Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Figures!

Here are a couple of new 54mm releases from The Fusilier. Sculpted by Steve Warrilow, we have two WWI subjects. One a sailor and the other a pilot. Both are well sculpted, well cast, and require very little cleanup. With the 100th year anniversary of the beginning of the Great War, these releases are indeed timely. The sailor comes in three pieces; upper and lower torsos and the base. The LSK pilot is in two pieces; the body and the head. The pilot would look great posed to next any of the Wingnut Wings kits.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Josef Jacobs' Fokker DVII, 1918

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Josef Jacobs' Fokker DVII, 1918

 photo DSCF0722.jpg 1/32 scale kit from Wingnut Wings. Figure is from Cockpit Wings and sculpted by Steve Warrilow. Lozenge decals are from Aviattic. Thanks to my Chicago Club buddies John and Dave for their help and encouragement throughout the build.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Finished Fokker and Pilot

d7 done photo DVIIDone.jpg Fokker DVII as flown by Lt. Josef Jacobs, 1918. More photos to follow.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chicago Show

Stormtrooper photo 131489-881ed083b34a5faf9faec628b865ac00.jpg I earned a Gold medal for this figure at the Chicago Show. Displayed my DVII also and will post pics soon.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nearing the finish line....

The end is in site! A couple more pieces of rigging, the prop, and finish the base. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Working on installing the struts. Pics aren't the greatest but you get the idea.


I am still plugging away at the DVII and am also working on a pilot figure that will be standing next to the fuselage. Representing Lt. Jacobs will be this figure from Cockpit Wings, sculpted by my old friend Steve Warrilow. Still have to finish the face, buttons, cap and goggles along with a couple more finishing touches.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Working on getting the God of the North Wind decals in place. These are custom made and have been a challenge getting them to lay down. I have to do some touch up work on them with oils paints. Still early in the process.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A little progress...

Still making progress. Bottom wing given some oils washes for subtle weathering. First coat of black sprayed on the fuselage. More weathering and decals to come.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Looking ahead...

As the build starts to come together I wanted a little preview to fuel the fire so I temporarily snapped the lower wing in place. Still have to do a slight bit of putty work on the top fuselage join but not much.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wingnut Wings Fokker DVII

Taking a break from figures, I am making progress on my 1/32 scale Fokker DVII from Wingnut Wings. Here are a couple of views of the cockpit so far. Still have to add a few details and do some painting but it is coming along.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Simple Conversion...

The stock figure is a 54mm Gordon Highlander from the Tommy's War range of WWI kits. The top picture shows the box art of an assembled kit. My conversion is below. The new arms and weapon were taken from other kits in the range and a simple turning of the head creates an even more defiant Highlander. Simple and effective.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Now he's done...

Added the groundwork. Kept it subtle so it doesn't take away from the figure.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Almost Finished!

The figure is done...just have to do the groundwork. 120mm 82nd Airborne sculpted by M. Corry and available from from Mitch's Military Miniatures. Painted with oils over acrylics.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Also on the bench is a 1/32 scale Fokker DVII from Wingnut Wings. I have long been a fan of WWI aircraft and these kits are state of the art. I have been working on applying the lozenge pattern decals to the upper and lower wing surfaces of both the upper and lower wings. Dark on the topside and lighter underneath. The decals are an aftermarket set from Aviattic and are a treat to work with.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In-progress 120mm WW2 American Paratrooper (82nd) from Mitch's Military Miniatures. Sculpted by Maurice Corry. Painted in oils over acrylics. Nice kit...cleanup took a little longer than usual...mostly on the small parts.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Just finished...except for the groundwork. 54mm Bombardier, Royal Horse Artillery, 1914 from Tommy's War. Oils over acrylics. Sorry for the crappy pictures.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Progress is slow but I have managed to get the figures cleaned up, primed, and mostly undercoated with acrylics.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

RFC Pilot & Observer, 1916

I picked up one of the new releases from The Fusilier at the Atlanta Show and moved it to the front of my workbench. I decided to place it with a previously released Fusilier figure to represent a Royal Flying Corps pilot and observer from the Great War. They are certainly dressed for the cold temperatures aloft. The figure on the right is the new release. These are resin kits sculpted, in 1/24th scale, by my old friend Steve Warrilow. It is nice to see The Fusilier releasing kits again.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Getting ready for my upcoming trip to Atlanta. Next weekend is AMFS' 36th annual figure show. The club always puts on an excellent show and I look forward to it every year. This year I will be presenting a seminar on creating "wedgies" and on weathering figures with oils. It will be presented Saturday morning at 10 AM. If you are at the show I encourage you to attend. Here is a link for more information on the club and the show:

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I am calling him done and ready for the Atlanta Show! The picture is not the greatest but you get the idea. A nice , simple conversion really changes the look of the Andrea kit. Finished with oil paint.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Getting ready for next month's Atlanta Show, I moved this figure to the front of my workbench. This is a conversion of an Andrea 54mm German Stormtrooper from the Great War. I replaced the kit supplied head and helmet with one from Scale Link. I had to carve away some straps from the front of the torso and do some putty work as the stock kit was designed to have the gasmask hanging on the front of the soldier and not wearing it. I also replaced the figure's right hand with a different one to which I added a grenade. He is currently primed and awaiting undercoating and then the final application of oils.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Next up on my workbench is this 120mm figure, sculpted by Maurice Corry.  The figure represents an officer of the Rifle Brigade during the Crimean War.  Uniform is green with black braiding.