The End

25 June 2020

I’ve just got back from the post office and have sent off the last of the orders that I’ve had for kits in my former P G Models range.  I set myself a target of trying to send out all orders with in one month of receiving them, and I’m pleased to say that I have achieved that.  In just one week I received 40 orders for over 320 models, which is what would normally have been about four months work, all done within one month, although I am now completely knackered.

When you do metal casting you find that, especially with the first mould, some bits will cast up okay, and others do not.  So I cut off and kept all of the good parts, and used then for other castings where one of those parts has not come out.  You end up with quite an assortment of odd bits of metal.

The beauty of casting in metal is that any scrap, or odd bits, can be put back into the melting pot and melted down again for re-use.

You will get some surface oxidisation that forms a thin layer of dross that can be skimmed off, as I’m doing here in this photo.

I’ve been using an old ladle that holds around 300g of the metal.  It’s on the side of the meting pot, with the larger ladle inside the molten metal, running at around 290C.

The molten metal is poured into the smaller ladle.

And is then allowed to cool slightly,

I then moved it carefully onto a metal rule that acts as a heat sink, to cool down the metal.

Once set, the metal can be tapped out of the ladle.

By doing this, I am reducing a pile of bits into some compact lumps of metal that will be a lot easier to store so that I can cast up any other models as I want them.

I still have two orders for assembled models of the Mexeflote powered raft to make.  Once those are done I will finally have a chance to sit back and make some models just for me again, which is back to how this all started.

Clearing the Orders

13 June 2020

It is now three weeks since I told everyone that P G Models would be closing, and nearly two weeks since the website closed down.  During those nine days I had 40 orders for 322 models.  My aim has been to try to clear all of these orders within a month.  So far I have completed and posted 27 orders (which is 67% of the total) with 204 model kits (which is 63%), which means that I am more or less on target.

I have two orders for Mexeflotes, which I have always made to order, so these will be the last models that I shall make up as P G Models.  I am keeping my moulds and still have plenty of metal, so I can still cast up whatever models I want for myself.

And just to remind everyone, this is why I started P G Models, so that I could make the vehicles to go on this layout.

One of the main problems with having P G Models is that this layout has taken far too long to complete, because my time has been taken up in running P G Models.  With the business now coming to a close, I can now look at adding more military trains to this layout

One thing to remember is that this Haverfordwest layout is the first model railway layout that I have ever built.  There have been some problems with the electrics, especially in the last year or so, but I am pleased that it has lasted as long as it has, and has been exhibited at a number of model railway shows.

The Haverfordwest layout has given me many hours of enjoyment.  For my second layout I am going back in time to model the railway yard that was originally used to take vehicles to and from the Castlemartin ranges, namely Pembroke, set in the period of mid to late 1960s.

Once I can close down P G Models, I want to get this railway layout completed.  The station has been made from three Ratio kits and platforms.  The huge cement silo to the right was made using two Ratio OO gauge water towers, and the oil depot, partially hidden uses some Knightwing and Ratio parts, and there’s a Ratio Cattle Dock.  The signal box to the bottom right in the photo below is made up from a Ratio kit and a Severn Models etched brass kit to make something like the signal box that was at Pembroke.  The warehouse and timber yard buildings are scratchbuilt.

What I have been finding increasingly frustrating is that this Pembroke scene has been on the go for about six months, but I just have not had the time to do anymore on it than this.  It will be nice to be able to sit back and just do this, rather than always having to make sure that any orders are processed.  It will be a chance to get back to being a model maker just for myself

P G MODELS is CLOSING DOWN

22 May 2020

Please note that P G Models is closing down on Sunday 31st May 2020.

My Internet Service Provider in Bridgend closed down in November, but agreed to honour my contract until it expired, which is the end of this month.   Since then I have thought long and hard about whether to keep P G Models going, or to stop.  The people in my ISP have been very helpful to me, and one suggestion was to switch to GoDaddy.  They have an on-line “chat” page where you can type in questions and answers to one of their advisers.  The trouble is that the person I dealt with might just as well have been from the planet Zog for the amount that I understood what he was saying to me.  One “offer” that they had was to switch to this company WordPress, using WooCommerce.  A couple of years ago I set up the MAFVA (Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association) on-line MAFVA Shop.  This took me several months of what were sheer hell for me.  I was just stumbling along from one problem to the next.  I have managed to get the MAFVA Shop working, but only after a bucket load of hard work. that was just for a range of half a dozen or so models.  In P G Models there are around 64 models in the range, so that would have meant a huge amount of work, that I do not particularly want to do.

There are other factors that make this the right time for P G Models to stop.  I have almost run out of the blister packs that I use to pack the models, and the company where I get them from in Manchester are in lockdown.  I have been using up what I have in stock, and only cleaning up and packaging models for orders as they come in, to keep the blister packs going for as long as I can.  This means that at present I only have a limited number of models in stock, which all points in the one direction.  P G Models will close down when the contract with my ISP runs out at the end of the month on Sunday 31st May 2020.

Going back 20 years ago, in 2000 I met up with a friend Ron Weatherall at the Bristol BMSS Show, that was in Bath at the time (now in Nailsea).  At that show Ron told me about some photos he had of military vehicles loading and unloading at Haverfordwest.  From there the idea grew, initially for a static 1/76th scale (OO gauge) diorama of the vehicles being unloaded from Warwells and Warflats, using the Genesis kits wagons.  In 1/76th scale this would have been over 24 ft long, so I thought of going down to N gauge, which would mean a layout 12ft long, which is how my Haverfordwest layout began.  No one did any of the vehicles that I wanted for it.  My original idea was to make master patterns of a Warrior, Spartan and Scorpion and to get one of my friends to cast them for me in resin, as solid models.  As that idea developed, going forward three years, in 2003 I was made redundant at work, much against what I wanted to do.  My previous boss, twice removed suggested how about making a business out of my models.  I have made loads of master patterns in both 1/35th scale and 1/76th scale (OO gauge) for various people over the years, so I was attracted to the idea of doing something completely different with models in 1/152nd scale, which was exactly half the scale of the 1/76th scale plans that I have for most of the models that I’ve made, which isn’t far off British N gauge of 1/148th scale.  So the idea grew.  Over the years, sometimes I spent so much time with P G Models that I only had a few weeks in the year to do any work on my Haverfordwest layout, which is why it took until 2011 before I took it to the Lord & Butler Model Show in Cardiff.  Some people have said that I built my Haverfordwest layout to demonstrate my little P G Models, but that is completely wrong.  I made the models for myself, for my layout, and not the layout to show off my models.
From the start with just six models in the range, it has grown to it current size of around 64 models.  In those 16 years, I have sold over 11,000 models, which is considerably more than I ever expected.  I feel that I have achieved as much as I could ever have imagined with these little models, and am pleased to have done them, but now it’s time for me to go back to have a look at my stash of unmade kits
Two days ago I had delivery of a 1/35th scale resin model of a Tucker Sno-Cat, which were used in a Trans-Antarctica Expedition in 1958-59.  I still have vivid memories of this in a book that I read back in 1962, so I just had to have the model of it.  Having got it, it refreshed my interest in 1/35th scale models.  I have got 1/35th scale model kits of both the Oshkosh and Antar Tank Transporters, each costing about £300.  It would be a shame to leave them as unmade kits, so now is the perfect time to dust them down and have another look at them.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me in this little venture over the years.  It’s been a fun time.

Up running again

29 April 2020

I’ve had a re-think and have just done another trip to my local post office.  It’s probably safe enough to go there now and again, but I shall limit my visits to about once a fortnight.

The P G Models website is open again, with two new models.  First off is the Humber 1 ton Truck,

This little model has been an absolute swine to make, mainly due to the compound curves around the bonnet and front wheel arches.  It’s been one of those models where I’ve worked on it for a few weeks, got completely stuck trying to do one part and so put it down for several weeks until I think I’ve worked out how to make it, and so on, until eventually I’ve managed to complete it.

Here you can see the Humber 1 ton Truck with painted versions in green, sand colour, and in bare pewter.  In front of them is the master pattern of the “Light Wireless” (small radio truck) Humber.  This has also now been cast and added to the range.

Both of these vehicles are included in the excellent book “The Humber 1600 Series” by Jochen Vollert and is highly recommended.  Jochen now runs Tankograd Publishing which is a German company with a large range of A4 paperback booklets covering a variety of topics, mainly WWII and Post War German vehicles and equipment as well as US vehicles, and a large range of British vehicles.  Most pages have just two large pictures per page, which makes them an ideal reference source for any model makers.  The next model that I want to make is the Bedford TM, and I have the Tankograd book about the TM in front of me now.   My main source for these Tankograd books is Bookworld Wholesale in Stourport-on-Severn who have a good quality mail order service, and frequently attend a number of military modelling shows (with a 10% discount to MAFVA members).

In between work on the two Humbers, I have also been working on another N gauge model railway layout.  At the very start when I finished work in 2003, I wanted to build a layout of Haverfordwest railway station to show the military traffic to and from the Castlemartin ranges.  No one else made models of the vehicles that I wanted, and so I made them myself, which eventually lead into me starting P G Models.  Haverfordwest was only used for military traffic after the Goods Yard at Pembroke closed down in the mid 1970s.  Prior to that, Pembroke station and its goods yard behind the station was used from WWI right through to the mid 1970s.  I lived in Pembroke in the late 1960s/early 70s, although never even thought about photographing the station.  This for me is the logical next move after making my Haverfordwest layout.  Having made a number of models for the 1990s and 2000s, it now might be interesting to do some more for the 1960s.  I already have three Ferrets and two Saracens.  I’ll need to think of some other suitable vehicles as wagon loads.

Here’s the station nearly finished.  It is made from two Ratio station kits and platforms, with a Ratio signal, a cast resin Nissen Hut (to the left) and a ‘guessed at’ scratchbuilt parcels office between them.

Progress on the Humber 1 ton Truck

16 October 2019

This little model is one of those where I keep picking it up and putting it down, over and again.  The main reason for this is that it is just so complicated with multiple compound curves where they curve in two directions at the same time.  This isn’t so bad in a larger scale model, but in something this size, even a 10 thou error stands out like a sore thumb.  Well, it does to me.

A lot of the time it’s been a case of cutting and filing to get a piece to the right shape, then adding bits of 10 thou plastic strip if I’ve filed away too much and doing it all over again, until eventually it is somewhere near the right shape.

There are still some small bits of detail to add to the cab, and then there’s the chassis, which is the same as the Humber Pig that I’ve already done in resin for The N Gauge Society, and I can use the wheels from the Pig as well.  That just leaves the canvas tilt over the body, which I’ll make as a separate part.

Theses vehicles were widely used by the British Army in the 1950s and 60s, but were overly complicated and expensive, and were replaced in service by the various marks of Land Rover.  They were used in the Suez crisis, and I have photos of them on the landing craft used in the operation.  I also have a photo of one next to a Sycamore helicopter, which is included in the Revell kit of a US WWII, and German Navy post war landing craft.  One reason for doing the canvas tilt as a separate part is that I can recall in the late 1960s and 70s seeing a number of ex-Army Humber Trucks used by garages as recovery vehicles, with just a simple A-frame on the back.

Talking of the N Gauge Society (NGS) resin models.  I agreed to make four models for the NGS, and here is a photo of one of the test castings of the Bv206, which is the last of the four.  This has now gone in to production and work is underway for a photo-etched sheet to go with it, and pewter track units from me..

Earlier this week I had another delivery of 25 kg of pewter from my metal supplier.  I was expecting a price increase as the prices are set by the metal exchange that I believe work in dollars.  However, I was very surprised to find that the price has actually gone down.  It would appear that the Chinese are now using less tin and copper than they were a few years ago, which has brought the price down.  This is matched by a price increase in the cost of the RTV-101 silicone rubber that I use to make the moulds.  Hopefully, the two will balance each other, and so I’ll be able to hold my prices as they are for another year through 2020.

Website Sorted

3 September 2019

There’s been a “double whammy” with the P G Models website.  The first problem was that my internet provider, BT Internet will now only allow me access to “btinternet.com” e-mail addresses.  As a result, I have not been able to access any messages sent to me using the pg-models e-mail address in the “Contact Us” section of the website, although I didn’t realise this until just the other day.  Please accept my apologies if you have been trying to contact me.  I wasn’t ignoring you, I just didn’t know that you were trying to contact me.

The second problem was that you could select the items you want to buy on the website, and fill in your details in the Checkout, but when it came to trying to pay, the link to Pay Pal was no longer there.  I eventually found out about this just two days ago when a friend of a friend contacted me through my btinternet e-mail address to tell me about the problem.

I am please to say that yesterday I contacted Team 8 Digital who administer the P G Models website for me, and they have sorted out both problems.  The link with PayPal is now up and running again, and any messages to me now get re-routed to my btinternet e-mail address, and come trough to me once more.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on some new models.  This is the Warrior Mechanised Combat Repair Vehicle, used by the British Army from 1988 up to the present.

Warrior Repair has a crane and stabiliser leg on the nearside, which take the vehicle outside of the loading gauge for the British railway system.  As a result, they are carried by road for any movements with in the UK.  However, they are carried by rail in Germany and Poland, and also in Canada, going to and from the BATUS ranges in Alberta, Canada.  The photo shows one of my models as a load on an Oxford Die-cast low loader.  They do this one, and another in Stobart Rail colours, which didn’t seem appropriate.

Just two days ago I finished the High Mobility Trailer to go behind the Warrior.  This can be used for general cargo, and also to carry either one Challenger 2 power pack or two warrior power packs, and no, I’ve got no intention of making either.  The power packs are usually carried with a tarpaulin sheet over them, which would be the easiest way of showing one loaded.

I am now working on the instructions for both models and building up a stock of them.  Both models will be released at The International N Gauge Show (TINGS) in Leamington Spa the weekend after this one, 14th & 15th September.  I’ll put them both on the website when I get back from the show.

Time for an Update

29 October 2018

The new FV432 update set

I’ve just put another accessory set on my website.  It’s a stowage basket and stowage bin that were fitted to FV432s from 2000 onwards.

The new bins in place

My N gauge Haverfordwest layout is based on the period 2000 to 2004 (I went there to photograph the site in 2000, and again in 2004 where I saw a military train) and so I needed to have these additions on all of the FV432s on my layout.  This photo shows one of the vehicles that I’ve temporarily taken off the layout to photograph it.  This is only a subtle change, but one that I wanted to do.

 

NGS Warwell kits now available

One interesting piece of news is that The N Gauge Society now have the modern Warwell kit in stock.  Two weeks ago I attended the Cardiff Model Railway Exhibition with my club where I saw a very nicely made N gauge layout from a group of Bristol modellers.  It was one of them who told me that the Warwell is available again.  I’ve just had a look on their website, and it’s still available.  However, what they call the WWII Warwell and Warflat kits (that were actually used up to the mid 1970s) with diamond frame bogies are still not yet available.

 

IPMS Scale Modelworld

The other piece of news is that I shall definitely NOT be attending the IPMS Scale Modelworld show in Telford any longer.  Sales were low in the 2016 show, but I just about covered my costs.  Last year the organisers insisted on all traders having public liability insurance.  I covered the other costs of the 2017 show, but not the cost of the insurance, that I had purchased specifically for this show (no one else insists on you having it as a trader, other than the show at The Tank Museum, that I have never done as a trader).  What is clear is one important fact of life.  It’s all well and good being invited to attend shows, but if very few people buy your products there’s little point in being there.  When you attend a show as a trader you get very little chance to look around the show, as even with friends to help you, you don’t want to leave them for too long on the stand.  If I ever do decide to visit Scale Modelworld again, it will be as a visitor, rather than as a trader.  At least that way I might get a chance to have a look around the place.  I made a diorama of a Tornado in a Gulf War setting, and went out of my way to finish off and have in stock the Thornycroft Nubian Major Mk.9 Fire Truck to try to attract some interest from aircraft modellers, but clearly they just weren’t interested.

So, if you want any of my models you’ll have to get them either on-line, or from one of the few remaining model shows that I am doing as a trader.  One show I shall definitely be continuing with is The International N Gauge Show (TINGS) in Leamington Spa in September, but in a different location.  For several years I have been in one of their “shell scheme” stands.  But the trouble with them is that you are cut off from your neighbouring stands, and I know that some people this year had difficulty finding me.  For 2019 I shall be in the same hall as before, but on an open stand, next to Andy Vaughan of Severn Models.

More for The N Gauge Society

18 June 2018

I’m spending a lot of my time at the moment doing work for The N Gauge Society (NGS), both casting up some parts in pewter for their wagon kits, and also making master patterns and packaging a new range of mainly resin kits which are designed to be lighter, and so more suitable as loads for N gauge railways.

The resin Humber Pig

Here’s one of the first test castings of the Humber Pig, which is the next model in this small range of vehicles for The N Gauge Society, to go with the Saxon and upgraded Scimitar.  These two models are proving to be very popular, and there have already been several production runs of them.  The NGS Shop seem to be selling them as fast as they are being made.

The front grille is a separate part as it’s the only way that I could see to make it.  One advantage of this is that people can fit some of the alternative grilles that were fitted to these vehicles if they want to.  The Humber Pig has been made as an up-armoured vehicle as used in Northern Ireland, but could also be converted into one of the vehicles used by the Royal Hong Kong Police.  I’ve got photos of these at Ludgershall depot after they had been returned to the UK, so they would probably have got there by train.

The rear protection bar has been moulded on to the hull, so the list of parts is just the main body, the front grille, and four wheels.  I shall now have to wait for these models to be produced by the company doing the resin casting before I can send them off to the NGS Shop.  If all goes to plan, they should get them in five to six weeks.

Meanwhile, I am finishing off the fourth model that I agreed to make for the NGS, namely the Bv 206 over-snow vehicle.  I know that this is essentially just two boxes on tracks, but they are particularly complicated boxes with fiddly doors and windows to make.  I was asked to make it with clear windows, and so I have also needed to make a basic interior for it as well.

Here are the main hull parts, showing a separate interior for the front unit.  One big problem that I’ve had has been getting the sloping angles right for the body sides, and then making sure that the two body units are the same size.   I made the front unit, which looked okay, and then made the rear unit, only to find that it was the same width at the top as the front unit, but considerably wider at the base.  I re-checked everything, and found that the front unit was wrong.  I had the wrong angles to the body-sides, which resulted in the front body being narrower than the rear one.  I’ve got it all sorted now, but it was very fiddly to put right.

This coming weekend I’ve got the MAFVA (Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association) National Competitions in The Burgess Hall in St. Ives in Cambridgeshire on the Sunday.  This for me is always by far the best military modelling show in the UK and one that I can highly recommend to anyone interested in models of military vehicles of all shapes and sizes

Recent Activity

4 April 2018

On Easter Sunday and Monday I was with Peter Denyer, Dave Burton and Sean Hooper and his wife with my club, South Wales MAFVA at a Carmarthen Modellers show to celebrate 100 years of the RAF at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, at Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, which is just off the A48 just west of Cross Hands on the Road to Carmarthen.  This is somewhere that I have passed on my way to Pembroke many times, and for many times I’ve promised myself that I must visit the place.  It is the grounds of a large country estate, with some of the original buildings, and with a large unsupported dome glasshouse that was designed by Norman Foster.

The diorama as built for the IPMS Scale Modelworld in Telford

The diorama as built for the IPMS Scale Modelworld in Telford

I dug out all of the models that I had with RAF aircraft of vehicles, including this one of an RAF Tornado during the first Gulf War (Operation Granby).  I made it for the IPMS Scale Modelworld show in Telford to have something on my stand that would be of interest to aircraft modellers.  Two stands up from me was Jon Page with his Sphere Products range of laser cut MDF accessories.  He had served in the RAF at a Tornado unit, and told me that during refuelling, the wings would be angled outwards as otherwise, as the fuel went into the wings, the whole aircraft would tilt backwards, with the front wheels in the air!

RAF Fire Station

RAF Fire Station

I also made up a new RAF Fire Station, based loosely on the one I had seem at RAF St. Athan, and with the right combination of vehicles for when I visited the place, so that I could show off my new Thornycroft Nubian Major Mk.9 Fire Truck (and this also went with me to the show last weekend)  I was very concerned in that despite having a new model for the show, and two new dioramas to illustrate my models, sales at the show were disappointingly low.  To add to all of this, the show are now insisting that all traders, irrespective of their size, must have Public Liability Insurance.  I covered the cost of the stand, and of the hotel bill to stay there, but didn’t cover the cost of the insurance, and it’s only this show that is insisting on this.  As a result, I am very much continuing with P G Models, with sales this year up on those of last year, but I shall definitely NOT be attending the IPMS Scale Modelworld any longer as a trader.

The scene with the wings brought forward, and various bits broken off

The scene with the wings brought forward, and various bits broken off

Going back to the Tornado scene, throughout my years as a model maker I have always been very grateful for any comments from people who know about the subject of the model.  You always get the smart ar*es who tell you that it never appeared in that colour scheme, or you’ve got something on the wrong way around.  But for those who do know what they’re talking about I’ll make a mental note, or a written one about what needs to be corrected.  Many years ago I made a 1/76th scale Battlegroup Diorama, that I’ve shown previously on this blog site. One time I displayed it at at a Waterloo Day display held by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards when they were based in Tidworth.  During the course of the day I had loads and loads of comments from both officers and senior NCOs about various things that I didn’t have quite right.  I then spent about two months working through my list of “Things to Do” and corrected all of them.  A few years later I displayed the same thing at a very strange model show in The Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground in Builth Wells.  I’ve been at many shows where I’ve heard loads of bull sh*t, but this was the first one where I quite literally had it on the railings around me in the cattle shed where I had my Battlegroup diorama.  During the course of the show I met a number of Gurkhas, who were based at Dering Lines (School of Infantry) which is nearby, and also by someone who was an officer from there.  He was convinced that I must have been in the Army, and was most disappointed to hear that I was just a Weights & Measures Inspector.  The thing about this though is that by listening, and acting upon the various comments that I had heard, I managed to make my work that little bit more authentic.

For this Tornado, quite a few bits broke off in order to open out the wings, but I managed to do it without completely wrecking the thing.

The Tornado corrected - I think!

The Tornado corrected – I think!

And here it is, as displayed last weekend.  The only thing I’m not sure about now is whether the under-wing fuel pods and weapon pods should also now be tilted to face forward, but the wings are now in the correct position.  There is one other thing that I need to do on this.  The scene still has one figure pulling out the fuel hose, but Jon told me that this was usually done by two men as it was so heavy.  So I need to find one more little man to correct this.

The Tornado corrected - I think!

More landing craft models.

For the last few months I have also been working on more models for the senior NCOs in Marchwood.  I started with this order for three RCL landing craft, then had an order for another one, and for two MEXEFlote models as well.  When I first made this model of a Ramped Craft Logistic I expected to sell a handful of models, but not many more.  What I find quite amazing is that I have now sold 75 RCLs and 48 MEXEFlotes, and it looks as though I’ll soon get another order for more of them.  I have now nearly run out of the etched handrails that I had made up for me, and will now need to find someone else to do the etchings for me.

The Humber Pig

The Humber Pig

I’ve been doing some castings for the N Gauge Society, to make the ballast plough for the ‘Shark’ converted guards’ van, and have also been working on the new models to be cast in resin for the N Gauge Society. I went to the casters in Birmingham the other week and have given them the master patterns of the upgraded Scimitar and the Saxon again, for more castings of them, and also handed over the master pattern of the Humber Pig.  The potentially tricky bit will be casting the front bull-bar.  The casters have suggested one very novel solution that they are going to try, but if that fails I might have to beef this up a bit and cast it myself in pewter.  I’ll have to see how it goes.

Another view of the Pig

Another view of the Pig

Here’s another view of the completed Humber Pig.  I also discussed, and showed, what I have done with the Bv206 over-snow vehicle. There are a number of tricky things about this little model as well, but hopefully I’ve been given some very helpful advice as to how to get over those issues, to make what will be the last of the initial four vehicles that I promised to make for the N Gauge Society.

Meanwhile, I’ve got the Miniature AFV Association (MAFVA)’s Annual General Meeting next Sunday that I’ll be chairing again as the MAFVA Chairman.  And as the old saying goes, there’s nowt like a quiet life!  But I’d far rather be doing this than watching the TV or reading a newspaper all day, and ending up with dementia.

 

 

Something new for Telford

8 November 2017
The model in bare pewter

The model in bare pewter

I’m getting ready to go off to the IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Society) Scale Modelworld this weekend in The International Centre in Telford.  So just a quick post to show what will be new at this show,

From the other side

From the other side

I haven’t got the time to put this model on my P G Models website just yet as my priority is to build up some stock for the show.  I hope to put it on the site next week when I get back.

The older IRR green colour scheme with yellow stripes

The older IRR green colour scheme with yellow stripes

I did not start casting this model until the end of last week, so this and the red painted one have been done very much in a rush, so don’t look too closely at my painting.

Another view of the green one

Another view of the green one

I first started making this model about 25 years ago, to go with the Scammell Mk.10 and the Range Rover TACR2.  It’s been stuck in a cupboard for years and then just three weeks ago, I decided to see if I could finish it off so that I could have something new on my stand at Telford.

The three vehicles at an RAF Fire Station

The three vehicles at an RAF Fire Station

Here are all three fire vehicles together on a base with a fire station made up from two Kestrel Designs fire station kits.  What I have done is based loosely upon the fire station at RAF St. Athan when I visited the base in the early 1990s with Pencoed Air Cadets.