Last week in the post arrived the new Wild West carriages from 4Ground which consisted of a goods carriage and two passenger carriages. They cost £17.50 for the passengercarriage and £14.00 for the goods carriage, although they do offer a deal on buying all three.
These are new releases that support the recently released train and tender. Please see earlier blog.
These carriages go together really well as you would expect from 4Ground and on the whole have a good look. I still have one to make.
The fitting of the chairs in the passenger carriage is awkward as the chairs are made out of 5 pieces of card. As with the train itself there is a lot of card in these kits and storage is again a concern of mine.
As fare as I am concerned there are two disappointing aspects to the passenger coach. These are:
- The size of the seats – they look too small and I do not believe if and when passengers are added they would be able to it next to each other in a seat. I suspect this was done to allow figures to move in the aisle.
- The steps on to the carriages do not feel elegant enough. Maybe I expected some sort of railing to finish off the boarding area.
The goods carriage is a little sparse inside with just a small set of shelves. It does have 4 sliding doors and they are large enough to allow horses to board althhough inside there is nowhere to stable them.
Having probably bored you with my recent building purchases and reviews you may not want to even read this one. Please do as I feel so strong about this kit.
For my recent birthday I was asked what I would like and I mentioned Café Gondree. To cut a long story short a model representing this was purchased from an Auction site for me.
I am sad to say that in my opinion this is the worst model I have ever seen. It is usually advertised for £20 but can start at a £10. Maybe if you got it at that price including postage it maybe worth investing the time to make something out of this pig of a kit.
It appears to me that very little time has been invested in this kit to get it right. No realistic chimney, the tiles are appalling (looks like a copy and paste on the CAD program, has the designer even seen a roof?), no building detail, no doors, ridge tiles and the roof joints are a joke.
Like the designer I won’t spend too much time on this kit to finish it, if at all. In my opinion SAVE YOUR MONEY.
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It has been a while since my last blog about buildings but like buses a few should come along pretty quickly.
The first is a couple of building from CF. As always these are a good set of buildings.
First I have done the “La Boulangerie”. Cost is current £19 and is a nice size W170xD130xH220.
I have painted this to represent the village post office. I left the window frames unpainted as I think if gives it that natural wood look.
The second model was “L’Epicerie” or Grocers. This is a stunning model and although it looks complicated, it is very easy to put together and I have to admit it is my favourite so far and I have 3 of them to do!
Being a grocers it could only have been “Hodges’ Greengrocers.
It is currently £25 and is a sizable building coming in at W173xD173xH215.
I wanted to do something to break up the growing avenue of rendered buildings. I decided to print off some brick patterns and externally wallpaper the building. Do you like it?
It will allow to do rendered lower half with brick upper floors. Corner buildings can really add to the visual impact on a street.
Here is the link to Charlie Foxtrot Models http://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/
Just to prove that building can have more than one life, I have just finished another model from Charlie Foxtrot Models.
The catalogue describes this one as ” Tabac” and is in the range of building mainly representing WW2 France. While I like WW2, I tend to like what if scenarios and base many of my games on the aborted “Operation Seelowe”.
I like this because it gives me a chance to use the Foundry Home Guard range. With this mind I look out for building suitable. As said in an earlier blog I use to have all the Grand Manner, Carentan range.
This building is a lovely little addition to my growing collection but to make it usable for different theatres of operation I blue-tack the signs on and swap them as required rather than permanently gluing it on.
This model is 120mm(W) x135mm(D) x 220mm (H) and currently retailing at £16.
The model goes together really easily and after just a little filling, was painted with match-pot paints and it is done. I have not yet used ” Chinchilla Dust” as recommended on the CF website to give a rendered look but I am still happy with the finish. The brick work on the front of the shop is superb and the window style makes me think of a village shop.
Where this model is different from some in the range is that the roof is flush with the gable walls, so is designed to sit in a row of shops where they all butt up together.
In the pictures below Cpl Jones is defending Mrs Fox’s honour! Can I hear Jones telling Hodges that “They don’t like it up them”?