04/08/2022

Cripes - when 3D printing goes wrong

It looks like a bomb has hit it.
All of these were printed hollow and I thought I had manged to drill and drain all the uncured resin inside. But the recent very hot weather has proved me wrong - there was still uncured resin inside and as it seeped away it blocked up the drain holes. It then expanded and forced its way out through the weakest points giving the impression of an internal explosion.

So back to the drawing board for these and attempt to find a better solution and replace the damage. I also have other models that have suffered collateral damage and have resin sprayed on them. Hopefully I can solve this by painting over with matt varnish.

02/08/2022

On the workbench - August 2022

Reasonable progress last month, almost everything completed and Pegasus bridge is now assembled.
So I will be more ambitious and work on
  • A river or suitable base for the bridge that hopefully links to my existing river.
  • A Horsa glider to go with it.
  • An early war Spitfire from the stash
  • WSS British and Hessian dragoons
  • WSS French Garde du Corps and Gendarmerie
  • A pair of Boer War Pom-Poms and crews
  • Cisapline Republic Infantry

01/08/2022

Napoleonic miscellany

An interesting selection to fill odd gaps in my collection
A pair of Spanish Ox-drawn limbers, the oxen and limber are 3D printed and the teamster is a repurposed HaT Spanish light infantryman.
Spanish cavalry, the Reina Cavalry and Numancia Dragoons, these are a mash up with Esci Prussian cavalry riders and various left over horses from other projects.
and an unplanned addition French Engineers in siege armour (LW figures donated by Douglas H), these will be used for a seige sortie game using Rebels and Patriots hence the basing.

28/07/2022

Some bits for my late war Germans

A pair of Borgward Wanze for Fall of the Reich games and a brace of 88mm Pak43s.
I have deliberately added the camo nets to the Pak43s to hide the slight distortion in the gun shields. They were printed so thin that they warped almost as soon as they cured. Hot water and superglue got them nearly correct, but they are very fragile and the nets also protect them. Crew are repurposed PSC Pak38 crews with some 17pdr rounds (close enough to those for an 88mm).

27/07/2022

The rest of my desert Italians

I have found the missing Stelets Italian Desert patrol and painted them, so here they are along with the Saharianas I will be using them with.
The SPA-Viberti AS.42 Saharianas are a mix of my old Frontline resin model (left) and the newer Italeri plastic kit (right).

21/07/2022

DAK desert patrol

Continuing the desert theme, here is the Strelets DAK desert patrol.
I also painted up a couple of old MG teams as well

14/07/2022

A few Italians for North Africa

Some of the latest output from Strelets, Italians Infantry in Defense and Obice da 75/18 Mod 35 Howitzer & Italian Crew. Unfortunately I somehow missed the other figures from Italian Desert Patrol.
Italians Infantry in Defense - slightly heavy in MGs but that is what I was short of.
Obice da 75/18 Mod 35 Howitzer & Italian Crew - I do feel I need to add the gun shield to the howitzer as it looks naked without it. There were enough figures in the pack to crew the two guns, a loader team commander and an OP/radio team.
Meanwhile I have been battling the delights of a new computer with Windows 11 and slowly managing to get it to do what I want, not what it thinks I want!! Tthe above photos are not as crisp as those from the previous app for Windows 10 so that still needs to be resolved.