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#61 healey36

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 08:22 AM

Been looking for a replacement power-pack for my Dremel MiniMite. An incredibly useful little tool, it's small, maneuverable, and powerful. Among many things, I use it frequently when trimming down bases. Score the plastic, snap off the excess, then round off the corners with the Dremel. Results are quite good.

 

But now it exhausts a charge in ten minutes or less. It's fifteen years old, so I have no gripe, but I was hoping to keep it going. A search of the internet yields no compatible replacement. Contacting Dremel earned no sympathy, nothing. Apparently the packs for the new version don't fit the old, probably having moved from nicad to lithium. I guess when it finally dies I'll just pitch it and get a new one.

 

Ugh, I hate throwing stuff away.  



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Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:46 PM

A friend of mine was reading my post on another forum regarding the impending death of my Dremel MiniMite and dropped one off as a replacement. Seems if you whine enough, people go to extraordinary measures to shut you up. In any event, thank you.

 

So I was goofing off, familiarizing myself with this somewhat newer version. I used it for basing this 1/2400 Viking Forge generic fishing trawler:

 

Primrose
 
Primrose B
 
A homemade base made from a bit of thick acetate...not the best, but serviceable.
 
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Posted 17 October 2019 - 04:59 PM

Gradually knocking down the lead-pile...Mahan-class DD USS Flusser:

 

USS Flusser

 

No specific Measure here, instead intended as an experiment with light grey and an ink wash. Once again I seem to have diluted the wash to the point it had little to no effect on application. I'm just not getting the hang of this.

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 04:58 PM

CM-3 USS Terror:

 

USS Terror VF1

 

1/2400 Viking Forge casting on a ODGW etched base. Measure, I'm not sure, but taken from photos of Terror in 1942-43. Yet another experiment with ink wash...

 

 



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Posted 27 December 2019 - 04:56 PM

A Zvezda 1/100-scale Pzkpfw IV-F2, with decals by I-94 Enterprises.

 

Pzkpfw IV F2

 

Numbering script has a bit of Russian mojo... ;)

 

 



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Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:02 AM

Had to whip up some armor to fill gaps in an OB for one of our SeaLion scenarios. I have a pretty decent pile of CinC 1/285-scale microarmor accumulated over the years, which I've always been a fan of Randy and his work. Here's an early Pzkpfw II, as it would have appeared in France or Britain (had the Germans invaded):

 

Pzkpfw IIC

 

CinC recently sold their line of microarmor and 1/2400 ships to a Canadian company, leaving Randy to carry on with his 1/4800 naval line and the sci-fi stuff. Looking forward to some new sculpts from him.

 

I used decals from Microscale, which I had mistakenly thought had gone out of business. In fact, they are still around, and produce three sheets for 1/285-scale, (one German, one Russian, and one for US Army). 

 

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:22 AM

After seeing these last two submissions, a buddy of mine pointed out that the Germans only put numbers on the turret sides of their tanks. National insignia went on the hull sides. Not necessarily true for the early-war period, but a fair criticism none-the-less. So I challenged him to apply them to the hull side on a 1/285 Pzkpfw II and show me...haven't heard back yet, lol.



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Posted 29 January 2020 - 12:36 PM

I see War Times Journal has started printing WWII ships, starting off with Nagato and some light cruisers for the IJN, and Fletcher-class variations and Omaha-class light cruisers for the USN. Hey, it's a start...

 

http://www.wtj.com/store/



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Posted 21 March 2020 - 06:51 AM

The Nassau-class in 1/6000:

 

Nassau-class 1/6000
 
Figurehead castings on homemade bases. Slowly building out the HSF.


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Posted 04 April 2020 - 11:10 AM

An attempt at USS Miami (CL-89) in Measure 22:

 

USS Miami
 
A 1/2400 Viking Forge casting with a couple of guitar-string masts added, on an ODGW etched base with a homemade label. The casting was none too sharp (especially the gun-tubes), and fitting the turrets was quite fiddly (ten in all). Still, a nice rendition for the game table.
 
 

 


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Posted 11 April 2020 - 08:23 AM

Slowly accumulating the ships needed for a hypothetical surface action, 1943ish:

 

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 10:58 AM

Going through a few boxes of old stuff, found this model of the Soviet's Kiev from around 1977-78. Was still in college at the time.

 

Kiev B
 
Kiev A
 
I don't remember who manufactured the figure, but I'm pretty sure it's 1/3000-scale. I seem to recall painting the circles with a broken-off toothpick (which accounts for the unevenness). 
 
Whatever, I'm mostly amazed it has survived. According to the Wik, Kiev is now part of a theme-park in the PRC...how ignominious.
 
 

 



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Posted 21 May 2020 - 01:51 PM

Fortunately, a lot has changed since the 1970s, and you can now buy nice decals for your flight decks. I've bought a few from these guys, both WWII and modern vintage. They work well, and I've used them on Viking Forge and CinC 1/2400-scale stuff, as well as the recommended GHQ.

 

https://www.flightdeckdecals2400.com/

 

Some cutting/trimming, along with a bit of MicroSol, makes a decent job of it. Applying them to a light base-color works best - a dark color will distort/darken the decal finish. If you're gaming Philippine Sea and all of those carriers, this might be a good way to go, lol.






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