Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Normandy 44 - Burning Sherman - "MK1"

I have a few of the 15mm Battlefront Sherman kits that are surplus to main requirements. As such I am going to turn some of these into game markers. Shermans of course known for catching fire - earning them the nicknames of “Ronsons’ after the ligher, or the more macabre “Tommy Cookers’.

I have used the 5mm Flashing LED liberated from a tea light candle in the commanders hatch . This is then wired and soldered  to a DIP switch connected to a two cell 3v LR44 battery case that’s been added under the hull . This gives access to the switch and cell changes.

Batteries and switch . All needs a bit of tidy up in the Mk2 , but I know what I want to do

This will be a MK1 version , which was just about solving the problems . The MK2 will be neater in terms of connections , access etc. Then Mk3 should see lights in the crew hatch area too.

This one a gift for JamesM ,so I have left the vehicle pretty clean so James can match it in with his existing stuff and also add any British specific markings . 


Work in hand


No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.

15mm Terrain bits
15mm WW2 Germans

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan.

15mm Napoleonics .