Monday 31 December 2018

Post Christmas - Box Sets

Continuing my gathering of those unexpected goodies that can help the model maker that come at this time of year...

I'm gathering up some of the mince pie trays, sweet and biscuit trays that come from the selection boxes to use as moulds for plaster work.

Not sure exactly what I'm going to get from them yet, but I'll be experimenting in the new year.

This one has potential. Certainly the shield shaped tray.

I tried this a few years back when I modelled some stone pillars from an old chocolate selection tray.

Christmas 2011


Friday 28 December 2018

Post Christmas - Crackers

Hope you've all suitably over indulged over Christmas and as a result have plenty of exciting modelling materials now at your disposal.

Even if I don't get much time in the year ahead to make good on some of these ideas, I thought I'd share a few and hope they inspire you.

The humble Christmas cracker offers quite a lot of potential. 

The plastic from the boxes make good windows for models, whilst the crackers themselves offer so many possibilities. The gifts - sometimes tacky - can be useful to modellers.

A shoe pedant might become the hanging sign outside a cobblers, whilst a giant gem could be the focal point of wizard's lair.

The cracker card has potential for being good backgrounds, this one a particular favourite has certainly potential for a Doctor Who diorama at some point

My crackers this year had bit of ribbon around them, these I save to decorate the garlands and Christmas wreaths for next year.

Still wondering what to do with the paper hats, any thoughts?

And finally, not forgetting those unforgettable jokes...

Monday 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

It's been a strange year, and for various reasons I have been unable to work on any models this year, and the writing projects have also suffered. 

At the moment all my model materials and finished work are in storage, so I do not expect a great deal of model work being done next year. I do hope that I will be able to relaunch the blog early in the new year and at least post some model ideas and updates for the new series of books I have planned.

In meantime remember this time of year gives rise to some interesting materials for model building.

Let's see what we can make out of this lot?

Best regards