Friday, 30 December 2016

Holiday modelling

I've just had a week off work and have taken the opportunity to get a bit more modelling done. I few weeks ago I ordered some bits from Peter Pig and QRF for my african collection.
I've been basing figures on 12mm washers and have done around 100 so now need to start painting.
Here's a couple of photos of some painting trials I did this week.
First is some Peter Pig naked militia

Next are the first of my regulars (the good  guys)

I've been looking for 15mm helicopters to go with my Mi-4s and decided to go with QRF. After reading some negative comments on them I was a bit worried about buying these but will reserve judgement until I've finished them. They will need a little filling and sanding but theres nothing wrong that can't be sorted with a bit of  time.
These come with whitemetal castings for the rotor blades and landing gear where supplied. The Puma has cast wheels in the retracted position which I think is a bit of a mistake as in wargaming the |Puma will most likely be used as an assault helicopter where it would have it's wheels down. I think I will make my own landing gear for these.
Next up is Peter Pigs Centurian Shot from their IDF range (AK47)

Its a nice model but I found it difficult to fasten together, I prefer to solder white metal, and there isn't much contact between the track castings and the body to enable it to be soldered so I will run a fillet of epoxy under these to strengthen them.
Next is a Peter pig BTR 152.
This is a nice model and went together well. It consists of a body casting, a rear panel and 6 wheels
Finally I've got a couple of QRF models, a BRDM2 and a VAB 4x4.  The BRDM is an easy model to assemble consisting of 4 wheels, a turret, a body and a gun barrel.
I'm struggling with the VAB as I don't know how the gunners hatch goes, Ive not been able to find any photos of this variant on the net anywhere.
Thats it for now but hopefully will get some more done soon