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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break and haven't looked back since. I must admit that I seem to be more of a painter/collector than a gamer, but do hope to correct that at some point in the near future. My gaming interests span the ages, from the "Biblical" era all the way through to the far future. I enjoy games of all sizes, from a handful of figures up to major battles (see my megalomaniacally sized Choson Korean and Russian Seven Years War armies).

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Road-Sweeper Day Seven

Plenty done on the road-sweeper today. I finished off the painting over the hairspray today and have done the chipping. Some of the painting was done by hand using VMA* paints as they were small areas or parts where I didn't want to risk getting the paint onto areas I'd already airbrushed.

Before chipping:

After chipping:

Tomorrow I'll do the detailing work, then add some dust, grime and extra rust then varnish it. I might add some graffiti if I can figure out a way of making it look washed out.

Test Cars

I haven't done any work on these today.I don't think there's much I can do with them until I get some flame masks.


I placed a couple of orders last night:

SnM Stuff - some 60ml bottles of Vallejo polyurethane varnish (gloss, satin and matt) plus a spare nozzle for my Neo airbrush. It was a couple of hours later that I remembered a couple of things I should have ordered at the same time - including some stencils from Anarchy Models

Shesto - some Createx paints (including an iridescent colour)

LE Diecast - some vinyl flame masks

Amazon - transfer tape for applying the masks

I also made another trip to Toys R Us this morning (no mistakes on the buses this time!). The Hotwheels singles pegs were nearly empty and there were no cars there I wanted. I tried the Sainsburys just across the road - none there either. Got the bus back to turnpike Lane and another down to Harringay - nothing in Sainsburys, but I did find a couple in Poundland:

The only new one - a Mastretta MXR
The Mastretta takes my count to 24 new car models; a big fat zero left on my allowance. Yikes - I can only buy repeats now!

On the subject of my purchases, I found something out about the Enforcer I bought the other day. It appears that I have managed to get hold of a "Treasure Hunt" car. For every release of cars to distributors and retailers, Mattel do a limited edition run (about 25,000) of a particular model which get randomly added to the wholesale boxes - these are indicated by circle flame logos on the car and on the backing card of the packet.

They also add another limited edition type into each release - the "Super Treasure Hunt", which are a variant paint scheme of another car in that release. The variant scheme is a transparent colour applied over (presumably highly polished) bare metal rather than over primer, and usually with addition decals. they also have the rubber "real rider" tires rather than the normal plastic ones.

Both can be worth more than the retail price to collectors if they are "mint in box". As I've opened the packing (and made a right mess of the card backing) I won't be able to make any money of this one, so I can strip and mod it as planned.


  1. OMG what a machine - you done a fab job there me dear, It would be a nasty suprise for any litter dropper in your car world.
    Well done.

  2. Treasure. That was a random bonus. Might make a Hot Wheels collector crazy when you have Madly modified it to the Max! :)

  3. That is looking like one mean machine Tamsin!

    I went back to yesterdays post and read about the salt vs hairspray method. Hairspray it is then!

  4. One mean looking vehicle, brings a whole new meaning to cleaning up the town


  5. Really good progress on this monster. ;-)

  6. Somewhere a hotwheels collector is crying... The road sweeper looks about ready to sweep the road clear of opposing cars. The chipping came out nice. You could try making your own graffiti deals with a laser printer.

  7. Wow - that road sweeper is carrying a lot of stuff! Very cool

  8. @ Dannoc - glad you approve of the creation you inspired! :)

    @ Brendon - yup, some collector is going to be having a fit. It's probably just get a new paint job - no need for me to weaponise it as it already has guns :)

    @ Anne - indeed, that Jon Waters has a lot to answer for! ;)
    Happy you like the Marshall of Muck, cleaning up the wastelands :)

    @ Ian - it certainly does :)

    @ Michael - it is good fun, but I think it probably works better on larger scale vehicles; with smaller ones it's more difficult to limit the chipping to tiny areas.

    @ Stefan - thanks - nearly there! :)

    @ Robert - probably more than one! Or there will be when I've stripped and repainted it! :)
    I decided against the graffiti - I mean, who would be crazy enough to tag this beast? ;)

    @ Dean - yup, lots of firepower but they're dual purpose (read my "finished" post; ie tonight's!) :)

  9. That sweeper's a serious beast! I'm sure I've seen one down at the local council depot...