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Robert Stuart

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  1. Had a chance to do a bit more work on the cannon today ... The wheels now have tyres - iron tyres, and the barrel is (pretty well) ready for painting. That N will have to go - the Napoleon wouldn't be emperor for another ten years. A quick dry fit ...
  2. Started working on the cannon as. perhaps, the easiest component in this build. The carriage and wheels were scraped with a scalpel to remove flash: And I've made a start glueing the carriage: The rear most strap wants attention - if I remember, I'll use heat to soften the plastic on the other side ... clearly, I'm due for a lot of fun with filler ...
  3. Thanks again JR and Wez Just hope I can deliver
  4. Thanks JR, Wez If needed, the horses can be filled out by packing some plasticard (up to 20 thou) between the halves - that makes the legs look spindly, so they need building up ... though for light cavalry, I'd leave the horse as supplied. And yes, I'm with you on the stiff poses and the splendour of Napoleonic uniforms.
  5. And now for something colourful (I hope) ... Following discussion with Wez (see the chat section), I plan to build a Polish Lancer of the Imperial Guard. In 1807, in honour of the Polish nation, Napoleon decided to incorporate into his guard a regiment of Polish Cavalry, under the title of Light Horse. After the battle of Wagram in 1809, the regiment was armed the lance, and took the name Light Horse Lancers of the Guard, generally known as the "Polish Lancers". The sprue shots: Packaging Which contained a printed guide and a zip lock bag The zip lock bag contained some parts ... Before 1810, the trumpeters wore a crimson kurta (jacket) with white facings and a crimson czapska (hat), after that date the colours swapped to white with crimson facings. I'll refine the dates of this build when I decide which colour scheme to use.
  6. A bit quicker than I expected, a parcel arrived from Historex Agents this afternoon. It contained two kits ... or seven, depending on how you count. Kit 1 (or kits 1 to 6) consist of an 18 century cannon together with five crew. NCO Hitorex have new (to me) packaging, and now use blister boxes in place of the old plastic bags sealed with a white and orange card. The blister pack contains five zip lock bags (and some instructions) Five of those bags contain figures, each in a different pose: This had just one pair of legs, some have two pairs of legs. The remaining pack contains a cannon For some reason, this contained a lot of stretched sprue - that isn't a problem, just an oddity. Instructions are classic Historex: I'm pretty sure that the modelling tips appeared in one of their catalouges. Most of the figures have bicorne hats, figure one has a police bonnet. Figure 2 should have had a bicorne, but came with a shako: Personally, I prefer the shako to the bicornes, but it is too modern for the scene; I'll have a think about how I deal with that. BTW that flash will be easy to cure, if I decide to use the shako.
  7. Welcome to the build @Terry1954, and thank-you for the link to your F-5E build - it is a master class in model making!
  8. You are very welcome, Steve. I'll give @Enzo Matrix a heads-up that we are over the line ...
  9. The battery of fearless men A young officer, of questionable popularity, established his military reputation at the siege of Toulon (1793). Background French royalist counter-revolutionaries had handed the major French naval base of Toulon, together with its arsenal, to an Anglo-Spanish fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Lord Hood* and Admiral Juan de Lángara in August 1793. The British fleet also seized more than 70 French ships, almost half the French Navy. Both the strategic importance of the naval base and the prestige of the Revolution demanded that the French recapture Toulon. Although a series of French generals were nominally in command of the siege operation, the man responsible for its success was a little known artillery officer. When that officer was eventually given command, the Republicans first seized the outer forts overlooking the port, before preparing for the main attack on a fort ('Little Gibraltar') that dominated Toulon’s two harbours, followed by a general assault that took the town. Batterie des hommes sans peur In preparation or his attack, a series of artillery batteries had been placed to bombard the town. The most elevated battery, with the best firing position, was also the most vulnerable; indeed, it was considered a suicide posting. Ordering men to serve those guns would lead to a severe loss of morale and, likely, desertions. The officer spotted a printer in the French camp, which gave him an idea. He created a placard in order to name the battery. The following morning, the men saw the placard naming the suicidal battery: Batterie des hommes sans peur (battery of fearless men) The men thought about that name, and soon they were fighting each other to sign up to man it. They all wanted to be members of the band of men lucky enough to earn the honour of operating that cannon: it was manned day and night. The officer? His career took him from revolutionary to emperor of France: Napoleon Bonaparte References: https://www.britannica.com/event/Siege-of-Toulon https://medium.com/@kirkjbarbera/the-battery-of-the-men-without-fear-5e4c505a28f6 The kit for this build is in the post as I write, and should arrive tomorrow or Thursday. It is by Historex, and consists of a Gribeauval 8-pounder cannon together with five artillery crewmen. * Vice Admiral Lord Hood: Two of the three ships of the Royal Navy named HMS Hood were named after him (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hood,_1st_Viscount_Hood )
  10. Thanks In terms of uniform, their uniform set the style for later lancer regiments in other countries ... but they wore the usual French cockade of the day (blue centre, then red, then white), and "were treated as French soldiers and were on the French payroll." (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Polish_Light_Cavalry_Regiment_of_the_Imperial_Guard#Organization,_uniforms_and_armament - near ref 24)
  11. Mmm - I've ordered an artillery piece for this, maybe a little earlier than some other builds here. Question: I should have a Polish Lancer (1st Regt Polish Guard Lancers) arriving about the same time Polish might be off-putting in a French GB, but ... but, but ... Napoleon raised a regiment of Polish lancers, who formed part of the Old Guard. Members of the regiment were part of Napoleon's personal guard when he was exiled to Elba - so the regiment was very much part of the Imperial French Army. May I include a Polish Lancer in this GB?
  12. No idea what happened to your post, but, I'm glad you are still here. Those two Airfix kits would be great additions to the build. I had to google them ... both should be fine (are there any kits for these two?)
  13. You are in now! Hope you can find the Panhard 178 / P204 ... I was thinking about a French 1940 example for the French Fancy GB.
  14. Welcome to the build @HobbyPaul A Japanese Self-Defence Force LAV should be OK, it is armoured and it's a car ... Wikipedia lists them as Armoured Scout Cars.
  15. Ah, yes, I have the Glencoe kit - transparent, fortunately. The kit does reflect its age (1947 IIRC?), with all the detail (or lack therof) that you'd expect from a design of that era.
  16. Should be able to find something for this ... maybe a Seabee?
  17. Just the one, don't know which, and I may do something else ... though I do like the A-10
  18. When I read the OP, I thought the most obvious type for this build has to be an A-10 Warthog. Googling to check my thought, the BAe Harrier turned up as an interesting option too (e.g. https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/801-naval-air-squadron.html ).
  19. Eastern bloc and allied Far East obviously, but there will be some US options too (e.g. Cold War Aggressor squadrons).
  20. No idea what I'd build - there are so many options, both on land and in the air. OK, I’m in, worry about with what later
  21. Oh, go on, this sounds like fun
  22. It may be too late, and I don't know these figures, nor what type of plastic is used, but ... I used to regularly change the pose of figures by cutting their elbows and knees*, and either bending them or straightening slightly. If straightening, a sliver of sprue could help fill any gap. In those days, I used tube cement (which I still find makes a better bond than CA) and enamel paint, which would be thick enough that it filled the joint. *Preferably only part way through, but often the joint broke anyway.
  23. And, now to start ... The first thing I worked on was the pilot's seat. This started as a simple cushioned block, much like the middle of a sofa or settee. This would be fine if the airman was in his office. Checking drawings of the Fury, the seat's outline isn't too bad, the main problem being the padding on the back and bottom. A bit of work with some fine chisels has improved it, though some sanding and filler will be required to finish the job. To fully detail the 'pit, I should get rid of the floor around the kick-boards - that isn't going to happen! Other details to clean up include the starboard side of the cockpit ... ... and some ejector pin marks under the upper wing centre section (That fabric sag is a bit worrying too, maybe I'll look into that later?) Some (rudimentary) detail has been added to the fuselage sides - the longerons and struts are 10 thou plasticard, the back board (?) is 20 thou. And, dry fitted I know you've seen them before, but here's an image of Richard's Revell decals:
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