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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Xmas!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!! :-)

And remember what a nice fellow (William Arthur Ward) said once :

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

I'd go for the realists...where would you bet in these gloomy times we all live in? ? ?

Keep on smiling mates! Regardless of what may happen today, tomorrow will come! :-)


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Stone House in Normandy - Finished!

Good day everyone!

Last night, I finished Italeri's Stone House ( #6140 ) alongside with the other components of the terrain piece that would accompany it.
I don't want to brag about my work, but I think that this is the one of the best terrain pieces I ever made (I still have a lot to learn though...)! :-) It's amazing what you can do, when you are a bit methodical and patient while working...two elements I lacked in the past...
It happened so, because I turn (and officially) 30 today, and I hope that Godess Fortuna will ''iuvat'' me, and make me a better person! 

I hope you like it!


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Stone House in Normandy - W.I.P.

Good day everyone!

Last Saturday, while in the model shop of my neighbourhood, I found a kit from Italeri (#6140 Stone House), in a very appealing price...
As you all are aware, there are some things that you simply can't resist to... :-)

I then googled around Normandy, and I found some places with stone houses that could be reproduced in a respectful way for our scale...


This is what I've done so far but, pls be patient cause there is a lot more that couldn't be photographed...


Friday, 9 December 2011

3D Printing....the future?

Good day everyone!

Since I didn't have much time to paint this week (I am trying to finish a US Rifle Platoon and one small terrain piece), while googling around the web, I found information regarding 3D Printing.
I am sure that most of you are aware of this technology, since it firstly appeared some 7-8 years ago, but, since it's not very widespread in terms of availability (due to the high costs of acquiring a 3D printer... almost USD 15.000 / printer), I wanted to share my thoughts with you and ask you whether you think that this could be the future for our hobby (everything has to do with our hobby...other opinions are banned from this blog! :-) ).

I reckon that most of the big companies of the industry might be already using this type of machinery for their products, but the question that is swirling in my mind is whether an individual could buy sth like that and create his works for his leisure (personal use or whatever) or start a new business by producing pieces for entering the market (even though the possibility of balancing costs - profits could take a little human years)!!!

What do you think?


Friday, 2 December 2011

Zvezda's German Reconnaissance Team 1939-1942 (Part 2)

Good day everyone!

This is the second part of Zvezda's excellent kit of German Reconnaissance team.
The Radio Man - and the ''writer''!

I hope you like them!


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Zvezda's German Reconnaissance Team 1939-1942 (Part 1)

Good day everyone!

As this year is coming to its end, according to the diaries, the workload shows its size, and tortures me!
Unfortunately, my spare time to paint has been reduced to minimum - but I don't give up! :)
Last Saturday, I bought Zvezda's German Reconnaisance Team # 6153, and I managed to paint two of the prone figures.
These figures can be used either as reconnaisance soldiers, or artillery spotters.

The quality of these figures is up to the usual Zvezda's standards, and even though the figures come in seperate pieces, their assembly is very easy and the result is very very pleasing! 

The lovers of plastic figures take their revenge from all of those who still think that metal figures are better!! :-)
I'll try to finish the rest of the kits' figures the following days (one radio man and one who writes down orders or coordinates).

I hope you like them!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Now, who took my parking space??????

Good day everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank you for your participation in this quiz! You guys are really something! :-)
Unfortunately, the answers given were not correct, but you must be excused, since I forgot to mention that besides the cd's and the wood skewers I would also use some gauze....
This is how I created some camouflaged ''Parking Spaces'' - you know lack of parking ''slots'' was giving a pain to guys back in the 40's also!
The pieces of gauze were cut into appropriate pieces (well, some basic rectangles to be exact), and were then soaked in some water-thinned PVA glue. They were then sprayed with a green colour, so as to blend with the rest of the landscape. A bit of PVA to glue them on the posts, and presto they are! :-)

Each ''Parking space'' may take two trucks, one AFV and loads of cans and barrels and ammo boxes and, and, and...

I hope you like them!


P.S: I would like to add some foliage on top of the nets, any suggestions??