I received the second part of Luciano ‘s fantastic Star Wars legion Speeder bike Build. Today he goes over the updates to the build he completed in the Part 1. I hope you enjoy as much as I do and again thank you Luciano for allowing me to show your work.
Still working on my Normandy diorama base. Added texture and pigments and hope this ties everything together. Primed the VW and will try and get some paint on it tomorrow.
Hello everyone, I have received a great honor from Luciano Rodriguez this week. He has asked me to post a few images of his new work and hold on it’s “Star Wars”!!!! Yes the master has taken on Star Wars Legion 74-Z Speeder Bikes and to say I’m happy is a understatement. Please enjoy the following images and captions from Luciano and stay turned for more in the future.
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This Speeder Bikes unit expansion set brings encloses –aside war-gaming tokens and cards- two beautifully reproduced Imperial Scout troopers and Speeder Bikes in plastic. In the image you have all parts to assemble one Speeder Bike. The simplification corresponds to the nature of a sturdy war-gaming piece but does not concern me at all for making this kit.
The Speeder bike goes together in a breeze. The kit is produced in hard ABS plastic which can be glued with MEK and likely with some other liquid cements I suspect.
The riders are two very beautiful Scout Troopers, also designed for a quick assembly. The figures are made in a hard mix of polystyrene associated to traditional soft plastic figures. As you can see bike controls are incorporated to the figure arms to prevent assembly becomes a concern for the war-gamer
The second Scout comes in a very dynamic pose for a bike rider and features separated head. The box does not specify any scale but my guessing is those are about 1/45th scale.
Here you have the first Scout in a dry fit test. The figures are well designed and have a tight fit. Parts in this image are still unglued.
And here you have the second Scout trooper. This is just a brief presentation of what comes in the box but the final result can be slightly improved with a bit of work I will describe soon.
Luciano has finished the assembly already but could not take pics yet. Hopefully he will have time for that tonight or tomorrow, so expect the second chapter coming up in a few days. Again I would like to tank Luciano for letting me post there images for him and I cant wait to see more soon.
OrangeCon is almost upon us, October 12!!! If you are in the So Cal area bring in those models or just stop by and checkout all the great entries. 👍👍👍😀😀
Found a interesting article on U.S. and British WWII weapons used by the Iranian Revolutionary Army in the Iran-Iraq war 1980-1988. This has a lot of great information and pictures. If you have some time check in out.
Decided to try a new project and in a new scale. Most of my armor builds over the last 20+ years have been in 1/35 scale. In the last two years I have started working in 1/48 scale armor and 28mm Warhammer AOS and 40K figures and I really enjoy the smaller scale and thought I would try a 1/72 scale tank.
I have always been a big fan of early armor and with this is mind I thought that the MB Models 1/72 scale British Mk1 Tank would be a interesting subject for a build. The kit is great and I was truly surprised by the detail in this scale. I have just started and will share some photos of the kit and build in my next post. But, below I have added some pictures of the real vehicle and a brief history.
The Mark I was the world’s first tank, a tracked, armed, and armored vehicle, to enter combat. The name “tank” was initially a code name to maintain secrecy and disguise its true purpose. The type was developed in 1915 to break the stalemate of trench warfare. It could survive the machine gun and small-arms fire in “No Man’s Land”, travel over difficult terrain, crush barbed wire, and cross trenches to assault fortified enemy positions with powerful armament. Tanks also carried supplies and troops.
British heavy tanks are distinguished by an unusual rhomboidal shape with a high climbing face of the track, designed to cross the wide and deep trenches prevalent on the battlefields of the Western Front. Due to the height necessary for this shape, an armed turret would have made the vehicle too tall and unstable. Instead, the main armament was arranged in sponsions at the side of the vehicle. The prototype, named “Mother”, mounted a 6-pounder (57 mm) cannon and a Hotchkiss machine gun at each side. Later, subtypes were produced with machine guns only, which were designated “Female”, while the original version with the protruding 6-pounder was called “Male”.
The Mark I entered service in August 1916, and was first used in action on the morning of 15 September 1916 during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Somme Offensive. With the exception of the few interim Mark II and Mark III tanks, it was followed by the largely similar Mark IV, which first saw combat in June 1917. The Mark IV was used en masse, about 460 tanks, at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. The Mark V, with a much-improved transmission, entered service in mid-1918. More than two thousand British heavy tanks were produced. Manufacture was discontinued at the end of the war.
When you have some time you need to look at a YouTube channel by Mezgike. His work on 28mm Warhammer figures and bases is fantastic. https://youtu.be/ElNHP1OKZXM and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Mezgike/
Finished my little 1/48 scale Type 95 Kurogane with driver. This is the Tamiya kit and Gaso-Line figure and added a bit of color with the bird .
Work on another small diorama of US Seabee (1/48 figure) working on Henderson field at Guadalcanal 1942. He will be placed by or on IJN Komatsu G40 Bulldozer and a large pile of PSP plates. Basically he will be looking into sky wondering if the planes approaching are friendly or Japanese
Henderson Field Information.
To expand air cover in the Solomon Islands region, the Japanese military surveyed the Lunga Point site on the island of Guadalcanal in May 1942, only one month after the Japanese took control of the island. The site was situated between the Lunga River to the west and the Ilu River to the east. Two construction crews, one 1,379 men and the other 1,145 men, began work in early Jul 1942. The work was observed by Coastwatchers, who promptly reported to the US military. In mid-Jul 1942, an additional crew of 250 civilian workers arrived, followed by specialists of 14th Encampment Corps which was in charge of setting up radio communications equipment and a search radar. A small number of local civilians were employed in the construction as well. The Japanese plans called for a single runway, taxiway, a dispersal area, plus several structures. The construction for the to-be-named Lunga Point Airfield was ahead of schedule, and the construction crews were given extra rations of sake in celebration in the evening of 6 Aug 1942. At the very same time that the celebration was held, an American invasion force was sailing for the island; they would land on the following day. US Marines overwhelmed the Japanese defenders on Guadalcanal and captured the airfield with radio equipment, heavy construction equipment, and food stocks in tact by 1600 hours on 8 Aug 1942. The Americans resumed the construction within days of its capture, using Japanese heavy construction equipment.