Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Welcome to 2018 and a belated Happy New Year!

I didn't post earlier because despite drinking very little on New Years eve I had an almighty headache which lasted all day. It might have been chocolate withdrawal because I ate a lot of that over the Xmas period. I did stay up very late because some extremely loud and close fireworks freaked the cats out and two of them decided to cower and then sleep on me in the armchair.
My resolution for 2018 is to carry on just carrying on as usual. I have to lose weight but that is every year so I shan't bore you with that. I have booked a couple of online courses with Future Learn and I intend to walk more this year. Sadly, todays weather consists of copious amounts of wet stuff coming from the clouds and following yesterdays dreadful headache I am taking things very slowly today.

I am currently building a very small model of the above tank, an A11 Matilda Mk1 and it looks like this at the moment...

That is a cork and yes, it is very small at 1/76 scale, made of resin and the air was very blue this morning. Nimble, agile and dextrous are not apt descriptions for the paws I use to craft the very delicate pieces for this kit. As it is resin it requires CA glue. Good old superglue and between sticking my fingers together, losing an important part and breaking other parts, I eventually got one track attached. I now have sore fingers. I am doing the build for myself but also for a modelling group build I joined via farce book called 'Grumpy Old Modellers'. Members from all over the world, mainly men because we are sad creatures with strange fixations and the primary aim is building models, sharing tips and experiences and having fun. I like that I can engage in conversation with people from all over the world and any differences do not matter.  The rules for this particular group build is that it is out of the box and no after market parts / additions allowed.  I should perhaps have picked an easier build but I like a challenge!

Alongside the group build I have another kit to complete but for that I have bought aftermarket tracks so it is a slow build. Individual tracks take time and this Hotchkiss H35 and the Matilda Mk1 are both from the Battle of France during May 1940. When I have completed them both I shall post pictures up showing the respective scales and why I prefer 1/35 scale (Eyesight!).

In other news I do have my eye on a small camper van  but I am mulling over my options. It's an old vehicle and after the costs when I bought the Lexus I am wary of getting my fingers burned again financially. However, it's an old Renault Kangoo and they are considerably cheaper than an old Lexus where parts and labour is concerned. It is also local so that makes negotiations much easier as well as test driving it. We shall see...



Blogger Scoakat said...

Happy New Year!

Glad you're feeling better. The group build sounds interesting. So, you and a bunch of guys from all over the world build the same model then compare notes, I take it?

9:21 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Thank you Scott and a Happy New Year to you.
We all choose whichever kit we'd like to build and then have three months in which to complete it. I thinks prizes are awarded but I'm just enjoying the build and the group. Having said that I took a break today as yesterday was frustrating and I realised more research needed about colour schemes, etc...

5:03 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

A belated Happy New Year!

I'm pretty sure you've posted this before, but, I can't remember the answer - why tanks?

The smaller ones might be better storage-wise if you carry on at your current rate of build. Or maybe you'll have to have a war to destroy some of them?

We too are sorely tempted to get some sort of small camper thingy (it has to be small because I won't/can't drive large), but haven't got it together yet. Will be interested in your discoveries on this subject...

11:48 am  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

This is an excellent tool I have just found which should help your search... tells you the whole MOT history (pass/fail/advisories) of any vehicle.


1:15 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Hi BW.

As a child I was fascinated by dinosaurs, space travel and tanks. The science and natural history museums satisfied my curiosity for the first two subjects and building tanks (Airfix) fed my obsession with tanks, armoured cars and military vehicles.

I use the MOT site when perusing evil bay and if the seller does not show the registration plate then that's a definite red flag. It's an excellent tool.

Sadly, the camper van I was interested in has gone but I am keeping my eyes open.

I can recommend http://www.smallmotorhome.co.uk/small-motorhomes-for-sale.html as a starting point for information.

6:04 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Thank you!

9:00 am  

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