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I've been modelling, painting miniatures and wargaming since I was a wee lad in Swansea, this blog details some of my interests - I hope that you like it. In 2010 I started a new modelling venture - building 40mm AWI/ACW terrain pieces and designing 28mm masters, which are then cast and available for sale from Grand Manner. - All original images and text are copyright of A. S. Harwood (Dampfpanzerwagon)Tonyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06167770417289351340noreply@blogger.comBlogger2030125
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The RAF at 100 - part three

13 hours 45 min ago

I have undercoated the model in Linen, a cheap craft paint which was applied with a large flat brush in the direction of airflow over the model. Two or three light and watered-down coats are better than one thick one. As you can see, I have used a cocktail stick and a small piece of balsawood to hold the model while painting.


The RAF at 100 - part two a 100th scale SE5a

April 19, 2018 - 09:30

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF I wanted to produce something, a model a piece of terrain, anything. I settle on a 1/100th scale SE5a. I have in the past written about a stalled project - scratch building WW1 aircraft for gaming, see this post for more details and even had an article published in Miniature Wargames, see this post.

This particular model was built some time ago and has languished in a cardboard box for long enough. It is time it was painted. The model was built from hand drawn plans reduced from 1/72nd scale. The fuselage is a piece of scrap wood, the wings plastic card and the tail thin card. Detailing was carried out with plastic card and rod. The main construction was done with superglue and PVA glue.

The model is 64mm long with a wingspan of 80mm.



Meccano Build a Crane

April 18, 2018 - 09:24

The latest part work available at W H Smiths is this Meccano Crane. Part one is available for just £1.99 and I have picked it up as for this money, I am sure I will find a use for the parts and the packaging. I have no intention of subscribing for the additional part works, but saw this and thought - "that's a bargain". I can add it to the small amount of old Meccano I have in the garage.

For more details see this link.


Book Treasures and where to find them - part three Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore

April 16, 2018 - 09:20

Continuing with this series of recommendations, I present one of my favourite book stores; Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore, a secondhand and new book store that is situated in the pleasant market town of Pershore, Worcestershire.

The rather narrow frontage hides the fact that this shop stretches back some distance and contains what I believe to be the largest secondhand aviation and military book selection in the Midlands. The aviation section in particular is simply breathtaking with floor to ceiling shelves crammed full of unique and very hard to find aviation book titles in many different languages. The Military and Naval shelves are equally packed with a similar selection while to the front of the store there are shelves upon shelves of railway books. Please be aware that there are both secondhand and new publications intermixed and on display.

It is rare that I visit the shop and don't come away with some rare or unusual treasure. I give this very special shop a 5 Bookworms out of 5 and recommend Pershore as a great day out, particularly during The Pershore Plum Festival in August.

Sedgeberrow Books can be found at;
25 High Street
WR10 1AA

01386 751830


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-four

April 15, 2018 - 09:26

The latest update shows most of the painting done, the wooden strips holding the tar paper in place have been hand painted with acrylics and a fine brush, the sofit boards and roof panels have been finished and I have added some additional detailing to the door.

These two images show the low relief nature of this building better and the final image is a detail shot of the door area.


Models For Wargamers - just 10 signed copies left

April 13, 2018 - 13:33

There are just 10 signed and numbered copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - MODELS FOR WARGAMERS left. I do have a few additional un-signed copies, but would advise anyone interested in purchasing a copy to act fast. For full details of how to order please see this link.

In addition there are a few copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - MORE WARGAME TERRAIN books available for details of how to order see this link.

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 - BUILDING WARGAME TERRAIN is no longer available.

Please note; I will not be attending SALUTE.

Thank you.


Seam Scraper tool from IPMS

April 11, 2018 - 18:39

I recently treated myself to this new toy. A SEAM TOOL #1 or seam scraper from the IPMS (international Plastic Modellers Society). For full details see this post.
For those who are unfamiliar with this type of tool, imagine scraping the edges of plastic kits with the edge of a scalpel to remove burrs or rough edges or having to remove the join line of a gun barrel. This innovative tool will do all that and more by using the edges of the metal tool to scrape along the edges of plastic (or resin) to produce a smooth joins or edges. The ends and curved edges are a multipurpose profiling tool that should have hundreds of uses.

If you want one - see this link. At just £5.00 (plus P&P) it's a bargain. Also available to Non IPMS Members.


The RAF at 100

April 8, 2018 - 09:31

It cannot have escaped your attention that 2018 sees the RAF celebrating its 100th anniversary. I thought that this historic milestone deserved a special modelling project and over the next couple of weeks my plan is to produce a suitable model (maybe even models) to commemorate this event.

Stay tuned for updates.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-three

April 6, 2018 - 09:16

These latest images show the progression so far on this low-relief, back scene building for my small shelf layout. The model is built to the rather unusual scale of 1/27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot which represents 18 inch narrow gauge running on standard HO-OO or 16.5mm Peco Crazy Track. For more details see the Narrow Gauge or 1/27.7 labels to the right. Or browse the earlier Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure headings.

Since the last post, I have painted the exposed wooden panels and the black tar paper covering. The wooden sections were individually painted with acrylic paints following some tutorials found on the Internet showing worn and decaying wood while the tar paper has been painted in off-black colours with some streaking.

In the final image you can see the exposed wooden structure in greater detail. The technique I have used is to paint the wooden structure in watered down acrylic paints, drybrush the exaggerated wood grain and then use washes to highlight the sculpting. Extra colour was added with watercolour pencils which are sharpened to a very fine point - a slow and laborious process but one that I feel portrays exposed wood in a very realistic manner. The external telephone bell was copied from another image found on the Internet. It is scratch-built from sections of plastic rod and thick plastic card. The wiring is fusewire.

The next job will be to paint the wooden stays or supports that hold the tar paper in place and painting the fibreboard roofing panels.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-two

April 3, 2018 - 09:11

Unlike the brick built base of the Salt Pan (see earlier posts) the brick wall on this part of the layout was impressed into pizza foam (the foam that you find as backing to frozen pizzas). The painting was done over a thin layer of cream and grey acrylic (the mortar) and then the orange/red brick colour was drybrushed over the bricks. The finished effect took many layers of red, brown and orange drybrushing but I think the effect was worth while. Once fully dry, individual bricks were picked out with a fine pointed brush in darker black colours and lighter white.

The whole wall has been washed in different coloured washes and I have used watercolour pencils to highlight some bricks as well as produce the simple graffiti.

The metal door was painted in greys with rust effects on the lower edge and some more watercolour pencil detailing on the door furniture. The door design and colour was copied from a similar door I had seen on the Internet.

The final image shows the low-relief building against the office wall to show the effect I was looking for.


Malvern Flea Market

April 2, 2018 - 13:05

Earlier this morning, Sue and I visited the Malvern Three Counties Showground Flea Market. This was the first time I had been to this event (I had previously attended the Toy Fair and Vintage Car Show). It is quite a big event filling most of the inside halls and overflowing on to the open air hard standing. My own purchases were few and cheap. a book called Saunders and Saro Aircraft since 1917 by Peter London.

We were on our way back home by mid day and are now looking forward to an Easter Monday lunch with our daughter Holly.

For more details of future and planned events see this link.

Happy Easter.


Happy Easter

March 31, 2018 - 09:20

A very Happy Easter to all my followers and readers.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-one

March 28, 2018 - 09:33

In this update I have added the roof and barge boards plus some small detailing to the tar paper and supporting strips of wood. The next step will be painting.....

The last two images show the low relief back scene against the office wall - which gives an idea of the effect I am looking for.


Airfix Beam Engine - part two

March 26, 2018 - 09:30

Following on from this earlier post I have added a 1/27.7 (or 11mm = 1 foot) workman to the Airfix Beam Engine model and think it works better than the 1/56th or wargame scale figure shown in the original post.

The original model was sold as either a 1/32nd scale or 1/45th scale model so seeing it alongside a 1/27.7th scale figure seems to work. The workman is a heavily modified 1/24th scale figure and is available to purchase as a resin figure from me - see this link for details.