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Monday, 14 June 2021

Windows, Doors and more

 As well as doing the odd bit of painting on my Mexican Bandits, I've also managed to keep up my hour-a-day regime by fitting in more work on the shack, jail and blue buildings. The results are shown in the photograph on the right.

  Here's the photographs:
The three buildings in 'real-life', conveniently obscured by a tree !
The back of the shack !
Actual view
Doorway area
'Jail' with that peculiar circular window.

'Jail' door with barred window
The bars on the window above are only loosely in place, to aid painting the window frame.
For the wood above the door in the 'shack' was made from a iece of balsa - a mareial I haven't used for many years (mostly becasue I'm rubbish at using balsa).
Window frames for all windows made from yet more matchsticks
I used clear acrylic for the 'glass', which refused to be glues using pva so I reverted to my old favourite glue - UHU.
The 'blue' building's side wall had a bit of work done too...
...to try and make it look like this (notice the alcove too)

The arched building...
...and my version; this had a lot more filler applied...

...using my non-patented filler applicators...
...to try and get this effect.
The roof of all the building have been completed with pieces added underneath them to stop them slipping and sliging everyhwere, The 'blue' builings veranda has had a frame added and the roof ridge has been 'tiled' too (using a plastic straw cut to size).
It may not look like I've done much this week, but I'm happy enough, knowing I've really have been usy on the building front, even if I've been a bit lax on the painting side of things,

So that's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully you found something of interest.
As always, your comments, critiques, criticisms etc. are always welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 7 June 2021


After a week of enthusiasm and motivation, this week saw me reverting to my hour-a-day regime for the hobby. I've avoided doing any work on the buildings, even though there's still a lot to do. I've got various reasons/excuses  for my inactivity on this front, mostly real-life problems. 
Nevertheless, I did start painting my Mexican Bandits (all 48 of them, mounted and dismounted), with an initial output of 16 mounted and dismounted figures - sans horses, as that's all that would fit on my painting tray. Not a single one is finished however and their final colours may well change too; they still have shading highlighting and detailing to do, but some may well be finished in a weekIor so. 
In any event, here's the photos:
Mounted versions of the above, bandit leader fourth from the left !
Another eight in identical poses to the above, with a bit of variation
Again, the mounted versions of the above.

So, not a lot to show and no rear-views for those that are interested in that sort of thing !
I did spend an hour or so trying to re-pose one of the two batches, using my usaul hot and cold water treatment, but these seem very reticent to hold their new poses; the plastic used obviously having a high 'memory'. Despite repeated efforts they always reverted to their original pose and as I'm not that gifted  (or brave enough) to cut and re-pose limbs etc. I guess I'll be stuck with the same eight figures .

That's all for this week, no much I know, but at let I've made some progress even though I'm not really motivated atm.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 31 May 2021

Buildings 6,7 and 8 - progress !

I've made a lot of progress over the last two weeks on the production of buildings 6,7, and 8 of my current build (building nine was the arched building).
The builidng, from left to right in the photograph, are nicknamed, the shack, the jail and the blue building. They have a footprint of about 2' x 8" (60cm x 20cm).
The 'shack' beacuse of what is is - a shack ! The jail, becuase it held some of villagers as prisoners and has bars on its right front window, whilst the plaster on the last building has (read will have) a bluish tinge. The arched building will be to the right of this block.
Here's how I got to where I am at currently:
Walls being cut out, with the three fronts as a single piece.
Horizontal brick being 'carved' into the two left-hand buildings
Note the large (overly large) circular window
All walls ready for assembly, two arched internal walls and a barred window for the  'jail'
The fronts in place on the one-piece floors of '7' and '8'
Roofs being assembled, corrugated card onto a 'stepped' card backing
Roofs trimmed of excess corrugations
'Plaster' added to the front of the shack...
...and to the blue house alcove, to hide the kinder egg piece
Rear view of block, note the gateway isn;t the entrance to the shack !
Aerial view of the jail and the blue house
View of the jail and the shack, showing the latter's doorway
Roofs loosely in place, the jail will have a flat roof, just below the level of visible bricks.
Another view of the same  (padding - Ed)
Another look at the first picture, but compare the circular window with the 3rd or 4th pictures !

And that's it then for another week. There;s still  a lot to do on these three buildings, window frames, doors,  roof assembly and probably a host of other stuff that I haven't thought of yet. Painting will follow in due course when I complete all eight (or maybe nine) buildings at some future date and some of the other scenics still need doing too - walls, a well, more walls, hay stacks, corn cribs a walled in tree (?) and probably a lot more too.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and hopefully you've found something of interest.
 As always your comments, are always welcomed and appreciated

Monday, 24 May 2021

Townies, Cowboys, MIners and trappers

I recently purchased a small collection of 33 figures from Evilbay for the princely sum of £25 (incluing postage) which worked out at about 75p per figure - a lot cheaper than some plastics! 
They are all old 54mm Marx figures (probably recasts) in three colours (tan, brown and grey) and although there are a few duplicates (easilty modified for the most part) there are a lot of single, individual figures.
The photo above shows a small selection of the figures.
Here's photos of them all showing a figure's rear view where there are duplicates:
Robbbers, masked and carrying their swag
A couple of cowboys (they have chaps)
Another pair of shooting figures
Yet more shooters
A couple of miners(imho), with a pouch of gold dust maybe  ?
Two racnher types with branding irons
Two drawing pistols
A pair of masked riders (obligatory blurry photo)
A single armed rider
Four unique hunter/trapper types
Four individual miner types
A couple of townies in fighting poses
Finally, an Indiana Jones wannabe
I'm more than happy with these wonderfully detailed and proporioned figures - no larger than life guns etc.
I haven't spent my week merely opening a box of figures and taking  photographs, I've been busily working on my next three buildings, making great inroads into finishing them. I guess I'm more than half-wy through the build, but carving bricks into foamboard takes a long time !  
The photograph on the right shows an early stage in the build (I've done a lot more since it was taken).
I've used all the scrap from the previous build, but will need another A2 sheet of foamboard to cut out a roof about 7" x 6" as I don't have a bit of scrap big enough.
At the rate I'm going it should be finished by this time next week (fingers crossed) and a report on the build will of course follow its completion. I did miss a whole day due to an excursion (obvioulsy game related) and will report on this in a future post.

That's it then for this week, hopefully there was something here if interest.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.