New this week, additions to Flames of War, Tanks, and Dropfleet Commander.
New at Space Craft, a nice selection of Meng Kids Models, Revell Monogram Fokker, and 1:16 Miniart figurines:
Since our humiliating defeat to Mr Michie, we are back – with a vengeance. Manoeuvring ourselves from fighting aliens in the stratosphere, we travelled back in time for a small skirmish game of Tanks. “Why Tanks?” I hear you say. Why ever not when you have a fine platoon of Tigers nicely painted up and ready to crush your opponent!
“Who cares who wins, it’s just a game isn’t it?” Absolutely not, because the winner of this game gets cake (and perhaps the pride and dignity of mastering and winning a strategy game, but whatever cakes are at stake here)!
Our battle scene of choice is the Russian corn fields. Up against our five mighty Tigers are Mr Michie’s measly Sherman and Pershing tanks.
The scene is set. Our Tigers are ready. Our opponent is all warmed up from the kid’s club. Here we go.
May Day, May Day…it’s not going well! The Tigers are surrounded and Mr Michie got some magical dice that keep churning out 6s!
As our last Tiger got battered and bruised, Mr Michie patted us on the back and kindly gifted us his Mous as consolation. Thank you Mr Michie, I’ll ask our shop cat to take good care of it. It is in safe paws.
Did we stand a chance? Not really considering the years of expertise Mr Michie have acquired in the world of wargaming. So much so that a customer came in at one point, saw Mr Michie and exclaimed, “I recognise you, were you the guy who used to [always]* be in Games Workshop [and didn’t leave until you stunk]*?”
If you are aged 9-15 and would like to give wargames a go, you can learn from the master himself every other Saturday 10.30–12.30 at Dundee Children’s Library. The next one is on Saturday 9th December 2017. They don’t just play Tanks, but probably every wargame in the known universe (more details here).
* – Words in the square brackets were not actually said, but we at Space Craft imagine to be true.
New this week, restock of Hat figurines and Balsa aircraft from The Vintage Model Co.:
New and restocked Revell kits arrived this week:
In our quest to become the ultimate model shop, we asked ourselves: “Is a model shop truly a model shop without its own moving Ferris Wheel?” With the validity of our identity in doubt, we set about building a Ferris Wheel for the shop.
To ensure we can make an unwavering claim as an authentic model shop, we decided to design our own Ferris Wheel:
1. The design was traced onto long strips of Balsa wood and cut out by hand.
2. Once cut, the sections were glued together with UHU glue.
3. Small holes were punched in the wood, so seating cars can be added.
4. Two support tower were created.
5. Colourful seating cars were made from cardstock. We raided the kitchen for some Bamboo skewers and trimmed them to size.
6. The Bamboo skewers are positioned in place.
7. Here is the finished Ferris Wheel:
New kits arrived this week:
In our recent rematch with Mr Michie, Space Craft’s representative got slightly crushed. No amount of last minute ramming saved us. To our defence, our representative was suffering from a little ‘lost of talent’ that day. Do not worry, we might have lost the battle but not the war!
Space Craft will be closed on Tuesday 24th October 2017; apologies for the inconvenience.
Best known for their role in the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Mk-I fought alongside the Hawker Hurricane to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe, and arguably changed the outcome of the war. Many variations of Spitfire were developed during WW2 to counter the ever-threatening German air force. Over 20,000 Spitfires were produced during the course of the war.
- Included in the kit are:
- Laser cut balsa parts
- Plastic nose cowl, canopy, radiator, propeller, and wheels
- Wire propeller shaft
- Covering tissues
2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.
3. Once the main pieces were glued together with wood glue, the stringers were cut to the required length and glued to the main frame. Here is the finished fuselage:
4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.
5. Here is the completed frame:
6. To cover the frame, the cover tissue was cut slightly large than each section and glued on with diluted wood glue. Finally, any excess tissue was trimmed off.
7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:
8. We lightly sprayed water over it. Once dried, all the winkles are now removed. To protect the tissues, the frame was covered with a diluted layer of wood glue.
9. The plastic and additional parts are added. To make the rear windows, we used the paper and plastic film from an envelope. I’m told the plastic film from a tea cake box works well too, but can you imagine the awful process of eating the cakes inside?
10. The plane was painted with enamel.
11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane: