Friday, 31 May 2013

Cars for Atomic Cafe (#02)

Part two:

'58 Plymouth Fury, M2 Machines Auto-Dreams, Release 12 (1:64)
Initially thought the car might be a tad to small, but after having looked up the height this actually should be ok.

'40 Ford Sedan, Hot Wheels Tribute Customs, 1982

'56 Ford, Hot Wheels Work Crewsers- 'Flash the PhotoMan', 1999

'56 Ford F- 100, High Speed No. HF443

'33 Ford Roadster, Hot Wheels Hall of Fame- 'The El Segundo Kid', 1996

'34 Ford Coupe, Maisto - '1934 Ford Hot Rod'

'49 Mercury, M2 Machines Auto-Stretch Rods, release 1 (1:64)
If it wasn't for the fact that the best part of the interior is filled with exhaust pipes, this almost is big enough to be classified as mobile home.

Ford Fairlane, Hot Wheels - 8 crate, 2002

To emphasise just how big the stretch limo is, the Mercedes bus from last time is included in the pic as well:

Lined up, front wheel to front wheel.

And that's all of the cars ( until I buy some more).

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Cars for Atomic Cafe (#01)

I'm not a big fan of using 1:43 or 1:48 cars with minis, as I feel they usually look far too big considering people tend to be able to look over a car (even someone like me that's only roughly 160cm 'tall').
Here's a couple of 30s to 50s cars that I think fit in with the Atomic Cafe stuff by Brigade Games. Lovely minis that can be bought either directly or via North Star (bit cheaper for Europeans) btw.

'50 Ford Custom, Racing Champions #71 (1:58)
The quality of the paintjobs on some of the Racing Champions cars occasionally is fairly shitty- on this one the white & silver flames partly are cracked. Not much of a problem in a post apocalyptic setting, just not nice if you want that car in mint condition.

 '49 Custom Merc, Racing Champions #67 (1:60)

'47 Chevy Fleetline, Hot Wheels 2003

'49 Ford Coupe, Hot Wheels 2001

'32 Ford highboy, Racing Champions #92 (1:54)

 '36 Cord, Hot Wheels 1996
Hot Wheels are all over the place scale/ sizewise. Roughly 1:64, but more whatever fits into the blister in reality. Still some nice & useful cars here and there.

'57 Chevy Bel Air, Jada Toys- Battle Machines (1:64)

'32 Ford Vicky, Hot Wheels (1968)
Not sure whether the deco is decals applied later on or part of the original paintjob. But it's easy to scrape lettering off. This, like the boneshaker below, was part of a joblot, but with some modifications just might work out ok.

Hot Wheels Boneshaker
If you don't mind the huge skull bling-bling, this car might be worth buying.
Me, I'm gonna use this for something else (something that'll include a big fat Ogre).

 '57 Chevy Suburban, Jada Toys- Road Rats (1:64)
Jada Toys, nominally 1:64 but the few I own or have seen in the flesh all tend to be bigger than that.

 '50-'55 Mercedes O 3500 (1:55)
Strictly speaking this bus doesn't really fit in, as it's a Mercedes bus that - as far as I know - never was used 'over there', but I love these old buses, it looks good and was dead cheap ( €3,50 including postage) and can easily be disassembled. It's also quite big.

 The cars next to each other, placed so that the rear wheels line up:

 And all together:

As much as I love old cars and toys scale models, I've had enough of 'em for now.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

paint something: Death Kiwi wip

 Almost finished, just the legs, claws and a bit of highlighting left.
Fun mini to paint and available from Warploque Miniatures.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Build something: boxes & palettes

Quick, dirty and absolutely not to scale stacks of boxes & palettes.
Done as a quick test (and with no real planning involved) so I didn't bother to look up the dimensions of real palettes but instead just chose something that looked like the little forklift toy I got could lift.
 I guess this still may be of use to someone. And if you'd invest a bit more time than I did, these probably could look quite nice. Especially if you'd score some lines into the plastic card to represent the single boards on the palettes.

 Foam offcuts, a biro, a ruler, a kitchen knife, whetstone thingy (the foam dulls knives rather quickly).

 Cut the foam into roughly rectangular shapes:

Test piece one- scored in some lines with a biro to mark separate boxes, primed & painted. Far from perfect, but as scenery elements in the background that will be partly covered anyways, these should do: 

 Plastic card strips cut so that the 'boxes' from above fit onto them. 
Score the card with a cutter & then break off the pieces:

Cut some plastic card strips and glue them to a plastic rectangle:

Glue a plastic rectangle on top, while the result is just one big palette, I'll use each of the resulting pieces to represent two palettes. By no means close to looking like the real thing, but once the 'boxes' stand on top, nobody will see much of 'em anyways.:

Too add a hint of realism, I marked the center and using a cutter I placed  a little notch at each side.


Being just plastic card, its easy to cut them apart as well should two separate palettes be required.

Experimenting a bit with a plastic bag cut into pieces to represent plastic tarpaulin:

Will see how they look painted later on (and post some more pics then).