Saturday, 8 December 2012

Communication Hub

A communication build over on the Guild gave me a bit of an excuse to return to Helmand, anyone gaming Afghanistan should try and get a copy of "Sketches from Afghganistan" by Matthew Cook the very talented war artist. There's a plate in the book of a shipping container being used as a communication point and this is what I'm wanting to model. The following link shows the image on Matthews site
I got a signed copy of his book for £10 at the National Army Museum and its a must buy !

For the shipping container I'm using one of the Bachmann model railway ones. These are prepainted containers and very well done. The only problem is they look brand spanking new and not like they're sitting in a patrol base in Helmand so they'll need a little distressing and weathering. I'm planning to site the container on a base with the doors open with the communication stuff on view.
This is the container as it comes, nice detail and well decorated.
 First off is to remove the doors, now the containers come in packs of 2, I'll need both as the parts will be damaged when they're removed.
The inside of the container isn't bad but the inside of the doors need some ribbing added with plastruct.
The doors added and the container tidied up.
The unpainted parts were then touched up and then onto the first stage of weathering, getting some chips on using the very popular VMC 822 SS Cam Blk Brown!
Thats where we are at the moment, further updates very soon! Dougie

1 comment:

  1. Great idea and very well done. I will need to find something in 28mm though. Thanks for sharing.