Thursday, 6 June 2013

Dear Diary...

...JACKPOT! I won a few auctions on eBay this weekend. Three were from the same seller, and arrived yesterday while I was out. Upon arriving home at 2am after work, it was a welcome surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed refurbishing the old Panther, so decided to get some more of those projects.

Here we have a Tiger II in need of a repaint, and the removal of some interesting protrudements (chrome says this isn't a word...) but otherwise in good condition.

Elefant needs gun repair, wheel repair and a repaint.

Crusaders, Stuart, Panzer III, Wespe, Humber, T 34, and possibly Matilda need repaints, and some need their guns stiffened up.

The Lee needs work done on its wheels. 

The Sdkfz 251s (I think) need repaintsand a little work done on the front wheels, as does the Krupp Protze and the other transport vehicles. 

The Sdkfz 231 needs a new radio system attached, along with wheel repair and a repaint (although it will just be into grey again.

I saved a lot of money, had I bought them as kits, and all I need to do is a small amount of repair, which I enjoy doing. Hunting down some Elefant wheels may prove problematic, but I will give it a go. I am sorry if I outbid you for these. I just really, really wanted them.


  1. Great haul there James. Good to see you have caught the refurb bug - it is one of the most enjoyable facets of modelling IMO.

    Usually guns and the like can be sourced from the spares box but parts like those Elefant wheels - the cheap solution is to take off one of the wheels you have and try making a press-mould from it. Wheels are one of the easiest things to do especially where you only need detail on one side as with running gear. Plenty of tips on the www how to do it and suitable materials to caste the replacements from.

    Cheers, Dave

    1. I have been hesitant to get into moulding. I don't think I have the space for it really, nor the resources. I might give it a go at some point though. I remember thinking how cool it would be to make moulds of soldiers to avoid buying more.

    2. Moulding figures is in a whole other league to what I'm suggesting. To do a press moulding of a few road wheels all you need is something like a lump of modelling clay that sets really hard to take a "print" from one side of your master. You then make your copies by filling the "mould" with something like milliput. If you scout around the web you'll find lots of suggestions on the best materials for both halves of this technique...

      Cheers, Dave

  2. This is refurb heaven! Well done.