Thursday, June 4, 2020

    So what's caught my eye recently is Spencer Pollard, an editor from ADH publishing. ADH publishes several model magazines including Tamiya Model Magazine. On Mr. Pollards facebook page are progress posts on several diorama builds intended to go into a book. These dioramas are intentionally inspired by Francois Verlinden's works from back in the days! Spencer does a better job of explaining this in his photos and videos on facebook. He also has a youtube page, but these contents are not as up to date as those in his FB.
    I started building models back in the 80's. Anyone modelling during that era would no doubt have been exposed to Shepherd Paine and Francois Verlinden works. These appeared in numerous publications and were a highlight for military modellers looking at Tamiya Catalogs in 1983.
Shepherd Paine has since passed away, and Francois Verlinden seems to have retired from modelling; but the legacy of their works live on.
    I would love to hear your Shep or Verlinden stories in the comments.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Wow, it's been more than 2 years since my last post here. I have been continuously active on my facebook page and that's where you'll see my latest builds and projects. But I haven't forgotten about this blog, I have forgotten what it was like to post, and now that I'm posting again, I remember why I dont post here more often. It's a lot more work to post here specially since the blogger app stopped being supported. But, enough excuses!

I've recently discovered this: Mitko Nikitov Youtube channel
and have been listening to several modelling podcasts:
Australia -
Canada -
United Kingdom -

It's more than a month of lockdown now here in BC. Hope you all are staying safe and sane.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Braille scale jeep

I'm joining a jeep group build on Armorama. I've decided to build the Italeri fast assembly jeep kit in 1/72 scale. I'll adding snow chains from the O3D Miniatures PE set. I also have some 3d printed stretchers, radio, antenna and ammo boxes that I want to add. Still uncertain if this will be a radio jeep or ambulance jeep. 
Assembly sequence for the snow chains. From right to left - 1.) detach chains from fret 2.) super glue the bigger piece to outward face of the tire. 3.) once the glue dries, turn the tire over and bend each chain around the tire. 4.) apply glue to the ends of each chain and secure the final piece on top.
I assembled the other bits that came with the PE set. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

O3D Miniatures store closed

We've closed our online store for now. The page was hacked and we are working with our network admins on fixing this.
We will probably revamp the store since we have sold out most our PE products with no plans of restocking them in the near future.
Our shapeways store is un-affected by this and remains open.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"Surprise Attack" the figures

 As promised, I'm posting in progress pics of the "Surprise Attack" 1/72 WW1 trench diorama. This post deals with the work done on the figures. Most of the figures started off as Preiser WW2 German soldiers. I was afraid I would run out as these were hard to come by, so I made resin copies of one of the sets. They appear as brown color in the photos. The grey ones are the actual Preiser figures in plastic.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Half a Dozen Halftracks!

My "completed" Braille scale builds for 2015 - WW2 US Halftracks from various manufacturers.
From left to right top to bottom: PSC, Academy, Italeri, Airfix, Matchbox, Hasegawa.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

More "Surprise Attack" Pics

 Here are a few more pics of "Surprise Attack". It's the old matchbox 1/76 FT-17 kit that I have been building for several years. The Flyhawk kit had come out just around the time I was finishing the diorama, and I did, however briefly, considered swapping to the new kit. Sanity prevailed and the matchbox kit made it to the final diorama. Figures were modified from Prieser WW2 german figures.