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Most of what passes for scale modelmaking here takes place on an A4 sized cutting mat in a cupboard in our living room. This has the advantage that I can close the doors and hide the disaster zone that my workbench inevitably becomes after a few sessions.

It also has some drawbacks, especially as I tend to buy materials from art wholesalers and architecture supply shops, as I have yet to find a local model shop that sells anything other than boxes of hideously expensive trains. The local art wholesaler in particular tends to object to selling card in sheets less than about 2m long so when I decided to work on a project that meant I’d need to use this card, there was no option but the floor.

I like to think this gives me a mystical bond with Japanese craftsmen who worked in this way for centuries, but realistically they would be unlikely to be constructing a set of small buildings for a rather silly tabletop game.

The buildings are supposed to have a vaguely generic military feel, so we can make a sort of low budget bond villain base for our characters to play in. Hopefully they will be generic enough to take on other roles as it seems tabletop games are a bit like film sets and you need to make new scenes fairly frequently.

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As expected, determined procrastination has ensured little progress on the Great White Whale so the focus has returned to the Cardboard Rocket, especially as I’d already come to the fun part where I get to add all kinds of bits and pieces which somehow make it look less like a few bits of milk carton gobbed together with superglue and more like a car. At least I think it does. Don’t mess up my reality.

So far the model has cost a grand total of nothing, unless you count superglue. Even the figure is recycled from a 1:48 scale kit, after your correspondent finally realised that the difference between 1:48 and 1:55 is so small that for the most part it’s invisible. The head is nominally 1:55 and white metal, a leftover from a pack of ‘female heads’. For model railway builders I should perhaps explain that these are sold for mounting on figures to make then ‘female’ the gender being less than obvious when the figure is in a uniform. It’s handy for those of us who don’t want our female combatants to have a biologically impossible figure.

Other ‘detail parts’ consist of old guitar strings, handles from a Chinese takeaway, brass offcuts (the over large buckle on the ‘strap’ wouldn’t have worked with steel), dressmakers pins, (side and rear lights), electrical wire, a filed down nail head, (radiator cap), a cut off picture nail head (fuel cap) and an exhaust from copier paper wrapped around some metal of unknown origin that’s been kicking about the workbench for years.

The general idea is that after painting this will all somehow fit together and look like it’s made of metal and leather instead of cardboard and oddments. We shall see…

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