Not quite a ballistic missile, so I’m hoping the U.N. won’t use sanctions against me, but spent a few hours over weekend making some “Toon” m8 rockets for the Calliope tubes!
They have more in common with the rocket used on the Sturm tiger than an M8 and I didn’t bother with any fins. these are basically just to use as counters really so we can keep track of how many have been fired in the game, and also to fill up the empty launch tubes. I had some 10mm dowel cut offs which i cut down further to 2.5cms, then used some miliput to sculpt the warhead and added paint. Pretty basic but they do the job.
A side effect of the fully loaded launch tubes is that you need to add some blu tak to the hull to weigh it down…..and avoid any hills and uneven terrain on the battlefield……..perhaps it would be wise to glue down the Sherman onto its own base, which i may well do at some point.
Just before Christmas I received a package from Domi over at RetroKit it contained a couple of new conversion kits for the world war toon Sherman models. A little later than planned here is the Sherman M4A3 hull which i used to convert “Fury”. The movie version didn’t have the cast rounded hull, so thought i might make it a little more accurate……..fingers crossed for some HVSS suspension units to finish off the job;)
Now for a tiny review of the conversion kit.
Have to say the casting and detail is very crisp, no air bubbles present. Very accurate fit to the hull of the wwt tank. You will need to spend a little time removing the component parts from the resin sprue, which in this case is the old school kind of block, i used a hack saw and a file to do this, the resin is not hard and brittle like some, so it was not too difficult to do this. I then added all the detail parts for the hull from a WWT Sherman kit using super glue. i then primed the resin before painting. I have to say I’m very pleased with the result……….there are now even more conversion kits for the WWT range, so head over there and check them out.
Our next club is quite a large under taking, and we have spent months on this project. We had seen these extremely cute tanks from a company called Meng Models
and thought they would be perfect for our after school club, on the grounds that they would really appeal to the children, they are clip together so that helps us out a lot, and it seems they were designed for first time modellers in an attempt to get children interested in the hobby, which is basically what we are doing with our club, so it seemed the sensible next choice. One issue with the club is always cost of the kit, so in order to bring this down we found the local importer and ordered a large number at trade price with the funds from our table top sale, which also means they are within budget for the children.
The plan for our next club is to make and assemble the Sherman tanks which the children can keep, and we also have enough of the Shermans and some Tiger tanks for the school club to have a table top game with. We ordered enough for several groups of after school clubs. We will mention to the group that there are several other Cartoon style tank kits available from Meng Models if they wish to go out and buy their own, which to be honest, I think they will.
So far I have managed to assemble and paint the Tanks that we intend to use in the table top game. there will be 4 Tiger Tanks Vs 8 Shermans. I will be adding to this post once the club kicks off in September when we will begin to build the first Shermans with the group, so more Photos will follow.
Fury in tank Museum Bovington 20/08/17