of brass rod.
 The track units do not have proper fixing points, so I drilled a couple of depressions into the hull and the track unit so the epoxy resin would have a better grip.

The gun barrel, recuperator and coax machine gun were made from 1.5mm diameter brass rod.

A  set of ammunition boxes from the Rubicon Allied Stowage Set was cut in half and fixed to the rear mudguards.
 Once assembled, the tank was given an undercoat of Citadel Chaos Black spray, followed by Humbrol 155 Olive Drab spray. The tracks were painted with a wet blended mix of Vallejo black, Vallejo Black Grey, and Army Painter Chaotic Red.
This was dry brushed with Citadel Nurgling Green dry brush paint. The track etc was retouched with a similar mix.
 The decals were from the Italeri 28mm scale M3 Stuart kit. I am not convinced about the US flag.

A comparison with the Carden Loyd MG carrier.

It now needs some weathering.

I did have a zoom in on the flag:
That is a fifty star flag, someone did not do their research.

Friday, September 13, 2019

15mm Cromwell from PSC part three

At Colours I bought a set of 15mm transfers for the British Guards Division.

The Cromwell has received Guards Division and Welsh Guards decals.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Colours 2019

So once again it is time for the journey to Newbury Racecourse for Colours.

First port of call was Empress Miniatures, they had just received the castings for the Ontos so I wanted to buy one before they sold out. I only just made it. There was also the M113 ACAV, the rest of the Vietnam USMC and the current NVA figures. I also bought a T1E2 pre-war US tank.

I have to sort out the colours for the M113 and get the M50 Ontos book by Osprey book.

Crooked Dice had lots of new stuff, including this cute Giant Robot.
My stack of Rubicon kits does not seem to go down. Though I added this lot, so perhaps there is an explanation.
For the first time in 20 years or so I bought some 1/300 vehicles from Heroics and Ros.
 Some Russian vehicles (and a Warrior)
British vehicles.
 I also bought a box of Wargames Atlantic's SF infantry.
 They are likely to end up as Hydra troopers or something similar.

Gringo's 40 had their new 28mm Mule self propelled recoilless rifle.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Puma Sch├╝tzenpanzer (IFV) - Empress Miniatures: Research

At Salute 2019 (amongst other things) I bought Empress Miniatures recently released Puma IFV.

I have been waiting to buy some books on the vehicle before starting assembly - and now I have them.

The Tankograd books cover the development and entry into service of Germany's new Infantry Fighting vehicle, replacing the venerable Marder IFV.
The books contain colour photographs including walk rounds and interior shots that will make assembly and detailing a lot easier.
While I was at it, I also bought another Tankograd book on a 2017 German exercise. No Pumas were involved, but it does have useful information on current German equipment.
 Now I just need to get round to assembling and painting the Puma.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

15mm Cromwell from PSC part two

A long while ago, I started work on a Plastic Soldier Company Cromwell tank.

It was a nice and easy kit to build, I just did not get round to painting it. The crates are from the PSC German accessory set, though I am not sure where the toolbox on the left rear mudguard was sourced from.

It got undercoated along with some other British vehicle I was working on, and the tracks and camouflage nets got painted black when I had some black paint to spare.

The tank received the traditional Citadel Chaos Black spray undercoat followed by PSC British Tank green.

The camouflage nets were painted with Vallejo Black and dry brushed with Citadel Nurgle Green (as was the hull and turret).

The tyres are Vallejo Black Grey. The tarpaulins are Citadel Steel Legion Drab. The crates were painted with Vallejo Old Wood. The straps are Citadel Zandri Dust.
The hull and turret were washed with Citadel Athonian Camoshade and the tracks and wheels with Citadel Agrax Earthshade.
The Tank Comander is very shy.

It is short of decals. Something to remember at Colours.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

HLBSCo Spartan APC

Back in 2017 at Salute I bought the HLBSCo 1/48 scale CVR(T) Spartan from Empress.

I had been nagging Empress about producing one to go with their Scimitar since at least 2013.

This was the first HLBSCo vehicle I had bought, and I was disappointed by the model.
The kit is similar in form to some of the Warlord resin vehicles, with white metal running gear.
There appears to have been a change in the supplied components compared to the instructions (the instructions show stub axles on the lower hull to take the separate wheels).
 You can also see the stub axles protruding from the sprocket and idler wheels, with no matching sockets in the one piece hull moulding.

There are large resin blocks with the tools, lights and fire extinguishers on, that will be a pain to separate.

The separate wheels will need to be aligned carefully (there is no indication on the hull where the wheels should go.
I do have a second Empress Scimitar kit, I am wondering if the running gear from that would fit (and if I could buy a second set from Empress).