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Holiday Notice April 12, 2021 20:14

I will be going "off grid" and away on holiday on 19th April, back to feeding the machines, posting orders and answering email on Monday 26th.

I will be posting orders taken in the meantime as usual. Last post will be on Saturday 17th April. 

All work will be actioned in date order once we return.

Thanks for your business and patience.

 Colin


New Releases: 28mm 1/56 Artillery Gabions and Gabion Defences March 30, 2021 16:02

A joint project with Debris of War (Tony did most I have to confess). 

Single piece resin "Artillery Gabions" made to fit the Artillery Trays in 3 styles. Each gabion is slightly different for models on 1p, 2p or 25mm round bases, mounted on the Charlie Foxtrot Models trays. 

Also released today are "Gabion Defenses". A set of six loose gabions to custom build your own earthworks or dioramas. 


Luke working on the Charlie Foxtrot Models "Stone Barn" March 13, 2021 16:32

Luke from Geek Gaming has today released a video of MDF painting techniques using Charlie Foxtrot Models Stone Barn. Look out for Luke's next video on youtube for more advanced techniques. 

  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TxOPuaI5Pw


News: Charlie Foxtrot Models stocking Rubicon kits. February 11, 2021 07:57

I am please to let you all know that this website will be stocking selected kits from the excellent range of models produced by Rubicon.

Limited numbers of kits are currently available and will be increased if there is demand. 

Models have been tagged "Allied", "Any" and "Axis" so please scroll through to view.  

 


EU Shipments January 30, 2021 23:49

With the UK leaving the UK on Dec 31st, there will be a change of tax levied for people buying from this website who are EU based. 

Each country has it different VAT free thresholds. If in doubt please check your government website. 

 

European customers may be liable for the following charges:

 

  • Items valued at under €22 will remain part of the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) Scheme for items sent to the EU and are not subject to VAT or duties until 1 July 2021 (subject to further extension date to be set by the EU).
  • Commercial items/goods (excluding personal correspondence) sent to the EU over €22  and below €150 may be taxed at the border and may incur a customs clearance/handling fee in the receiving country.
  • Commercial items/goods sent to the EU over €150 may attract VAT, customs duties and a clearance/handling fee

 

 


Holiday Notice December 14, 2020 10:49

I will be taking time off over the Christmas period to get some R & R. My time off will be followed by a workshop tidy, reordering of packaging, stock take and machine servicing. 

I have taken the decision to TEMPORARILY DISABLE the "add to cart" button to prevent any orders being taken. As I will not be away from home, I will be constantly looking at the website and feel compelled to get orders cut and dispatched: In effect, I will not get a break.   

From 5pm UK time on Friday 18th December, I will disable the "add to cart" button. I will work on orders over that weekend and post on Monday 21st and so UK customers should get delivery before Christmas.  Overseas customers posting in time for Christmas will have long passed this date. 

The online store will reopen for orders on Tuesday 5th January. 


News: New Releases coming soon. November 15, 2020 09:54

I have been busy working on the Spanish Windmill and behind the scenes also working on a new collection titled: "Ruins of the Reich". I had been planning this for some time as an alternative to Stalingrad ruins yet when approached by WS&S I brought the  project forward. 

 It was a close run thing getting the advert in the same issue as the article where the models are featured and sadly two key words were missed off "coming soon". 

The Spanish Windmill will be on general release after all Kickstarter backers have been fulfilled. I want to do more work on the "Ruins of the Reich"  so there will be a longer lead in time for them. I plan to do something different with this collection and want to test a few things out before release. Please watch this space or Facebook for updates. 


Spanish Windmill Tutorial November 11, 2020 17:45

To accompany the instructions what follows is a photo diary and comments for the Spanish Windmill construction. 

Assemble the door and glue to the base (pictured is the base from Kit A) once the door is sitting in it's position glue the doorstep and slide in: like posting a letter. Check it is sitting vertically and then glue in the two reinforcing and locating 3mm triangles. Set aside to dry. 

Glue on the narrower 3mm think ring around the top lip of the tube then glue on the wider 3mm thick ring to cover this and the tube top edge. DO NOT glue the card to the base yet.

Later, after you have textured the walls, you will need to place the card tube over the triangles and slide the structure to recess the door. The door should protrude approximately 1mm. This lip is to ensure a sharp and robust edge to plaster up to. This is a little out of sequence but easier to see the method without the plaster render in place. If the door recess is a little tight, enlarge with a file or nail emery board. 

Cut the window frames from the card strips and set aside. Using tape, join the two strips to make one long length. After use this spacing strip can be recycled. 

Align one window centrally above the door then tape in place. Next, glue each window to the card tube and remove the spacing strip. 

 Cut the large single window from the frame and tape the frame above the door.

 Glue on the window then remove and recycle the card frame. 

Remove two of the arms from the frame and glue into the recessed washer. Ensure they are lying flat to dry. Once dry, glue on the sails and repeat for the second pair. Although the pieces are durable, a  spare set of "arms" are included in case of mishap. Use the diameter 4mm tube as a guide and glue 3mm washers to build up an MDF tube, please see the instructions as the image there is clearer than a photograph. 

 Following the "Pantile Tutorial" I marked with a pencil the position of my flour sacks (KitA only).  I used an artists palette knife to coat the card tube with ready-mixed plaster. A thin coat was applied and fine sand glued onto bare patches.  Successive thin layers were added to thicken the walls enough to cover the cardboard windows and protruding door frame. Avoid applying sand / grit where the flour sacks will fit. 

At this stage, while the plaster is wet, take care to scrape out any filler from the window recesses. A little time spent now will save a lot later. 

Using a sculpting tool, I scratched into some of the smoother plaster areas a rough stone pattern. Describe the bricks with the point of the tool and repeatedly go over scratching away filler between bricks. This is quite time consuming so just a few suggestions of stone were done. 

When applying filler, it is best not to attempt total coverage all at once. I held onto the top rings and textured the lower part of the building. Once dry, I held the lower part to texture the top. As layers are applied, they can be sanded back if any lumps stick out too far. Apply a slight skim over the sand to bed it in.

Where I planned to place the flour sacks, I only skimmed the area with filler and sanded any high spots off before moving onto the next stage. 

Following the steps at the start of this tutorial, I glued the card tube lower edge and the recess for the doorway.  Next, I placed the tube over the triangles and slid the building along the base to align with the door. I then applied more glue around the seams both inside and out. When the glue is dry, apply filler around the base edge to fill any small cracks and fill any gaps around the doorway.  

 Cut bamboo into approx 3 x 25mm lengths and form a tepee structure using the 3 pre-drilled holes in the base as a guide. Cut and glue on 3 x bottom braces approx 23mm long.

 Cut the long arm (initially over-length to 195mm) offer up to the aperture on the roof. Align the trajectory of the roof slope and slide the stay in place. Mark off the long bamboo arm then cut to size. Repeat the positioning and superglue to the tepee NOT THE ROOF.

 Use the "Pantile Tutorial" to guide you with painting if needed. For my model I brought the colour up lighter than my other Pantile models, to an off white for the last highlight. I painted the millstones and flour sacks before gluing them on.

Once the painting was complete, I glued the flour sacks onto the base and wall and used a little filler to bring up the ground level and blend the sacks in. I glued  the flat lying millstone at this stage. 

After applying my usual basing method of sand / grit and allowing to dry, I painted the base and then glued on the millstone leaning against the wall followed by sticking on tufts. 

 

In this example Tony from  Debris of War has mounted the base onto a hill and applied a lot more scenic effects to make a really outstanding table centre piece. 

 


New Release: 28mm 1:56 "Millstones" and "Flour Sacks" October 28, 2020 07:44

For the "Spanish Windmill" Kickstarter project I made curved backed flour sacks to align with the walls and millstones as scatter pieces. 

Tony from Debris of War skillfully straightened the back of the sacks for general use. Both these and the millstones are now available to buy separately. 

 


New Release: Kickstarter 28mm 1/56 "Spanish Windmill" October 12, 2020 20:29

The newest addition to the "Pantile Collection" does not have Pantiles! Must have been a weight issue what with millstones in the roof so most commonly, they were timber clad. 

Although titled "Spanish Windmill" examples have been found in France, Italy and even Barbados making this model suitable for Peninsular War, WWII and pirate tables.

Two versions have been made, one with resin flour sacks and millstones and another without. 

The resin roof is a single piece casting cast from my master by Tony of Debris of War.  https://www.debrisofwar.com

I am so pleased the wood grain effect came out sharp and crisp, it made painting the large area quick and easy.

Please follow the link: here to the tutorial as this is a really simple build with a few design features that make it simple to achieve good results. 


French Village by Burkhard Schulze October 8, 2020 07:18

Burkhard Schulze from Germany has completed his French village. I have been watching elements of this come together over the last few years. What a great feeling to have a project completed to this standard. Burkhard, I will miss chatting to you at Crisis this year.
please follow the link to Burkhard's blog for some quality eye-candy.here.


Holiday Notice August 1, 2020 23:36

Charlie Foxtrot Models will be away and "off grid" from 7th - 17th August. Orders  and emails will be actioned in date order on our return. Please accept my apologies for the disruption to the service. 

Last posting will be on Thursday 6th. Please be advised: if you are ordering a large amount of movement trays (which are cut to order) on Thursday 6th, they may not get cut until 17th.   

I will be spending time away from the laser cutters and computer. While I will not physically be away from home the whole time, I need to recharge batteries and tidy the workshop after the manic few months. I really need some down time to get some painting in for my own collections. 

There are also a few buildings I want to work on and need time to focus.

Cheers, 

Colin