Thursday, March 22, 2018

Moggie Minor Van

Moggie Minor van

The front of Didsbury Green looked a little empty without a road vehicle lined up for loading or unloading. Picking a suitable model was a bit tricky - I don't want to pin down the era or location of the layout. 

Option 1 was, of course, a VW van. Since only a post-1968 Bay Window version is available in the scale at the moment, I felt that would look a bit incongruous with steam locos cuffing around behind it. 

Which brings us to Option 2 - the classic Moggie Minor. 

You can't really go wrong. OK, the car still dates to post 1948, even later in fact for this single part windscreen version, but it always looks vintage. The design having been completed in 1941 helps a lot. That it looks so very different from modern vehicles does too. 

My model is from the Classix series. It's been matt varnished and provided with transfers from a source I can't remember. The phone number is different on each side too as there weren't two identical ones on the sheet. The finishing touch is a bit of weathering powder dusted on and then wiped off with a wet finger. 

I think I driver stood at the back would finish the scene, and think I have just the man for the job...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Warehouse Wednesday - Lancing beach huts

Beach Huts

Beach huts are interesting things, at least to those of us living very inland. Those found at Lancing are looking a bit careworn, but I suspect will eventually receive a coat of paint once the season starts and the sun comes out. 

Looking through my collection, I'm not the only one to have modelled beach huts, I find several other layouts feature them:

Beach Huts

Bathing huts

OK, these ones are bathing machines, but it's just a hut on wheels...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Handsome digger

Drip is quite a handsome model once built. Apparently 1:100 scale, he's 6cm long, 4cm wide and 4cm tall. Quite chunky too.

Assembly should be glue-free, but I used some anyway. The only dodgy bits are the hydraulic rams for the shovel arm lift. These should work for play value, but the first one I did is fine, the second, broke.

In retrospect, I think the instruction diagram is either wrong or confusing. One end should slide in a slot, but the drawing makes it look like it fits in a pivot point. The fact I had to drill this out should have warned me.

Still, I don't want play value. If I did, I'd whinge that the tracks don't move so you can't wheel him around.

I'm assuming that Drip parachuted in to fires, clears the ground for a firebreak and then drive out. How he repacks his 'chute is a mystery as it's well packed up here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Drip kit

I've had this kit of "Drip" from the movie Planes, Fire and Rescue, kicking around for some time. I bought it cheap (£3!) because I though it would be a good testbed for some weathering techniques. It's been knocking around gradually getting more and more battered, but with the AK chipping and wear and chipping products to hand, I thought it was time to give it a go.

First job is to partly assemble the model, painting the undercoat of rust colours on anything that will show wear. I've used a mix of Humbrol rust and leather for this and I think it looks pretty good, at least for this job.

Once dry, everything is liberally painted with "Worn Effects" fluid before final colours painted using acrylic.