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fredag 26 april 2013

Minairon tanks, Part 1, building

I have been waiting for someone to do a plastic T-26 for war gaming for quite some time. There are various versions from UM and others out there, but building a company of those would keep me busy until the next ice age or drive me insane.

Enter Minairon Miniatures, a new company from Spain. Last week they released a fast-build T-26 and I ordered two boxes the same day, as well as a box pf Pz I:s. Yesterday they arrived and I have half of them assembled already.
Here are the sprues after the customary washing. There are 2 sprues of one tank each in the T-26 boxes and 3 sprues of one tank each in the Pz I boxes

 Pz I
 T-26


Cutting the pieces from the sprues was easy, as was cleaning them. The pieces fit together snugly, in fact the entire track assembly on the Pz I went on without glue and stayed on!
Two rounds of gluing and all three models were complete. Only problem I had was finding a rear view of the Pz1 to figure out which way the rectangular end piece goes on, as it has detailing on the outside that is not seen in the instructions on the box. Google and Wikimedia to the rescue!



The first T-26 finished. There is a commander included on each sprue, I used him for the other tank but kept this one closed. Each sprue also has the option of building the twin-turret version, illustrated on the left here. I will probably build the other two tanks I have as that version.



Here is the first Pz 1, built in the same session, while my gal was watching her favourite soap. Let me put it this way: Rederiet episodes are 45 minutes or less. During the two she watched, I built three tanks, made tea and still had time to sort out paints and google pics of winter camo. I would not have finished cutting out the track links of the UM model in that time. 

måndag 22 april 2013

"Not at Salute"-weekend

No, no Salute for me this year either, maybe next year. The weekend was productive, however. Eight minis finished!
First, four French 1940 from Pegasus. These are the first four I've painted from this boxed set, four more are on the paint desk right now. Wonderful figures even if they require a bit of glue and green stuff to fix the joints.

Next, some crew for the Italian AA gun I finished almost a year ago. They have been waiting patiently on the edge of the painting area and finally they have been given some care and attention.


fredag 19 april 2013

Big Man, Big Bike finished

This is about as good as it's gonna get, I think. Just the varnishing left. I need to take a picture in good light when I find the time, but this will have to do for now.





As I've said before the Krad is from Academy and a gift from Daniel, the soldiers are from CP Models.
In case anyone is interested, the snow is acrylic paste from an art store painted with Coat d'Arms Light Grey and dry brushed with Vallejo White.

onsdag 10 april 2013

Focus, Daniel-san!

I just took pictures of all the things I am painting right now. There is more, stuff that I just based but have not started to paint and stuff on the shelf that I have started to paint but that are not ON the bench right now.
Here is what is ongoing:

 A Warlord Celt and GWs Faramir
 An Academy Schwimmwagen
 CP Models troops, Academy Krad
 Italeri AA gun crew (or rugby ref?)
 Milicast LRDG truck
 CP Models Polish Paras
 Pegasus French
CP Models