Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Warbases Wednesday #8 - Building the Hansom Cab a step by step Tutorial

In this weeks edition of Warbases Wednesday I am going to give you a step by step picture tutorial on building the 28mm Hansom Cab. You might want to grab a brew before sitting down to read this one it is fairly lengthy.

One of the things I like within the hobby is building the odd kit. What I do not like is straining my limited intelligence too far. Working out how to turn a pile of pieces into what it is supposed to be. Now for a competent model maker these kits are child's play and relatively straight forward and logical to assemble even without instructions.

However I used to get really frustrated trying to work things out when I first started out. So I am producing a series of guides to make things easier for everyone both for now and in the future.

So you open your kit and inside you find a small square of grey card (Top Left) this will be the roof,  a laser cut card with various patterns on (Top Centre) this will form the front curved panel and rear drivers box, a length of dowel (Top Right) which is the axle and finally a full sheet of pieces (Bottom) the bulk of the cab. In addition to these you need a wood glue or pva to stick the components together and a sharp blade for trimming as required.
Gently remove the sections highlighted in RED from the main frame, these are the front draw bars and front of the cab floor.
Glue the bars into the slots as shown above and you have the first stage completed.
Next remove the two pieces highlighted as they are going to hold the remainder of the cab floor in a minute and are the suspension and will house the axle.
Glue these firmly into the slots on the section we previously built as shown.

Now we want the next two highlighted pieces.
Fit them as shown here glueing them into place. It should be obvious which piece goes where but in case of doubt the larger piece goes on the top.
Now we need to remove the highlighted sections again, these will build the main cab.
Start by glueing either of the sides into place as shown.
Then locate the two oblong pieces as shown, don't worry those holes will vanish soon.
Locate and glue the opposite side in place and set it aside for ten minutes for the glue to dry a bit. before moving on to the next stage.
So if you have done everything correctly, you should have something that looks a lot like the above. 

Now before we move on to the final steps, I am going to give you a sneak preview of some new additions to this cab that will be available very soon. I only received these Yesterday myself and have no further details at this stage.
From Left to Right:
Victorian Gent with Cane hailing a cab, Male passenger seated inside cab with top hat on seat beside him, A pair of coach lamps, a whip case and whip, and finally a driver. (Expect to see these fully painted and more details in due course)

I mention these at this point as one of the pieces is designed to go inside the cab and will not fit if you don't skip one of the asterisked sections at this point.

**** Assembling the front curved section. (this can be done last if you intend to use a passenger)
 I have labelled the card to make identification easier for myself for this next stage we need the parts A and the highlighted red piece
 Lay your pieces out like this to make it easy for your self
 The taller sections slot in first with the thinner pieces flanking the wider piece
Next glue the MDF rail in place and insert the card top sections.****

The next two sections will not affect fitting a passenger to the Cab interior so can be completed if you have skipped the previous section.
Next we are going to build the drivers compartment so take the card pieces I labelled B and lay them out as shown. The front piece is the base. Then from left to right we have side, back and side.
 Glue these together to form a box like this.
 The two holes in the rear of the cab are where we will now affix the two lugs of the drivers box.
Now our cab is almost completed.
 The only parts you should have left are the axle, two wheels and two outer rings.
 Affix one wheel and outer ring as shown onto the axle.
 Place the axle through the two holes in the bottom of the cab and attach the other wheel and rim leaving a 5mm gap either side of the cab. Mark the axle the remove the assembly and trim the axle to length before re- attaching.

****(this has to be done last if you intend to use a passenger and have already fitted the front curved section)
 Take the roof Section and glue it into place using a bit of weight to hold it onto the curved roof line.****
That is it completed and ready for a lick of paint if you desire. In my opinion good value at the £5.00 retail cost of these, they can be purchased HERE

That is this weeks edition and as you can see from the sneak preview there are some interesting pieces to make this look even more the part and are sure to make an appearance on this very blog in due course.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Loki's alternative Easter Greeting

Happy Boobster Everyone!!!

Easter was originally (and still is) a celebration of the fertility of the earth, renewed each springtime. The egg, the chick, the rabbit (Hare), the flowers, are all fertility symbols (and much older than the Christian symbol of the alleged resurrected god).

Its celebration has often been marked by sexual exuberance!! So what better an excuse for some Boobs Eh!!! I thought I just had to offer forth a few more painted examples :)

Of course we also like a little bit of chocolate at this time of year too.

However you celebrated it I hope you had a good one!!

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