I’ve had a bit of a move around of my model making area. This little exercise made me realise that I needed to find a better way to store my model paints, I needed a paint storage rack.
The collection of paints that I have is a mixture of from Tamiya, Vallejo, Hataka and Mig.
This also includes some Vallejo washes, so a good mixture of bottle sizes.
My first consideration was to look at the wood alternatives that a lot of people seem to be using. The benefit of these is that they are modular.
The reviews of the wooden products did not seem very encouraging. Factoring in that at present I don’t require the modular system. Plus the price seemed quite steep for what seems to be quite flimsy wood!
This then lead me to look at the alternatives offered by the nail varnish world. And I came across this rack which was in my price range.
The rack arrived quickly from Amazon, was easy to put together, took about 10 minutes. It is very sturdy and looks nice and neat.
The best part is that it holds all my various paints (see photos below).
As you can see, it holds Tamiya paint pots, Vallejo, Hataka and Mig paint bottles, Vallejo washes, Microscale bottles and Mr Color paint pots with no issues.
A row can hold:
12 Vallejo/Hataka style bottles or 72 in total
8 Tamiya style paint pots or 48 in total
My plan is to purchase a second one. My paint collection has a good number of Vallejo paints that need to be in easy reach. What I have done with this rack, is put out the paints that I’m currently using the most.
Oh, if you are wondering what the ‘T’ is that I’ve written on the Tamiya paints, it’s to remind e that they have been thinned.
I’m a bit split on this subject. I like the idea of building up a large collection of models and that collection does not take over the house.
Also, building smaller aviation subjects in 144 scale should be much quicker than larger scale kits.
In theory, the price should be much less for a smaller 144 scale model. OK maybe not for some of the bigger aircraft, because they would probably have the same amount of plastic as a 1:72 scale kit etc.
Going back to the bigger aviation subjects. I have some diecast 144 scale large aircraft. When I say large, things like WW2 four engine heavies. What I like about them, is that they do not take up too much space. So being able to build some of the large aircraft from the Cold War era would not be so daunting in 144 scale.
Now back in the day, the only options for 144 scale were airliners, I’m talking mostly Airfix here. Actually as an aside, I’m hankering to do an airliner, but from the Cold War era.
https://minicraftmodels.com/collections/1-144-aircraftAnyway, I digress, back then smaller aircraft were not being produced in the 144 scale. Now there is a good selection to choose from. Especially from manufactures such as Revell, Eduard, Mark I Models, Zvezda and Minicraft etc.
I think this is where my hate for this scale comes in. I have made 4, well 5, but one is on the shelf of doom, small aviation subjects. Each one has been a pain to do, especially the Minicraft MiG-21.
As you can see from the results, things could be much better!
So far I’ve only built Minicraft and Revell. I’ve not been impressed with the Minicraft kits. They are very basic and not much fun to put together. The Revell kits, especially the F-14 were much nicer to build, if not very fiddly.
I do have more 144 scale kits in my stash, not all Cold War era.
So 144 scale love it or hate it?
Even though I’ve struggled with the builds I’ve done so far. It still excites me that I could add some of the larger Cold War era aircraft to my collection, without breaking the bank or running out of display space. So it’s a begrudging ‘love’ from me.
This is my first ICM kit and I was happy with the quality of the moulds and detail on the kit. The BTR-60PB will go very well with the Elhiem Soviet Motor Rifle figures that I painted previously.
I’ve always liked the look of the BTR-60n APC. It just looks right and is certainly an iconic symbol of Soviet and Warsaw Pact, rugged but simple equipment.
ICM 1:72 BTR-60PB unboxing video
I’m looking forward to building this kit as it will be a great addition to my growing Cold War collection of model kits. I hope that when I build it, I can do it justice and produce a reasonable looking replica.
Looking at the ICM catalogue they also do a couple of BTR-152 APC’s and a selection of Soviet trucks such as the ZiL-157, ZiL -131, URAL-4320 and the URAL 375 including variations of the above trucks.
Talking of the variations on the trucks, I see that currently (February 2021), ICM have four fuel tanker kits. Two certainly look like they would sit nicely on an airfield display (going by what is on the box art).
I can certainly see myself getting some more ICM vehicles to add to my stash, and hopefully at some point built and on display!
What’s new from Italeri for 2021, quite a bit. As I don’t want to spoil the surprise in this blog, so click on the link below to view their PDF:
Italeri have put together a good mix of periods. What did catch my eye was the Korean War marked kits.
They have some 1:72 and 1:48 aircraft in this range and some 1:35 armour. It will be interesting to see if they expand on this range.
There is no mention of these kits being new moulds. This makes me think they are reissues with new decals.
The 1:48 BAE Hawk T.Mk.1 caught my eye. Again Italeri do not mention if it is a new mould. This makes me think it is another re-release.
The 1:32 NATO Pilots, Ground Crew and Accessories look very interesting.
Having a 1:32 Revell Tornado ECR sat in the stash, I can see these new Italeri figures coming in very handy to complement the Tornado.
A plus point, these figures are new moulds. I’m really looking forward to see what they look like when the are released.
Lets have a look at the other Cold War related kits have Italeri released for 2021 (excluding those mentioned above):
1:72 TU-22M3 Backfire C (Kit No. 1440)
1:72 F-5A Freedom Fighter (Kit No. 1441)
1:72 RF-84F Thunderflash (Kit No. 1449)
1:72 C-27A Spartan / G.222 (Kit No. 1450)
1:72 B-52G early with Hound Dog (Kit No. 1451)
1:72 F4E/F Phantom II (Kit No. 1448)
1:72 Fokker F-27 SAR (Kit No. 1455)
1:72 F-8E Crusader (Kit No. 1456)
1:48 S-3 A/B Viking (Kit No. 2623)
1:48 TR-1A/B (Kit No.2809)
1:48 North American FJ-2/3 Fury (Kit N0. 2811)
1:48 U-2 R/S TU-2 S (Kit No. 2812)
1:48 MB326 (Kit No. 2814)
1:48 Mirage III (Kit No. 2816)
1:48 MiG-23 Flogger D (Kit No. 2817)
1:48 RF-4E Phantom (Kit No. 2818)
1:32 Tornado IDS/ECR (Kit No. 2517) – includes new parts
1:72 CH-53E Super Stallion (Kit No. 1431)
1:72 Mil Mi-24P / Mil Mi-35P (Kit No. 1432)
1:48 OH-13 Sioux Korean War (Kit No. 2820)
1:72 T-62 (Kit No. 7006)
1:72 T-55A (Kit No. 7081)
1:35 T34/85 Korean War (Kit No. 6585)
1:35 M4A3E8 Sherman Korean War (Kit No. 6586)
1:35 M24 Chaffee Korean War (Kit No. 6587)
As we can see, quite a lot of Cold War subjects. Apart from the kits I highlighted at the start of the blog, oh and maybe the T-55 and T-62 1:72 scale tanks, there are not many I would consider adding to my stash. (But never say never!!).
It is great to see more kit choice from Italeri and long may this continue.
So what is new from Airfix 2021? Quite a bit actually. So there is no spoilers in my blog, here is a YouTube video from Airfix.
What I think is really great about what Airfix have released for 2021, is that they are continuing to market to and produce kits for the younger generation.
As you will have seen from the video, Airfix have released some basic starter sets. These will be a much nicer and enjoyable experience for the new model maker than picking up a ‘Vintage Classic’, which will probably put them off!
But even better, is the building block style of kits. This is perfect for those children between 5 and 8. Children of this age know the process of putting these style of models together. With no glue or paints involved, very child friendly.
The above is a great move by Airfix, and they should be congratulated for doing this.
I’ve not yet built any 1/48 aircraft. I did pick up the Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor FR.9 back in 2019. It’s been sat in my stash since, waiting for that urge to build it. Well not an urge, more the confidence that I can do it justice.
So what caught my eye from the new from Airfix 2021 release?
Not only does t look like a great kit, but the price was also very good. And of course it fits in with the Cold War period.
On a personal note, great memories from flying in these from my time as a teenager in the Air Training Corp, and getting ‘Air Experience’ flights in Chipmunks.
Another new release that caught my eye, and again it is in 1/48 is the de Havilland Vampire F.3. I can see this sitting well with my Meteor, but will hold off pre-ordering one for now. Again, another ideal candidate for a Cold War collection.
They say that things happen in 3’s, so I also spotted another 1/48 release that I will hopefully be adding to my stash and that is the Canadair Sabre F.4. I think this was announced last year, but we all know how 2020 went, so is being released (fingers crossed) in 2021.
So 3 very interesting Cold War subjects in 1/48 scale.
A couple of kits in 1/72 that look quite appealing are the ‘Vintage Classic’ 1:144 Hawker Siddeley 121 Trident. Just because it’s an airliner for the Cold War period, and I’ve not built any airliners yet.
The second kit is a re-release of the MiG-17 as a Polish LiM-5 in 1/72 scale. This is one kit I really should be adding to my stash.
So overall, I think a very good selection from Airfix for 2021, and what appears to be a good strategy of bringing in new modelers
To me this just seemed a better green for a BAOR vehicle. Possibly a little too dark, but after doing a bit quick of Google searching, it would appear that the green could vary quite a bit with BAOR equipment!
Wheel rims painted black and gluing them to the lower hull starts.
Adding the tracks. I did manage to snap off the front roller on one of the sides while adding the track.
Simple fix, was to drill out a hole in the wheel hub and the connection on the hull for the wheel. Then using a small section of paper-clip as a pin between the two items.
This gave a very strong join, much better than the original plastic pin.
Upper hull, turret and side skirts primed, then painted Tamiya XF61 Dark Green.
Time to attach the upper hull to the lower hull.
Was a good fit except for a slight gap at the front. Nothing a small amount of Vallejo Plastic Putty couldn’t fix.
The side skirts were quite fiddly to attach, not sure I really got them as flush as I would have liked.
Next step as to paint the black part of the distinctive but simple BAOR camouflage scheme.
Using my H&S Ultra, I free handed the very simple black sections. I used Tamiya XF69 NATO black. Very happy with the result.
Sprayed various greens, browns, blacks and greys to get an earth look. Then added some static grass. I don’t own a static grass applicator, so I just generally use an old paint brush to try and make the grass stand up. Not always a great success!
I’ve managed to get some bench time and painted this set. I think they came out looking OK.
Started with a coat of Halfords grey car primer.
To prime the figures, I used Halfords car primer, as it is designed to cover metal surfaces. The primer is ideal for giving a great base for the next stage.
Looking at each figure in turn of the BAOR British Infantry 1:72
This figure is kneeling at the ready. Very pleased with how the DPM looks on this one.
Rifleman taking aim with his SLR. Again very happy with the DPM at such a small scale.
Posed as to be shielding his eyes while he peers into the distance. Probably just noticed some T62’s and BMP1’s heading in his direction!
This figure shows how well the webbing is done at this scale. It includes his respirator bag on his hip. two kidney pouches with groundsheet rolled up below those.
Final thoughts about the BAOR British Infantry 1:72
I have to say, I’m really impressed with these figures. They are not perfect, some of the facial expressions are a bit odd. However, at this scale that is something I can live with.
The important part is, is that they look like British Infantry from the period. I also really like the natural poses of the figures. No over exaggerated limb positions, and they look purposeful.
The detail is also very well done. I can tell they have ’58 webbing’ on. The SLR’s look like SLR’s. Just be careful when trimming the flash, not to cut the muzzle off the SLR’s (like I did with the standing rifleman). Because the detail is so good, it makes it much easier to paint.
In my quest to find some suitable figures to go with my Cold War builds, I came across a UK based company called Elhiem Figures. So this short blog post will be a quick look at Elhiem 1:72 (20mm) figures.
Elhiem do a great selection of Cold War period 1:72 figures, in pewter and resin. They also do them at what I consider a very reasonable price including postage costs.
Designed more for war gaming, not something that I currently do. They look like they would be suitable to be placed next to 1:72 model builds.
So with that in mind, I ordered 3 sets from Elhiem Figures just to see what they look like and what the quality is like.
BAOR08 British skirmishing with SLRs – Elhiem 1:72 (20mm) figures
As you can see from the photos, the detail at this size and in this material looks quite good. Considering the price of £3.96 (as of November 2020), I think these are excellent value.
Yes they will need cleaning up a bit as they have some flash. But I think these will go well with my Revell Challenger 1 tank once I have it built.
I like them, they have character and the poses look natural.
CWR01 Soviet Rifleman in Y strap webbing with AK74s- Elhiem 1:72 (20mm) figures
Have to have the ‘other side’ so also purchased a set of Soviet riflemen. They also cost £3.96 (price November 2020).
A little bit rougher in finish than the BAOR set, but again, with a little care in the clean up they will certainly look the part. Again some nice natural poses.
NAM01 US Army M16s Advancing – – Elhiem 1:72 (20mm) figures
Leaving central Europe I got a Vietnam set for the US Army. I’ve got the old JB Models M113 ACAV in the stash, and I thought these would complement it very well.
Same price as the other two sets, £3.96 (as of November 2020).
Cleaning up will be required as there is some flash. But detail looks good and again the poses look natural.
Conclusion – Elhiem 1:72 (20mm) figures
This is just a quick look at the Elhiem figures. But I like them and more importantly looking forward to painting them up.
Sometimes war gaming figures can be a bit chunky and over scale, but these look ok to me. The weapons may be a bit larger than any plastic or resin equivalent. But at the price you can get these figures, that is something I’m more than happy to over look.