Visit to Duxford spring air show


Recently went to Duxford spring air show with my dad. It was a great day out that I would recommend to anyone. Highlights include seeing a B17 flying with P51 and P47, seeing a sabre flying and a B29 in the museum. Here are some pics.

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And a quick update on my Victorian 1:2400….. project its steaming on nicely 🙂


I’ve got lots of projects tempting me at the mo, some all ready started some in the pipe line. And the trip to Duxford hasten helped… I’m thinking 50s cold war or possibly the air side of the very British civil war, I’ve got a soft spot for 1930 RAF aircraft.


Yet more 1:2400 goodness

Sorry for the absence of posts I’ve been settling in to a new job and off on a few climbing trips so not much time for blogging… but lots of time in the mornings for painting still. Here is a 100 gun late 17th century English ship of the line, 1:2400 by tumbling dice. These are coming together well I’ve got two more ships from this period nearly completed. Which is good as I’m being tempted back in to painting moderns 🙂 and my Romano Brits are also looking at me funny.1


I’ve also been busy on my 1:2400 ironclads, finishing off HMS Monarch. HMS Monarch was Reed’s successful fully-rigged turret ship. The arguments surrounding her design led to the catastrophically unsuccessful Captain pushed for by Coles.3


A bit of scale

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A few people have asked about how big the 1:2400 Anglo Dutch ships are. Here is a rather dodgy photo to illustrate their size, they are a 70 and 100 gun ship.

Another new naval project





Yup I know I all ready have Anglo Dutch wars ships but their all 1:1200 and 1:2400 where it’s at 🙂 plus I’ve turned two of these smaller guys around so far this week, it takes me double the time to get one 1:1200 off the painting table and I’m particularly inspired by the paintings of the massed battles of the period so I’m going for volume of ships, and that’s where 1:2400 wins it for me.


So here is the first ship off the paint table a 70 gun English ship of the red squadron. My force is going to center on the second Anglo Dutch war and I might aim for the order of battle from Lowestoft or at least use that as a guide to the mix of ships the later probably being much more logical and sensible.

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As for rules I have tiller and whipstaff from Mr Langton and grate ships by Mr Manley, but I’m quite interested in the concepts in the general at sea set. The idea of using bases of ships as you would in say a land based rules set seems to me a good way of representing the scale of these battles. If anyone has any thoughts on these rules sets that would be interesting to hear.


HMS Minotaur


The beast of the channel fleet, this broadside ironclad was the largest single screw warships built. Unsurprisingly she was considered a bit of a pain to manage under sail.

This model is 1:2400 from good old tumbling dice, as you can see she has bags of character. This project is a bit of a back burner one for me but I’m looking forward to get some French or possibly more realistically Russian (except there aren’t any by TD at the moment) to square off against.      M2 M3

Napoleonic and revolutionary wars update


Bit of an update gallery for my Napoleonic and revolutionary wars royal navy fleet. I’ve mostly been painting 74’S so rather than just post lots of the same ship I thought id show the whole fleet as it currently stands. As well as 74’s I’ve also been painting some gun boats (yes you can get them in 1:2400), ships boats, floating batteries, a Martello tower and a light house. The ships and boats are all Tumbling dice the light house and Martello tower are from figure head.


These small boats and defences are all going to be featuring in my blockade campaign.      BL1

Interesting find at salute



I saw this on the westwind stand at salute and was intrigued. Apparently they are going to be bringing out a range of scenery modelled on the battle of Copenhagen. It’s supposed to be available this summer and I for one can’t wait, it looks like it will be perfect for use with my 1:2400 scale ships.