Saturday, April 13, 2019

A quick update and as can be seen from the above, it is the usual modelling when I have the time or working. I booked yesterday as time off in lieu as I am owed a lot of hours but the day was booked for the cars MOT (annual test to ensure vehicles are safe and roadworthy). As I expected the car failed but only because it needed new tyres. A couple of minor advisories which I agreed to have corrected and parts replaced. Thanks to the parts supply company who cocked up in supplying an old used part the car is stuck on the ramp for the weekend until the new part arrives Monday. Apology from the garage who aren't at fault but have offered a discount as a goodwill gesture and I should have the car back on Monday. A nuisance but happily I have the hours to use up.

The tank is a 1/76 scale Cromwell from Airfix and is a quick simple build which will be completed tomorrow with a protective clear coat, decals, a further matt clear coat and then weathering. It's representative of the Cromwells used in 1944 - 45 from Normandy to Germany. I bought two kits as they were so cheap and this one I am building OOB (out of the box). The second one I may buy after market decals and portray it as a Polish Cromwell, part of the British / Allied forces in the second front. It is tiny and I brush painted as I continue to practice my brush painting skills. I even bought some new decent (more expensive!) brushes from the wargaming stall on the market. They'll be used for figure and fine detail painting.

One of the reasons I wanted the car in good shape is that I am still looking for a decent second hand camper van and if the car is in good shape I might be able to part exchange it. One of the issues is that the camper van would be used for work as well as for pleasure and I really don't want a big van. I had considered a small economical car for work and the camper van as a second vehicle. My concern there is that every vehicle I have owned whilst living here has been vandalised and the camper van parked up for days at a time is likely to attract the idiots who do this. I don't really want to have the upkeep of two vehicles or rent out a garage, etc...So I am looking out for a small economical low mileage camper van that I can use for the next three or so years. It means I am being very choosy and sadly the one I spotted and expressed interest in was snapped up very quickly. It was ideal, a French registered Renault Kangoo, left hand drive and just the right size, spec, price and suitable for work. But I am still looking and once the car is sorted I can see what's available over the next few weeks, sort my money out and join the part time travelling folk. In the meantime, Shanks' pony and staying at home this weekend will suffice.


Blogger Scoakat said...

The models look great, you have a knack for the details.
Keep an eye out, the right camper van will come along, I'm sure.

Oh, I get the gist of the MOT, but I did have to look up Shanks' pony!

9:23 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Old C reg Devon noted by me on our travels today... £2,500. Looked OK from a distance, but I thought that sounded a lot.

5:47 pm  

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