Friday, November 30, 2018

New project - a diorama based on the Tamiya Krupp Protze

I've pulled the trigger and started my next modelling project: a diorama based around the venerable Tamiya Krupp Protze light truck.

Although this box and the cargo and sitting figures are from a 2011 issue, the basic kit itself was first released in 1978. Nineteen-freaking-seventyeight. This kit is forty years old.

Tamiya Krupp Protze 1/35 scale light truck scale model

I first built the Krupp Protze around 1985-1986, when I was a teenager, and I remember doing an absolutely terrible job on it. The suspension is rather over-complicated (not sure if that is Tamiya's faithful reproduction of German over-engineering, or just poor design by Tamiya) and I royally stuffed it up. My final build was pretty much held together by great dried globs of Humbrol cement. I'll pull that monstrosity out from storage and show you it in an upcoming video.

This time around I'm a lot more methodical (and, ahem, about thirty years more experienced) and I'm proud to say I didn't stuff up the suspension. It's still tricky, if you don't pay attention it would still be very, very easy to put the wrong parts in or put the pieces in the wrong way around.

Anyway, it's a blast to build something I remember so well from thirty years ago - I'm excited about my new video, and I hope you guys will enjoy seeing it come to life over the coming weeks and months.

Tamiya Krupp Protze 1/35 scale light truck scale model
Rusting up that gorgeous sloping front bonnet.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
The next scale model project - Tamiya Krupp Protze diorama



Friday, November 23, 2018

COMPETITION - scale model tools giveaway!

It's been way too long since I did a giveaway - the last was over a year ago - so it's definitely time for one of you to pick up some scale model loot! The good folks at SprayGunner have provided some modelling tools for me to give away, and the competition is now open, from today until midnight on Friday 30th November 2018.


1. Just head to Facebook. Go to SprayGunner's Facebook page and hit "Follow" - link is here.

2. Then head to Dave's Model Workshop on Facebook and comment on my post about this competition to let me know you've entered - link is here.



Once you've commented on my FB page, I will enter your name in a spreadsheet. On 1 December 2018 I will use a random number generator to choose a number, and that person on my spreadsheet will be the winner. I'll then post the goodies to you, wherever you are in the world. (Just in time for Christmas. I feel like Santa Claus.)


I know not everyone is on board with Facebook. I totally, totally get that. Mark Zuckerburg's plan for world domination is officially Sometimes A Bad Thing.

If you don't have a Facebook account, sadly you can't enter this competition. Sorry. But I 100% promise you there will be another competition very, very soon which you will be able to enter purely through this, my website. I guarantee it.

My video explaining it all is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Competition - scale model tools giveaway!

Good luck!


Friday, November 16, 2018

New video: Final reveal of the 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings Fokker E.IV

I started out my Wingut Wings experience asking: "Are they really worth it?" Having now completed the Fokker E.IV, the big question is: after building my first Wingnut Wings kit, would I buy and build another? The answer is in this video.

Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale model Fokker Eindecker

There's also some (pretty damn rudimentary!) video magic where a blueprint comes to life. I'm rather chuffed with the old-timey look I achieved with this entirely fabricated engineering plan - please don't contact me to tell me the German is incorrect and it actually refers to a plumbing blueprint or plans for a lederhosen-making machine or something! It is entirely made up, although the three-section view of the Fokker itself is correctly drawn.

Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale model Fokker Eindecker
A Fokker model in its natural environment.

I also finally corrected the anhedral problem with the wings. All in all, this was an eye-opening and game-changing build for me.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Final reveal of the completed 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings Fokker E.IV



Friday, November 9, 2018

Two new retailers offering discounts to MOD Squad members

I released a video this week announcing two new retailers who have come on board offering 10% off to MOD Squad members. Both SJS Hobbies and SprayGunner are now part of our members-only-discounts program.

It's good to have them on board- check them out and see if there's anything there you need.

SJS Hobbies range can be found here.
SprayGunner's website is here.

New retailers for the 10% discount program.
New retailers for the 10% discount program.

I'm always looking to add extra value for your membership. So, as always, if there are any retailers you'd like to see become part of this program, please get in touch and I'll see what I can arrange.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Fixing drooping wings and new retailers for The MOD Squad