March 2021 Workbench competition

 Here we go. Here is the description:

1. Send in one or more photos of where you work to create your models and

2. Provide a nice description of how it works for you.


1st:  A Sphere Products paint stand comprising space for 20 Vallejo sized pots and 16 Tamiya sized pots plus 3 brushes.

2nd Place: A Sphere Products paint stand comprising space for 10 Vallejo sized pots and 8 Tamiya sized pots plus 3 brushes.

In the case of a tie, my wife will pack the winner out of a hat.

Voting. After each workstation image and description there is a link. Click on the link for your chosen workstation (each one has a dedicated link). This will open up a new e-mail with the correct address. All you have to do is click on the "Send" button (or whatever on your phone) and I will receive your vote. Easy. However, last time some of you got confused. Please do it this way as it makes it easier for me to count the votes.

Here we go:

Bill Banks

Bill says: "This is a view of my bench in its usual untidy state at the near end of a project. I then have a spring clean before starting the next.On the right is my paint cupboard. That certainly needs a sort out.However the view is good when.   one needs an eye rest. The bench is constructed from an mdf board clamped to  a camping table from caravanning days. Fine if one does not kick a leg as it collapses in style as it did for me two weeks ago..Smile.

Vote for Bill  - Click HERE

David Pennington

David says: "The top images shows my nice electric desk. This was supplied by the Open University. It can be raised or lowered to change the angle for my back and, more importantly, my neck when working. It is 2m wide and 1m deep so has space for my modelling, programming, New Zealand stamp collection and my concertina! The second image shows where I store my sewing machine (into patchwork) and, hidden, my compressor. The compressor is turned on and off using my Alexa system. The abundance of white cabling is part of my ongoing installation of Sky Q, where the two Sky wall connectors are, of course, buried right behind my desk!"

Vote for David - Click HERE

Jeff Adams

Jeff says: "Please find attached, some photos for the workbench, competition. Pictures: one and two, show my normal set up, in my workshop. Pictures: three and four, show my temporary, "winter" set up, in a spare bedroom. I will be moving my model activities back into the workshop soon, now that the weather is improving and hope to start airbrushing again, after a long absence."

Vote for Jeff - Click HERE

John Rose

John Says: "Here's my not so tidy workbench or the tank(sherman) assembly line as I like to call it. Chaotic? Nah, I know where most bits are. From here, the completed item goes to the paint shop. Sorry I meant shed."

Vote for John - Click HERE

Peter Carlo

Peter says: "Regarding the  photo of work space competition this is mine .It came about when I came home from hospital a couple of years ago because my wife said you had better use the table so that you are not doubled up and are sitting properly. Now I am getting the occasional complaint that I am encroaching on the whole of the table especially when a new kit box is opened and spreads down the table   Just for a few minutes honest!"

Vote for Peter - Click HERE

Peter Terry

Peter Says: "I like having every thing to hand no stretching or reaching and a place for the coffee mug a work board that is easy to remove with every thing in place so i can clean down the desk when necessary with a room that is compact and warm in winter."

Vote for Peter - Click HERE

That's all. Best of luck everyone - oh! As I am donating the prizes, I will not figure in the results, as far as prizes go. 

March 2021 Virtual Meeting

Well, we are still where we are. Hopefully, May will be the first real meeting of the year, but who knows?

Anyway,  we have just six contributors today so, let's get on with it.

Bill Banks

Bill always gives nice little details about the model. This time it is a SEAC Chance Vought Corsair in the nice camo finish. he says: 

"Chance Vought Corsair F4U -1. Otaki kit 1:48 scale. An old kit which research puts at early 70s. A simple kit with few parts. All went together well. Panel lines are very faint. The eagle -eyed amongst you will note the incorrect roundels. The kit items fell apart. The livery is early FAA colours later in the Pacific red was removed and finished in dark blue all over.  Had no dark blue. A very interesting aircraft. Fitted with 18 cylinder Pratt and Witney radial which required a  large propeller . This I scaled at 10 ft radius. Consequently the straight wing prototype had tall undercarriage legs with resultant excessive bounce. The gull wing reduced this together with leg valves. However there were now wing stall problems. These were designed out. The USN would not accept the aircraft for carrier use. The FAA modified the plane for carrier use. The seat was raised 7 inches with a redesigned cockpit cover and covers over vents which diverted oil spray away from the canopy to the fuselage sides.Carrier landing procedure was via a shallow LH turn which enabled the pilot to see over the gull V.  USN accepted all this and it became a very successful carrier aircraft. The heavy 5 ton aircraft played havoc with arrester wires. Production of the Hellcat put paid to Convair carrier use.  US carrier based losses are interesting. Aerial combat 189.Ground/ship fire 349. Operational losses combat 230. Non combat 692. Damaged on ship/ground 164.     The RN received 2012 aircraft. Serving on HMS Victorious, Victor, Formidable, Colossus, Vengeance, Venerable and others. 8 inches was cut off folding wings to fit deck heights.. Fying was not impaired. At the end of the Pacific war unaffordable lease lend aircraft were dumped off the coast of Australia. One of the few aircraft still produced after the war. On line, there are good shots of museum examples and carrier action." 

John Ovenden

Panzer Mk 3 Aust L from Ryfield pleased with finish but slightly over-engineered so I wouldn't buy again i'm afraid. Here it is in black and white.

John Rose

John has sent his usual collection of interesting items, including a huge Tiger tank!

"The last picture, surprisingly,  has a couple of shermans waiting for the shop to open. I had an overwhelming desire to build a marines sherman in the Pacific theatre. Trouble when you start researching  - I've ended up building seven. Thank goodness for the spares box!! 
And just to prove I'm not one dimensional,  there's a couple of oddities too."

Jim Smetherham

"Attached is another model for the table 

Model : US Army RQ-7B UAV 
Make : Academy
Paints: hand painted using humbrol and Tamiya
Other: very small and expensive for what it is "

Model : Mustang p-51k with 4.5 inch rocket launcher
Make : Dragon
Paints: airbrushed using Vallejo acrylic and some brush painting using extracolor. 

Model : J-11 People’s Liberation Army (chinese)Air Force. Ser.  11137
Make : Hasagawa. Special edition of Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker with alterations for PLA J-11
Paints: airbrush with Vallejo model air and brush painted  with mr Hobby 
Other: in box etched brass included. 


Peter Terry

"This month I have been working on the new Airfix Spitfire Vc and what a gem of a kit it is. It goes together superbly with a good choice of marks - American and South African. I went for the latter having a small collection of Mediterranean second world war aircraft. In fact, I purchased two kits one down and one to go but I have some Xtradecals sheet marking to use on that one. Speaking recently with the Brotherhood Hall caretakers, we could restart meeting from May on a regular basis. I will confirm to members regarding this as I get more information."

David Pennington

"I have gone for a 54mm figure this month. I haven't done one this size for a long while and was concerned that it might be a bit small. However, I persevered and it came out well, I think. The model is a Hidalgo-Beneito metal moulding. It is listed as 'British Soldier, Two Versions, Afghanistan 1879, Ginnis 1885'. I chose the option of a British soldier in the Mahdist War in Sudan in 1885. It is a very relaxed pose with his jacket off and drinking from his water bottle. I didn't know about the battle of Ginnis but Wikipedia has an article if you are interested"

Workdesk Competition

There are a nice set of entries so read the next blog entry for your chance to vote.

Modelkraft Show 8th May 2022

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