Saturday, 22 February 2014

WiP - The WW1 General Service Wagon

Finally, some modelling!

The GS Wagon was used by the British Army from the 1860's up to World War 1 (until mechanised transport took over) in various marks up to the Mk X.   It was used by the Canadian and Australian Armies as well.
They were used to transport a wide variety of materiel and were a simple, yet tough vehicle, suitable for all conditions.

You may remember from this post last year  Making Wagon Wheels that I was making some wagon wheels for projects in 2014 and this is the first of  those projects.

A start was made on the fore part of the undercarriage using Evergreen styrene strip and tube.   The tubing was cut a little longer than required and then trimmed to size.
Great use was made of two NWSL Choppers to cut the strip to length and then cut the required angles.   Two "Choppers" may seem extravagant, but are invaluable when developing a model as certain steps need to be made before mass producing the items.

The rear portion of the undercarriage was then constructed in the same manner.
The front part of the undercarriage pivots in the same manner as the prototype and incorporates the swivelling member that helps support the carriage tray.

In the next post I will deal with the construction of the wagon bodies.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

An Eclectic Collection of Photos from the 80's and 90's

Again, some more photos of disparate subjects taken in the 80's and 90's.

First off is some scans of postcards from the Western Australian Military Museum, which was located at a Theme Park in Wanneroo.   Dizzy Lamb Park (I kid you not!) has long since gone and I guess the vehicles depicted below have all been relocated to other parts.

L-R Top to Bottom
Australian version of the Bren Machine Gun Carrier
Ford 3 Ton CMP Blitz Buggy
Staghound Armoured Car
Army Militaria

L-R Top to Bottom
2 Pdr Anti Tank Gun Portee
Grant Tank
Stuart Tank

I told you it was real!

The next 5 photos were taken by my dear old Mum at an Open Day at Kapooka Army Base in country New South Wales in the 90's.

The first 2 are of the Leopard AS1, which entered service in 1977, replacing the venerable Centurion.    Australia obtained 101 of these tanks, which never fired a shot in anger.  No idea who the guy in the brown jacket is, other than he might be an early photo bomber!

The next 2 photos are of the M113 MRV (Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle).   This was the successor to the Fire Support Version,which mounted the 76 mm gun and turret from the Saladin Armoured Car.   The MRV had additional flotation sponsons as well as the turret from the Scorpion Armoured Vehicle.

An M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier.

40/60 Bofors Gun

This gun is located in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and was presented to the city in 1981 by the First Recruit Training Battalion.   This version was known as the Number 12 and had a joystick type controller, gyro gunsight and onboard generator for powered elevation and traverse. 

120 mm L2 Anti Tank Gun

Absolutely no idea where this was taken, though it was probably in New South Wales.   A fine copy of the Britain's version!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

The Wild West Town of Saw Butte Part 3

Madame Orr's House

The beautiful Madame Orr (Iona to her closest friends!) is the proprietor of a "Gentleman's Club" in the town of Saw Butte.    To assist her in the running of this establishment she has eight beautiful women (and three really ugly ones!) acting in the role of "Hostesses".

   Madame Orr's origins are surrounded in mystery and rumour.   Some say she is the result of a dalliance between a Russian Czar who visited America on an ill fated hunting trip many years ago and an Indian Princess.   Others say she was a Chorus Girl on a riverboat who one day got lucky on a table with an old Railroad Tycoon!

First among many of the great attractions of  Iona Orr's House is her star performer, a  young chanteuse by the name of Carrie Oakey.   The talented Carrie never fails to get the men up
to join her in lusty renditions of their favourite songs.

The construction of Madame Orr's House was done in the same manner as the previous buildings i.e. a foam core shell, scratchbuilt windows and doors, icy pole stick cladding and matchstick balustrade.

The two main differences are the roof and the chimney.   The roof was made from thin card found as a separator between teabags in a multi box.   This card was slightly glossy and when the acrylic paint was applied, gave a streaky finish which I felt gave a good representation of timber shakes/tiles.

The chimney was constructed from a foam core shell and clad individually with cardboard bricks.   They were cut from a thickish card in strips and then cut to length on a "Chopper"and then glued on.   They were then painted in a suitable brick red colour and sealed with an acrylic sealer.   Once this had dried, the bricks were mortared with Spakfilla, a plaster wall repair paste.   When the grouting had dried, the paint work was touched up using a dry-brush technique.

Madame Orr's House is a dual purpose building.   I built it with  the intention that it could be used as a Southern Plantation Mansion in an ACW setting as well as it's more notorious guise.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Photos from the Australian War Museum 1980's

This short collection of photos was taken sometime in the early 1980's.   The colour is a bit washed out but they do record some of the external exhibits that were at the AWM then.   I cannot be totally sure but I think many of these have now been relocated or stored away.

First off is the Centurion.   This was a tank that saw active service in Vietnam until it was damaged by a mine in 1968.   It was returned to Australia and repaired with a donor hull from New Zealand stocks.

The M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier

I believe this vehicle belonged to A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Royal Australian Armoured Corps and saw service in Vietnam.   Not depicted on the vehicle was it's moniker, which was "Blood, Sweat and Tears".

The AC3 Sentinel Tank

The Sentinel series of tanks are a personal favourite of mine, the tank depicted below is the AC3 variant which mounted a 25 pdr gun.   There was also a prototype which mounted two 25 pdrs side by side.
The Sentinel was an Australian success story.   Designed and built in a very short time, the Sentinel by all accounts would have been a very useful tank.   It never saw active service, due to American tanks becoming more available to the Australian Army.   A number of Sentinels were used in the 1944 film "The Rats of Tobruk".   Most of the Sentinels were either scrapped or de-militarised and used as land clearing dozers. 

The Matilda Infantry Tank

Not much to say about this one, it appears to be perched upon some form of military bridging.

WW1 German Anti Aircraft Gun

Again, not much to say about this one, I am hoping some of the more knowledgeable viewers of this blog may provide more information.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Wild West Town of Saw Butte Part 2

The General Store

Whilst the Saloon can go someway in satisfying the more worldly appetites of our hardworking cowpokes, there still remains a need for the more mundane necessities of life, both for the cowboy and townsfolk alike.
At the General Store , you could buy and sell all kinds of goods, chat with acquaintances around the Pot Belly stove, peruse the latest catalogues from Sears and outfit yourself in the true "Western "style!

The building itself was constructed with a foam core shell and planked with icy pole sticks.   As per the Saloon, windows and doors were cut into the foam core shell.   The window background came from an old book of Australian Pioneer buildings that were cut out from card and assembled.   These were to 1/32nd scale, but alas, are no longer available.

The false front was planked on the rear, this gave a more suitable thickness and with the planks on the front, the foam core and the rear planks gave a section of three. I read somewhere that this helps to prevent parts from warping.

The roof is again corrugated card on a thick card base and all the fancy bits on the pediments were made up from icy pole sticks.   Paints were again Folk Art acrylics.
The signs were sourced from the internet, glued to thin card and then attached to the building.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Mini Post - Breaking News!

As can be discerned from the above bit of nonsense, I have renamed the Saloon, the "Red Dog".   The sign was sourced from the internet, resized, glued to thin card and attached to the building.    A much better sign than my previous effort.

As can be seen, not an establishment for the unwary!