My Workbench

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

British Carriers

 Tonight I finished seven British aircraft carriers: 3 Illustrious class, Ark Royal, and 3 lend lease escorts.

Next will be either British light cruisers or destroyers.

Britsh cruisers in the center shelf

British destroyer classes

Monday, February 12, 2024

WWII Fleet Expansion

I fired up the printer to print a few more 1/2400 WWII ships. I started with some more Japanese files purchased from Ghuhkek Minis on, but then I'm afraid I got a bit carried away. I ended up making several orders over a couple of weeks, buying nearly every British and Japanese file I didn't already have! So in the last few weeks I have printed 220 ships (not including misprints or prints I aborted to go back and reslice with changes). 

I have completed 61 ships: 20 German, 20 Japanese, and 21 British. All but 15 cargo ships have been mounted on bases. Thirteen more British ships are painted and still need the bases finished and labels attached. So, as of today, I have 146 ships left to finish: 2 Italian, 6 French, 6 American, 56 Japanese, 61 British, and 15 cargo ships. When I said a bit carried away, that was an understatement.

Here are the recent completed ships:

British battleships: Revenge, Nelson, Queen Elizabeth, and King George V classes

British cruisers: Leander CL and County CA classes

Japanese: 3 destroyers, 4 battleships, 1 carrier, 5 heavy and 1 light cruiser

Germany: 17 u-boats, 2 auxiliary cruisers, and a light cruiser Emden

And these are all that I have left to do! 

I'm going to need more carry cases!

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Hasegawa 1/700 IJN Aircraft Carrier Akagi

This waterline model was a gift from one of my daughters last Christmas and I just got around to building it. It went together pretty quick and I had fun with it.

Dragonsdawn Booknook

 My oldest daughter loved the book nook I made her for Christmas so much that she asked for another one for her birthday, in two days! This time she wanted a theme based on Anne McCaffrey's Pern, another book series she loved growing up. I started it two weeks ago and modeled it after the Dragondawn book cover art by Michael Whelan.

Full painting by Michael Whelan

This was a real challenge for me since I am not an artist or sculptor. I thought about it for some time and decided to go with a 3D flat image effect for the figures. I started by rough cutting out the girl and dragonets. I glued the girl to some 7/16" basswood, then cut the figure out with a xacto knife, and sanded the edges smooth. I painted the exposed edges to match the front. The dragonets were glued to some cerial box cardboard scrap and cut out. The wings, tail, and heads were bent to give more of a 3D impression.

Next I glued up some packing foam scraps to form the cave. I filled in the gaps with watered down vinyl spackle, and sealed the whole thing with Mod Podge.

I used cosclay to make three of the larger tree trunks.

I had to make an attempt at a sort of alien landscape painting for the inside of the box.

My second attempt at the landscape and I called it good.

I worked in the trees, usinf the ones I made and some more made from weeds and wood putty.

The lighting consists of a yellow and two white LED chip lights, a coin battery pack and a secondary pushbutton switch mounted through the front.

I decoupaged three of Michael Whelan's cocept drawings to the outside case.

And an alternate bookcover to the otherside, not wanting to duplicate what is inside.

I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Back to Ships

I pulled my Kriegsmarine fleet back out, and finished installing the labels. I need three more light cruisers: two Königsberg class, and one Leipzig class. Pluss several U-Boats. I'm saving up a list with more British, Japanese, Italian, and French ships to print, the next time I start up the printer.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Hogsmeade Lighted Diorama

I finished the next Christmas present on the list. This one is for the youngest daughter, to go with the small lighted Hogwarts diorama I made for her last year. This was actually a sort of sickening experience. Since I wasn't sure of what I was doing, I didn't plan very well. I added so much detail to make it really Hogsmeade, then ended covering it all up with snow! I just felt sick about it. But that is what she wanted, Hogsmeade in deep snow, like in the movies. If I were to do it again, I would leave out 80% of the detail!

I hope she likes it!

The boathouse and dock ended up including three overturned boats in winter storage. All covered up by the snow

All of the flocking, brush, trails, and street detail get completely covered over