Armored Car Company

February 19, 2017

These have been mostly finished and sitting on my paint table for a few weeks now.  I did not want to bring out the paints until my figures arrived from EWM.  Well, they did arrive yesterday and I spent some of the day today lining and touching up the models.  I think the results look pretty good!  All models by Paper Tiger Armaments.  Note that the sdkfz.222 also comes with a truck.  I have not built it…yet.

In search of the British army. sdkfz.231 in between two sdkfz.222.

In search of the British army. sdkfz.231 in between two sdkfz.222.

Upper front view.

Upper front view.

Rear view. Mission complete. Heading home!

Rear view. Mission complete. Heading home!

I suppose the extreme weathering with gray underneath is to show that they were hastily painted either before or after arriving in N. Africa.  Maybe they should have primed first?  😉


All (not so) Quiet

February 17, 2017

I have not been posting but have been a little busy over the past week.  The little General wanted me to build a Tiger Tank.  I rescaled Rawan’s Tiger I from 1:100 scale.  I think it came out well.  The other thing I’ve been doing is working on a sdkfz.10 artillery tractor.  Pictured on the right, it is the white template.  No tracks or wheels yet.  But those are pretty easy to do anyway.  I do need to adjust the front fenders, widening them and fixing the length.

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Side by side.  The half track is tiny!

Tiger Gun barrel is the length of a toothpick minus the tapered ends. 7/8″ of paper was wrapped twice followed by 7/16″ width of paper wrapped 3 times to get the tapered look of the gun. The muzzle break is 1/8″ of a medium kabob skewer.  The half track took me about 3 days to get to this point. I suspect I will have a detailed version this weekend.

The total build time of the Tiger was about 3 hours.  I think it took me about 1 hour to get the half track built to that point.  Maybe another half hour for tracks and wheels.

EDIT Here is the half track with wheels and tracks.  When I printed it out, I realized I forgot to duplicate the wheel.  Fortunately, there was a spare from my sdkfz.231 sitting on the table.

Wheels and tracks.

Wheels and tracks.


The Finished Product (mostly)

February 7, 2017

This is my final prototype.  I lowered the front edge of the front fenders a little.  I am unhappy with the window texture.  They are just to bright.  I am thinking a glass texture with a brown tint would be better.  Anyway, here are a few shots.  Included in one of the shots is a Kubelwagen by “Rawen” for size comparison.  It was a 1:100 scale model resized to 1:72 scale.  It comes with a Tiger I as well.  My son will be happy when I finally get that built.

Side/Rear shot to show off the rear "fenders". I simply added a circular strip of 67 lbs paper that was slightly larger than the wheel well. I've included 4 in the model just in case one gets messed up.

Side/Rear shot to show off the rear “fenders”. I simply added a circular strip of 67 lbs paper that was slightly larger than the wheel well. I’ve included 4 in the model just in case one gets messed up.

Front shot showing off the lowered front fender edges as well as the front bumper and windshield. I am not happy with the glass color.

Front shot showing off the lowered front fender edges as well as the front bumper and windshield. I am not happy with the glass color.

Overhead to show the basic interior print I added. Surprisingly effective with out much fuss. The roof will be permanently glues on.

Overhead to show the basic interior print I added. Surprisingly effective with out much fuss. The roof will be permanently glues on.

The axles are just 1" lengths of florist wire. Rough them up before gluing. I think the wire is about 20 gauge.

The axles are just 1″ lengths of florist wire. Rough them up before gluing. I think the wire is about 20 gauge.

Side by side with a quick build Kubelwagon by "Rawen."

Side by side with a quick build Kubelwagon by “Rawen.”

You can get the final model in jpg on the “Old School” page on this blog.

Quick notes: Cut out all of the black areas and discard.  The rear fenders make sure you do the black areas out first and then the outer edge.  I found it easier to cut the rear fenders with a knife being careful to leave enough paper to hold the piece in place.  Use 65-67 pound paper.  Some of the lines are not meant to be cut!  Print out at 85ppi for the correct scaling.

If you are new to card modeling, check out www.papermodelers.com.  Wonderful site full of very helpful folks!


Horch in color

February 7, 2017

I made some changes to the fender assembly and added a small bumper.  I eyeballed everything and luck was on my side.  The fenders and bumper were perfect lengths.

Front view with new fenders and bumper.  Not a great shot.  My

Front view with new fenders and bumper. Not a great shot. My “good” camera uses AA batteries and they went dead.

Rear view.  I used a straight edge when scoring most of the folds to get an ultra straight line.  The fold where the roof meets the body was not straight on my white prototype.  There was a small gap.  Perfect fit this time.

Rear view. I used a straight edge when scoring most of the folds to get an ultra straight line. The fold where the roof meets the body was not straight on my white prototype. There was a small gap. Perfect fit this time.

I still need to draw interiors.  I’ll also make a “roof down” option.  Finally, I forgot to draw in the rear fenders.  They don’t need to protrude as they are almost flush.  But they are supposed to be there and noticeable.


A Horch by Any Other Name…

February 6, 2017

One of those models that is most useful for any WW2 German Army is the Horch 108 as either the Type 1A or the Type 40.  The models used to be produced by Dragon and two in 1/72 scale could be had for about $20.  While not great, it was affordable.   Those, however, don’t seem to be in production anymore.  There is a MAC model (I think) but the price is at least $20 for just 1.  So, this weekend, I took it upon myself to make my own card model. Completely original work.  The following picks show only the template.  The details still need to be added to the model but the general shape is there.  The only thing missing really is the front bumper. I am thinking I need to widen the front fenders a little too.

 

An early prototype from Saturday. It was an exercise in understanding how the hood was supposed to angle and fold. Mostly pretty easy.

An early prototype from Saturday. It was an exercise in understanding how the hood was supposed to angle and fold. Mostly pretty easy.

A final build with all adjusted parts. The front fenders look a bit thin. I will either thin the wheels in the front or widen the fenders slightly. Front bumper still needs to be added.

A final build with all adjusted parts. The front fenders look a bit thin. I will either thin the wheels in the front or widen the fenders slightly. Front bumper still needs to be added.

My son said I needed to add the roof.  I was originally going to leave the roof off and add the folded ridge in the back.  He said he wanted it to look more like a truck.  Who is to argue with the little General, right?  Total build time of the final model was about 2 hours.  That could go more quickly with an assembly line.


Return of the fog

October 18, 2016

I managed to clear the table of all of my Cracker Line ACW cavalry.  The Union now have 3 brigades of 6 stands while the Rebs have 2 brigades, one of 6 and one of 7.  I would have sworn I painted up 2 more stands but I can’t find them.  I noticed the table in my basement had been bumped and the stands were disturbed but no extra stands could be found on the floor.  Guess I need to learn to count.  Anyway, I turfed up the stands in the old school style so they match the battle mat well.

I applied a coat of Crystal Clear with out issue.  Then I applied a coat if Matte with the dreaded result…THE FOG!  As it turns out, applying this stuff in the evening after a warm day is not really a good idea.  It is most humid at night and that specifically is what causes the “fog” effect with matte finishes.  Like a Romans facing an elephant a cooler head prevails.   I simply applied another coat of Crystal Clear and the fog went away.  Now, I just need a time where the humidity is relatively low so I can apply the matte finish again.  Annoying, since most nights become humid quickly around here and most mornings, the humidity has not burned off by the time I go t work.  First world gamer problems, I suppose.

The shininess of the Crystal Clear is not so apparent on 10mm figures.  I am still going to hit them with matte finish.  Pictures this weekend.


An Unexpected Party

November 21, 2015

Last Saturday was Jack’s wargame birthday party.  There were 7 kids ages, ages 7-9 at the party.  The craft went well and the kids enjoyed the figure painting.  The challenge came because several were a bit unruly at first so it was difficult to explain the game, as simple as the rules were.  The object of the game was to kill monsters, each other and gain treasure for fighting and searching.  It was a simplified version of Jack’s Rules of war.  The warriors were basic hitting on a 3 or less.  The archers hit on a 2 or less but if they missed, the enemy did not get to fight back until their turn.  The hero hit on a 4 or less and also could take 2 hits before being “defeated.”  I did not use the word “kill” because I did not want them to get the impression that I glorify war and that this was a simple strategy game.  Some pictures below of the action as it unfolded.

There was miniature painting.

There was miniature painting.

 

And the results. Not too shabby!

And the results. Not too shabby!

 

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The table before the carnage began.  The castle is another card model by Toshach Miniatures.  It was originally scaled to 10mm but the image was high res and I increased the size to 1/72 scale.

 

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Me explaining how to fight. Strangely enough, it started around the hobbit hill. And here I thought Hobbits were peaceful! Card model by Fat Dragon Games.

 

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There, of course, was cake!

 

And more fighting. Jack (right) stands with 2 of his friends. The girl won with 3 coins.

And more fighting. Jack (right) stands with 2 of his friends. The girl (name withheld) won with 3 coins.

Several of the kids really enjoyed the game and several others could take it or leave it.  Good times were had by all!  I’d call it a successful day!