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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Friday, 16 August 2013


... bright idea was this? I'm supposed to be a kit basher, and here I am trying to squeeze tiny little bits of plastic into tiny cockpits:

Still a little bit to be added to the harness, and then it looks, from a dry run, that I'll have to shave the cockpit floor to get the fuselage to close.

Now for the daft bit - the new horizontal tail:

I spent a good hour and a half creating the new bits on the right, and they still need work. But look at the difference in size with the kit parts. Of course, that size difference will mean some more messing around when I come to add the new tail to the fuselage. I'm not sure at all about this, maybe it is a step too far and I should just use the kit bits - the jury is currently out.

All that sanding of bits of plastic meant that I haven't had time to start splashing paint on my new garrison regiment for the 42s project. I've been thinking about uniforms for the new chaps. The casts actually look quite smart as they are meant to be Greek regulars, but, of course, a garrison/invalids/old men unit would, I suppose, look more like: 

The above fellows are a Serbian third line infantry company in 1914 (so, a bit later than my imagi-war). The photo is from the Osprey, Armies in the Balkans, 1914-18, by Nigel Thomas, Dusan Babac and Darko Pavlovic (Oxford, 2001). What is striking about these Serbs is how old they look, poor fellows, but they also look pretty shoddy in the obsolete M1896 dark blue uniform. However, I think my 42s will have to be in dark blue too, or, perhaps dark blue and grey? I don't know. We'll see which paint pot comes out first.


  1. This sort of thing is why I'm not a modeller. Even if I had the skills to make a few bits and scraps suddenly look like a busy cockpit or produce a part with straight edges and even curves, I'd never notice that the cockpit was empty and the tail too small, even if I looked!

    My hat's off.

    1. My thanks for your doffed bonnet, Ross. I return the compliment with my raised virtual cocked hat! What is amazing is the sort of modelling skills that one sees in the glossy magazines; the few times I have attempted to emulate even a fraction of the genius on display in them I've always made a botch. I suppose, also, that I wouldn't have noticed the tail business if hadn't been so stupid as to measure the bits up against a plan!

  2. Aeromodelling work is looking really impressive!Your skill and dedication is evident.
    Invalids/old men photo most interesting and good inspiration for your 42s.I think I would fit right into such a unit...

    1. Thanks, Alan.
      Actually, I'm sure a really useful social service for crocked up middle aged and aged wargamers could be provided with a real invalids unit - for guarding an empty railway depot in Perthshire, or somewhere.