Construction of Hat Gallic Chariot

Building on our new found passion for the Classical Period, we have added some Gallic chariots to our collection.

Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
These chariots are by Hat. Hat produces a fantastic range of historical figures from Bronze Age all the way to World War Two.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
This box contains three chariots. You can see here three identical sprues in soft, rubbery plastic.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the chariots fully assembled.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The figures are primed with Army Painter White Primer.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
We were worried about painting on rubbery plastic, but the paint went on just fine. The thinner parts are quite bendy – so a few retouches were required.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Compared with the Italeri figures we painted, these were not as detailed. But at pocket money price, you can’t really complain.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the painted chariots battling with the Romans! Can you spot all three?
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
After taking the last photo, we realised we completely forgot to add the reins. So here they are with the reins added.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Hey! Come back, Jac…I mean…fierce-looking-warriors, come back!

Construction of Hat Carthaginian War Elephants

Working our way through the “started-but-probably-never-going-to-be-finished stash”, we have finally completed our Carthaginian War Elephants!

Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
We have been looking for some figures to add to our Roman villa diorama, and these seem to fit the bill!
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The figures in this box were made from hard plastic. Some Hat kits are made from soft, rubbery plastic that may be more difficult to paint.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
To start off, we lightly spray primed the figures. Next we coloured the flesh and continued with the clothing. There’s a bit of paint over the line, but don’t worry it will soon be covered with the next layers
of paint!
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the completed Carthaginians pre-varnished.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The elephants come in one piece and are very sturdy. We painted the elephants in dark grey and then drybrushed lighter shades on top.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the finished elephants. The howdah was very plain so we added some wooden detail.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The final figures – we varnished with Army Painter Soft Tone and added static grass to the base. Watch out Romans, the War Elephants are coming!

Construction of Revell 1:24 Ferrari SA Aperta

So…Christmas was a little different from what we expected. With tons of spare time and nowhere to go, we ended up racing through this model in just one week!

Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We have been eyeing this kit for a while, but high expectations have been holding us back!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is one of those kits that comes with coloured spures – an excellent choice for any modeller who just want to built something quickly without worrying about the painting.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Ah, those seats look comfy. We were hoping Santa would bring us a comfy chair this year. But no, it didn’t happen. Next year, maybe?
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Engine parts and lots of it.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Here is the decal sheet with lots of number plates to choose from.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Learning from the mistakes of our last car, we dry fitted the parts before gluing and painting. Take special cares with cars, because some parts are not meant to be glued otherwise the wheels won’t turn!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
And BAM! We made our first mistake. These are parts of the steering linkage. Each one was supposed to slot into the bottom panel. Except they didn’t. Instead, the first one we tried was stuck half way through and then broke off! We had to replace it with a match stick.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is the diagram that tripped us. We were confused by the bottom logo. Apparently you’re supposed to heat the plastic after you slotted it in – we have already broken the piece before any heating could occur!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what we should have done: rotate a scalpel a few times to enlarge the slot.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what the car looks like before painting.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We took it outside for a quick spray. We kept the parts intact so we can see what needs to be painted and what can be left as it is.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is the engine after it was sprayed. Only the centre part needs to be painted, the rest can be left as it is since it would be covered up anyway.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what the engine looks like once it has been painted.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
The dashboard and steering wheel are shown here. It was a little surprising how well The Army Painter Matt Black turned out – not a stroke line in sight!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Here is the finished car once all the decals were applied.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We painted the windscreen border with just a paint brush – partly because we wanted to test our dexterity, but mostly because we were too lazy to find masking tape…
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what the engine looks like under the bonnet.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We decided to go with a generic number plate, seeing the GB plate had not aged well.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We used Tamiya TS53 Deep Metallic Blue for the body, which turned out great if we may say so! The only problem with Tamiya sprays is that they don’t always have matching paints for touch ups. To mitigate this problem, we sprayed some paints into a jar and applied it with brush.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
That’s all folks! It’s time to take it for a spin. Anyone has an enlarge-ray-gun? Kevin? Bob? Dave?

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

We started this project towards the end of 2018. And yes, it has taken us over a year to finish!

“Well, what took you so long?” we hear an intrigued reader asks. We’re not sure either, but you see Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“Of course not! But you’re not building Rome, are you?” You must be the smartest person we’ve spoken with today because, yes, we have been building Rome!

Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
This saga began when we decided to build this Pax Romana kit. It consisted of a Roman villa, and Roman and Celtic figures.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
The Roman villa is made from laser cut MDF and card.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
The laser cut parts fitted together superbly and was assembled it in no time.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
It is one thing to know that there are 109 figures in the kit, and another to see what 109 figures look like in flesh. We were very tempted to put the figures back in the box and pretend we never opened it.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
After getting over the shock of seeing the number of figures there are to paint, we got to work. We glued the weapons and shields to the figures and arranged them onto cardboard ready for priming.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Once primed and painted, the figures were varnished with a layer of dark wash. Here is a before-and-after picture. The figure on the left is without the dark varnish, and the figure on the right shows what it looks like after varnishing. The same colours were used for the two figures except for their hair and swords.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Here is another before-and-after picture. The same colours were used for both figures except for their hair.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Another before-and-after picture. Same colours were used on both figures except for the shields.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
On completing the figures, we went on to design the layout of our battle scene. Once we marked out the location for roads, garden, and a river, we built the individual elements.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Here is the river. We first painted some textures onto the base before adding simulated water.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Next, we made some sheep. We have seen a few “you must be crazy” faces when we told customers that these are supposed to be sheep.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Here are the finished version. We still get a few “you must be crazy” faces when we say these are sheep.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Finally, all 109 figures were added to the battle scene.
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits
Roman diorama Rome villa Italeri Model Shop Broughty Ferry Space Craft Dundee Scotland Scale Kits

Construction of EM-4 Universal Spacecraft

In the search for a quick and simple project, we set our sights on EM-4 Miniatures’ Universal Spacecraft.

  1. This kit comes with 12 spaceships, each with its own unique design.

2) For our project, we split the spaceships into six groups. Each group was painted with its own colour scheme.

3) Once painted, the models were vanished with a layer of dark wash to enhance the details of the ships.

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!

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

Construction of Hasegawa Eggplane

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for some chibi cuteness. For in this project we are building an eggplane!

“Eggplane? You mean something that is edible and can be flown in?”

Well no….

“A vehicle that transports poultry away from the cruelty of mankind?”

What…? No!

“Please don’t tell me it’s just an egg-shaped plane?”

Without further ado, here is how we built our egg-shaped Mustang:

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

  1. Inside the box, we were confronted with some chubby airplane parts.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

2) The parts were cut out from the sprues and pieced together. We masked the canopy ready for priming.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

3) We sprayed on an even coat of primer before we started painting.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

4) Carefully we separated and painted the individual parts. Once all our parts were painted, we glued it back together and applied the decals.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

5) Finally, the paint was sealed with a layer of varnish and our eggplane is ready to roll!

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang
Not all the eggplanes come with a figure. We made sure we our plane had one; here is our focused-looking wide-eyed pilot.