Traveling LightEvery summer, we try to take our young family away for one or two week's holiday. There have been one or two times where this didn't happen, typically because of great uncertainty over job security and the consequent reluctance to spend any money. However, this wasn't such a year and we've just returned from 2 excellent weeks vacation in Dumfries and Galloway.
I've always tried to take some model-making stuff with me on long holidays. There's always some quiet time at some point in the day - maybe after the children are in bed in the evening or perhaps after breakfast but before going out for the day. I like to make use of these interludes to keep up my hobby.
In the past, I've taken primed miniatures and paints, but this hasn't worked very well. The long(ish) drying times mean that the setup cannot be moved quickly, the models are difficult to pack safely and taking a small range of paints means that I always find I'm missing one that I really need. Instead, I've taken to building card vehicles for ATZ or similar games.
The Model PackA4 box that was designed for scrapbooking. Actually, I use a lot of these boxes (and their A5, A6 and "peel off sticker box" cousins) for storing models as well, but that's not really relevant right now.
The ModelsThis year I thought that I'd build some military vehicles from the Ebbles' "Convoy" and "Patrol" sets (the contents of the latter now appear to be sold separately as the APV and GPV). These have been on my wish list for some time as they would be useful for playing any of the military scenarios from ATZ: Haven. I also took a small assortment of models from the old Mayhem vehicle collection and other WorldWorks kits.
For the second GPV, I changed my approach and fitted the wheel arches, the front and the back panels to the upper body before attaching the underside. Big mistake! It proved impossible to glue the bottom of this model neatly and the whole construction is warped considerably (one corner of the underside is maybe 2 or 3mm higher than the other three). Careful placement of the wheels means that an observer probably won't be able to tell, unless they turn the model over and look at its belly. Still, I know - and now so do you.