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

Chinn House from Buildings in Turmoil

Working on Bull Run Buildings : Chinn House

Chinn House

Chinn House

Buildings in Turmoil

The Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21) from 1/144 Tank

The Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21) is a two-stage, solid-fuel rocket, single-warhead medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) in the Dongfeng series developed by China Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy.

The Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21)

The Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21) picture 1

The Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21) picture 2

The Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21) picture 3

1/144 Tank

10mm Bunker from The Baggagetrain

One of my latest 10mm bunkers.


Bunker picture 1

Bunker picture 2

Bunker picture 3

size if bunker L100mm W55mm whole model L160mm W105mm

The Baggagetrain

Mauler pre-order from TTCombat

This item is available for pre-order and will not ship until 29/06/2018. If your order contains other items, none will ship until this item is available



“Mauler” is the catch all term for any hulking, belligerent beasts roaming over large areas in angry packs. No matter their actual genus, this subset of Fauna are always territorial, but over a much larger area than many other Fauna seen during the Reconquest. They patrol through cities and across plains searching for threats to their sovereignty, lashing out at any they see as encroaching upon their territory.

The fearsome Maulers are Fauna, non-player units that can be used in your games of Dropzone Commander, regardless of which faction you play. They hunt in packs of three, although even a single Mauler is enough to make trouble for the most seasoned of Commanders!

The full unit profile for Maulers along with rules for using non-player Fauna are available in Reconquest: Phase 2.

Kit contains 3 resin miniatures supplied unpainted and unassembled with plastic bases.


Daggers pre-order from TTCombat

This item is available for pre-order and will not ship until 29/06/2018. If your order contains other items, none will ship until this item is available



Daggers are silent hunting creatures – Fauna that stalk from the shadows to attack their prey. They inhabit environs across the Cradle Worlds and can lay dormant for years, living off tiny scraps of food for long periods of time.

These dangerous Fauna are available to use in your games of Dropzone Commander, regardless of which faction you play. They inhabit buildings, making occupation an extremely tense idea!

The full unit profile for Daggers along with rules for using non-player Fauna are available in Reconquest: Phase 2.

Kit contains a random assortment of 9 resin miniatures supplied unpainted and unassembled with plastic bases.


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Yorktown: 50 Acres, Two Wars

Over the years, I have written to you many times about saving priceless Civil War battlefield land from destruction. Since 2014, I have also written to you about saving irreplaceable battlefield land from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.

Today, however, is the first time I have ever written to you about one piece of highly threatened hallowed ground that was significant to both the Revolutionary and the Civil War!

The place: Yorktown, Virginia. The action: Two sieges, separated in time by 81 years. The people: Two very different generals named “George.”

The Threat

An unprotected 50-acre parcel of land on the Yorktown battlefield and surrounded by the Colonial National Historical Park, has been zoned and platted for a subdivision of 100 houses. This enormous subdivision would be named “Battlefield Bluffs” for its historical “significance,” but its construction would completely destroy the integrity of this sector of the battlefield.

Archaeological fieldwork has been conducted only on a very small portion of the parcel, meaning that important stories may still lie hidden beneath its currently undisturbed soil.

Experts tell us that based on what is known of other sites in the area, it is highly likely that the archaeological integrity of this site is intact. But if the bulldozers and road graders roll over these tracts, those artifacts, and the stories they tell, could be lost forever.

What You Can Do

Fortunately, we have an amazing opportunity to save this land and the history it holds.

The total cost to preserve this land is $5,645,000, but we need to raise only $74,000 to complete the acquisition. How is this possible? Through a combination of extraordinary state, local, and federal matching grants, we have $5,571,000 – fully 98.7 percent – either applied for or already lined up! This means that if you and I can raise just 1.3 percent of the transaction’s total value, we will prevent the loss and destruction of this crucial land at Yorktown.

I have been in the battlefield preservation business for more than 20 years, and I honestly cannot recall an opportunity like this, first, to save a piece of ground associated with our nation’s two most important wars, and second, to save crucial land while stretching the value of your donation dollar by $76-to-$1. Trust me, this just does not happen very often, so I believe we need to act now while we can.

Why It Matters

Here’s a little of what we know about this land:

In October 1781, Gen. George Washington, with the aid of the French fleet and French soldiers, bottled up British Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis in his defenses at Yorktown. The tract you’ll save was part of the camps of our French allies during this siege, which eventually forced Cornwallis to surrender and effectively ended the Revolutionary War.

In April and May of 1862, Union Gen. George B. McClellan, inching up the Virginia peninsula in an effort to capture Richmond, attempted a siege of the Confederate forces at Yorktown. This time, however, there was no surrender, and the war continued for another three years.

Today, in June 2018, you and I have the chance to save 50 acres of land associated with both of these key moments in our country’s history.

For The Next Generation

Today, I ask you to please consider making your most generous gift to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to save 50 acres at Yorktown.

Experiencing a place like the battlefield of Yorktown has the power not only to educate about the sacrifices that secured our freedoms, but also to inspire us all to be better citizens and better people. I thank you for all you do for this cause of saving the most important places where our country’s history was made.

Please visit our website right now to learn more about Yorktown and take advantage of the $76-to-$1 match, an unprecedented opportunity. Make your gift securely online today!

American Battlefield Trust

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Flag Day, Preservation In4, Bunker Hill, 10 Facts about Petersburg, and More

Flag Day, Preservation In4, Bunker Hill, 10 Facts about Petersburg, and More

Two months after the shelling of Fort Sumter and the official beginning of the American Civil War, the town of Hartford, Connecticut, had an idea. Concerned with how to shore up support for the Union cause, townspeople proposed an idea to the editor of Hartford Evening Press, Charles Dudley Warner, who would later co-author The Gilded Age with Mark Twain. Their idea was to create a holiday honoring the flag of the Union for the 14th of June, the same day the Second Continental Congress had adopted Betsy Ross’ flag for its new army. The idea proved popular, and was quickly adopted by other nearby towns, but it wasn’t until after the war ended that Americans from across the country began to adopt the flag as a symbol of something more than military identification. The Stony Hill School in Wisconsin held the day's first official observation in 1885, and from there it took off, with celebrations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and even Washington state in the West.

While not an official federal holiday, Flag Day did gain national recognition in 1916, the eve of America’s entry into the First World War, another period of anxiety and uncertainty for the nation. That year, President Woodrow Wilson sent out a proclamation recognizing the June 14th date. Ideas to alter the tradition still continued; President Franklin Roosevelt proposed a “United Nations Day” in 1942 to replace Flag Day in a show of solidarity with our World War Two allies, but Flag Day has continued at the president’s discretion almost every year since.

How people celebrate Flag Day depends largely on their local traditions. Parades are common, especially in places historically associated with the flag. The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia and the Mary Pickersgill House in Baltimore each have their own special observances. But the American Battlefield Trust would like to offer an alternative. This year, we would like you to considering taking yourself or your friends and family to some of the special places across the country where people in the past served, fought and died under the flag. There, you cannot only learn about why and how they fought, but also walk the same paths they walked and see the same land they saw in their final moments. This Flag Day is your chance to understand and appreciate what these citizen-soldiers and those who aided them saw in the American flag, and help us or our partners across the country preserve these special places.

In4: Preserving Civil War History

Nearly seven generations have supported battlefield preservation over the past 150 or more years, beginning with the veterans right out of the Civil War. Our new "In4" video provides a look at the ongoing fight to preserve America’s hallowed Civil War battlegrounds, from veterans themselves, to the “Golden Age” of preservation, to our fight today.

In4: Bunker Hill

This year marks the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the end of any hope of reconciliation between England and her colonies. While the battle was a tactical victory for the British, it proved to be a sobering experience, sustaining more than twice the casualties that the Americans had incurred. Bunker Hill demonstrated that inexperienced Continental militia could stand up to British troops in battle, a feat that hadn't been thought possible. Learn more about the June 17, 1775, event with our In4 video.

10 Facts about the Petersburg Campaign

June 15th marks the anniversary of the start of the Battles and Siege of Petersburg - a particularly complex and broad series of actions that spanned 292 days of combat, maneuver, and trench warfare over hundreds of square miles. The battles and siege involved more than 180,000 soldiers and produced some 60,000 casualties. Here are 10 facts about these events.

We need your voice!

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Annual Conference Photo Book

Did you join the American Battlefield Trust in Newport News for our Annual Conference in June? Now you can relive the memories with our keepsake photo book. You can order a book of our favorite photos from now until June 25th. The price for each book is $15.00.

Father's Day Giving

This Father’s Day, honor a father in your life and make a gift in his honor or memory. You can choose to honor him by making a donation to save a battlefield or support a history educator. Then choose one of our e-cards to share your gift with the father you’re honoring or send it to his family!

American Battlefield Trust

TimeCast is Back Up & Running

After a month of planning and lots of hard work, we have now finally got our new workshop up and running.

Due to the amount of work required to get us back in production, we have unfortunately fallen behind with customer orders. We have now started casting again, and will be restocking with Old Glory 15s very shortly.

Apologies to customers who have experienced delays with their orders. However, the move was forced on us by the site owners who wished to redevelop the part of the site which contained our old building. On a brighter note, however, the new building is larger, with much better lighting, and we have been able to rebuild it to our requirements rather than having to fit into an existing layout.

From this

From this

Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

Nearly finished. And we did ALL the work ourselves

Nearly finished. And we did ALL the work ourselves

Thanks for your patience! Normal service will be resumed as quickly as possible, and all outstanding orders will be dealt with as quickly as we can get them out of the door!

For more info, please check the news page on our website.


Some More Vehicles Coming Soon from Pendraken Miniatures

We've had some more vehicles arrive at Pendraken HQ, so here's a quick preview of them!  These will be going into moulds later this month and released probably sometime in July.

Starting with WWII, we've had some conversions done on the revamped Sherman models to give us the Priest SPG and a useful Jumbo tank:

Priest SPG and a useful Jumbo tank

And then jumping forward a couple of decades, Mart has been busy working on some more items for our Modern Vehicles ranges. 

First up we've got a pair of self-propelled howitzers, both conversions of the US Walker Bulldog chassis.  The first of these is the M44, adding a 155mm howitzer, which whilst it didn't arrive in time for the Korean War, was used by the US, Britain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Turkey at various points from 1955 through until 1992.

M44 155mm howitzer

Secondly we've got the M52, this time with a 105mm howitzer.  This one used an enclosed turret instead to provide more protection to it's crew against both conventional and nuclear weapons.  Again, this vehicle was too late for the Korean War but was still used by both the US and Turkey (under the M52T designation).

M52, this time with a 105mm howitzer

And finally we've got a French APC in the form of the AMX-VCI.  This was a variant of the AMX-13 light tank produced from 1957 until the AMX-10P came along in 1972.  There were many different versions of this vehicle made including bulldozers, radar surveillance and mortar carriers, but we'll maybe look at those in the future!  For now we've got three options:


AMX-VTT with turret mounted machine gun
AMX-VCI 12.7 with .50 cal machine gun
AMX-VCI M-56 with 20mm cannon

That's it for now, we'll have more previews coming soon!

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Military Miniatures (1966)

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

N Gauge Job Lots (June 2018) from eBay

N GAUGE job lot 2 steam engine shed items: coaling tower & water tower

N GAUGE job lot 2 steam engine shed items: coaling tower & water tower

You are looking at an N GAUGE job lot 2 steam engine shed items.  There is a coaling tower & a water tower. Manufacturer Vollmer & unknown. Largest measures approx 11x5x11 cm high.





 I have some N gauge buildings as a job lot. There are 2 factory buildings (one has a couple of window frames missing) and an engine shed (which has a missing door). There are also 3 tunnel mouths.


N Gauge Buildings from eBay

1960 Job lot Lone star diecast locos from eBay

1960 Job lot Lone star diecast locos, Track ,Station signal box buffers etc

1960 Job lot Lone star diecast locos, Track ,Station signal box buffers etc


lone star locos

lone star locos

Lone Star Locos Trains and Track well played with


lone star locos & track

lone star locos & track

A quantity of Lone Star miniature trains consisting of 3 locos some rolling stock and a quantity of track and points.


1/1200 Naval Range For The Battle of Lissa (1866)

The Battle of Lissa took place on 20 July 1866 in the Adriatic Sea near the Dalmatian island of Lissa and was a decisive victory for an outnumbered Austrian Empire force over a numerically superior Italian force. It was the first major sea battle between ironclads and one of the last to involve deliberate ramming.

A very good friend of mine (Phil from Pithead Miniatures) is looking for some support with his new 1/1200 ironclad range

I would like to make models all the ships present in the battle but need to drum up some more support so a bit of publicity might help.

So far I have made three sets of models,

Austrian Ironclads  seven ships £36

Austrian Ironclads

Italian Ironclads  set  1),  six ships  £32

Italian Ironclads  set  1),  six ships  £32

Italian Ironclads (set 2), six ships £32

I will also be making the Austrian wooden ships of the second division  but after that it all depends on how much support I can get for the remaining vessels before committing to making  more. People can make enquiries by contacting me at vanilla55@sky.com

Pithead Miniatures