Models 2019

So I have decided to push ahead with some serious blogging in 2019 and feel the model making content is a good way to go. A Lot is still a learning process. I like a huge range of models probably modern armor is one of my greatest interest. However, I grew up building a lot of model airplanes. I have amassed a large collection of models to work on but some I clearly know is beyond my abilities. So I have picked myself up a few different cheap models to help hone my techniques.

So here is what I have picked up. I will also give you a little understanding as to why I have got these particular models and what I hope to achieve.

1/48 scale Sea Harrier from Tamiya including Photo Etch.

1/48 scale Sea Harrier from Tamiya
1/48 scale Sea Harrier from Tamiya

I have always loved the Harrier, this Tamiya version is quite basic,  I want to concentrate on masking and airbrushing as well as dealing with small pe parts and finally dealing with clear plastic parts.

1/48 scale Apache from Academy.

1/48 scale Apache from Academy.
1/48 scale Apache from Academy.

With this one I think there are a lot of bombs and guns to stick on after painting, also dealing with masking and painting the canopy.

1/35th scale Tiger Tank Mid Production from Tamiya including Big Ed Set of Photo Etch

1/35th scale Tiger Tank Mid Production from Tamiya
1/35th scale Tiger Tank Mid Production from Tamiya

The tiger is a tank I feel I will build several of over the years. Some of the techniques on this will be the individual tracks. Masking of the road wheels as well as weathering. Ideally, I would like to do a DAK dessert version. This will help me learn some of the dessert weathering techniques. Also, the photo-etch and Zimmerit application.

1/700th scale HMS Dreadnought British Battleship 1907 from Trumpeter

1/700th scale HMS Dreadnought British Battleship 1907 from Trumpeter
1/700th scale HMS Dreadnought British Battleship 1907 from Trumpeter

This model is such a small scale it will let me practice working with a lot of small parts, also some weathering and rust.

I have also picked up a few other products that I want to try out. These include Maskol from Humbrol, Some washes and Pigments from AK Interactive, some Glue and Glaze for sticking clear parts, finally some extra thin cement from Tamiya with a tiny brush.

I am hoping once I have built and painted the aforementioned I should have quite a handle on most of the model techniques I should need and I can get started on

 

November Helluva Lot Of Stuff Going On

This has been quite a busy and fun packed month.

I have had a couple of weeks of work so have been able to finish decorating the living room and hall. There will be some quite meaty posts coming about that.

A little bit on the tech side got myself a new netbook, I will stick a little post up about that as I’m very happy with it so far. Also did some work on my girlfriends desktop pc, basically the thing was so sluggish. So a new SSD hard drive double the ram and a clean install on Ubuntu Linux. You can check out the post HERE.

WWE Survivor Series (2018)
WWE Survivor Series Traditional 5 on 5 elimination match. Team Raw vs Team Smackdown.

I reconnected with a few things that I love! The first being wrestling, I usually lose touch with it through the summer. Too many BBQ’s and not enough time. Generally, by Survivor Series I slip back into the fold. I have to say it didn’t disappoint. The elimination matches are not as good as they were in the late 80’s but Daniel Bryant and Charlotte Flair really took my concentration. Even caught a bit of Wargames, Love me some Adam Cole.

Academy king tiger 1/35
The Sd.Kfz.182 Königstiger Academy king tiger 1/35 is a highly detailed model of the huge German Battle Tank

One of the other things I reconnected with was making models. Something I have done a lot of my life and something I fall in and out of every now and then. Started making a model car last Christmas and the half-finished Nissan has been sat on my desk all year. So putting that to one side. I picked up a howitzer and cracked on. Happy with how it has gone so far and HERE is a longer post on it. Next, I have dug into a king tiger. I saw this on sale a couple of years ago for only £17 so picked up 2 of them. I tell you what though, I’m really starting to notice some of those smaller parts now thank God for my giant magnifying glass. This one’s an ongoing project and I will stick a couple of pictures up when I have finished. At the moment looking at colour schemes and I am really leaning towards a weathered winter look.  

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Lara and a stunningly lifelike world. Endure high-octane combat, customize weapons and gear, and overcome grueling environments to survive Lara’s first

Third Item for the month. Video games, with a busy Summer and decorating every other free second has meant I have neglected the Xbox. Still been downloading games from my live account and just waiting for some free time. So I have that new Tomb Raider game, it came out a year or so ago.  I did enjoy the earlier Tomb Raider game and this lived up to all expectations. Loosely followed some of the new films but it was a very immersive experience. Gave me a few nights fun and some great graphics and the open world aspect was pretty cool.

Happy 40
A Very Happy Birthday To My Girl Buddy.
Cubana's, Rustic Charms
Cubana An Awesome Atmospheric Latin Bar Great To Celebrate A Birthday.
Cubana Waterloo
Cubana Waterloo Leaving After a day celebrating a 40th Birthday.
Cubana Waterloo Decor
Cubana Waterloo Latin Themed Cocktail Bar & Grill
Relaxing Cuban Style @Cubana
Cubana Waterloo
Before & After Birthday Cake
Having Dropped The Cake On The Way To The Station, At Least There Was Photographic Evidence Of How It Started.
Salamanda
I’m Beginning To Think This Little Guy Is Following Me.

So as well as all that we managed to squeeze in a couple of trips out. First down to London for a close friend’s 40th Birthday. There was about 20 of us and our friend found a gorgeous little Cuban Restaurant right by Waterloo station. Great atmosphere, awesome little building and decor and they put on a great buffet for the event. After that on to Adventure Cocktail Bar in Clapham Junction, now I used to practically live in the Clapham High Street Branch so getting there just in time for Happy Hour, it was time to line up the Long Island Ice Tea’s and party the night away. To finish off a perfect day a Bacon and Cheese Whopper on the way home!

Cubana Latin Cocktail Bars

London’s Adventure Bar

Fireworks Gillingham 2018 Bonfire Night
Fireworks Gillingham 2018 Bonfire Night
Fireworks Gillingham 2018
Fireworks Gillingham 2018

Staying local we went to see the fireworks display put on by the council, good to see your council tax money being spent, as they certainly are not spending it on collecting my rubbish. Onwards toward Christmas and we popped out into town for the switching on of the Christmas lights in the local town center. A decent size crowd and a little Heart FM stage with some local kids singing and dancing. To be honest a nice little community gathering, it’s kind of what I enjoy about being out of London.

Heart Fm Truck Christmas Lights
Heart Fm Truck Christmas Lights switch on 2018, family treat.
Christmas Lights Gillingham 2018
Christmas Lights Gillingham 2018 Light Switching On Ceremony.