Why is this here..


A Lead Odyssey is about my hobby, collecting, painting and playing with toy soldiers. It will cover the various rulesets I use, the figures I am painting (very slowly), and some games. Thanks to Harry Pearson for the Achtung Schweinehund reference. The uniform jacket in the picture was adapted from a safari suit, the weapon is a wooden sub-machine gun made by me and my dad. Cool eh?

I play a range of scales, rules and periods.. scales are anything from 6mm, through 15mm to 28mm for little men, but I also use 1/1200 for Napoleonic Naval, and 1/3000 for Pre-Dreadnought period Naval.

My tastes are eclectic, but I have avoided most 'Fantasy' Games for a few years, as I couldn't get into the usual suspects for Fantasy Battles, and didn't have a decent group to play role-playing style games.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Just one more little tank...

So I started building the ESCI Panzer I kit. I understand from the On the Way website that the model itself has a number of issues. Care factor?  Not a lot. It's a very cute kit other than the ESCI rubber band tracks, and these have now aged to be stiff and very difficult to apply. The decals themselves have also had it, but I can source some from my Skytrex decal hoard. It was so tiny, I thought I would check it against the PSC Universal Carrier..   here's the glamour shot...


Tracks still to be wrestled on..  probably going to involve clothes pegs and lots of cyanocrylate. Quite possibly a fair bit of swearing too...

1 comment:

  1. I remember the Esci tracks from a bazillion years ago when the moulds and models were new and they were crap to put on then (these are the pre-super-glue days). First secret was to let the glue that attached the wheels dry and cure for about a week otherwise the elastic band tracks would bend them on their posts and in some cases, snap them off.

    Heating the tracks in hot water helped get them on but the final problem was still gluing a plastic that was not designed to be glued.

    Last step in building was to place on the ground outside, tracks detached (sort like in your picture above), and then burn the tank, pretending it had been hit by a 2-pdr round :-)

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