Monday 25 February 2013

German motorcycles with sidecars, a 1/72 comparison

A short comparison between the different sidecar combinations I have
- Hät/Armourcast BMW R75
- Revell BMW from the SdKfz 11 set I think
Hät vs Zvezda
As you can see the Hät model is crude, huge and the figures are rather…apelike….
Zvezda vs Revell
The Revell model is smaller and less details than Zvezda.
The winner: Zvezda! No real competition here.
There is an Italeri-set that would be interesting as a comparison, but it’s not very high up on my to-buy list at the moment.

Saturday 23 February 2013

Weekend of fun

Last weekend gaming pals Thomas and Icke visited for an afternoon of terrain-building. The idea was to continue our brainstorm about what we needed for our LRDG-project, decide how to make it and then produce (some of) it.
I started the day before by taking out all terrain-making stuff I had lying about. Strangely enough it was a lot...
The hoard of terrain making stuff.
A box of flock, sand, clump foliage and static grass, plastic card and –rods/-pipes and –girders, balsa and wood in all shapes and forms, lots of branches and dried heather, plastic plants, a mould for cliff faces I had totally forgotten, four different clays, foam-core, plastic kits, textured paints, glues and odds and ends. I covered my table tennis table...
Thomas brought some more plastic girders, tree armatures and this and that.
After a short conference we started building.
Even in the desert there are some hardy trees. Icke got green fingers...
What would you do without a fuel dump? Really, we have an idea here... but maybe this approach isn’t the most time-efficient.
Camouflaged parking space for a plane... minus netting
Another sort of fence for western front
A totally failed attempt at a clump of high grasses.
We half-finished a lot of terrain, had some very good ideas and made some mistakes we (hopefully) learned from. We also had a nice chat about everything WWII, drank a lot of coffee and coke, ate potato crisps/chips and made a lot of plans. As a bonus two of my kids helped with this and that, and were quite happy about it. All in all a very nice afternoon.
We’ll try to do a follow up with better planning in the future, as this was very ad-hoc, meaning few of the gaming-gang could show up on such very short notice.
When I finish the respective pieces you’ll get a more in depth how-to post on each item (well, maybe not the clump of grasses)

Friday 15 February 2013

German BMW R12 in 1/72 from Zvezda

Another very nice kit from Zvezdas’ Art of Tactic series.
The motorcycle is in four pieces and six parts for the sidecar. Nice and well detailed, but I had to hide a very visible gap with tarps (from Reiver Castings).
Forgot to finish the BMW logo. Done now and not a complete success. It is sooooo small.
I strongly suggest that you paint the motorcycle and the sidecar as separate pieces. Trust me, it’s fiddly to paint the assembled model…
The driver comes in four pieces, and I found that the gaps where his arms connect to his body needed some green-stuff. The passenger is also 4 pieces, and comes integral with his MG.
Forget about painting the logo on this side when the kit is assembled...
The number plates were written with a Staedtler pigment liner 0.05 pen. I've had the pen for ages, but this was the first time I've tried it, and the result is okay I think. I need some practise though. 

As you can see it is a well detailed kit, and I’m very happy with it, but there are some things that could have been better.
Sidecar – the way the upper part of the carriage connects to the rest is less than ideal. Also the way the MG is attached to the sidecar is rather crude.
The wheels are… well…okay I guess. But they could have been better.
The chest of the figures are rather lacking detail. Can’t really figure out why. Seems to be a rather common with the Art of Tactic figures unfortunately.
They don’t wear goggles. Probably a bad idea in real life.

Coming up, a comparison of this model and the Hät/Armourfast set of motorcycles with sidecars.

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