Sunday, 13 June 2010

New Challenger 1 Pictures

Here are some new pictures of the best model I ever made. For more information about the extra details I added to this model, please read my previous post entitled; 'Best Model First!'.

Not only is this my best model, but I think it's also the best picture I've ever taken of any of my models

Good overall view of my Challenger 1 model

Rear view which also shows the camouflage pattern on the Commander's Winter overcoat

Another low angle shot taken to show the Olive Drab and Black UK camouflage scheme, it also shows the weathering I did

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Model Scrapyard!

A while ago I mentioned that I had a lot of models which were damaged and in need of repair. Amongst these models are 5 motorbikes and 3 cars. One of the cars is a 1:32 scale Volkswagon Beetle which I was supposed to be building and painting for my eldest nephew!

My model scrapyard!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Best of the Rest

To save me from posting up to date pictures of the whole of my military model collection, here are some pictures of the 'Best of the Rest'! The 4 models shown are my; German Leopard 2A5, German Marder 1A2 IFV, Russian T72M and Russian T34/76. My favourite of these is the T34 which I painted in a winter camouflage scheme over its dark green base coat.

Front 3 quarter view of my German Leopard 2A5

View of the turret, showing the Commander's camouflage pattern

This one shows how the side armour module opens out to allow engine deck access

Front 3 quarter view of my German Marder 1A2

This one shows the details on the turret

View of the Marder, showing the open engine compartment, with engine details inside

Front 3 quarter view of my Russian T72M

This shot shows the detail on the rear engine deck

This one shows the overall level of detail on the model

'Greatest Tank of All Time' My Russian T34/76

Front view showing the driver inside the tank's hull

Side view showing that famous silhouette

Abrams Up-Date

Here are some more pictures of my M1A1 Abrams M.B.T.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

'Warts' In Close Up!

Here is the latest in my series of updates; A27M Cruiser MkVIII, Cromwell MkIV to give it its full name! This tank was designed to replace the Crusader Cruiser tank and was Britain's equivalent of the U.S. M4 Sherman Medium Tank. It was also roughly equal to the German PzKpfw IV. If I was to call any Tamiya model perfect, it would probably be this one. In terms of accuracy of detail, ease of construction and clarity of instructions, this model has them all!

Tamiya have always had a reputation for quality, but in the early days, they had a rather poor reputation for accuracy. This was because a lot of their models were designed for younger modellers, in that they had a lot of what I have called in the past 'Toy Features' i.e. moving parts. Another problem was that the models had to be slightly enlarged to accomodate an elctric motor and running gear. This meant that the models weren't built to an accurate scale size. However, later Tamiya models have done away with the motorisation option, which has meant that they have been able to vastly improve the scale accuracy of their models. There are now very few model manufacturers that come anywhere near Tamiya for quality or accuracy. In my opinion, there is only Academy, AFV Club and Dragon Models that can match Tamiya.

Anyway, back to the Cromwell! As I mentioned in my earlier post about the Cromwell, I decided to fit the 'Normandy Cowling' and the 'Cullins Hedgerow Cutter' to represent a vehicle that took part in the Normandy Campaign of WW2. This is probably my second favourite British tank model after my Churchill. The decals are of a tank from the 7th Armoured Division AKA 'The Desert Rats'. Monty specifically recalled the Desert Rats from the Italian campaign to take part in the D-Day landings. It was also Cromwells from the Desert Rats that fell victim to the German Tank Ace, Michael Wittman at the Battle of Villers Bocage.

And there, in a nut shell, is why I enjoy model making so much. It enables me to get a real feel for history. Instead of just reading books or watching television, I can almost literally have history sitting in the palm of my hand! I remember when, as a junior model maker, my Mum would ask me why I had so many models cluttering up my bedroom, my answer was always "But Mum, I only buy models of Historical Significance"!

Here then, are some more pictures of my 'Historically Significant' Cromwell Cruiser tank!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The Big Chief In Close Up

I took these extra pictures of my British Chieftain M.B.T. today. Looking at these pictures now, I realise that this is probably one of my favourite models. This is one of the best Tamiya pre 'nuts and bolts and polly caps' models, where everything is held together by good old fashioned glue and nothing else! It's also one of only two models I have ever weathered. The only things that are missing are the usual loads that go in the stowage basket on the tank's turret.

I recently made myself a portable photographic studio for taking pictures of my models in. It has enabled me to take far better quality pictures, which are better posed against a plain background.

Here is my Chieftain sitting in my homemade portable studio
ready to be photographed