Construction of Bandai Ohm with Nausicaa

As the cold weather sets in, we have been getting back into model making. Our latest creation is the fourteen-eyed baby Ohm from the legendary anime Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

1) The kit comes with coloured plastic sprues of one Ohm, Nausicaa, and Teto.

2) Here is the constructed model before painting. The Ohm’s eyes come in clear plastic, you can choose to paint it blue (when its calm) or red (when its angry). You could also add LEDs instead of painting, but we are not going so high-tech here – angry it will be!

3) In the film, Nausicaa came to the rescue of the baby Ohm when it was wounded and captured. We drilled into the Ohm shell and glued on harpoons to recreate this scene.

4) Contrary to the guide we painted the Ohm grey. In the film the rescue happened in the dark, so the Ohm never looked green to us.

5) Here is the completed Ohm with the eyes glued on.

6) Metallic blue paint was mixed with simulated water to model the Ohm’s injuries.

Construction of 1/72 Spitfire MkIa

Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby

Taking a welcome break from painting millions of minute Roman figures, we are building a Spitfire!

Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
1) First things first – the sprues are given a quick rinse and primed in white.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
2) Inside the cockpit – the pilot sitting smartly ready for take-off.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
3) The plane is assembled.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
4) A dark green base coat is painted.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
5) A layer of dark earth-brown is added to create the iconic camouflage.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
6) Finally, markings are added to the plane.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
Our Spitfire is complete!

New Monsterpocalypse Factions

The final two Monsterpocalypse factions are here! Joining team Protectors are the Terrasaurs – cold-blooded reptilian creatures with warm regard for mankind.

Monsterpocalypse Terrasaurs Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Monster – Terra Khan, a terrifying dinosaur that destroyers everything in its path.
Monsterpocalypse Terrasaurs Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Monsterpocalypse Terrasaurs Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Units – Carnidons and Spikodon
Monsterpocalypse Terrasaurs Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Units – Raptix and Brontox

Standing with team Destroyers are the Martian Menace – hostile visitors here to plunder Earth of its inhabitants and resources.

Monsterpocalypse Martian Menace Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Monster – The Ares Mothership is ingeniously designed to capture and transformed Earth’s resources into new Martian assault craft!
Monsterpocalypse Martian Menace Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Monsterpocalypse Martian Menace Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Units – Vanguards and Hunter
Monsterpocalypse Martian Menace Fraction Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Units – Saucers, Power Pods, and Hunter

Construction of Miniart Greek Hoplite

Our latest completed model is the Greek Hoplite – a common citizen-soldiers that can quickly take up arms to go to war. They are typically armed with a spear, shield, and sword.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

1) Included in the kit are the sprues for the 1:16 figure, armour, weapons, decals and a base.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

2) Here is the partially assembled model ready for priming.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

3) The skirt was shaded with three colours, here is the finished outcome that we are particularly proud of.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

4) This model came with some decals for the shield, but some details on the artwork are missing. For example the edge of the shield had to be drawn on and painted by hand.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

5) Once all the parts were painted, they were varnished with a wash. Various shades were applied, for example, a flesh tone was applied to the skin and a purple/blue tone to the armour.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

6) Another detail that was not included were the ropes inside the shield, lining the spear, and attached to the sword. To make the rope, we plaited together three threads (to add thickness) and glued onto the various parts using superglue.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland
Details of the rope shown on the inside of the shield

7) Finally, we stuck the figure on to the base and added vegetation.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

8) Here is our finished model:

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland