BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Update 5

Kickstarter opening due in next few days – looking good so far

Find out more at https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-plastic-army-women-project-update-5

Pictures copyright BMC Toys

Landing Craft (Carton) Two – more How To photo

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Some magazine inspiration for my LCC Landing Craft Carton

Previously on Pound Store Plastic Warriors …

This is the first blog post on my carton craft

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

Now here is how I did this in easy to follow stages:

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Marking out the carton with Sharpie pen
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The carton cut to size
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Stapling begins to shape the craft.

Stapling gets tricky round the back end unless you have a very nimble slim stapler and cast iron fingers.

Details such as the machine gun cupola are added, secured by hot glue gun or staple.

The machine gunner figure is cut down to size to fit in at a low profile and so can be changed. A different sized / scaled  or nationality figure  can be added and removed easily.

A small square of Magnetic strip on base should secure the figure in place. Previous attempts to glue the figure  to the lid to make him interchangeable  (seen in early photos in background) left him too high up and exposed.

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Detailing of hatches and radio masts or flag poles

Details such as the hatches from scrapbook crafting thin wooden  ‘Scrabble’  squares and cocktail stick radio masts or flagpole pennant masts are added.

Hot glue gun and staples are used to secure the back flap section, sealed with a coffee stirrer strip secured with hot glue.

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Front view – gift card voucher cut to size and glued into place.

Next step is to glue into place coffee stirrers to strengthen and ‘box’ the sides as desired. Further coffee stirrer strips can be added to cover staples and add to the appearance of the front landing flap.

Add as required to create a suitable boxy feel of a tough little craft.

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Strengthening with coffee stirrers glued on.

Next step is to paint base colour grey with acrylics which seem to work well enough on the waxy plastic surfaces. Several coats of paint and varnish required.

Your landing Craft should still float in flat seas like a pond with not too choppy waters.

https://miniafv.blogspot.com/2019/07/airfix-172-british-higgins-lcvp-willys.html

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Additional details of fenders, lettering and ropework can be added as desired. I looked at this advert for King and Country figures and Landing Craft for ideas.

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The Real Thing and Seaside Military History

I have a soft spot for The Rangers shown in the King and Country advert for their Normandy ’44 range. These brave men trained on the cliffs around the lovely North Cornwall seaside town of Bude, where they were billeted on the local townspeople and are very fondly remembered. The Bude cliffs were a good enough  match for the cliffs in Normandy.

On D-Day the Rangers  scaled  the cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc to capture a battery of big guns at a great cost in dead and injured, only to find that some of the coastal guns were fake. The barrels seen in aerial photographs were large tree trunks or telegraph poles. Not all the Atlantic Wall defences were what they seemed! They had to track down and destroy the real ones nearby. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointe_du_Hoc

There is  a poignant small display about the Rangers and their equipment  in Bude’s The Castle Museum, an unusual early Victorian house on concrete and sand created by Goldsworthy Gurney. Memories of the Rangers in Bude – https://youtu.be/QMnhb5lNsWA

Goldsworthy Gurney a haphazard inventor pioneered the Steam Waggon or Steam Car, including a viewing by the the British army in the 1830s. If it had been commercially successful, the British Army could have headed off to Crimea with Steam Powered armoured vehicles and gun tractors almost half a century or at least decades earlier. Pure Steampunk! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldsworthy_Gurney#Gurney’s_steam_carriage

If you find yourself in holiday in the area …

Being a few miles from the English Civil War battlefield at Stratton  and other wartime sites such as Davidstow Airfield / Wartime Museum, there is much that Bude has to offer the history tourist including its pre-Victorian  “Canal” (1819).

https://www.thecastlebude.org.uk

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 28 July / 2 November 2019.

 

Frankenstein Girl Scout

Another broken figure, a street find, restored to gaming life – read and see more about a cheap pound store figure dismembered to make a Girl Scout at:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/resurrection-of-the-frankenstein-girl-scout/

Blog posted by Dr.Mark Franken-ManofTIN 23 October 2019, a week too early for Halloween.

BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Project Update #4

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

New sculpt photos released – Update No. 4 on the Christmas 2020 releases of Plastic Army Women by Jeff Imel at BMC toys can be read here:

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

Sign up for the newsletter to keep updated about the project and crowd type funding.

An African-American woman soldier is included as they have made up a significant part of the current female American military.

That’s #FEMBruary 2021 sorted!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN 22 October 2019

Pound Store Plastic Figure Conversions into 54mm Boy and Girl Scouts

Usually I post my Pound Store cheap plastic figure conversions onto this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog here first but have recently set up this Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog especially for this Scouting Games project.

When you need some cheap 54mm plastic Boy and Girl Scouts, what else can you do but convert the cheapest figures you can find? Read and see more at:

Paratroop Officer into Maud The Scoutmistress

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/turning-cheap-pound-store-army-figures-into-boy-scouts-and-girls-scouts/

Crude cheap modern and WW2 figures into 54mm Scout figures

Blog posted / crossposted by Mark Man of TIN (1970s Cub Scout, Bronze Arrow, Retired) 17 October 2019.

Celebrate World Mental Health Day

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Huzzah for the tiny plastic men (and women) who keep us all healthy! 

Celebrate the contribution of our wonderful hobby and hobby community to positive mental health on World Mental Health Day today –

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/celebrate-your-hobbys-contribution-to-world-mental-health-day-10-october-2019/

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Blog crossposted from Man of TIN blog, 10 October 2019 World Mental Health Day.

 

Instant Airfix Featherstone WW2 by the Death Zap! Wargaming Pastor

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Attractively improvised game and games table (I’m sure Little Wars / Floor Games author HG Wells would  approve) with Featherstone rules, scrambled together by the Death Zap!  blogger The Wargaming Pastor: 
https://thedeathzap.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/instant-ww2

These pictures recapture the spirit of the games of my youth.

Enjoy! Blog posted by Mark  Man of TIN, 28 September 2019