Its just me (and the cat) in the house the weekend. No children!!!! Just time for me to play catch-up in the final couple of weeks before Salute. And my god I’m going to need the time. The list of jobs seems endless.
We’re having two full days of casting at the end of this week and I have a stack of new moulds to sprue and vent before then.
We spent last night making the master castings for the new British spaceships. They all need checking, cleaning up and then popping into the vulcaniser. Then of course the moulds will go onto pile above and to wait their turn for venting.
Add to that trying to fit in making resin stock since we’ve pretty much got none left after our recent birthday celebrations, sticking heads on Belgian ladies (before popping them in a mould) and I also need to fit in a trip to the supermarket for my mother as well.
Since I’m not competing for television time with Scooby Doo and iCarly I’m also aiming to work my way through all of Yes Minister and Tales of the Gold Monkey over the weekend.
I can’t wait for Salute to be over……
A few more 6mm building previews today.
First up is small commercial unit with a loading bay.
Second is a square building. I’m not sure whether its meant to be anything in particular but it will be useful if you have a pressing need for a square building in your town.
And finally I’ll let you decide what Tony was thinking of when he designed the third one……
As part of our build-up for Salute in April (one month to go and so much still to do) I’m working my way through the stack of un-released building models that we have. I’ve moulded the first couple and made a few test castings.
First up is a little version of our 15mm Villa. Its actually been hanging around for quite a while and I’ve finally got around to making a mould….
Second is the first of our more “hi-tech” Sci-fi buildings in 15mm. Like our existing buildings these will also be available in 6mm.
Both will be available at Salute.
Occasionally here at Brigade Towers we’ve discussed the idea of upscaling some of our Land Ironclads models to a larger scale. Naturally these chats come to nothing for a plethora of reasons (mostly apathy it must be said).
Until now that is…..
Child number two, eldest son and heir has just turned ten and requested a birthday cake in the shape of a tank. Fantastic I thought. What sort of tank would a ten year old child like to have? Well obviously a Brigade Models Brunel war tractor of course.
Oddly enough the Brunel war tractor cake doesn’t seem to be commercially available (surely a massive gap in the confectionary market) so I had to make my own.
So after about three hours of cutting and icing she was finished.
I’ll admit I did cheat and bought the cake since I didn’t have time to do the baking. I also decided that trying to add scale rivets to a cake was a little too much as well.
In normal service British land ironclads would be painted either standard grey or a deep bronze green. However I decided to model mine in the “dress colours” as used on the vehicles that were involved in the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
And the most valuable lesson I learnt whilst making the cake? Don’t give in to your children and let them spend the evening baking cupcakes which means that you don’t start until nearly midnight. Making a cake until three in the morning is not particularly good idea. In fact its a very stupid idea.
And fortunately the small child seemed impressed with his cake. That’s lucky.
Since I had the house to myself at the weekend I spent a large part of Saturday casting resin stock in preparation for Salute in April. Oh yes I know how to live.
In amongst the pile of moulds were a couple of as yet un-released 6mm scenic items. I’ve not finished all of the moulds for the models yet but I thought I’d offer them up for a quick preview.
More details (and better pictures) in a couple of weeks. Currently aiming for a release at Salute.
Well its not actually the first casting since it took a few spins to debug the mould. But its the first decent casting from the master mould of the new 15mm PacFed Minigwal fast attack vehicle.
I need to make a couple of production moulds before we release it but at the moment we’re scarily on target for a February release for the next two of the PacFed tanks.
And now for something a little different……
If the picture below means anything to you then probably :-
– you’re in your forties
– you’re a little more round in the middle than you would like
– you owned a BBC Micro (or at least like me you had a father who bought one)
– you spent quite a bit of time playing arguably the best computer game ever – Elite
And the reason for this nostalgic post? David Braben (one of the original creators of Elite along with Ian Bell) has a Kickstarter fundraiser running to enable a new version of this classic game to be produced.
The Kickstarter page is here and contains a lot of information about the game including gameplay videos, concept art and interviews. It currently has 11 days left to go and as I type still needs £313,062 to meet its target.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to re-live your youth then go and pledge some money. If you don’t want to re-live yours or you’re one of those disgustingly young people then pledge some money so I can re-live mine.
After a busy couple of days mould making I popped along to the workshop to try out two of three of the new master moulds. The castings shown are pretty much as they came out of the casting machine so are a little rough around the edges. I’m more than happy with the results though so with a little cleaning up they will be back in the vulcaniser to make production moulds.
I still need to make the moulds for the hulls of the PacFeds (which will be cast in resin rather then pewter). The first of those will be done in the next day or two so hopefully we should get pictures of completed castings up soon.
As well as the PacFeds and Indonesians I’ve also done the moulds for the tiny houses and the Belgian civilians so expect a few more previews in a day or so.
Thanks to the New Zealand postal service we managed to track down the package of Belgian civilians that we feared had been seen for the last time.
It was held up because some import VAT had to be paid before it could be released. Unfortunately some bright spark at Parcelforce put the wrong name on the letter advising us of the VAT. So basically it made its way safely half way around the globe but the Royal Mail couldn’t send a letter correctly over a distance of ten miles……
So after a quick trip to the local Parcelforce depot yesterday we now have the figures in our hands. I’ll be adding them to the stack of new models that I’ll be feeding to the vulcaniser over the weekend.
The master models (or “greens”) for the new Belgian civilians previewed here and here left New Zealand around five weeks ago. Unfortunately so far they haven’t been seen since. We’ve not even had a sniff of them being held up in customs which wouldn’t be unusual.
We’re trying to track them down at the moment. So fingers crossed.