Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alpine Miniatures, US Tank Crewman, 1/35 WiP

I got back to Alpine Yanks that I was paiting  some time ago and this evening I present another one close to get finished. Since I need this figure for a spring '45 scenery I did a small conversion changing the winter footwear for a lighter one, airborne lookalike.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review, Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling vol. 4 - Mr. Black Publications

Lately I received the latest release form Mr. Black Publications - The Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling vol. 4 that I would like to review in a few words. The publisher gives us another volume of his quite new series (they are on the market for a year or so). The line is dedicated to figure modellers but as far as I know there is a greater variety of subjects to be published in the future. The edition is printed on a good quality paper with large photos. The publication is spread over 50 pages. There are some award winning authors involved in the project to  guarantee the quality of the work. On the cover of this volume we have a Boudica painted by the South American master Ernesto Reyes from Venezuela and the article about painting the figure opens the volume. There's also a second article from this author, painting feldgrau tones on a German Schutze. Although the series is mostly focused on historical miniatures, from time to time the publisher offers a bit of diversity and present articles about WW 2 subject. In this case besides the mentioned Schutze article we get a beautiful rendition of a MG 42 SS Gunner from Kazufumi Tomori. 
The other authors are Aleksander Michelotti from Italy, and Greek miniaturist Grigoris Marmatakis and Christos Stamatopoulos.
The publication offers good quality photos in big resolution (although I find them too dark at times) with a lot of text describin used technis and media to get the best effects. 
Some sample photos below.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Publications, Euromodelismo no 229, October 2012, Meeting the partisans diorama

Fresh news from Accion press. My 'Meeting the partisans' diorama is now available in spanish in latest issue of Euromodelismo. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Summing up Scale Model Challenge, 2010-2012

To summ up the competition organised by the dutch Scale Model Factory club I'd like to say that during the last 3 years I managed to win 4 bronze medals, 4 silver ones, 1 gold and also a special prize. I'm must say I'm least but pretty happy with this contest. Hopefully more to be added to this list next year.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Publications, Military in Scale, September 2012, Bystro, bystro! vignette

 Yet before I left for Holland the mailman brought me my latest publication in Military in Scale with the Bystro, bystro! vignette. Here's a look inside the article. Although Traplet already closed the title I think this issue is still available on the market. Don't hesitate to get a copy. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scale Model Challenge 2012, Eindhoven, Holland, Photo Report

Below you will find a number of photos from the trip and the show, do enjoy, there were some real gems out there.

Entering Germany and heading westwards...

The Ruhr...

Aitor Azkue brought his mega dioramas - the first to go luftwaffe scrapyard

Scale Model Factory stand was full of brilliant works, here Roger Hurkmans' WW 1 dio

Excellent sea dioramas

Some hippie tanks from the Lebanese border

David Parker's (AFV Modeller's editor) Tiger II B in 1/16 took gold

Excellent winter camo on a quarterscale JS 2 from Peter Horvath

Another sea monster, a U-Boot

The always pretty StuG

Kamil Feliks Sztarbała (Poland) won bronze with his Libyan militia hilux

Kristof Pulinckx got gold for his Iraqui Enigma

Sven Frisch scored with bronze for his newest production - the Elefant

While Adam Wilder was doing his true steel demonstration, this piece was to be found on the tables from the afv masterclass, a great rendition of what Adam touhgt about at his seminar

Aitor Azkue's second big deal - downed Henkel 111 in Norway, gold medal in dioramas and the Best of Show as well!

Robert Doepp brought several of his recognizable pieces, among this panzer crewman bust

Roman Volchenkov scored bronze for his 1/48th scale AA Stag

Richard Polderman and Bas Hermsen joined forces to show this beautiful 1/48th scale Steyr Funkwagen

Another gold medal winner, the unbeatable Volker Bembennek

Peter Horvath's another masterpiece, Saipan Sherman

Another cool scene from Scale Model Factory's stand, Roy Schurgers' Peeping Tom diorama

Finally another medal for polish modeller, Rafal Bulanda's scratchbuilt SU 122-54 won bronze

And that's it for now, hope you enjoyed. If you want more, be there next year and make the difference ;)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Scale Model Challenge 2012, Eindhoven, Holland

Wheew, what a intensive weekend it was. Here's my score for the Scale Model Challange 2012 show, I took 3 bronze medals for the SS Grenadiere, Bystro, Bystro! vignette and the Panther Ausf. A., moreover I got a silver for my StuG dio in masterclass dioramas and gold for my Tigergrab scene. The Tiger also got a special prize from Royal Model. I'm pretty happy with the results ;)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Panther commander, 1/35

 The old commision figure found it's resting place on my Panther tank from Panzer Regiment 4 from the winter 1944 Anzio operations in Italy. The model will be on display at Scale Model Challange, this weekend.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A look into... On Display vol. 2 StuG III - Canfora Grafisk Form & Foerlag

I just received my copy of the new Canfora book I participated in - a 96 page On Display series volume 2 - the StuG III:

Let's have a look inside...
Foreword by Peter Mueller (History Facts) followed by a word from the publisher, Toni Canfora.

Volker Bemmbennek's StuG III Ausf. A from French Campaign is the opening chapter.

It's followed by another great german modeller - Bernhard Lustig displaying his StuG III Ausf. E

Another top class modeller who took part in this volume - Mike Rinaldi and his StuG III Ausf. B

My StuG III Ausf. G from Cassino battles period comes next

Next in the row - another StuG III Ausf. G, this time from one of my favorite diorama builders Roger Hurkmans from the Netherlands

Volker's second StuG build - a battered veteran - StuG III Ausf. G mid production

The last but not least is a late StuG III Ausf. G from the publisher himself - Toni Canfora.

Remember, this post is only a preview of the book showing some of the contents that you'll find inside. Don't hesitate to get your copy ;)