Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Humber Pig from P.G. Models

The Humber Pig is a lightly armoured truck used by the British Army from the 1950s until the early 1990s. The Pig saw service with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) from the late 1958 until early 1970. The Pig became particularly well known from its presence on the streets of Northern Ireland during the worst of the Troubles.

Here’s one of the first test castings of the Humber Pig, which is the next model in this small range of vehicles for The N Gauge Society, to go with the Saxon and upgraded Scimitar.  These two models are proving to be very popular, and there have already been several production runs of them.  The NGS Shop seem to be selling them as fast as they are being made.

Humber Pig picture 1

The front grille is a separate part as it’s the only way that I could see to make it.  One advantage of this is that people can fit some of the alternative grilles that were fitted to these vehicles if they want to.  The Humber Pig has been made as an up-armoured vehicle as used in Northern Ireland, but could also be converted into one of the vehicles used by the Royal Hong Kong Police.  I’ve got photos of these at Ludgershall depot after they had been returned to the UK, so they would probably have got there by train.

Humber Pig picture 2

The rear protection bar has been moulded on to the hull, so the list of parts is just the main body, the front grille, and four wheels.  I shall now have to wait for these models to be produced by the company doing the resin casting before I can send them off to the NGS Shop.  If all goes to plan, they should get them in five to six weeks.

Humber Pig picture 3

Bandvagn 206

Bandvagn 206 (Bv 206) is a tracked articulated, all-terrain carrier developed by Hägglunds for the Swedish Army. It consists of two units, with all four tracks powered. It can carry up to 17 people and the trailer unit can be adapted for different uses..

Meanwhile, I am finishing off the fourth model that I agreed to make for the NGS, namely the Bv 206 over-snow vehicle.  I know that this is essentially just two boxes on tracks, but they are particularly complicated boxes with fiddly doors and windows to make.  I was asked to make it with clear windows, and so I have also needed to make a basic interior for it as well.

Bandvagn 206 picture 1

Here are the main hull parts, showing a separate interior for the front unit.  One big problem that I’ve had has been getting the sloping angles right for the body sides, and then making sure that the two body units are the same size.   I made the front unit, which looked okay, and then made the rear unit, only to find that it was the same width at the top as the front unit, but considerably wider at the base.  I re-checked everything, and found that the front unit was wrong.  I had the wrong angles to the body-sides, which resulted in the front body being narrower than the rear one.  I’ve got it all sorted now, but it was very fiddly to put right.

Bandvagn 206 picture 2

P.G. Models

FV432 Rarden and CP from Aotrs Shipyards

Aotrs Shipyards is a webstore on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands.

This time, the parade of FV432s continues with the FV432 Command Post and the FV432 Rarden turret in 144th!

FV432 Command Post

FV432 Command Post


FV432 Rarden

FV432 Rarden


Photos of Rep 2 prototypes as per usual. As you can see from the Rarden turret, we are still fine-tuning the printing software - in this version, unlike the command post, the slats on the engine mount came out. There's still some limitations - on the upcoming Up-Armoured Bulldog 432, we simply could not get it to print the vertical lines on the rear slat armour, but of course, the Shapeways prints will (hopefully!) not have those issues (and I don't tend to photo the rear anyway!)

Next month will see the last of the 432s, with the Mark 3 and Up-Armoured Bulldog (with both turret versions), which will bring us to the end of the FV432s for the immediate moment.

(I did abortively try the GPMG turret, but the shape was so complicated and the picture insufficient after two or three hours of trying, I wasn't even close, so I've shelved that one.)

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

12mm Dutch YPR-765 (AIFV) from Butlers Printed Models

One Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The AIFV (Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is a tracked light armored vehicle that serves as an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in the armies of several countries.

Options available are:

YPR-765 pri                   - Standard IFV with 25 mm cannon in turret
YPR-765 pri turret ONLY - Turret ONLY from the YPR-765 pri
YPR-765 pri 50               - M113 cupola in place of turret with 50 cal Mg
YPR-765 pri 50 shields    - As above with additional shields
YPR-765 M26 Cupola      - IFV with M26 cupola and 50 cal Mg.  Useable as many varients, e.g. prco-C-1 or 2 or 3, or prmr
YPR-765 prat                  - IFV with TOW Hammerhead turret
YPR-765 prco-C-4           - Command post vehicle, M113 cupola, no mg, post for antenna
Tent                               - Tent that can be used with prco-C-4 (this is the tent ONLY)
AIFV-B-MILAN                - Belgian model with MILAN

TOW Hammerhead turret and pri turret are interchangeable
TOW Hammerhead turret is available separetly from M901 ITV

 Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 1

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 2

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 3

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 4

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 5

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 6

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 7

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 8

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 9

Dutch YPR-765 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle picture 10

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Join Us for "The Greatest Charge of the Civil War!"

One hundred fifty-six years ago, a little-known battlefield general named Robert E. Lee launched the Civil War’s largest assault, which would earn Lee his first real victory and begin his rise to fame.

Fought on June 27, 1862, the Battle of Gaines’ Mill was the second of the legendary Seven Days Battles near the Confederate capital at Richmond, and the bloodiest of them all with more than 15,000 casualties.  During the battle, Lee’s Confederates slammed into portions of General George McClellan’s Union soldiers, but were repulsed every time until Lee launched his massive assault with more than 40,000 Southerners near day’s end. The Union barely held on until darkness closed the conflict.

So, I am especially excited to invite you to our next Generations event! The American Battlefield Trust is teaming up with Richmond National Battlefield Park on June 27th, the 156th battle anniversary. We will march in the footsteps of the blue and gray soldiers, and learn about the people, places, and events at Gaines’ Mill to recreate the greatest charge of the Civil War!

This event is open to all, but try to bring your son, granddaughter, niece, nephew, or friend to help instill a lifelong passion for history! They will have an opportunity to grab a (wooden!) musket, choose their side, outflank the enemy, and learn about the climactic fight atop the Watt House Plateau where Lee gained his first victory and McClellan’s campaign for Richmond was doomed. Kids will even get the chance to don hats and uniforms of their choice. Please register today to reserve your spot!

The Generations program will be followed by the unveiling of new National Park Service wayside exhibits at Gaines’ Mill, remarks by former park Superintendent David Ruth and an optional History at Sunset hike, so you can make it a fun, fit and meaningful afternoon and evening!

Questions? Feel free to contact us at education@battlefields.org.

American Battlefield Trust

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

T-34 Mickey Mouse Again from Pendraken Miniatures

Just a quick release this time!  After our previous 'one-eared' Mickey Mouse release, we've sent the turret back to the designer and had the second hatch added to make a proper 'Mickey Mouse' T-34/76 D tank. 


Soviet Vehicles

SVV40    T-34/76 D, model 1943  £2.95

SVV40    T-34/76 D, model 1943

New products in Resin from Pendraken Miniatures

Whilst John at Ironclad is working on some new models for us, we've been sending him some of our metal pieces and getting them done in resin instead.  This gives a nicer product which is easier to work with and is a little cheaper to produce so we've been able to reduce the prices on them.

First up is a set of 3 sandbagged barricades which used to live in our WWII German Misc section, and were priced at £2.95 each (£2.95 a pair on the small ones).  We've got them switched to resin now and reduced in price to £3.00 for one of each type!

Elsewhere, we've taken the WWII German command tents (£2.95 for a pair in metal) and swapped them to resin priced at £2.00 for a pair.  The WWII British pup tents (£2.95 for 5 in metal) are now £2.00 for 5 in resin!

We've got a few more items we'll be moving to resin over the coming months, and we'll also get some pics of the pup tents sorted out soon.

Scenic Items & Terrain


SCN-BAR2    Sandbagged barricades (3 types)    £3.00

SCN-BAR2    Sandbagged barricades (3 types)


SCN-TNT3    Pup tents (x5)    £2.00
SCN-TNT4    Command tents (x2)    £3.00

SCN-TNT4    Command tents (x2)

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Monday, 18 June 2018

Project Update #2: 10mm Caesarian Roman Army

Sculptor has sent me the first picture of the Legionary for the Kickstarter. He doesn't have his shield yet.



Lancer Miniatures