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    Since no one else jumped in, here's what's happening here

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    My annual Flying Aces Contest is comming up next month, several new models are on the building list . . .Click image for larger version. 

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    On my bench - assembling and painting some 3D printed Shuttles for Baxter:

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    Those shuttles look great, Wayne! Looks like you are painting them up for Baxter - I look forward to seeing the finished product

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Hi Dave
    Do the Elves never rest?

    Sent this already and it appears in my 'latest posts' folder but does not appear on this thread! Very weird!
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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    Hi Dave
    Do the Elves never rest?

    Sent this already, yesterday at 15.52 and it appears in my 'latest posts' folder but does not appear on this thread! Very weird!
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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    Sigh, been a while since I posted. so here is a bunch of projects finished lately

    First some more Brits and some Japs in my weekly slug of 10 figs

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    Then finished a US Bolt Action army for E-bay fodder, but a board member grabbed it before I was done (Ships Tomorrow BTW)
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    Then getting back into Flames of War so needed a late war US army, Here is the start of it. Also added a few 88's for my German army
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    Very nice!
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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    lovely stuff there, Ken!

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    No pics but working on Valom Nieuport 17 x 4

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    Nice work, as usual Ken.
    I have a couple of boxes of WHF State troops on the bench, primed and ready. With a whole weekend off (yah!), I should get some paint on them.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Progress can you guess the aircraft on the workbench?

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    Hm, 4 engine nacelles? Twin elliptical rudders? Lancaster?

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    Was sort of thinking B24 myself with the twin tails but was not sure.

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    38" wingspan, 4 motor rubber scale free flight model, coming together nicely, been a challenge with my limited hand strength these days, but we press on, regardless . . .

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    Pushing on with my shuttles. Next step is more detail painting, weathering wash, clear coat then decals:

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    A nice day immersed in my obsession . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    A nice day immersed in my obsession . . .
    Wow Dave, that reminds me so much of my father’s work bench. He was a meticulous modeller, to the extent that we had fellow modellers queuing up to buy his models after he died.

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    Very sad to hear of his passing, what was his name? I have modeling history back into the mid 50's, he may be in some of it . . . I also have a similar Bleriot style model like the one in his picture. Thanks for sharing! Precious times . . .

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    Finished up three German vehicles for TANKS! yesterday - A Zvezda Tiger II, GF9G Panther, and also their StuG III. Next up are some US and British/Canadian/Polish opponents for them...

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    Here are some Shapeways German two-seaters and a Felixstowe getting ready for prep work...

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    ...and some 1/100 60 lb rockets - a couple will find their way onto a Guards Armoured Division Sherman for NW Europe.

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    Decapod was kind enough to rescale his 1/200 version of the rockets for me! (Or maybe they were 1/144 scale...)

    It always feels good to finish up some goodies

    All the best,
    Matt
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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Very sad to hear of his passing, what was his name? I have modeling history back into the mid 50's, he may be in some of it . . . I also have a similar Bleriot style model like the one in his picture. Thanks for sharing! Precious times . . .
    Hi David, his full name was Max Starick and he died 22 years ago. I can’t remember the mode of propulsion for that model - I think compressed air or something similar.

    He was well known in aeromodelling circles in Australia and is in the record books as being the first to fly a radio controlled model in South Australia.
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    It's definitely a co2 motor, very cool indeed, I will do some looking . . .

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    Ares pre production Raptor, plus scratchbuilt asteroids and pilot in ejection seat being rescued. From the 33 campaign game at Gamma Con


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    Zoe, what did you use as stands for your asteroids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles downunder View Post
    Zoe, what did you use as stands for your asteroids?
    They look like the black plastic "Full Thrust" stands sold by 'Ground Zero Games' on their website (though other sites may have access to / sell similar stands).

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    Here’s what I’ve been up to...more 18mm Spanish Napoleonic Cavalry and designing the next batch of decals...SE5a Home Defence fighter for Lewis and a regular SE5a for McCudden. Ready to assemble...

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    Gorgeous work, Paul! That H-D SE5a is wonderful, as are the Spaniards - I hope they play well on the table for you...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Close enough?
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    Or is there a decal guide out there I could use?
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Close enough?
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    Or is there a decal guide out there I could use?
    Nearly, I'm following the paint scheme in the Eduard kit 82133 (https://www.eduard.com/eduard/se-5a-...rchparam=82133) which has the forward part of the fuselage (cowling) in light grey. Other than that it's perfect. Not sure which is right the blue or light grey but I think the light grey is a nice contrast.

    Info: Capt. Cecil Lewis, No. 61 (Home Defence) Squadron

    I will in the next batch of SE5a do Capt. D. W. Grinnell-Milne, No. 56 Squadron (Jan 1919) which has an all red fuselage. https://www.eduard.com/eduard/se-5a-...rchparam=82131

    A bit post-war but should fit in with T&T

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    My quick Google research:
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    Corgi die-cast plane

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    It looks like the middle one looks like it's using the Pheon decal set for plane D3459. Saw the corgi on and wings palette ones for B658 showing blue. Perhaps it was originally grey and then painted blue....perhaps Tim will come along and sort me out.

    http://www.pheondecals.com/32003-se5a-nightfighter.html

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    XB-70 24" wingspan 48" long twin rubber scale, more fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles downunder View Post
    Zoe, what did you use as stands for your asteroids?

    https://em4miniatures.com/collection...k-flying-bases

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    Thanks Zoe
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    Thanks for the card, Mike.

    Matt, the Spanish regiment is El Rey (The King’s) Regiment which did well at Talavera unlike the British cavalry at that battle. All part of my project to relight the battles of Bailen and Talavera which seem to me to be a couple of the more balanced battles.

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    Back when I was doing Napoleonic wargaming in the 70s and early 80s, we played lots of Penninsular scenarios - such a great variety of troop types and nationalites. Good luck with your goal of refighting those battles

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Back when I was doing Napoleonic wargaming in the 70s and early 80s, we played lots of Penninsular scenarios - such a great variety of troop types and nationalites. Good luck with your goal of refighting those battles

    All the best,
    Matt
    Thanks, Matt.

    I'm starting with the Battle of Bailen. I'm going to do it 3 times using different rules with different scales.

    One will be with Field of Glory Napoleonic which has infantry units between 1,500 and 3,000. It's a good set of rules with a nice mechanism for handling corps level artillery and cavalry (i.e., keep as a reserve or assign as close support). That will cover all of the available forces, those immediately available in the morning and those that showed up later in the day - behind the enemy's lines for both sides!

    The second with be General d'Armee with infantry units = a battalion. This battle will be only the morning battle for one half of the battlefield (Spanish left wing).

    The third will be Empire which, because my bases of infantry are mounted in two ranks, will be in between in scale. It will be the same half the battle as GdA but with the Spanish right wing units able to enter from the flank - if they can be activated (i.e., motivated to do so).

    I have about 250 figures to paint up. Right now I'm painting the 1st Rgt, Garde de Paris in the 1807 uniforms (French style but with green jackets and red facings - couldn't resist doing those as well as the other regiment with red coats and green facings).

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    XB-70 24" wingspan 48" long twin rubber scale, more fun!

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    A card for Post-WWII could be difficult. What size, again?
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Thanks Mike, once more I am off the table . . .

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    So Wayne, after the brain thing got started and a few keystrokes were taken, I was swept into your father's realm. I have indeed built several of his model designs and used his kit of the Hangar Rat to introduce my kids in a dozen schools to indoor model flying, what an honor to be reconnected to him after all these years! Here is a link to the memorials published to his work in the hobby, he had many, many followers! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/hangar_rat.html

    . . . Clipper

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    I was always a fan of the various allied troops on both the British and French sides, Paul. KGL, Brunswickers, Cazadores, Confederation fo the Rhine, Poles...so many fun units (often of dubious value) with a wide variety of uniforms (not to mention looted monastery brown cloth pants). Although I started with Hinton Hunt 20mm in the early 70s, by the 80s I was into 15mm - we played with a system where 1 figure was basically a company - 6 figures (two to a base) was a French battalion. Many hours of fun, indeed - both in the painting and the gaming. I will look forward to your revisitation

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Hmmm . . .first the casting putty and resin arrived in the mail, then this process was discovered this morning . . .


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    Interestingly the heat ray unit from a Martian is found buried in a bit of putty. . . could it be being used on a Zeppelin perhaps?

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    hmmm doesn't seem likely . . . or does it . . .very suspicious the fin patterns and gondola molds are being reactivated . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    So Wayne, after the brain thing got started and a few keystrokes were taken, I was swept into your father's realm. I have indeed built several of his model designs and used his kit of the Hangar Rat to introduce my kids in a dozen schools to indoor model flying, what an honor to be reconnected to him after all these years! Here is a link to the memorials published to his work in the hobby, he had many, many followers! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/hangar_rat.html

    . . . Clipper
    Hi Dave, yes I remember that link -what an amazing connection we now have! I still remember my father's small workshop in the back of his shed with the skeletal remains of a free-flight Bristol Scout hanging from the ceiling. He actually won a national free-flight competition with it back in 1955.

    Maybe that's what sparked my enduring passion for WWI! I must explore Shapeways to see if there is one there and maybe add it to my collection 'just because'.

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    Doncaster 2019 special T&T memory & action cards beautifully designed and drawn by Mike the OldGuy59 in the pipeline...

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    "We do not stop playing when we get old, but we get old when we stop playing."

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    Oh! Those turned out wonderfully, Andy I look forward your AAR - have a blast at Doncaster!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Sigh...Napoleonics. Thought I had shaken that bug off after getting a couple of hundred 28mm's and the Blackpowder rules set recently. That and dredged up a couple of thousand 15mm's of which half were painted from the closet. Funny to see Napoleons battles was not in his rules sets though (think they are up to ver 4, I still use ver 1 by AH)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Sigh...Napoleonics. Thought I had shaken that bug off after getting a couple of hundred 28mm's and the Blackpowder rules set recently. That and dredged up a couple of thousand 15mm's of which half were painted from the closet. Funny to see Napoleons battles was not in his rules sets though (think they are up to ver 4, I still use ver 1 by AH)
    I too have the original version of Napoleon's Battles. It is a well designed, well thought out, coherent set of rules. However, it never jelled with me - sometimes it's hard to put a finger on why. It's just the overall feel.

    I first became acquainted with Napoleon's Battles in about 1991-ish. I had been posted to the Maritime Forces Pacific HQ in Victoria, BC and had lost my wargaming partners. There was a young intelligence officer who was interested and played Napoleon's Battles. I had been playing the WRG rules with 15mm for about a decade. Prior to that I had played Napoleonique with 25mm. All I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time. Napoleonique is a great set of rules that gave me and my university fellow gamers a lot of fun. In hind sight WRG - as originally written - is a plodding set of rules - at least for the infantry. That's a side track...back to the intel officer. With his urging I bought a set of NB rules, but we never played. He was more interested in selling me his unpainted / half-painted / based for NB Table Top miniatures. I bought them...for...again, what seemed like an okay (good is too strong a word for those figures), in the sense of being friendly, idea. I tried a few NB games solo and concluded what I wrote above - a good set of rules but not what for me. I still have the rules and scenario supplement as well as they are good references. The Victoria gaming switched to WWII because the only other gamer, a Naval Reserve officer, was interested in that period - not Napoleonics.

    A few years later I got a job in NATO and moved to the Netherlands. Had some people interested in WWII and did some games of that. I eventually found someone interested in Napoleonics and we played Principles of War which suited me enough. In my view it's an underrated set of rules - not perfect but still okay for me.

    Finally back in Canada I got interested I Field of Glory Ancients & Medieval. I never took to the DBM set, but FoG AM I liked. Finally Field of Glory Napoleonic came out and it's been the closest set of rules to what I wanted. Roughly the same level of resolution as NB but with the bits I thought NB was missing (e.g., explicit representation of divisional batteries, etc.) - again for my tastes.

    General d'Armee came out recently. I bought under the complete misunderstanding that a unit = a brigade or a regiment of infantry but actually it is a unit = a battalion. However, I read Scott Bowden's Napoleon's Apogee (translation of Bressonet's tactical study of the 1806 Prussian campaign), which is by far the best book I've read for explaining tactical operations and especially skirmishing concepts. General d'Armee incorporates these ideas (e.g., you form a brigade skirmish screen that acts as an independent unit - just as described by Bressonet).

    At the moment if FoG Napoleonic for the corps level and G d'A for division. Empire is in the mix because I've had that set of rules for decades but never played more than a few trials of elements of a Empire game. I haven't played a full up game. I think the concepts are interesting and I wanted to try it out again. I may never play it again. However, a few years ago I replayed the French cavalry attacks on the Anglo-Allied infantry at Waterloo and Empire was the only rules the accurately replicated the action, but I didn't have FoGN or GdA then so the comparison was with Napoleon's Battles, Corps d'Armee, Principles of War....for some reason not Napoleonique. I guess I had lost those rules by then. I am toying with the idea of playing a game of Napoleonique again as I got a digital version of the rules in the ebook "Duke Seifried and the Development of American Miniature Wargaming". It's still a darn good set of rules.

    Again, Napoleon's Battles is a fine set of rules that achieves the author's goals. It's a reasonably accurate set of rules. I can recognize that yet not find it tasty. Some people love chocolate and others dislike it. In the end it is about tastes.

    So, there's more about my Napoleonic gaming history then probably anyone here - on a WWI / WWII air gaming forum - would really want to know.

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