Monday, 22 August 2016
The Nachtzehrer was powered by Vril energy run through a turbofan jet. The pilot sat in a reclining posture in the front cockpit and flew the plane much like any other jet. Behind him sat a Hexeningenieur who kept the systems working through rune magic and an expression of Will.
Vril energy confers VTOL capability, much like in the Haunnebu. The Nachtzehrer is shown in the process of converting to level flight. It is equipped with normal landing gear so that the pilot can glide it down to a landing even if the Hexeningenieur is insensible - a not uncommon side effect of application of Will.
The model is scratchbuilt from various odd bits I had lying around and has a 12" wingspan.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
This is the base undercoat.
It's a bit dificult to see on static pictures, but the colour changes with the angle of the sunlight, like with modern car paint.
Probably will need another coat or two but getting there.
Sunday, 14 August 2016
And on the way home, the Red Arrows overflew the car on their way back from Eastbourne. Great finish to a great day out.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
The detailing is really crisp and there is little in the way of flash. I had very little cleaning up to do before assembly. Then it was simply a case of washing, spraying olive green, washing with MIG 'black oil' and drybrushing.
The Valentine was the most successful British Tank of World War II, which is all the more surprising when one considers that it was really intended to be just a stop gap. After Dunkirk new tanks were needed quickly and Vickers had a private design 'in hand' based on the mechanics of the A9 and A10 Cruiser tanks.
The Valentine fought with the British Army in North Africa and was incredibly reliable - some managed 3,000 miles. By 1944 it was considered obsolete by the British and was replaced by the Churchill.
Around 8,000 Valentines were manufactured in Britain and Canada. Around half went to the Soviet Union who requested the production lines be kept open long after it had been phased out from the British Army.
The Red Army valued its reliability, small size, quite transmission, low silhouette and decent anti-tank gun. They seem to have used it as a specialised tank stalker. At close range (and the Valentine could get in close) the 6 pdr could take out any German tank with a side shot.
Soviet tankers used the Valentine from the Battle of Moscow to the final victory in 1945.