We went to Edinburgh on Friday, to the Scale Scotland Model Show, which was held in the amazingly big Murrayfield Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
for a while I thought the chap in the middle was called Peter Vardy, but there were pictures of other chaps wearing shirts with Peter Vardy on them so I realised Mr. Vardy must be a sponsor or suchlike. Because of Corona the show hadn’t been on for a couple of years, so it was good to be back, and it was very well attended.
This was our exhibition table
Some of Ren’s busts..
Paul’s cars, and Phil’s tank and busts.
Paul’s cars are amazing pieces of work
Phil’s Tank battalion on display..
Phil put his model in the competition and came out with a Gold medal and 3 awards!
We saw a lot of modelers we hadn’t seen in ages, and had a grand day. The chaps running the show are Lovely Scots, not pesky in the slightest, and we’ll be back next year for more of the same.
Well that’s my first week of isolation done, and no symptoms so my clients at work were presumably all clear, at least when they saw me. Phil of course is still going into work. Although there have been 3 C19 deaths at his hospital so far they haven’t had to use the Operating theatre staff, but they are wearing protective eyeware, plastic aprons and gloves to deal with the emergency operations they have to do. When he gets home he heads straight to the shower, puts all his clothes in a bag and they go straight in the washing machine. I open all the doors so he doesn’t have to touch the handles. Any shopping is disinfected and decanted into clean pots where necessary, and the kitchen surfaces disinfected afterwards. Bags all discarded, hands scrubbed with soap. I haven’t been out except once to the local shop and though we shoppers stood 2 meters apart, the corridors are thin and the lad filling the shelves brushed by everyone on his way, sigh.
Last week the nation stood outside their houses or leaned out of their windows and clapped and wooted and banged saucepans to applaud our NHS staff. When we heard it was going to happen Phil said he didn’t need people to clap for him, he needed the NHS to be better funded, have personal protection kit, and for people to stop voting for the Tory Bastards as he calls them. But when it kicked off and we could hear the amount of people on our estate who participated he was quite surprised, and a little chuffed I think. It IS nice to be appreciated.
Luckily we have had some sunny days, even though it was too cold to bask in it, and I turned my camera on now and then and took some photo’s. My blossom tree is shedding petals now in the wind and looks a bit bare, but it was lush when it reached full bloom and I sat and waited for the blutits to come so I could get a picture of one amongst the blossom.
I turned the Helios loose on the tree too,
Last year I bought a Japanese maple which doesn’t like wind and as we had a surfeit of that last year it promptly died, or so I thought, but it appears to be working again so I thought I’d best catch it quick.
Mum’s plant is firing up, I can never remember the name of it, though someone tells me anytime I post a picture of it, it will always be just Mum’s plant in my head.
Just before the red leaves appear, it produces tiny bell shape flowers which the bees seem to love.
There’s a lot of huge bees around this week, mostly getting trapped in our conservatory and having to be rescued and released. Maybe Queens looking for places to nest. I found one in our water barrel on it’s back, flapping it’s wings and buzzing for all the world like it was having an angry swimming session, I rescued that one too. 🙂
The conservatory plant, another resurrection, is up and running with new leaves
and my Mothers Day flowers from Shelley and the kids are still going strong after 3 weeks.
Phil finished his labour-of-love tank last week, most of you have seen the work in process shots I’ve taken along the way last year. He photographs it against a white card backdrop which he tapes to the conservatory table and pegs up on the clothes drier. On Thursday he went to take his shots of the finished tank, and when he’d finished, cleared away the drier having forgotten the tank was still on the table. ‘Oops’ was not the word I and the rest of Gateshead heard as it shimmied off the paper and crashed to the floor.
He’s had to put it all back to rights of course, but was not a happy person for a few days while doing so. All done now though, and the little men in, I’ll get a shot of it when it’s sorted and on the base, (before he drops it hopefully 😀 :D)
At the weekend we had a video call with Phil’s son and daughter which lasted an hour. It’s a good way to keep in touch and just have a chat and a laugh.
I’ve decided to work on a couple of books of photos I’m planning on doing, and that will take some time to sort, so I’m definitely making the most of the lockdown, just got to decide what I’m going to do, I’m thinking of a book on the castles I’ve photographed for one, arty farty flowers for another, and maybe Newcastle, but I’m not sure which to choose first, if at all. I don’t suppose it matters, they’re only for me.
I am restricting my input of news, reading the paper each morning and hear the odd snippet on the radio, is bad enough and I may have to stop reading the paper and go straight to the crossword, as mostly it’s bad stuff and there’s nothing much I can do about it. Instead of the 6 o’clock news we watch Narcos on Netflix, before that it was Narcos Mexico so I’ve learned a lot about how not to run a drug cartel 🙂 and am not adding Mexico or Columbia to my list of places to visit before I die. Though at this rate I won’t be visiting anywhere except the back garden and my shed.
I started doing excercises last week. Most of the country and lots of people in other countries have been doing the Joe Wicks live stream excercises on Youtube at 9am here. He started doing it for kids, but because he looks like a cross between Jon Snow, & Heathcliffe all the Mummy’s hearts went a-flutter and now everyone’s joining in and he’s getting famous. Yes he gets revenue from adverts on his channel but he’s donating 100% to the NHS so he’s nearly a saint now. I did his workout last Tuesday afternoon, and couldn’t walk without ouching for 3 days, sitting down and standing up was like a knife sticking in my bum, and I’ve just about recovered enough to sit on the sofa and watch him! 😀 😀
So week 1 over, and as Phil is not at work today we are planning a walk into the greenery around where we live this afternoon, if the rain holds off, and I’ll take a camera with me. Hope all my pals who visit here are keeping well and sane,
After completing the first level of the TT, (see day 302) he has levelled up (sounds like a video game 😀 ) and is adding more bits and pieces to the interior.
All the shells you can see (the dark things that look a bit like bullets) had to be put together, painted, weathered ( used/worn/scratched/chipped) and put in their holders then attached to the side of the tank. They are about 2cm high in fact. The 2 stacks of boxes, also built and painted to look weathered, held the charges for the shells to make them explosive, and the little rod thingy in between them was for ramming the shells into the tanks gun ready for firing. To the right of the shells he’s put an M42 and a satchel of rounds for it. So things are moving along. Slowly 🙂
anyhoo, it’s coming along and Phil has more or less finished the ground floor of the interior. A fair bit of it he has had to scratch build from plasticard and the like. I do like the little seat he has installed. There’s a lot more to go in yet, and as bonkers as it sounds not much of it will be on view, or even be able to be viewed when it’s all finished. Which is why I’ll take photo’s along the way!
you can click on it to embiggen and see all the mad little details if you are interested.
Well the weekend is over, judging is done, tank kits and paints and stuff shopped for and purchased and I’ve finished the first book in the Game of Thrones series while all that was all going on! Had a great time meeting up with people at night in the bar and having a good laugh. On the ferry now and home by lunchtime tomorrow. Not loving doing posts on the mobile so I’ll be glad to get back to the Big Mac!
It’s October so its the annual SMC Model show in Eindhoeven, Holland. Phil has been asked to judge again, so he can’t enter the competion, but gets a display space for his stuff. So off we go again on our travels tomorrow, this time on an overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, which will be a lovely change from the 13 hour drive we used to do when going from Dover to Calais. Fingers crossed it’s not too choppy, Phil doesn’t sail well!
After his success at the weekend, Phil is ready to go with the next project, which is something that’s been ongoing for 25 years. Back then model kits were not always the most accurate rendition of the tank they purported to be. German WW2 tanks were especially bereft of information but the model companies cobbled together what they could with the scarce information they had (and a few-as it turned out wrong- guesses), and Phil did what he could with what there was, including scratchbuilding parts that the company got wrong. One of those model kits is known as a Grille (which is German for cricket (the insect not the game) Maggot, or strangely, Spleen. In this case we’re going with Cricket as another tank was named Bumblebee so it kinda fits. A Grille is a self propelled 15cm howitzer, basically a big gun on wheels with a driver, loader, shooter, and a bossman.
In 1994 Phil purchased this kit from a company called Dragon (who went on to make top notch tanks eventually) built it, scratchbuilt parts for it, altered what they got wrong, and painted it. Then in 1995 new information became apparent which showed up where it had all gone wrong with the model, so he stripped it down, fixed the flaws, and painted it again. Then, in 2002, a complete WW2 Grille was found out in the boonies somewhere and it was apparent that the model was still not right. So in 2017 Phil stripped it all down again, sorted it all out and then.. put it on the shelf and moved on with other things.
And here we are in 2019, the Grill is back on the bench, and I’m looking forward to seeing this when it’s finished. How amazing is it to be so dedicated to historical accuracy? He could have just bought a now perfect kit of the same model, it would be so much simpler, or even just let it go, I mean who cares? and there’s plenty more tanks in the seas. I’m sure people think these (usually) older (usually) chaps with their model tanks and planes and cars etc, are bonkers, geeks maybe. But I admire the dedication that goes into making just one model, let alone the hundreds going on around the world, the intricacy and artistry it involves to make it look right, the striving for perfection. Phil is at the top of his game at this malarky, and well respected in the modelling world too. Tenacity, my blokes got it in spades!
As you know already dear reader, Phil and I travelled to Edinburgh on Friday for a Scale Model Show which was held at Murrayfield Rugby Stadium in one of the conference centres there. As far as we knew there was only us going from our Tyneside club, so Phil took loads of his models, to fill up the display table, as well as some of my old girls. The Tanks & Tits department as Phil put it. 🤣
Phil entered 3 models and won 2 gold and a silver, which today I’ve done an arty farty B&W of, but I will also include the colour version, as that’s more historically accurate 🙂
A couple of other club members did turn up in the end, but we still had another table to fill so they took care of that.
All in all a great day out and Phil had a blast. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get into photographing there, I think I might be burned out on model shows! but I had a lovely day reading my book, which I rarely get time to do any more!
Back on day 201 I took a shot of Phil photographing his Panzer II tank which was a work-in-progress. The tank and its commander have been finished this week so I thought I’d share it here as it’s a pretty good job he’s done, in spite of all the swearing and gnashing of teeth. The model is 1/35th scale, which in this case is 5 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 wide and 4 inches tall. The figure is 2 inches tall.
I was taking pictures in the garden when Phil came down with his latest tank to do some Work In Progress shots in the conservatory, so I got a sneaky shot in. It’s a Panzer 2 Ausf B, should be good when it’s finished!
One of the chaps who does a modeling magazine in Holland, has asked for pictures of Phil’s winter finish Wirblewind as he’s doing an article on winter tanks, so I got the job 🙂
Of course he wants the colour versions for the magazine, but I think it looks just as cool in B&W.
The Flakpanzer IV “Wirbelwind” (Whirlwind in English) was a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. It was developed in 1944 as a successor to the earlier Möbelwagen self-propelled anti-aircraft gun.