Sunday, 11 February 2018


This is an unknown scale C'THULHU monster from Reaper Miniatures in their Bones Series. (Kit #77194). I bought it at the IPMS Ottawa swap meet on Wednesday 07 Feb and painted it over the weekend. It is abut 20 cm high, and 24 cm long. It was lots of fun and very different from anything I have ever built before.



Wednesday, 17 January 2018


This is the Monogram 1:87 scale (HO railroad scale) plastic model (Kit #1105) from 1982, which is an original release of a snap-together kit.
The wheel arrangement was invented in France were it was known as the Baltic locomotive, but renamed in North America as the Hudson type. It is a 2-3-2 axel arrangement.
This particular model is of the J-3 locomotive which premiered in September 1937, and is displayed as it appeared near the end of WWII.
Canadian Pacific Railroad was the second-largest user of Hudson types in North America. Sixty-five of the engines were built by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) between 1929 and 1940.
The basic black coat is Alclad black primer. The weathering is from Vallejo powders. White and silver details are from paint pens. The interior is sprayed primer grey. The interior has been painted with brass tube and handles and dials.
I bought the kit at a model expo in a mall in Aylmer Quebec on Saturday for $10. I built it on Sunday, and had the detailing finished on Monday. On Tuesday I finished the painting and weathering of the track base. Hello Wednesday. It was a fun weekend project.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Pam Wheat - gold medal winner at world kettlebell championships

My wife, Pamela Wheat, won a gold medal at the IUKL Kettlebell Lifting World Championship at the Seoul Olympic Park stadium on 18 November 2017. She is my model!


This is a 1:43 scale metal model from C.D.C. Detail Cars of the Jaguar XJR-S sports car.

As it is a die cast pre-painted metal body it will not compete in contests. It will be a gift to a car lover.

The photo-etch set comes with seat belt buckles and windshield wipers and the tiniest markings for the word Jaguar on the boot. The decal sheet comes with all instrument panels and plates. There are fuzzy floor mats, and metal sun visors.

It was a two weekend project because I could not bring myself to do all the photo-etch parts in one day.

Note the metal Jaguar emblem on the bonnet

Note the metal Jaguar name on the boot

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Over 1100 of the D51 class steam locomotive (1-4-1) were built by various Japanese factories from 1936 until 1945. It was the most mass-produced locomotive in Japan. 170 remain, and three are known to be operational.

The model is a very odd "Scale Shorty Train Model" from Bandai in 2008 meant only for the Japanese home market. Although I bought it over the counter, I saw these for sale in vending machines. The kit is amazingly well engineered. The shorty series of trains are meant to be run on 1:150 N-scale track, but each car is exactly 60 mm long regardless of the length of the original train car. The only minor exceptions are locomotives, it seems. The D51 with tender is 90 mm long.

The plans show options for various versions of the D51, but only 1019 is in the box. There are a very large selection of decals for the kit, including a complete interior of the car showing the firebox and controls. The running gear and drive arms are pre-painted in silver.I weathered away the bright silver with engine grime paint.

The whole thing goes together as a snap kit, but I glued it all for extra strength. It took less than an hour, even though I stopped a lot to photograph the build. Weathering is from Vallejo powders.