Westland WS-61 Sea King

The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters.

This Sea King was on display at Duxford.

Westland WS-61 Sea King

British anti-submarine helicopter, crew of 2-4. Engines: two Rolls-Royce Gnome H1400-2 turboshaft. Served with 814 Naval Air Squadron aboard HMS Invincible as HAS 6 from 1990 – 2000. Operational service in 1st Gulf War 1991, Bosnian conflict and Kosovo 1999.

It has been delayed….

I succumbed to temptation and pre-ordered the Precept Maniple Battleforce.

Precept Maniple Battleforce Box

I had been expecting to pick it up today from my local FLGS however warehouse delays at GW means that they haven’t received it…

Got this message yesterday.

Unfortunately we’ve had some bad news from GW. They have a warehousing issue which means they have been unable to ship our order this week. Unfortunately they only saw fit to tell us today…

As soon as your order arrives we will inform you so you can collect.

Ah well…

It will arrive when it arrives.

Plastic Spitfire Kit

1:1 scale Airfix Spitfire as featured on the James May Toy Stories series shown on BBC2, complete with a model pilot.

To see if he can entice a new generation of kids into enjoying model kits, James May assigns a group of pupils with constructing a life-size model of Airfix’s notable kit – the Spitfire. While May must train up the pupils in becoming an organised model-making team, the kit’s life-size parts require a specialist company in Cornwall to create these and handling the issues their creation cause. When the kit is finally created and brought to an air museum for construction, the real test comes with the completed model being able to hold itself together, especially when the supports for the main body are removed. The project proves a success when the completed kit can be showcased to an audience that include the pupil’s parents and RAF WWII veterans.

Behind it is the BOAC de Havilland Comet 1XB.

Reinforcements for Aeronautica Imperialis – Grot Bommers

Was given some reinforcements for Aeronautica Imperialis, in the shape of some Grot Bommers as a present, which was nice.

The diminutive Gretchin have long been enthusiastic supporters of Ork aviation, whether gleefully pushing bombs out of open bays, crawling into tight spots to fix engines, or acting as spotters and even gunners on ork planes. It doesn’t take long before they become obsessed with flying just like their bigger kin, begging for their own turn on the control stick. Some enterprising Ork meks decided this arrangement could be mutually beneficial, and created guided missiles that could be flown like a tiny, gretchin-sized airplane. Fitted with a short-burn rocket engine and stuffed with unstable explosives, some rabid grots are happy to climb aboard just for the (short-lived) thrill of speed and freedom. They’re loaded into the wings of specially-fitted Grot Bommers, and launched in support of the Air Waaagh!

I did say in a post last year that these would be my next purchase for Aeronautica Imperialis would be these planes.

The obvious answer for me is a pair of Grot Bommerz. I do like the concept of these, though I am not a big fan of the actual models, but Orks is Orks, so they are next on my shopping list.

They are currently still in the box, but I have started to think about what colour they might be painted. I will probably follow a similar process I used on my other Ork aircraft. Though I think yellow or orange might be the way to go as with these models that I saw at Warhammer World.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Battle Titan

Warlord Battle Titan with two volcano cannons and two apocalypse missile launchers

Having pre-ordered the Precept Maniple Battleforce, I have started thinking about which models I will build and paint first out of the five that come in the box.

I had been thinking about purchasing the Warlord Battle Titan anyhow, so now I have the Precept Maniple Battleforce this may be the first to get built, though thinking about a Warhound first for painting to see what scheme I will do.

Warlord Battle Titans bestride the battlefields of the Imperium, their thunderous tread heralding the destruction of the enemies of Mankind. A mainstay of the Collegia Titanica, Warlord Battle Titans are among the largest and most powerful war machines ever devised by the Mechanicum.

The final model will be around 6” tall which is much bigger than the Epic scale Warlord Titans that came with the original Adeptus Titanicus game. There are many more parts as well, 144 to be exact, compared that with the ten parts of the original epic model (and two of those were the base).

Thinking about construction and painting, do I partially assemble the model and then paint it before finishing off the construction?

The other thing I am thinking about is colour scheme. I am thinking blue as the predominant colour.

As with most of my painting and modelling I do like to see what others have done and when I visited Warhammer World in January 2020 there were many models on display that were inspiring to see.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Battle Titan

So much to think about.

Avro Anson

The Avro Anson is a British twin-engined, multi-role aircraft built by the aircraft manufacturer Avro. This Anson is on display at RAF Cosford.

Avro Anson

The first prototype flew on 24 March 1935 and subsequently 174 of the type were ordered. The Anson became the first aircraft in RAF service to have a retractable undercarriage.

The Avro Anson was placed into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was initially used in the envisioned maritime reconnaissance operation alongside the larger flying boats. After the outbreak of the Second World War the Anson was soon found to have become obsolete in front line combat roles. Despite being obsolescent, it remained in Coastal Command service until 1942.

Avro Anson

British European Airways (BEA) inherited thirteen Avro XIXs during 1947 and used them on some of their Northern Ireland routes. It was not considered a good passenger aircraft due to its excessive noise and vibration and it was phased out the following year.

Large numbers of the type were instead put to use as a multi-engined aircrew trainer, having been found to be suitable for the role, and became the mainstay of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The type continued to be used in this role throughout and after the conflict, remaining in RAF service as a trainer and communications aircraft until 28 June 1968.

Well, it was so tempting…

I have succumbed to temptation.

Precept Maniple Battleforce Box

As the Horus Heresy rages across the galaxy, the ground shakes where mighty Battle Titan maniples march to war. A destructive force of cataclysmic scale, each maniple contains multiple Titans of the Collegia Titanica, working together under the command of a Princeps Seniores to bring ruin and death to the enemy.

Precept Maniple Battleforce

The Precept maniple rose to prominence during the Horus Heresy, where there was an ever-present need for firepower capable of quickly laying opposing Titans low. Combining the strengths of Battle Titans and Scout Titans, the Precept maniple proved its worth on countless battlefields across the Imperium.

Decided to pre-order something today, having thought about it over much of the day, in the end I placed a pre-order with my local gaming store for the Precept Maniple Battleforce.

This boxed set contains everything you need to add a maximum-strength Precept maniple to your Adeptus Titanicus collection, making it an ideal starting point for a would-be Princeps, as well as an ideal expansion to any existing army. It includes a towering Warlord Battle Titan and versatile Reaver Battle Titan, which form a strong core to your battlegroup. They are supported by two swift and agile Warhound Scout Titans, which can defend the flanks or take the fight quickly to the foe, while an artillery-toting Warbringer Nemesis Titan lobs immense quake cannon shells at the enemy from a distance.

Within the box there are 534 components which builds into five plastic models.

1x Warlord Battle Titan with two volcano cannons and two apocalypse missile launchers

Warlord Battle Titan with two volcano cannons and two apocalypse missile launchers

1x Reaver Battle Titan with melta cannon and chainfist

Reaver Battle Titan with melta cannon and chainfist

1x Warbringer Nemesis Titan with quake cannon, volcano cannon and laser blasters

Warbringer Nemesis Titan with quake cannon, volcano cannon and laser blasters

2x Warhound Scout Titans, each with a choice of plasma blastgun, turbo laser destructor, Vulcan mega-bolter, and inferno gun

Warhound Scout Titans, each with a choice of plasma blastgun, turbo laser destructor, Vulcan mega-bolter, and inferno gun

It is quite good value with the individual models coming to a total retail value of £195 so with the list price of £110 gives you a saving of £85. I pre-ordered mine from a local game shop with 15% off so managed to get it for just £93.50 and free local pickup. By the time I decided to take the plunge and actually make the order all the stock from places like The Alchemists Workshop which had it for £86 were sold out.

I did ponder for a while, but in the end I fell into temptation.

I was tempted to get the Warmaster Titan instead, which was just £75 from The Alchemists Workshop however decided that the Precept Maniple Battleforce was a better choice. Partly as it was a limited edition with limited availability, whereas the Warmaster Titan will probably be available for some time. Often limited editions boxes like this go very quickly.

So once I have painted the Precept Maniple Battleforce then I might get the Warmaster Titan.

Another (better) reason for going for the Precept Maniple Battleforce was that if I want a Titan force for Adeptus Titanicus then I ought to have some titans and not just a huge Warmaster Titan!

So once I get them next weekend, the plan is to start painting them. In the meantime I might have a look at my for Imperial Knights that I have already for Adeptus Titanicus.

So I have succumbed to temptation.

Now when are those Ork Gargants going to get released?

Westland Wessex HC.2

This Westland Wessex HC.2 was on display at RAF Cosford. The HC.2 was a RAF Troop carrier for up to 16 troops, the prototype was converted from an HAS1 and an additional 73 were built.

The Westland Wessex is a British-built turbine-powered development of the Sikorsky H-34. It was developed and produced under licence by Westland Aircraft (later Westland Helicopters). One of the main changes from Sikorsky’s H-34 was the replacement of the piston-engine powerplant with a turboshaft engine. Early models were powered by a single Napier Gazelle engine, while later builds used a pair of de Havilland Gnome engines.

I didn’t realise that the last RAF Wessex helicopters (Cyprus based HC Mk 2s) retired as late as 2003.

I always had this idea of Westland Wessex helicopters flying about for games set in my world of the Second English Civil War or Team Yankee. For 20mm games there are plenty of choices, both kits and diecast models. For 15mm Italeri do a 1/100th scale Wessex die cast kit which would work well.

For larger 28mm scales, you are probably looking for the 1/48th Revell plastic kit.


Boulton Paul Sea Balliol

This Boulton Paul Sea Balliol was on display at RAF Cosford.

Boulton Paul Sea Balliol

The Boulton Paul Balliol and Sea Balliol are monoplane military advanced trainer aircraft built for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) by Boulton Paul Aircraft.

Boulton Paul Sea Balliol

Developed in the late 1940s, the Balliol was designed to replace the North American Harvard trainer. It used the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. The Sea Balliol was a naval version for deck landing training.

This particular Balliol was one of a batch of 20 that were ordered by the Royal Navy in 1950. Consequently it is fitted with naval features such as an arrester hook that the RAF aircraft did not have. The engine fitted to the aircraft is a later variant of the famous Rolls Royce Merlin.

Balliols only lasted in service for a few years before being stored. This example was later reactived for trials work which allowed it to be preserved.

WL732 is the only original and complete Balliol preserved in the UK.