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Military Modelling

Been sat at home since saturday night with a sore throat, coughing and sneezing and a runny nose... =-(

Still, it has given me an excuse to assemble the various samurai models. I want to get them assembled and primed before the new Games Workshop toys arrive 'cos I just know I will get distracted with all the shiny new stuff...


Ashigaru footsoldiers - spearmen and some arquebusiers and archers...

Mounted samurai. These are much better than the Warlord Games models I was given. The detail is better and there are a lot more weapon and armour options. The horses are also easier to assemble and easier to stand up on the bases. They do make up into some nice dynamic poses as well.

Samurai on foot armedwith spears and naginata..

The Lord - I used matching armour and heads so I could have the Lord either mounted or dismounted. The head has lots of character as well and will stand out without the helmet covering his features.

The bows weren't as thick as those on the two mounted archers I made up previously. These were just over 1mm thick. It was a bugger of a job to drill them out to string the bows with cotton and it took bloody ages to thread the cotton through the bows as I couldn't make the holes any bigger without breaking the bows.

Never again - that way madness lies...

Last jobs will be to use tissue paper and pva glue to wrap the waist belts/sashes around the swords to make them look as though they been (correctly) pushed under the belts to hold them in place rather than just being glued to the models. If I don't do it will bug me every time I look at them...
wearing the sword2.jpg
wearing the sword1.jpg

As a bonus it looks like the mounted samurai set comes with more upper body pieces than are needed to make the 12 cavalry models, so we should be able to combine these with some of the extra legs and arms left over from the other boxes to make up a few extra models.
Check whether it is the original release, which was L/H drive, or the re-boot, which was R/H drive. The box art shows R/H drive, if so, you got lucky....
Back in the '80's I built a model of 'my' FFR Rover from the Italeri kit (as well as the rest of the Troop). First job was to re-arrange the dashboard.
The kit also had the civilian style fuel cap on the rear nearside, which needed filling and sanding.
As an FFR it also needed the battery installation between the front seats (Ours was a black tin box), I cannot remember if I had to add the hand throttle under the dash.
Over the bulkhead the gun racks were added, and behind that the radio table with radio batteries box under that. The radio set for our bus was a C11/R210 which was scratchbuilt, along with the external aerial mount on the L/H side. 'Loose' stowage included the HF tool bags, mast 27 foot telescopic, guy rope bag, Chore horse genny (BSA, now available as a 3D printed item from Shapeways, same as WW2 type), and personal kit. It should be towing a GS trailer with 2 x 3.5KvA Onan generators to power the the kettle oh and the VHF C41/R222 sets in the Comms Fishfryer trailer, towed by 'my' other Rover 41EP63 (0 -50 mph in half an hour downhill...) IIRC theer were no on board tools, so they came from the spares box. I cannot recall how the spare wheel was secured. Some had a bolt-down clamp, others straps.
I did an article for Tankette many years back.
This thread shows some details, plenty out there via Mr Google.
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I'll post more if I find anything.

Interesting, and the ancient Siemens T100 teleprinter fitted in as well. In our Comcen we had 2 x T100 in one trailer, linked to a second trailer which held the switchboard, Bid crypto and more importantly, the kettle. We always knew when a brew was in the offing as the generators speed up!

One op seat issued, but often a spare 'found'..... Some were grey, a few were black vinyl covering.
Battery box in a Lightweight, similar to what we had. I don't remember the wiggly amps meters on the bulkhead though...


Dexion over bulkhead, note gun clips below.

Radio table with trays for sets. J-Boxes on dexion, battery box below table. The cover was useful as a card table when dismounted.... (So they tell me..)

There was one FFR in the Squadron fitted with ATU boxes on the wings. No ATU, but a smart operator made a whip aerial from a fibreglass fishing rod with stripped tinsel wire wrapped round in a helix. Great reception! Standard mobile aerial was rod aerial in sections. Static we used the 27 foot mast telescopic with a whip on top, or threw up a dipole between trees.

I actually got jiffed, along with another equally unwilling volunteer, to complete the Standard 2 Signals Course. One of the instructors said something like "you are the platoon signaller, not the gaffers tea boy". I never wore my flags.
My low level of clearance meant I was not supposed to enter the Commcen, but the 'Handbags' invariably sauntered over to my Radio Relay Det. for a brew, or a dive into the big box of sarnies I always packed 'just in case'...... (Or for a loan from the det. library.......) One girl always swore blind she hated Cheese Possessed. She loved the cheese and tomato sarnies on offer.... Much, much later, when she was a Yeoman of Signals, I fessed up that all I did was grate the cheese!
Oatmeal blocks were a currency......
And somewhere to plug the kettle in.... That might be a euphemism as we had numerous WRAC on strength......

Being in a late 70s infantry battalion I really had to make do with a kettle... =-(

It wasn't until I switched to Int that I discovered the delights of working with the WRAC. :)