Saturday, 16 May 2020

Final Flight of the Storch

Regular readers to this most humble of weblogs might remember the Storch diversion?  'The Flight of the Storch' detailed the creative genius of James in designing and building a 1/56 scale Fieseler Storch in response to my whim of having something littering the lower paddock of the castle.  James, always true to his side of a bargain, successfully completed the design and built several prototypes, but then project was rather buried, with boards and miniatures taking priority.  It was never truly forgotten, however, and I am delighted to finally present its realisation for your delectation. 
The concept, whilst fanciful and indulgent, centred around a crashed German plane, possibly looking to escape from the advancing Allied forces, overloaded with Nazi gold.  I should stress that this was a complete fabrication and that there is no evidence, whatsoever, that a certain Austrian Schloss holds the secret to the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant!  Utilising a particularly arduous Head of Departments meeting the final design was sketched out and construction began in earnest.   
The project took a massive leap forward when James, very kindly, donated one of the prototypes that he had been working on.  The fuselage was already complete and so it really was just a matter of 'crashing' it into a base of Sculptamold.  Cocktail sticks, plastic rod and scraps of blue foam were all employed to good effect and I left a tea light shaped space so that a re-worked blast marker could be incorporated for good measure.

The final flourish, so to speak, were the disgorged looted treasures.  A quick rummage of the bits box unearthed some suitable packing creates along with the Ark itself, a 'Crooked Dice' Maguffin.  I used some coffee stirrers to represent the splintered remains of the treasured relic's box and then it was on to the painting.
A relatively straightforward paint job in the end and although a little small I used some of the transfers that had been left over from the vehicle kits that we had built, there were even some German Afrika Korps logos to emblazon the scattered cargo, a nod to the adventures of a certain Dr. Jones perhaps?
So pleased to finish this and can't thank James enough for his contributions to make it happen.  This is another one of those elements that I am really looking forward to seeing on the completed boards when we finally get a chance to have everything assembled and in one place. 
A final atmospheric shot of the Storch still burning at night, showing the fibre optic elements of the blast markers, thank you again Dave Docherty for the inspirational idea! 

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61 comments:

  1. Studio Miniatures do a nice range of inexpensive German Zombies, just throwing that thought into the mix for consideration.

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    1. Blogger should have a 'like' button for comments such as these. :)

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    2. Thank you Phil, the last we need is any encouragement to deviate from the current project, but then again it wouldn't hurt just to go and have a look?🤣

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    3. Mantic zombie parts go nicely with the warlord plastics... just saying ;)

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    4. Might have to have a go at that too.

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  2. A very interesting add on. The explosion does look very good.

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    1. Thank you so much, they were a great idea that we stole from Dave Docherty.

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  3. Your talent is once again at a very high level Michael, make sure it never loses altitude, we can see the (gorgeous) result!👍👍👍👍👍

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    1. Thank you so much Phil, you will make be blush with embarrassment.

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  4. Nice to se Michael and a sense you are getting ever closer to a completed project ?

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    1. Thank you Matt, I think technically we are complete. There will be some bits and pieces to add on when we see everything in one place.

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  5. Very good. An idea..would painting the fibre optic thingies matt grey blend them in a bit ?

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    1. Thank you Paul. Good call on the fibre optic cables, might be worth a tinker.

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  6. What a great fun vignette! Delightful flight of whimsy!
    Best Iain

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  7. That is a stunning piece of work, this table you are working on is going to be awesome once you get it all together!

    Truly fantastic stuff, sir!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you so much Roger. I loved this as it was all our own work, so to speak. Something that just didn't exist before James designed the model.

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  8. Fantastic work of art, Michael. Not only an amazing aircraft model, but an incredible terrain piece too.

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    1. Thank you so much Dean, certainly one of my favourite pieces to work on.

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  9. Another great addition Michael.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  10. Ha ha! This is ridiculous, which is the best thing to be!

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    1. By the way, how about sharing with us all some more pictures from your sketch book? Having seen them myself, I'm sure others would be delighted to see how your ideas are planned in advance.

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    2. All thanks to your good self! I went and had a look at the notebook having read your comment. I had visions of da Vinci's sketchbooks with illustrations pouring off every page; sadly not a bit of it! Far fewer drawing that you would think and mostly pages of indecipherable drivel!

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  11. Awesome work, sir! The little touches make it outstanding.

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    1. Thank you A.J. It is funny how one thing can lead to another. Remembering about the Ark, just lifted the story again.

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  12. The way you are continuing to add to the roject is amazing, do you think it will be complete for Salute 2021?

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    1. That's a good point, but in my defence most of the silliness would not have been necessary for the original plan. The problem is that with the additional time I have found myself adding all sorts of extras. For example, the bar staff arrived this week.

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  13. I so much like looking at your exemplary vignettes! :) And this terrain piece is no exception.

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    1. You are very kind, I can't wait to see it in situ.

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  14. I love, love, love, the ark. Such a fun detail ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, loved working on this piece.

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  15. So cool! The ark is a brilliant touch.

    I have a 1/48 spitfire that I plan to do just as you did and create a downed version for some extra scatter terrain

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    1. Thank you so much Dai, can't wait to see your Spitfire now.

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  16. Very cool Michael. Thanks for the link to the Ark, might end up picking that up for myself.
    I love the little touches of the DAK logos on the crates.

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    1. Thank you so much Mike. I see that the Crystal Skull is now available too, might be tempted myself. ;)

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  17. Superb work here Michael. The progressive pics are wonderful and give a real sense of how the finished vignette came to be. Inspirational!

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you so much Ross, this was one of those fun projects that I thoroughly enjoyed doing.

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  18. That's a fantastic vignette with some great touches. Can't go wrong with Indy references

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    1. Thank you, one of those scratches that just needed to be scratched.

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  19. Anoher fantastic piece or pieces Michael! I also notice your wodnerfuo segway to allow it to be used for lets say...some Pulp Iniana Jones forays?

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    1. Thank you Terry, I would be lying if I hadn't started to think how all this could be used in the future and Pulp Gaming is certainly one thought.

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  22. Fantastic - one day I might do something with led's and fibre optics but for now I'll just admire this!

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