Saturday, April 16, 2011

New tank ready, second coming along too.

  Well I finally got around to posting on my blog again. I have a lot of things in the works. First off, thanks for the heads up on the billboard, I removed the crossbrace because it was snapping too easily when trimming the sprue.  I made up a few tanks today, going to add them to the store. Had some issues with the one side of the track slipping out of alignment a bit. However, the rest looked fine and I trimmed it up with my pocket knife in a few seconds so I am going to go with it. Would hate to spend another few weeks cutting a new mold for something trivial. I am going to work on it a bit and see if I can close it up some.  The little guns on the side sponsons need a bit of a trim to slide in easily too. All in all, I kind of like it.  It takes a bit to make because I have to run it in manual mode.    This tank is run using a nitrogen additive to prevent shrinkage. It is pretty neat stuff. The gas bubbles expand during the heating process and help keep sinkholes from showing up. It has a few tricks to using. When setting in the barrels it seems to keep expanding and squirting out, so you got to RUN this stuff because it wants to come out ready or not.
    I have been wondering about what is a good price for a 15mm tank, given how much it takes to make them. I am going to sell them in a platoon of 3 for $10 via the webstore. I had not realized how much the various fees would run up on E-bay and the web site costs, etc.  The ones I list on E-bay I am going to charge $11 for to help defray the cost of E-bay fees.
   Not sure how that is going to work out, but it is still 3 tanks for the price of one Flames of War tank. It is even less than Old Glory too.
   I got the wheeled roller tank setting ready to go soon. I ran some prototypes of it the other day and plan to make a production run for inventory in the next few days. The tank destroyer with the huge gun will be up next for a new mold and then an APC and self propelled massive artillery piece. I might make another sponsoned main battle tank too, because I had another design that looked pretty neat.
   I am also getting mildly excited about my slot car angle and plan on making stuff for that too.

  Anyhow, that is the latest from the barn workshop.


  1. Looks great. I just ordered a platoon. Looking forward to seeing them in real life.

  2. Looking good Ken keep it up. I am excited to see my female space marines in the flesh.

  3. How big are these? I am very interested in them for a couple of uses.