I keep calling this January's work bench when it is now April, still, nearly finished.
I have had to shorten the project's length, as I have run out of money and time, but the effect is still there I hope.
There are approximately 134 scale yards between the two front lines, I left the side of our staircase in the picture so you can get some idea of size...the boards measure 2010mm in length and 440mm wide. The original plan was to have it 2760mm
The German lines about done. there is a bit of tidying and blending of edges to finish, but the figures are glued in now
the barbed wire is copper electrical strand (,020mm) coiled round the handle of a modelling knife, or laid out straight and turned around the wooden posts.
the post are match sticks, halved in length, and then quartered lenthwise, and pushed into the base material
I have been working on the German trenches for while
The intention is to show how the Germans were building more permanent defensive positions
with better weapons siting
wider, more solidly constructed trenches
this last however shows the result of a direct hit (off stage) from Archie.
June 8, 1940
"How was it your first kill?" "What?" "Your first kill. Was it a fighter? A bomber? When was it?" "It was March first, 1937, Kyte." "Good Lord. You know the exact date?!" "Yes, Natalya kissed me for the first time that day." "What!? You remember the date because of a kiss and not because of a plane you've downed?!" "Both things were important..." "I see... And what was the plane, Joaquim?!"
Taken heavily from Billy's Boys by Mike Clinton, modified a bit with information gleaned from Nieuport 28: America's First Fighter by Theodore Hamady, and filled in with a bit of fluff from USAS 1st Pursuit Group by Jon Guttman, this is my Wings of Glory interpretation of the first encounter of the 94th Aero Squadron's first encounter over the Toul Sector.
The 94th Aero Squadron, known as the Hat in the Ring Gang, moved to Gengoult Aerodrome from Villeneuve on April 9th, 1918. The