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Yeah, I dropped the prices I had for kits on eBay just a little and sales really took off. You still get the guy who offers 13 bucks for a kit that will cost 12 in fees and postage, but whaddayagonnadoo.

I just got through doing another 2 square feet of WW2 game minis for a friend, 1/56 scale.

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On 1/7/2021 at 10:17 PM, Braff Zacklin said:

I suspect it's a bit of a manufactured shortage, a la the semiconductor industry, but I'm a cynical ass, so the truth might be elsewhere.

I don't know - I would imagine that ramping up production of plastic scale models is not easy.  It's not insurmountable, but the issue is that most models are not in constant production - they may do batches of like 10,000 or so at a time.  They probably line up what their production runs are going to be for several months in advance, so if a model sells out, they may not have room in their schedule to re-issue it for quite a while.

I've seen more of it on the RC side of things - I farted around and found out, and didn't get a couple of re-released buggies for less than MSRP when they were released last year, and they are now running at $100 over (or more) MSRP.  Then again, RC is a helluva lot harder to ramp up and down.

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Had a hell of a lot of important things to do today, but they got SNAFUd by situations outside my control. I was in a frenzy sending messages to try to get it sorted out.

Then I said Fuggit.

Now I am happily puttering with a 1/56 scale M3A1 Halftrack kit, putting it together for me.

All that alleged real-world stuff will be just fine later.

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Several more days into it, 4 halftracks assembled. They are 1/56 scale models from Warlord Games for their "Bolt Action" rules set, which is a beer and pretzels Sgt. Rock Saves Pvt. Ryan sort of thing with 28mm toy soldiers.

I am attempting to build a fairly realistic version of a US Armored Infantry Platoon with whatever they really had at hand.

The kits are better than my modeling skills. I used Gorilla Glue because these are game pieces that will get handled. I plan to cover the fingerprints and mismatched seams with liberal applications of "mud" and maybe a strategic tarp or two.

 

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In addition to the Warlord Games figures, I have some Wargames Factory ones in the same scale. They are in less dramatic poses, many of them just standing around, so I am dragooning some of them to be vehicle crew. This fellow's right arm originally held a BAR, but I cut off the weapon and now he'll be holding a Lucky Strike.

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The .50 cals are fiddly and one of the barrels broke. To fix this one I cut two thin strips of card stock, then stuck one to what was left of the barrel, let the Gorilla Glue soak it. When that dried, I added more glue and lined the broken piece of barrel where it was supposed to be. Once that dried, I glued the second piece of card stock on the other side of the break so they'd act as a splint.

Probably next I'll take a small square of normal paper, soak it in white glue, and mold it over the gun like a tarp so just the end of the barrel peaks out, paint the "tarp" olive drab after it dries, and it will help hold the barrel together.

I guess I could chop the whole barrel off and replace it with wire, but I know I'll get stabbed by my own gun if I do.

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Getting reinforcements. A resin and metal Trenchworx White Scout Car got here in the mail, very little flash, nice detail. The only thing off is the shallowness of the crew compartment, I guess so the resin floor would be thick enough to hold up. I did have to carve off the Warlord Games driver's legs so he'd fit, but now he is a Scout Car centaur.

Another thing you can do in this scale is find toy vehicles for conversions. Here is a Disney/Pixar "Sarge" jeep that cost a fraction of a model kit. I converted one mostly with a paint job. The blue windshield doesn't really get the reflection effect I was going for, but it's less freaky than those eyes.

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3 hours ago, RDCanecutter said:

Been doing a little scratch-building using linoleum, balsa, copper wire, and scraps from the bitbox. Finished a .30 cal MG and a 60mm mortar to support my 1/56 scale toy soldiers.

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guy on the left looks to me like Gunny Hartman, demonstrating the proper technique for strokin' it in the Marine Corp.

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It's not a necro bump if it's been less than an entire year.

All that stuff upthread, ain't none o that been touched. Got busy doing other stuff and forgot it. In the meantime, an old friend asked me to do some more painting for him. 10 years ago when I was broke, he sent me enough work to pay off my wife's new car. So sure, I'll do a little more.

The kits arrive and, instead of simple resin or metal pieces like before, minimum assembly, these are 1/100 styrene plastic kits. Fun but slow.

Got 5 knocked out, gonna wait a couple of days for all the tiny finger-tip stabs to heal.

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One of my fb friends builds incredible large scale Star Trek models as a hobby. He recently purchased a C8 Corvette and made a model of it. The level of detail is beyond my comprehension! Every bit is made by him, nothing purchased. He built a vacuum form for the windshield and the rest of the “glass”. Just phenomenal work!

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