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No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Friday, December 19, 2008

M is for M8/Greyhound

The M8 Armoured car (Greyhound in British service) is another vehicle I have a soft spot for and this is one of my more recent kits, I built this about ten years ago (Yeh? At my age it seems like the other week!!) after seeing it at a show and 'having to have it'! It's a metal kit, I haven't kept a note of the manufacturer but it's a good quality kit of about 12 pieces.

The trailer is from the old Airfix Half-track kit and we were still using them in Berlin Brigade in the 1980's. The double-sided board (unfortunately not clear in the photographs) is two map-board/black-boards stuck back to back, which I cut from a Verlinden advert in Military Modelling...Well if they won't produce the stuff in 1:72?

I think I ended up hand-painting the Allied Stars as there was no surface smooth enough to take transfers, and some of the small transfers I did use have 'blown' and need re-doing. A dry-brush and some ancillary kit finished it off.

I used an aircraft mascot to give it a bit of an identity and an old Atlantic cowboy hat was hung on the turret. The figure is from the Esci Iwo Jima vignette, for years the closest you could get to 'multipose' in brail-scale

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