Milk Carton Creation No. 1 – Cheap Landing Craft

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My previous post showed these clever recycling craft kits (stickers?) from Flying Tiger with ideas for reusing cartons.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/cheap-flying-tiger-canal-boat-landing-craft/

This is the day and this is the hour …

My first Milk Carton Creation is a simple Landing Craft for 54mm figures down to 40mm or even 32mm figures.

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I sketched out an idea of the shape of the Landing Craft on the side of the carton with a permanent marker Sharpie pen, before cutting with sharp scissors.

Folds and cuts are first secured by staples. Later on I used a hot glue gun to fix flaps and wooden coffee stirrers for rigidity and strength.

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The end cap section was removed and reinserted elsewhere as the machine gun cupola.
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Staples can be seen along with a cocktail stick radio mast.

Next time I make one of these, I will not lose the thin screw on ring that was attached or sealed to the cap. It might make the cupola tidier to insert and secure.

I used Revell Aquacolour Acrylic (Stone Grey) which binds to the shiny waxy carton both inside and out  well enough. I shall give this a further coat or two of Stone Grey paint. A final tough gloss varnish spray should protect some of the paintwork.

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I tested the landing craft in the water and it does still float, thanks mostly to not having an opening front door flap section.
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The back splash and bullet  guard is made of a plastic card  iTunes voucher.

The back splash and bullet guard is made of a cut up plastic card iTunes voucher, the flaps or hatches from thin wooden crafting Scrabble squares and cardboard – all secured with a hot glue gun.

I can add more detail such as fenders and life rings and lettering after a few more coats of paint.

Inspiration for the Landing Craft came  partly from the Flying Tiger catalogue page and partly from the back and review pages of Toy Soldier and Model Figure or TSMF Magazine this month.

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My Landing Craft (Carton)  –  A fraction of the price and tough enough to game with in the garden,  compared to the more delicate King and Country model version.  
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The machine gunner’s Cupola / gun shield was partly inspired by these Vietnam War APCs.

In keeping with my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog ethos of cheap and cheerful, recycling and reusing scrap and plastic tat, here are some suitably Pound Store Plastic figures to give me an idea how the Landing Craft works.

The plastic figures are mostly unpainted and Pound Store clone or pirate copies of Matchbox,  Airfix or BMC US marines.

First off, a Normandy D-Day type Landing with mostly pirate Pound Store copies of Matchbox German infantry and US infantry. Barbed wire, sand bags and beach obstacles from Elite Corps (space marines) playset.

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The Grey Defenders – Mostly Matchbox figure German Infantry or Africa Korps 54mm-ish copies atop the granite cliffs.

The same scenes in grainy black and white:

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Hit the beach, fellas!

Meanwhile somewhere in the Pacific …

Several tubs of what I later discovered were Pound Store copies of BMC Marines also had the odd Japanese lying figures, to bolster the defences of mostly Pound Store Matchbox and Airfix Japanese on this more tropical but strangely familiar shoreline.

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I bought about 5 drums or tubs of these BMC Marines copies at  the seaside for 50p a tub!

Those well-defended  tropical beaches in grainy black and white:

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I thought I would also try the Landing Craft out with some lead hollowcast  figures of US infantry from the family on Fathers Day:

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The cupola Navy machine gunner is a copy of a plastic Tim Mee infantry machine gunner.

Finally I tried the Landing craft out with smaller scale 32mm pound Store figures and similar size toy jeep.

Switching figure scales, the machine gunner in the lid appears too large for the smaller scales. This is not always so important with plastic toy soldiers. Just look at the weird scale mix in Pound Store Soldier bags.

In future however on my next Landing Craft (Carton) I shall try keeping the milk carton round lid and cutting down and sticking on the suitable size machine gunner figure, so that with a couple of spare carton lids, I can have an easy swap or switch of figures.

Hopefully I can add some suitably Pound Store type scrap details like fenders and life ring along with some Letraset style letters and numbers.

A few less cartons to landfill if you have no carton recycling nearby. All I need now is dozens more and I can invade (a pound Store version of) France …

Blogposted by Mark ‘Man of TIN’ and Carton, 21 July 2019

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Cheap Flying Tiger Canal Boat Landing Craft?

Flying Tiger, that strange mash up of quirky Scandi design and Pound Store (Ikea meets Poundland) had this clever little section of their Newsletter. I have no stores very near and sadly they do not yet have mail order but the ideas are good.

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This reminds me of the childhood Ladybird book ‘Toys and Games  To Make’, a great use of those everyday childhood items, things like old date boxes, matches, matchboxes  and fag packets.

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A terraced row of these carton houses or warehouses reminds me of H.G. Well’s Little Wars type games and Alan Gruber’s Tradgardland biscuit box houses of 2017:

http://tradgardland.blogspot.com/2017/07/breakfast-biscuits-little-wars-house.html

http://tradgardland.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/if-h-g-wells-had-known-breakfast.html 

Previously on Flying Tiger

My Previous Flying Tiger blog posts also have a very naval or maritime quality.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/my-pound-store-naval-convoy/

httpss://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/flying-tiger-palm-trees/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/man-of-tin-advent-day-15-hit-the-beach-tiger/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/poundstore-palm-trees/

Lots of gaming uses – terraced houses, warehouses on wharfs, landing craft and canal boats –  as a way of using up those difficult-to-recycle tetrapak type juice and milk cartons.

However it might be a challenge to paint their shiny texture. A thin layer of Papier-mâché maybe or masking tape?  Dolls House stone, brick and tile papers?

My first carton creation will be a flexible use Landing Craft.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/milk-carton-creation-no-1-cheap-landing-craft/

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on 18 July 2019

Design ideas from the Legendary Woodscrew Wargames Army

For anyone who tried and failed to make Paddy Griffiths / Andy Callan Hair Roller armies from the early issues of Miniature Wargames c. 1982/3, an article which surfaces again on blogs from time to time – its ‘Fess up time. I tried and failed the fiddly bits like guns, horses and limbers.  

As hairdressing was one of our family trades, the disappearance of large numbers of hair rollers would soon be noted. After cutting up one or two, I got bored with these tiny (2mm?) armies but still have these remnants “to help me remember” (in the words of Mr. Benn). 

I notice the Wargaming pastor has also been fiddling around with 2mm armies recently.  https://thedeathzap.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/weve-had-6mm-fantasy-how-about-2mm/

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The remains of my hair roller armies alongside a few 1/300 Heroics and Ros ancients.

 

My original article is here with brief mention of rollers:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/30/miniature-wargames-magazine-milestone-issues-1-and-400/

So as a result I was delighted to see this diagram again by Andy Callan from Miniature Wargames no. 9 on Tony Adams’ blog recently:

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Others were more successful than me in their hair roller Army building http://flownlegions.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_15.html

When hair roller armies are mentioned, there is often also talk of a near legendary painted metal screw army idea from the 1960s. The idea was first featured  in an early Miniature Warfare Magazine in 1969 – and I have been chatting by email to an inventive and handy man called Tony Adams who has quietly over the last 50 years been building up a vast wood screw army.

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Tony has been cataloging and photographing new additions to his forces, in the form of some clever scratch built vehicles such as GS wagons, artillery and 3D printed machine gun sections, using everyday materials like balsa wood, tooth picks and drawing pins. His blog is well worth a look through at https://thewoodscrewminiaturearmy.blogspot.com

Tony reprinted the  original 1969 article in Miniature Warfare by K.F. Jones that started it all:

https://thewoodscrewminiaturearmy.blogspot.com/search/label/Miniature%20Warfare%20Magazine

The full article can also be seen on Vintage Wargaming http://vintagewargaming.blogspot.com/2009/06/hyper-miniature-system-by-k-f-jones.html

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Tony Adams’ simple bowsers and logistics of balsa and drawing pins – clever!

The scratchbuilt limbers, GS wagons and other support materials are well worth looking at and have given me some ideas for the future for my Peter Laing 15mm figures. There is also some clever 3D printing: https://thewoodscrewminiaturearmy.blogspot.com/search/label/3D%20Printing

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A website well worth a browse.

All pictures / screenshots of his website posted with Tony Adams’ permission.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 19 July 2019