Friday, 26 February 2010

Model bargains

The past few days have been a bit hectic. Work and other commitments have rather eaten into my time for wargaming and blogging. I have, however, managed to fit in a bit of shopping into my busy schedule.

Last night my wife and I visited our local, large shopping centre to do the weekly food shopping. As usual we also made sure that we set aside a bit of time for ourselves whilst we were there, and I spent mine visiting a branch of Modelzone.

They are currently having a sale of plastic kits, and these included several models manufactured by Pegasus Hobbies. The one that caught my eye was the 'Jaguarundi', which was a projected design by Porsche for a small tank to be built for the Wehrmacht in 1946. The project was also known as 'P245-010', and the hull and turret look more akin to a 1930s Science Fiction concept for a tank than a serious design developed as a result of six years of combat experience.

That said, the turret looked like it had been taken from an 19th century ironclad, and therefore has potential modelling uses. As there were two models in each box, and Modelzone were selling them for £2.99 per box, I bought three.

On getting them home I discovered that the trackwork and chassis of the 'Jaguarundi' tanks will be useful when I get round to building armoured vehicles for one of my 1930s and 1940s imagi-nations, and that the turrets will be ideal for small ironclads and/or gunboats.

10 comments:

  1. Good spot

    At £2.99 they are a bargain
    I paid the full price for mine
    The Sci-Fi potential is definitely there

    http://exiledfog.blogspot.com/search/label/Pegasus%20Hobbies%20WW2%20German%20Tank%2020mm

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  2. While the wargaming approach is different, Opeland -by the Inter Wars setting, the creation of armored vehicles fitting for an European minor power by converting / kitbashing...- has interesting similarities with e.g. Borduria: what about a 'collective' blog along the lines of Emperor vs Elector, the "diplomatic" / "'Fleshnews from our country' board" blog of the League of Lace Wars Imagi-Nations?

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  3. Geordie,

    I might have thought twice about buying them at £5.99 each, but at half price they certainly seemed like a bargain.

    All the best,

    Bob

    PS. I have read your blog entry about these tanks and they do look very nice painted in the colour scheme you have used.

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  4. Conrad Kinch,

    The more I look at them, the more ideas I get for how to use the various parts of the kits.

    One idea that did strike me was that they would make excellent tanks for a re-fight of the war that is featured at the beginning of the film THINGS TO COME. They have that sort of streamlined, Art Deco look to them that the tanks in the film had.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Abdul666,

    For some reason your comment has taken over a day to get to me!

    I must admit that the idea you propose for a joint blog has a lot to commend it. As you seem to have more experience of this than me, perhaps you could contact me by email.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Bob,
    actually I'm only a lurker -not to say a leech- on 'EvE': Jeff Hudelson is the blog owner / moderator; you can contact him at bluebear @ uniserve . com (delete spaces). Another collective blog is Wars of Louis XIV: among the contributors 'Ralphus' can be contacted through his blogger profile.

    While 'EvE' merrily encompasses almost a century, warfare evolved at such a faster pace in modern times that 'Inter Wars' Imagi-Nation should have a collective blog of their own. Those corresponding to 'classical' "Little Wars" -set before WWI- on the one hand, the 'post-USSR' ones such as 'modern' Oobleckistan and Baltic Prussia (perhaps also Bongolesia) on the other, should have blogs of their own, I think?

    Best wishes,
    Jean-Louis
    aka Louys de Monte-Cristo

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  7. Abdul666,

    I like the idea of a collective blog that deals with Interwar imagi-nations, and I am willing to set one up and to make it open to other people to make entries as well.

    Watch this space for news!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. If I may... this post is not labelled 'imaginations' and thus is missed when one 'searches' your archive with this label...

    Cheers,
    Jean-Louis

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  9. Abdul666,

    I have added the 'Imaginations' label for future reference should it be needed.

    All the best,

    Bob

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