In contrast to yesterday’s near gales, today was a bit calmer and warmer – so perfect weather for casting outdoors again. As well as casting for orders and Salute stock, I was able to try out some new moulds for both the 15mm Polish half-tracks and the Soviet spaceship carrier hull.
As always with new moulds, it takes two or three castings to work out all of the gremlins and find the bits that need particular attention to avoid air bubbles. The half-tracks in particular were troublesome, but the castings got progressively better as I went along and I ended the day with assembled versions of each of the three hull types. Most of the metal parts such as tracks, wheels, turrets and hatches are existing components so I was able to put some together – only the guns for the support version have yet to be moulded.
The Soviet carrier looks pretty good – I only have one finished casting so far which has an air bubble or two, but it’s still pretty imposing. It has the same bridge and engines as the battleship, and is a ‘battle-carrier’ design with two heavy turrets at the front and the flight deck at the rear.
I also photographed some castings of the new 15mm infantry while I was prepping them for production moulds. This is the first pack, eight pulse rifle-armed grunts.
Finally, the new turret for the Shaman Firefly has arrived – here it is sitting on a hull, next to the existing version so you can see the differences.