Hi Guys, this is UM's 1/72 Grille H, the original was not great, the fighting compartment walls were too thick and had dents in them from the casting process, so I replaced them with plasticard, also replaced the barel with an aluminium Armo one. so with work it builds into a nice kit but I can only give the original 6/10 I should have replaced the tarp bar with wire.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Hi Guys, this is my first WWI fighter, I made this about 7 years ago, (its Manfred Von Richthofen's Fokker Dr 1 by Revel)I plan to make a lot more WWI fighters, I'm not familiar enough with the period to judge this kit but it looks pretty good to me, this current base is just for display purposes, I will be getting flight stands to mount planes on for war gaming in the future, sill looking for suitable pilot figures (may have to try and sculpt some myself) the strut cables are made from stretched sprue, with limited knowledge in this area I would give this a 7/10, I made a mistake on this plane, the tail fin should be white, might fix it at a later date.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Hi guys, This is my other hobby, Martial arts and combat sports, I watched Karate kid when I was 13 and wanted to do Karate and was disappointed when my mum took me to the local Tae Kwon Do class, but after doing the first class I realized it was very similar, When I was going for my lack belt at age 17, I wanted to train more than 2 classes a week in Tae Kwon Do, with youthful confidence and the idea that Tae Kwon Do was the best Martial art in the world, I went to a Zen Do Kai Karate class, after embarrassingly picking myself of the floor 5 or 6 times during sparing (Tae Kwon Do did not do leg kicks and sweeps during sparring) I had a revelation that Tae Kwon Do was in fact not the best Martial Art in the world and was in fact quite flawed, I stuck around long enough to get my black belt, but then started training in other styles, moving from dojo to dojo like a Martial arts slut, taking in the good and dropping the bad, I earned a Black Belt in Karate, and a red belt in Hapkido, I eventually settle in Mauy Thai Kick boxing, I had probably a dozen Tae Kwon Do competitions under my belt (with varying results) but I knew I was onto the real deal when I stepped into the Kickboxing ring for the first time, after a record of 5-3 I started teach my own Martial Arts classes for 3 years, I then joined the Army and limited myself to training with Friends, after I left the Army I had a 4 year break from Martial arts, later discovering the ultimate form of martial arts in Mixed martial arts, and became a big fan of Pride fighting championships and the UFC, I new I had to start training again, unfortunately there was no MMA on the central coast that I could get to anyway, so me and some mates started teaching ourselves grappling and wrestling (we all had boxing/kickboxing and other stand up backgrounds) I joined a Karate school just to get the feel of training in a class again and started competing again in 2006, my record over the last couple of years is 4-0 in grappling comps (Brazilian Jujitsu rules), 3-0 in viadal (a Hungarian fighting style very similar to Russian Sambo) and 0-1 cage fighting, lost by arm bar (same rules as the UFC in a comp call X-egon) the never ending struggle to find quality training and training partners (my usual training partner tore his medial knee ligament) took its toll and it became easier to paint figure than train in a tough sport like MMA so I gave up, we come to the point of this post, after 14 months off training and gaining 15kg to 130Kg (I fight as a heavy weight and my fight weight is usually 115Kg) I have made a pact with my old training partners to all enter a Viadal comp mid November, with a view to having a full competing year next year, I am running out of quality years at 38 years of age. I will be posting some of my past tournaments until Nov, then will post how I go in the comp. This first post is my first grappling comp, I won 2 bouts to take out the heavy weight division.
Fighting for dominance
Gaining dominance with full mount.
Fighting for dominance
Gaining dominance with full mount.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Hi guys, this is the CO of my DIY chapter "the Emperors light" I was going for an army in the middle of a long hard fought campaign feel with this chapter (pretty much a theme of all armies and figures I do, as a result and because of the basing these marines tower of ones built out of the box) I also always raise the height of all Marines I make by adding spacers at the knees, groin and waist, the colours of this chapter are actually grey and orange but the command group wears white a orange.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Hi guys, this is Hasegawa's 1/72 Schwimmwagon, its a nice Little model, I did this one as a quick little build so didn't detail or change it, if was to do another one i would replace the propeller and MG 7/10 the figures are converted Pegasus ss
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Hi guys, this is Rodens 1/72 SdKfz 232 detailed with wire and lead foil, this is a pretty good kit, I really applaud Roden from bring out this range of eight rads (the fist in 1/72 plastic) unfortunately their 234 (inaccurate, body is too long just after the fighting compartment) series was overshadowed by the better Italeri and Hasegawa releases, I hope this manufacturer brings out other unique stuff, my only problem with Roden is the plastic they use, its a little soft. 8/10
Friday, 14 August 2009
Hi guys, this is the Bavarian 7th line regt, the usual mix of ABs and Fantassin. Only a couple of line regt to go then onto some Bavarian cav regts. Check out my mates blog at http://trailape.blogspot.com/ for some other figs I have painted for him, that he has mounted, he has done a top notch job on the bases, and has the 1812 Grande Armee coming together nicely, as well as some excellent Spanish.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Hi guys, this is Attacks 1/72 Stug III E with a lot of detailing, the original kit is OK in shape but pretty plain and the detail is VERY much like the Italeri Pz III varients, I detailed with various bits and pieces, wire and plasticard, I replaced the tracks with Revel link and length, the Attack kit before detailing gets 6.5/10 but builds into a nice model with effort. I built this about 5-6 years ago but if I recall correctly there were some accuracy problems with the engine deck.