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  1. The little Tilly, and its clonky hood, progress: Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  2. I couldn’t resist assembling the Tilly, in my opinion easily the equal of the larger 1/48 and 1/35 Tamiya kits, with a fraction of the parts count. In these pictures the major assemblies are only dry fitted, to allow me to dismantle for painting. Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Austin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  3. Rubicon delivered (yesterday actually) Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  4. As with most Wargames scale kits, there are some compromises, notably the headlight guards and running gear, but for me, these pale into insignificance when set against the speed and ease of construction, alongside the diminutive size that 1/56 scale gives.
  5. While I wait for the raft of Rubicon new releases to arrive, more progress on the M32B1 - a multi-media kit from Rubicon using their plastic lower hull and running gear, with resin and pewter upper hull and details. The boom can be assembled in either the raised or lowered positions, and wheel chocks and a range of lifting gear are provided. It should be possible to cable up the boom too, I’m thinking I’ll try ez-line so I can tension the cable. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  6. Tracks not yet glued in place Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon have released a number of new kits today - Austin Tilly, Bedford QLD and QLT, Beep and Centurion. I’m looking forward to seeing them.
  7. The pause has seen me assembling buildings for Wild West style games, but a chance discovery that 15mm Skirmish Games online store has a physical storefront in our local town, gave me an excuse to acquire an Italeri M4 to join the fleet. Shermans, various by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  8. Yeah, I wondered that, they do look a bit odd, one of the compromises of a wargames model I suspect. - I tried various combinations and there wasn’t a way to fit them that didn’t look odd (they are just two lengths, upper and lower. A piece of plastic section over the join might help, as it wouldn’t mean the join was quite so obvious (I was just going to add mud!)
  9. Suggest getting a cheap Italeri or Armourfast gaming kit and giving it a go on that, decide if it’s worth the effort without committing yourself on an expensive model
  10. Exactly, they’re much smaller, but not so tiny I can’t see what I’m doing! I suspect 1/48 would work as well, but I enjoy modifying the wargames kits, it’s “impressionist” modelling rather than precision, so makes a nice change of pace.
  11. I used Humbrol tube filler/putty applied thinly with a flexible spatula, then scored using a fine razor saw blade, a technique I nicked from http://volleyfirepainting.blogspot.com/2014/11/rubicon-tiger-review-pt1.html It was fairly easy and quick to do (albeit a bit messy), although getting the vertical marks correct was a bit hit and miss, especially on rounded surfaces like the turret sides. I’m hopeful that with paint it will look ok, especially given the relatively small size of these models.
  12. Research is one of my favourite things, the forward throw of the track was based on this photo: Broken tiger by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Judging by the shackle on the ground under the forward link, I suspect this was being refitted when the tank had to be abandoned.
  13. Thank you. I must admit I’m quite optimistic. Rubicon Models 1/56 Tiger 1 with home made zimmerit and broken track by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models 1/56 Tiger 1 with home made zimmerit and broken track by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models 1/56 Tiger 1 with home made zimmerit and broken track by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr I’ve dropped the leading wheels slightly to show the track has gone, the rolled out track isn’t quite right (the Rubicon tracks aren’t as nice as the Italeri ones anyway) as the first few links off the sprocket don’t hang quite right. I replaced the missing sprocket teeth with spares from the alternative set of tracks Rubicon supply. The spare tracks also mean I can have another try at the broken track links if I want.
  14. First attempt at homemade zimmerit Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr I know it’s very rough, but the tank is supposed to be a disabled casualty, so might end up with fire damage, any any event, it’s small enough that the eye, rather than the lens, just notices the texture, at least that’s what I hope. Be kind, I’ve still got the turret to do!
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