Today I have found another nice series of photographs that should be appreciated by any armor modeler. Number of different destroyed and rusty tanks from pretty much all the theaters of war are included. There is quite a few from Pacific theater, which I find to be particularly interesting as one does not usually stumble upon many of those.
In addition to the providing reference for replicating damage effects on vehicles, these photographs offer also good reference in terms of the environment – plants, trees, etc. Valuable for any diorama builders.
Having been working on BMP-1 over the past weeks (and few other similar pieces…) I am constantly looking for more photographs and references on the military vehicles in this part of the world. recently I have stumbled upon another interesting blog. Named Oryx blog, it covers fighting in Syria in quite some depth. I am surprised at the scope of photo documentation posted on this site (does the guy have his own satellite?) and level of detail in identification and description of the military hardware. Many of the pieces are quite exotic, either armour or aircraft, so definitely some ideas for the next project are to be found.
If you are interested in Mid-East events or like to build models from this area/era, you should not miss it, you can find it here:
One of the advantages of being a modeller near Toronto (or South west Ontario in general) is being close to CFB Borden. CFB Borden, or Canadian Forces Base Borden is, well apart from being a Canadian Forces Base, an open air display of armoured vehicles. They are spread around the base and are quite diverse. Given that I am avid modeller, it is rather surprising that it is quite few years that I have paid visit to this unique place. When I was recently browsing through our digital family photo archives, I stumbled upon this collection of photos I have taken at the base. I don’t think it covers all the vehicles on display just those I have seen during my walk around. At least it helps to illustrate what can be seen…
From a modeller perspective it is interesting to see the paint job on the vehicles. I know, these are essentially museum pieces and most of them has not been moved in years, but still. Everything (apart from rubber) is green, or grey in case of Hetzer. I bet if there would be tools and stowage, they would have been painted with the same stroke of a paint gun.
So if I would try to be realistic modeller and have a piece painted in this fashion at the next model show, I think they would move me to some Junior category (at best)…
History is often these days being considered as dealing with past things, places and events and most of the people would find it hard to simply connect with the past, in many cases their own past. Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov has in my opinion greatly helped to bridge this time gap by connecting today’s places with past events. By carefully combining recent photographs of famous (as well as less famous) places with the historical photographs he has created unique and interesting collection showing us what these places looked like during WWII and brought them to life.
You can find the collection here, it is well worth looking at…
(Photograph at the top is sourced from the page linked above.)
Among many forum posts on Armorama site, there was one posted recently that I have found to be very helpful. Author has posted a link to an online gallery with a vast selection of WWII photographs from the Normandy as well as other French regions. The photographs are from variety of sources and I found them to be a great source of reference. So before that particular post gets lost in the vast space of online forums, here is the link:
So finally two days ago I have opened the package with long-awaited Mike Rinaldi’s new book TankArt. Having been teased by number of photos of the book pages over the past weeks and months my expectations were high (and I believe not only mine) and I was eager to lay my hands on the book…
Just a quick look will confirm one thing – even in the current market for books on the modeling subject, the book is really unique. The first impression I had when flipping through the pages is that not a single inch of space on more than 200 pages was wasted.
If there is anything more forgotten in the history of warfare than the Korean war then it must be the story of the Canadians participating in this conflict. If you walk into an average bookstore in Canada, the chances are slim that you will find anything dealing with this part of our history, simply because there is not that much book on this topic.
That was one of the reasons why I was surprised when I spotted the latest publications by the Legion Magazine, specifically dedicated to this topic. This booklet is unique and I find the format and content very appealing, almost makes me feel I must be the target audience. On 100 pages, this booklet literally overflows with photographs and maps. The coverage is very diligent – involvement of Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force as well as Special Forces have dedicated sections. Major combat actions, such as Battle of Kapyong have its own short articles and overall the book is focused on telling the story of the Canadians who lived and fought through this war. It is difficult to find any shortcomings, I would personally welcome if the publication would be little more extensive, but that’s very minor point.
For anybody interested in the Canadian Military history, this publication should not be missing on the bookshelf. For armour enthusiasts this publications nice collection of reference photographs (generally here is not that many of them). It can be obtained in any bookstores or any good place selling magazines (in Canada, I’m not sure if anyone from abroad would be interested).
For more information, see website of the Legion Magazine here.
For any military or history fan, Osprey publishing must be a well known name. The list of books published by this company is perhaps the longest among its peers and many of them have found home on my bookshelves. One of me most favourite books is Osprey’s Battleground – The Greatest Tank Duels in History.
This book builds on the series of Osprey books that pitch against each other famous tank opponents from history of warfare. Osprey has released few titles in this series, but Battleground is not jut one of them. Previous books were each covering single episode fomr history – e.g. Tiger vs. Sherman Firefly or Centurion vs. T-55. Battleground is effectively compilation of 5 of these books:
During my recent visit to the buildings of the former Small Arms. Ltd. plant in Long branch, I couldn’t not notice the state in which many of the walls were. After many years of neglect, exposure to all weather elements and vandalism, they clearly reflected overall shape of the building. While I was sorry to see this building be in such a state, it nevertheless provided more than interesting reference for any potential diorama projects.
So now I just have to discover some secret technique how to replicate this effect in scale, what do you think?
I understand that there are people out there who don’t build scale models. One of them is my neighbour, whose hobby is collecting and repairing motorcycles and old cars. Most of them are usually repaired, preserved and turned into polished beauties.
Nevertheless, the one that got my attention was a piece which is now sitting at the driveway across the street for quite a while and quite clearly steps out of the average.
I am not even trying to pretend I have a clue what model this car is, apart from the fact that it is Chevrolet, which is impossible to miss. Its age has however left beautiful signature on the vehicle, one that I find aesthetically appealing and at the same time useful – as a weathering reference. Isn’t this what we are trying to replicate with all the washes, chips, hairspray techniques and you-name-what secret weathering processes.