Sheds and Gates

This week’s new releases are four items that have been developed in response to customer requests. They’re all in the Small Scale Scenery range of 1/1000th buildings.

The first is a set of general purpose sheds and workshops. Some are existing models that have been taken from other packs, but there are several brand new ones as well. The pack contains twenty models, two each of the ten different designs shown below, all cast in metal.

The next two packs are both additions to the modular Medieval Castle range. They are smaller gateways set in a single tower, such as are seen more in fortified town walls (these are based on those at Visby in Sweden). There are two types, one with a peaked roof and the other with battlements on top. And they come in two versions – either built into a 40mm long piece of wall, or alternatively there are free-standing versions. The dimensions are taken from the Visby ones and they are larger than our other towers.

The final pack is a new type of bastion for the Vauban Fortifications range. These are straight bastions, so that they can be used to create a structure such as a city wall with a bastion partway along its length.

SSS-8123e – Tower Gateways in Wall (x2) – £2.00
SSS-8123f – Freestanding Tower Gateways (x4) – £2.00
SSS-8152d – Straight Bastions (x4) – £3.00
SSS-8159 – Sheds and Workshops (x20) – £5.50

A Very Desirable Property

Peter Hunt has sent us some pictures of his latest 2mm creation, Schloss Zenda. Over to him (or rather his alter ego, Hercule)…

Gentlemen,
Whilst strategists believe that the recent Bacterian offensive on Zenda was undertaken to provide support for a beleaguered Sylvania, our real estate correspondent Sue Casa suggest that the operation may have been intended to obtain property in the neighbourhood at knock down prices. She speaks of course of that most desirable property, Schloss Zenda.

The Front Aspect, showing the new faux medieval fortified gatehouse housing sumptuous apartments, ballroom, barracks and stables with the ancient keep behind.

This famous Schloss consists of two parts: the ancient keep, surrounded by a deep, dark, and very cold moat; and the new residential complex consisting of a faux medieval fortified gatehouse housing sumptuous apartments, ballroom with the best sprung dancefloor east of the Kit Kat Club, barracks and stables. The two bailies are joined by a State Of The Art modern drawbridge utilising the very latest in mechanical contrivances to ensure easy operation.

A Side Aspect: The ancient keep, moat and drawbridge.

The moat ensures complete privacy from paparazzi, door-to-door salesmen, insurance hawkers and interfering nanny-state government bureaucrats intent of ruining your plans to usurp the legal government of the land by placing an altogether more worthy candidate on the throne. The ancient keep contains ample storage facilities for French mistresses and detained Heads of State, whilst offering convenient means to promptly dispose of either should the need arise. Full operating instructions for the moat, drawbridge and accommodation are included in this useful handbook:

Rather like Schloss Altschwanstein, Schloss Zenda has been often imitated but never equalled. Examples of this highest form of flattery include Berg Kreuzenstein near Vienna and Castell Coch near Kaardiff:

Berg Kreuzenstein: a Viennese Confection
Castell Coch: You can take the boy out of Kaardiff, but you can’t take Kaardiff out of the boy.

Yes, Schloss Zenda remains a very desirable property in these uncertain times, offering seclusion, security, and ample parking. It remains to be seen if the Bacterians, or other parties, will make another bid on the premises.

The Rear Aspect: No joy here for paparazzi, door-to-door salesmen, or squadrons of Guard Hussars seeking access.

Yours, As Ever,
Hercule

Small Scale Arnhem

Continuing our mini-series of blog posts featuring other people’s use of our Small Scale Scenery range, this week we’re very pleased to be able to show Charles Rowntree’s superb Arnhem scenery.

D-Day!

OK, so we’re a few days late …

Ian Maun has shown us some pictures of his 2mm D-Day diorama, and kindly allowed us to put the pictures on our blog. The following are Ian’s words on its construction:

The beach is sandpaper and the cliffs are layered cardboard and modelling clay, dry-brushed, with Woodlands Scenics grass-mats and trees.

The view is from the north, so the beach to the left is the eastern beach, and the beach to the right is the western. The eastern beach is still under bombardment from HMS Warspite (the Eagle model), HMS Roberts (Navis) and a Landing Ship Tank (Rocket). Following Salerno, Warspite’s ‘X’ turret is still out of action. No troops have yet landed. Shells are exploding and there are shell craters on the beach and in the fields. The town hotel is burning. The town buildings are a mixture of Langton and Brigade models.

The central beach is the main focus of action with troops and armour landing. The troops are Irregular Miniatures 2mm, as are most of the armour and other vehicles. The LCAs are mainly by Shapeways, and the LCTs are Irregular Miniatures and some unknown makes. Their blue and white camouflage has had black added to it sharpen the contrast. The beach defences include posts, Y-shaped defences with a Teller mine and ‘Czech defences’, six-sided Xs made from steel girders, or, in this case, Plastruct rod! The beach is covered in barbed wire (made from coiled 5amp fusewire), behind which are machine gunners
The Pointe du Hoc is under attack from American Rangers from the east, with landing craft and a rocket- firing LCA. The troops have ropes going up the cliffs, and have secured the nearer part of the Pointe, despite the barbed wire defences. Although I’ve copied the layout of the guns on the cliffs, I’ve not taken away the guns themselves, unlike the Germans! The village is made from Brigade models, and the gliders are Irregular Miniatures. The battery in the middle is a mixture of makes. German tanks can be seen on the road. There are many German troops in the field. Field Grey paint camouflaged them too well, so that has been lightened.

On the western beach, armour is coming ashore and troops are making their way to the narrow ‘draw’ on the right.

At sea is the second wave of the invasion, with a large number of LCIs, as well as other landing craft and landing ships, laden with troops and armour. Troop transports are standing off.

Six-sided Scenery

More photos of other people’s stuff this week – this time a selection of 2mm scenery by our old friend David Frampton, organiser of the Stoke Rochford gaming weekends.

David uses his models for horse and musket-era games, basing them on hexes to suit the rules he uses. We think they look rather good…

Lifting and Shifting

We’re still very busy with orders currently – which is great, keep ’em coming! We’re turning them round as fast as possible, usually within 2-3 days, but then you’re in the hands of the various postal services. UK post is generally fine, some first class mail can take longer than usual (2-3 days) but the majority is still getting there next day. Overseas is a different matter. Mail to Europe seems to be about 7-14 days, so slightly longer than usual, but not excessively so. It’s a different matter further afield, however; to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which are our most common destinations, 4-5 weeks is the norm, and 8-9 weeks is not uncommon (a customer has just told us of one package that arrived yesterday having been posted on March 30th). Everything is arriving, just late – we haven’t yet had to claim for a missing package this year. Patience is the key…

Next we have some show news; not unexpectedly, our next two planned shows, Joy of Six and Hereward, have been cancelled for this year. Neither are being rescheduled, so the next editions of both will be in 2021.

Onto some new releases. Because of workload I’ve been adjusting our release schedule a bit – I have a big batch of 15mm models (the last of our Salute lineup) that I’d like to get out, but I don’t seem to be able to find any time to build up stock in advance of releasing them. So instead we have some more 2mm items in the Small Scale Scenery range, stock of which is rather easier to manage!

First up is the largest piece, a railway turntable with a six-bay engine shed. It all comes cast as a single resin piece with the exception of the rotating track in the centre, which is metal.

Sticking on the track, we have these tiny railway cranes which come four to a pack.

And finally, more cranes but this time of the dockyard variety. Again there are four in a pack, two each of two types. I’ve made a mini layout with one of our resin jetty pieces and some dock warehouses.

SSS-8148 – Dockside Cranes (x4) – £2.00
SSS-8149 – Railway Cranes (x4) – £1.50
SSS-8158 – Railway Turntable – £3.00

A New Age in Luxury Travel

Peter Hunt recently sent us some pictures of the Civilian Airfield set painted up, which we thought were great and well worth sharing. We’ll let him take over from here, the rest of the words are his…


Gentlemen,
Here in Danubia we pride ourselves at being at the cutting edge of technological developments and so the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits is pleased to announce the opening of the new Danubia International Airport (DIA).

Having successfully tested the concept at Shoreham-by-Sea, a rather fly-blown site on the south coast of England outside Brighton, DIA combines the latest in Art Deco design, the highest standards of aircraft control and maintenance, and a fully integrated transport interchange facility.

Shoreham-by-Sea: the hangers and Terminal Building
Shoreham-by-Sea: The landing field and railway access.

Whereas Shoreham was served by a branch line of The Southern Railway, DIA is situated on the Orient Express Main Line from Venice Simplon to Strambul. As you can see below the vastly improved DIA provides direct access between the Orient Express and the Lufthansa service to Wien, Dresden and Berlin; the Swissair service to Geneva and Bern, (Change there for Grand Fenwick;) the Imperial Airways services west to Blighty or south and east to Athens, Alexandria, Cairo and Points South, or Beirut, Baghdad, and Points East; or Lao Che Air Freight chartered service to anywhere you want, anytime you like, no questions asked, strictly cash only, in advance, reasonable rates for combat zones negotiable.

DIA: with the Orient Express just pulling in to transfer passengers to a slightly quicker, if less reliable, safe and comfortable trip from Danubia to all of Europe and beyond.
DIA: The Lufthansa JU 52 has just taken off, the Swissair Dragon Rapide (out of picture,) will be arriving soon, on the apron are an HP 51 and Avro 618 Ten of Imperial Airways, and Lai Che Air Freight’s Ford Trimotor.

If you need onward air connections from the Orient Express just see the concierge in the club car and he will be pleased to arrange bookings and additional insurance for you.

Yours, As Ever,
Hercule

Bulwarks and Bastions

The final set of Small Scale Scenery releases this week are a series of modular Vauban fortifications. We have bastions, walls, gateways, hornworks and ravelins to allow you to build a multitude of different layouts. There are three pre-packaged sets for fortresses with four, five or six bastions, or all the components can be bought separately if you want to design your own impregnable fortress. The bastions come in three types that connect to the walls at different angles, allowing the different numbers of sides and corners.

All of the Vauban sets are discounted by 7.5%, and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until May 1st.

SSS-8150a – Four-Pointed Vauban Fort – £7.50 £6.94
SSS-8150b – Five-Pointed Vauban Fort – £9.00 £8.32
SSS-8150c – Six-Pointed Vauban Fort – £10.50 £9.71
SSS-8151 – Curtain Walls (x4) – £2.00 £1.85
SSS-8151a – Gateway – £0.75 £0.69
SSS-8152a – 90º Bastions- £3.00 £2.78
SSS-8152b – 72º Bastions – £3.75 £3.47
SSS-8152c – 60º Bastions – £4.50 £4.16
SSS-8153 – Hornwork – £1.50 £1.39
SSS-8154 – Ravelins (x5)- £2.00 £1.85

High-Rise Living

Next up in this week of Small Scale Scenery releases is a set of three Tower Blocks. These are larger than our existing Apartment Block set, being up to 12 stories high (the tallest is 53mm or around 175 scale feet). They’re based on Postwar examples in Berlin, so we’ve listed them under German Buildings, but they would be suitable for just about anywhere in the world.

I’ve painted these in colourful cladding using Citadel Contrast paints over a white undercoat (the black is especially useful when painting the windows).

The Tower Blocks are discounted by 7.5% (53p), and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until May 1st.

SSS-8156 – Tower Blocks (x3) – £7.00

Crude Storage

First up this week is a set of 1/1000th Oil Storage tanks, a common sight at ports, airports and harbours around the world. There are four in the set, two each of two designs.

The white tanks have detailing on the top, but it’s a bit bleached out in the photo so not very visible.

The Oil Tanks are discounted by 7.5% (19p), and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until May 1st.

SSS-8155 – Oil Storage Tanks (x4) – £2.50 £2.31