This is not the start of a new project

Everyone should have a Pershing!

Everyone should have a Pershing!

Not at all.

It’s just that I was at Mega Mall on Saturday looking to see if I could expand the memory in my laptop (I can’t  – brickbats to Asus) and after failing at that, madam suggested slipping down to the lower ground floor. There is a Lil’s Model Shop there with an extensive range of Tamiya kits and modelling equipment as well as Trumpeter, Fujimi and others.

It was there that two things caught my eye. One was the 1/72 scale M26E2 Pershing Heavy Tank.

The Pershing was the first operational heavy tank of the United States Army. It was designed in World War II and saw a little action there.

The M26 was supposed to be an improvement of the M4 Sherman and although it was heavier and better armed, and indeed a match for the German Tiger I and Panther tanks, it was pretty unreliable mechanically. Its most famous use in World War II was with the 9th Armored Division and the dash to take the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen.

Pershings also were active in the Korean War, where they were superior to the T34/85s used by the North except that they suffered in the hilly terrain. They were replaced by the M46 Patton.

It will look good displayed next to the Panther I already have. So, you can see my interest.

Always was interested in Aerosans

Always was interested in Aerosans

Speaking of interests, I’ve always had a interest in some of the more esoteric Soviet vehicles from both the Winter War and World War II. In this case it is Aerosans.

This model, the NKL-26 was an armoured aerosan based on an earlier vehicle, the NKL-6 (OSGA-6). It was constructed from plywood and protoected with 10mm armour plate to the front. Armarment was a 7.62mm machine gun in a ring mount. It was powered by an M-11G aircraft engine.

There were two crewmen and could carry four ski troops riding outside the vehicle on its skis or towed behind.

Detailed painting instructions, in colour. Paint it white!

Detailed painting instructions, in colour. Paint it white!

The Trumpeter kit is 1/35 scale and includes two crewmen.

Also included is the coloured colour painting guide. Painting guide? Paint white :-)

I’m really looking forward to building this model as it covers a vehicle not often seen. I am also looking forward to trying my spray gun out on this – after all, how wrong can a bloke go spraying white?

The big surprise for me with this kit was the number of etched brass parts included. Now I am really going to need to pay attention during the building.

I think next I’ll pick up some 1/100 scale aircraft next, just to relax with mind ;-)

And as I say in the title, this is not the start of a new project or interest – just a bloke building a couple of models on a cold Manila evening!

Damn, there are a butt-load of etched brass fittings!

Damn, there are a butt-load of etched brass fittings!

Slingshot 296 Arrives in Manila

296 CoverThere was a pleasant surprise in the letterbox here Thursday night – Slingshot 296 from the Society of Ancients had arrived. The contents of this edition include: the Macedonian Cavalry Wedge; War, Games and Wargames (4); Destrier Rides Again!; Books and Game Reviews; and Battle Reports from the Society’s Battle Day, on Montaperti, 1261 AD.

That is all! I am now too busy reading!

WIP – Modern Naval Japanese – Aircraft

2014-11-11 00.52.24I finally got around to working on the aircraft to support the modern Japanese fleet I built for playing Shipwreck! The ships are 1/3000th scale but the aircraft are 1/1200th scale, purchased from Magister Militum. Magister Militum have two ranges of aircraft, Cap Aero and 617 squadron.with the Cap Aero slightly finer models than 617 Squadron.Having said that, both ranges produce some nice aircraft.

The two ranges cover modern aircraft from the major powers. The aircraft are modelled with wheels.down, I guess as they would have made a good addition to 1/1200 or 1/1250 scale carriers or models of an airfield.

I snipped the undercarriage off in most cases as part of the clean up process. I had some hexagonal bases from Magister Militum as well but I found when mounting larger aircraft they were a little unstable. Enter the Philippine Central Bank The 10 and 25 centavo coins, apart from being magnetic, provide an extra degree of stability.

2014-11-11 00.52.05There are no Japanese Aircraft but fortunately the Japanese companies work with US aircraft manufacturers to produce localised versions. So, the McDonald Douglas F-16 is produced locally in Japan by Mitsubishi with a slightly larger planform (about 25% larger) but to all intents and purposes is an F-16. So, the F-16 doubles as a Mitsubishi F-2.

The Japanese also use F-4 Phantoms so I get to have one of my favourite aircraft on the table. The Kawasaki Company made a local version of the Neptune so the model is filling in for a Kawasaki P-2J Neptune.

The last two aircraft are some helicopters. The Sikorsky Super Stallion, a heavy lifting ‘copter and another MItsubishi local production of an American ‘copter, the Mitsubishi SH-60J Seahawk.

The brass rods these are mounted on are at various heights. 4cm is used for maritime patrol aircraft like the Neptune, 3cm for attack aircraft like the F-2 and 2cm for helicopters. I have plans to mount some missiles on a 1cm base but that may need to wait until after I have a sanity check.

I’m looking forward to getting some paint on these on Sunday.

Wargame Bloggers Quarterly

The New Issue

The New Issue

If you are like me, you have every intention of spending time whipping around the Interwebs for an hour or so at night and catching up on those wargamers with more painting talent, more modelling talent, a better grasp of rules systems and such than I have but for some reason, you never get the time.

Enter Wargame Bloggers Quarterly.

This is a “fanzine” issued every two months and which grabs some of the best content from wargamer’s blogs on the Internet and builds that content into a PDF based online magazine. The magazine, unlike the commercial ones, is platform independent so you can download it to your PC< read it on your Android, iOS or Windows 8 tablet (probably even Blackberry) and even on your phone of you want to squint a lot :-)

This month’s issue has just been released. The contents include:

  • The Sudan
  • Marengo
  • Colonial New Zealand Wars
  • Cricket in VBCW
  • Second Part of Serenity City Series started last month
  • and lots more

Their Facebook page for those using Facebook is here. They also are on Google+.

It’s times like this I wish I was back living with a one hour train ride home instead of a 10 minute walk so that I could have a good read before getting into the maelstrom that is evenings at home.

Highly recommended!

DBA Version 3.0 – on the way

DBA 3.0 - on the way!

DBA 3.0 – on the way!

I spent 10 minutes over coffee this morning at the office and got around to ordering DBA 3.0. It is the first book I’ve ordered for delivery in Manila so I am curious to see whether there are duties payable or not.

There are a couple of other books (actual ones with paper) that I want to get but I think for that order I will have them sent to Mum’s in Oz and pick them up over Christmas.

In the meantime, I’m starting to think about DBA 3.0 seriously now and perhaps a December competition in Kuala Lumpur on the way home to Oz for Christmas!

A Good Chilli Sauce – Bonifacio’s Revenge

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Our local Greek restaurant has a really nice hot chilli sauce that they provide with dinner. You can also buy a bottle to take away.

Sunday I decided to cook some Chilli. Grabbed some minced beef, white beans, kidney beans, chopped tomato, Tabasco, onions, garlic and Bonafacio’s Revenge extra hot chilli sauce.

Simple recipe, basically toss it all into the pan and cook. Done. I served it with some pasta elbows.

The Bonafacio’s Revenge is described as XXXtra Hot – and it is. Apart from being one of the hottest chilli sauces I have had in my time, it is also one of the best.

And the Chilli itself? The food critic gave it a 10/10.

OK, I misspelled “Bonifacio” in the title since corrected – my excuse is not being able to see clearly for a period after eating it

Modern Naval – the Aircraft

A small piece of the lead pile

A small piece of the lead pile

As the next cab off the rank here in Thomo’s Manila Hole, and given that I have finished the repairs on the three modern fleets, I thought I would finish off the aircraft. Yes, they don’t look much like an air force or three at the moment but they will form the basis of the aircraft for the Indian, Chinese and Japanese Naval forces. So, what is being used? The aircraft are 1/1250th scale and a combination of Cap Aero and 617 Squadron, from Magister Militum. This scale was originally made I guess to provide aircraft for the 1/1250th scale ship collections as some of the aircraft in the ranges are carrier born aircraft with wings folded.

Anyway, in the collection are the following.

For the Indians:

  • Il-38 May
  • Tu-142 Bear
  • MiG-29K Fulcrum
  • Westland Sea King
  • Ka-27 Helix masquerading as Ka-28 and/or Ka-31
  • Sea Harrier
  • BR.1050 Alize

For the Chinese:

  • Tu-26 Badger
  • MiG-21 Fishbed masquerading as Chengdu J-7
  • Su-34 Flanker masquerading as Shenyang J-15
  • Su-30 Flanker
  • Ka-27 Helix masquerading as Ka-28 and/or Ka-31

And lastly, for the Japanese:

  • P-2H Neptune masquerading as a Kawasaki P-2J
  • F-16 Falcon masquerading as Mitsubishi F-2
  • Sikorsky Sea Hawk masquerading as Mitsubishi H-60
  • Sikorsky Super Stallion
  • F4 Phantom

And then to round all that out is a packet of mixed missiles. Of course, at 1/1250th scale and with my ailing eyes, one missiles is going to look like another.

Having looked at the models and started to prepare for the mounting I must admit that the Cap Aero are superior to the 617 Squadron models.The 617 models are fine in and of themselves, it’s just that the Cap Aero are a little finer – wings, tail planes and what detail there is is cleaner. I would recommend both ranges however, but I would recommend Cap Aero ahead of 617 Squadron. Just my opinion mind.

Next step, stick a brass pole into them and set the bases up.

First Batch of Repairs

The damaged aircraft


The damaged aircraft

As I finally had a painting area set up I thought I would start repairing the Balikbayan Box damage – the damage after the move from Singapore to Manila. The 1/1250 scale aircraft were the first cab off the rank.

The damaged aircraft were an Indian Naval Air Force Il-38 May and a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Aircraft Tu-26 Badger. The Il-38 had developed a really weird dihederal during transport.

So, dihederal corrected and a touch of super glue Gel and the aircraft are as good as new.

What is a little more interesting at the moment are the coins.

The aircraft, repaired and in the air again

The aircraft, repaired and in the air again

There is a collection of 10 and 25 piso coins on the table as well. These are reasonably new here from what I can determine and whilst the 25 piso one looks brass and the 10 piso coin looks copper, both are magnetic.

I noticed the same thing in Singapore with the new coins there, Regardless of the silver appearance, they were also magnetic. I’m starting to wonder now either what the metal is they are made of or what is added to the coin to give it the magnetic features.

The reason I have the coins is that I am thinking of attaching them to the underside of the aircraft bases to give them a little more stability. Anyway, first repairs complete! :-)

The coins are adhering to the magnet under the base

The coins are adhering to the magnet under the base

Back at the Painting Table … Finally!

The bits!

The bits!

I finally got a computer table which will serve as a computer table and a painting desk. A trip to one of the local model shops on Friday evening resulted in me having something to do as a small project. I got something to build. A drill, for models, with small chucks to take, er, small drills.

Now I will freely admit that this is only likely to be of great use when I am working in plastics although it may spin up with enough torque to drive a bit through the soft metal of wargame figures … ans ships.

Hmm!

The finished drill - on the painting table photographed darkly!

The finished drill – on the painting table photographed darkly!

This leads nicely into projects for the coming year. Now, as I have a drill, what can I drill. 2015 is the next year. One hundred years ago it was 1915 and that just leaves me one more year to wait for the centenary anniversary of the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht) on 31 May and 1 June 1916. I have two fleets at mother’s, the High Seas Fleet and the Grand Fleet in 1/3000th scale. Almost all those ships will require masts of some form or another. This is starting to look like a plan. Brass wire, a small electric drill and 200+ World War I ships.

Best of all, it stops me becoming lost in 1/72 scale plastic figures and tanks ;-)

Some Toys

One of the advantages of having regular employment again is being able to afford to buy some toys. I stopped into the Tamiya shop here in Glorietta tonight looking for a couple of kits. I found them … and I should point out that the car kits are not mine … madam has decided to build one to determine if it is a suitable present for her nephew … I knew there was a reason I liked this woman ;-)

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The loot from tonight's toy shopping