I've been struggling with my mojo to the extent that I put away my current scratch-build as all I could see were future problems. Time for something completely different.
Since returning to the modelling fold I've stuck with 1/48 (except for one brief dalliance with a 1/72 which is best forgotten) this time I went with 1/72 for reasons that will become obvious at a later date.
It was like being a kid again – gluing all the bits together as fast as possible before any thoughts about paint. Very enjoyable. The kit doesn't have any decals and only shows one paint option. Which was very, very boring. If I'd gone down the all over brown route I could have completed the model in two, possibly three days and even though I got the kit very cheaply (£7.95 from Black Mike models – A fine purveyor of phenomenal plastic paraphernalia since 1862 (I made the last bit up)) I can't afford to build models that quickly. I needed something to slow me down.
For once I didn't choose the most complicated camouflage, the prize for which has to go to Ernest Percyval Tudor-Hart for his zigzag camouflage (Incidentally, if you do attempt this zigzag scheme in 1/72 I'll promise to visit you in your cell at the secure accommodation - although only when you stop chewing the carpet).
I went for the Solomon paint scheme which was tried on some of the early tanks. Yes I know that they gave up using camouflage on these things quite early (because they just got covered in mud anyway so why bother?) so it's unlikely that any type II would have sported this snazzy design but you don't expect me to do the expected do you? I could have done some research but those naps don't take themselves you know. I can assure you that will be the least of the factual inaccuracies I've got lined up for the eventual diorama. For once I actually enjoyed the process of painting so if you don't like my alternate reality – tough! I like it a lot.
Thanks for having a look.