Taking EWM on the Road – York show 2017

Taking EWM on the Road, to a trade show is now, always a pleasant adventure. York in particular as it is one of the best shows in the UK, in my humble opinion.
So, here is a short montage of pictures showing us juggling with the erecting of our trade stand the afternoon before the show.







Once set up, we had to indulge in the pleasures of York city centre and well, just a few beers!

The show starts at 10am, but trade was busy before the doors opened. We were full till at least 2pm. Very full in fact, I could not see peter at times!



I designed the stand to be open, free standing racks packed with goodies. We don’t have a “paper catalogue”, what you see, is what we have. The top boards help to show customers where things are, but from the left WW1, Interwar, Early war, Pacific and then late war.





Late lunch break —–

The self standing racks hold a range of Dan Taylor Decals and our Accessory ranges. The other bigger triangle holds all our new Houses and buildings, town streets, Armourfast models and all the Accessories we make for the Armourfast ranges. Well, you can use these accessories on any good quality 20mm scale plastic kits, they all fit.

The central display cabinate holds some of our models for display, and the top we use to show off recent releases and whats coming soon.

The idea is, you can browse at your leisure. Peter and I are always out front and there to help, answer questions, find things for you if needed.
A paper catalog would be out of date inside A WEEK. The rate at which we release new products, probably 4 days?

I have ideas to improve things for our customers, if you have any comments, do please let us know.

So, if you have not seen our trade space before at a show, I really hope we get to see you at a show.
cheers
Paul [email protected]

New 35 (T) model, in our “Built & Ready” format.

Well, here is another new model in our built and ready format.

The German 35(T) comes with a light weight white metal turret, crewman and hatch and one piece Plastic polymer detailed hull casting. You decide, crewman in turret or closed. thats it.

Here is a short video of the model casting being “birthed” out of the mould.

Hope you like the model, I’m really pleased with it.It has taken a lot of effort to be able to mould and cast such detailed models. PLus we can afford to offer these, built and ready models for only £10.50 each.

Cheers

Paul [email protected]

Update on the German commando raid on England in 1943 finds?

Apologies for the delay in getting the findings out. On my return from the Island, I had a heavy work schedule and then was slammed by the dreaded Flu bug currently touring this country. Im recovering today, so here is the update.
A good friend of mine, Mr Steven Knight has been helping us with installing the electrics for the new EWM workshop in Hitchen. In the evening last night, he kindly offered to wash and clean one of the rifle casings found at the radar station site. We then all searched the “Tinternet” to try and identify what we had. So, what did we find?

Here is left, the find, middle a German mauser bullet, end a standard .303 rifle bullet. You can see the differeances between the .303 and the other 2?

This time the other way around with the .303 first, then German then our find.

Now, the find and the German bullet side by side after cleaning.

Its the head stamp that provides the final evidence that it is not a german bullet that was found.


It is in fact a 30.06 rifle bullet, dated 1933 made by Frankford Arsenal of Philadelphia in the USA. Was used and fired by a P17 rifle.

Many P17’s bought by the United Kingdom through the British Purchasing Commission for use by the Home Guard. 615,000 arrived in Britain in the summer of 1940, followed by a further 119,000 in 1941. These P17 rifles were prominently marked with a red paint stripe around the stock to avoid confusion with the earlier P14 that used the British .303 round.

From the comparison pictures, you will see that the German Mauser cartridge from the side view is pretty much identical to the casing discovered. Not thinking of the P17 rifle used by the home guards, it was easy to be carried away in that moment into thinking I had found some German rifle casings.

The mystery still continues…..?
So, the casings location is a mystery as well? Why, well, if your doing target practice, very reasonable thing to do, you would not choose the spot I found these casing! Why, because a perfectly good, safe place to do target practice would be beside the cliff top, out to sea. Where these were found, you cant see the sea, only the “escape route” to the beach along a covered approach! Aahhaaa, so the story continues still. Could these be the casings from rifles being fired at “retreating German commandos’s” by gallant Home guards men, seeing off the Nazi hoards????


We all know that “they dont like it up em”? We shall see. More reports from the site will follow I am sure.

However, the adventure so far has wet the appetite for both a game to be made of the raid (some good friends are already preparing a board and figures in 28mm scale for such a game), and possibly i might make some figures suitable for the raid also in 20mm as part of the EWM ranges.

I’m keen to learn more and will be following up on my next visit to the location, which I hope will be soon.

One thing is for sure, a good book, an imagination and a powerful wartime story and landing in the very spot and location by chance can together, ignite a very great adventure! An adventure that will still lead to who knows what?

Thanks for reading and following the FIRST part of my adventure.

Cheers

Paul [email protected]

Nazi commandos, uboats and cliff top raid on radar station in England – the story continues.

Nazi commandos! Uboats off shore! Secret raid on cliff top radar station! No, it’s not a headline from a Victor boys all action comic from the 1970s! It’s here, right now, where I am sitting typing this update! I kid you NOT! And before the suspicious ones amongst you say, I knew all the time, that’s why I’m here on an “adventure”, well your wrong! Wrong wrong wrong.


I do however, by complete chance and good fortune, happen to have with me, my trusty metal detector! Ha Haaa!
So, what’s it all about? According to a book launched last week (I know you still don’t believe me when I say I knew nothing), the Germans mounted a successful commando raid upon a a cliff top British radar station, humm, well about 800 yards from where I am right now, looking out over the sea!

A tale of daring do, a fiction, a truth long covered up by government officials determined not to give the Germans any credit for their tit for tat commando raid upon Englands shores? Who knows, but a lot of people down here believe it happened, some claim and give evidence supporting it, and now a book gives more evidence supporting it.
Well, for me, and you could not make this one up even if you tried, to be placed by good fortune and circumstance, here, in this beautiful part of England, to now set of on a quest, to see if it could really be true, that. German U boat sailed close off this very shore that I gaze upon right now. To think that German jack boots plodded up the beach and cliff side accent I have tread only but yesterday! That highly trained German commandos assaulted a British radar station, whose remains I gazed upon only yesterday?
Now, who would have thought it, that fate would put me, me here in this place, in this moment? Bloody hell and thank you very much.
It’s strange but nice, when such things happen, unplanned like this. Now, where is my metal detector???
Further reports will follow from the battleground!
I feel a new mini range of figures coming on…………….

A short update 1st Jan 2017
I’ve finished the book now and will be walking to the radar station in the morning.
Here’s a pod cast by the author being interviewed and he presents some of the EVIDENCE . Buy the book, visit the site and make your own mind up.

POODAST HERE http://www.historyhitpodcast.com/ww2-nazi-raid-on-the-isle-of-white/ ENJOY.

A short update 3rd January.

By way of an update on my German Commandos, uboats and clifftop radar station raid adventure.
The sun was delightful yesterday and again today as I’m crossing Sea returning home as I type this update. What an adventure, unplanned yet totally gripping with high degrees of excitement, anticipation and discovery.
Yesterday I got to visit the site of the landing beach and walk part of the radar station. It’s was a crisp, clear day, cold but bathed in glorious sunshine. I had my detector with me. By the beach, there is some slightly higher ground over which you can see and select the best “covered approach” to the now visible radar station with its bunkers and 2 sets of concrete bases that once mounted the radar Aries. From beach head at the top of the cliff, to the radar bunkers, I would estimate 650 to 750 yards max. A number of “approach routes are visible, so I selected the most accessible one. Along this approach march, some short distance from the clifftop entry point, I found a number of interesting items!
I’m bringing them home to clean and look for more evidence on them and then research them in more detail before I make any pronouncement. The items are caked in mud and fragile, so I want to clean them carefully.
To say I was excited upon my discoveries, would considerably understate how I felt!!!! I was in some degree of shock and carried away by what this might mean, what to do with my finds, who to tell? To find so much, so quickly when looking at the ground by putting a military head on I.e covered approach route selection, also surprised me.
So, my adventure on the Island ends, but another may open up. In fact, one already has. A friend, Michael Perry is already planning a skirmish game, building terrain for the “German Commando” raid. He’s already ordered the pylons. He’s as desperate as I am to see the discoveries cleaned and then we can tell what they really are, from what they appear, caked in mud, to be…….
One thing is sure, I totally know the ground there now, I now know all the “back story, evidence both hard and supportive” available. Mr Perry is planning a fine game based on what is suggested to have happened, and I can dine out on the whole story for quite some time I suspect? Both with what I have found, how it felt at the time of discovery and what they turn out to be? Either way, it’s been a fantastic adventure, unplanned but extremely welcome. I feel so blessed to have had this experience, no matter what happens next.

Some photos of the glorious day of the search.


Woody Bay, the site of the German Landings apparently.

Me showing Chester, my able assistant where the Uboat might have been, when the Germans climbed into their rubber dinghies.


Our first find……..a £1 coin.

A big signal………


We then find the remains of a barbed wire stake, still in situ on the cliff top, above the landing beach.


A so, after determining a number of likely “covered approaches” to the target for the Germans, within minutes I get an interesting signal, from a good “position” along an approach route.

Bloody HELL! You can not begin to appreciate my excitement at what was found, well here it is. So in this moment, my mind is racing, here in my hand, might be a German rifle bullet casing from the claimed Commando raid in 1943! Have I stumbled upon something significant here? My mind races, full of intense excitement and wonder. Its a beautiful sunny day, I am here searching the very ground upon which it is claimed the German commandos raided a British, cliff top radar station. Totally boys own stuff indeed and such an adventure is hard to summerise how one feels in such moments!
well it certainly looks that way, but I have a lot of checking to do. I know what a British .303 looks like, it has a distinct rim on the base of the casing. This was no .303 ! It has what looks like a German styled bullet with extraction flange which features a flat based case with an angled feeding and extraction groove just up from the bottom, common in bolt-action rifles and machine guns in WW2.

The top of the casing is missing, damaged, rotted on all the examples so an exact length cannot be determined.

Another picture of the find. I did shoot a short video of the following finds being “found and extracted”.

I searched a little more and found a further 10 rounds all in one place, all looking the same but in various states of decay. All videoed during extraction.

A short update 5th January
Work has so far prevented me from doing any more with the finds other than to look up WW2 period cartridge casing and identification. Its a very complex subject, but I am plodding through. I thought us war gamers were geeky, but you should try reading up on spent rifle cartridges!!!!!

An update will follow. I am taking advice from a old friend who is a specialist in such matters.

New Ruined building, curved road section plus!

So,
Work continues a pace on the new EWM webstore but we are still making new things for release. Here we feature a ruined building with additional “rubble piles”. The building comes with some rubble, but you can really go for it with the rubble packs.

So Nigel Plumb, our resident “resin monkey” (His own name for him self) was playing with making a ruined building pattern from the odd miscast we get, or he makes, when casting our resin buildings. Some might say, that most of what he makes is a miscast, but I would never be so cruel to condone such a sentiment! Anyway, fueled after working hours by the fumes from his day of resin casting, Nigel has created a bullet poke marked building pattern which has now been turned into an EWM product.

The building comes as a flat pack, so easy to post. Its highly detailed as you can see, easy to build and painting is dead simple. The detail is easy to just base coat and highlight.

The rubble packs are extra and available as a separate pack. Ruined buildings look great, but they need piles of rubble around them to make them look right. Our building comes with some rubble, but you can make it even more special with the EWM rubble packs.

The building comes with destroyed floors, stair case, shattered roof, some rubble piles, highly detailed frontages pock marked with bullet and shell impacts. Someone has made a real stand here in this place, it has the scares to prove it. Its £21.50 with instructions, supplied flat packed.

The rubble Packs are £9.50 and can be used stand alone or some without new ruined building.

We have also been working on a new accessory pack for the Armourfast Sherman’s, well any bodys Sherman in 1/72 really. Its the american Sand bagged Armour “upgrade” for Sherman’s. We have made these in “drop tested” plastic polymer. There are a few random plastic stowage accessories ranging from ammo box’s, fuel cans, cammo netting etc included in the kits.

These Sherman upgrades pack will be out shortly.
EWM’s flexible latex roads and tracks are now seeing wide spread use, we keep noticing them in magazine pictures, bloggs and used in published rule sets, which is great to see. We have just developed a new cobbled road section, a long curve, seen here on our latest coffee table chatter discussion. Its over 30cm long, curves gently to about 35 degrees and is highly detailed, eay to paint and very thin and flexible, just like the rest of our road and track products.

So, work progresses on the web EWM web store and web site, some images from the new store, to wet the appetite.

We have a tentative release go live date of 1st January 2017. Yes, new years day 2017. So after you have dealt with your hang over, you can peruse our new webstore and maybe, just maybe, we can temp you with some of our new offerings and products, first seen here on this new store. We have aroud 60 products to release on the new store.

cheers

Paul [email protected]

New Dutch Army Armored Car 1940

New Dutch Armored car designed by Tom Lobley. This is the Landsverk L180 made by Sweden, used by the Dutch Army in 1940 as the Pantserwagen M36 6×4. Some captured examples were used by the Germans and known as the PZ Sp L202(h).

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So the master is built by Tom using metal, solder, some Miliput and a lot of skill. Tom uses some “old school” methods, working in solder and metal for the masters. tom only makes 1 wheel, so the parts with multiple castings needed, are then added to a traditional metal mold and produced. Once these castings from the masters are cleaned up, then added tot he model.   I then, do some cleaning up, exaggerate the detail, add bits where I think the model would be enhanced.img_3702

We are now making all our new models in our “drop tested” plastic Polymers. Making a mold that creates a single, model that is “ready” has taken us at EWM a LOT of effort and investment in new technologies. The M36 then comes “built and Ready”, in a “drop tested” plastic Polymer with a turret that is separate, crewman for the turret with the hatch that can be made open with crewman or closed. Its good to go straight out of the pack. You can spend more time painting and playing than with cutting out bits, gluing, sticking and waiting.img_3700img_3697img_3695

We hope you like it. Its where I hope to take all the wonderful EWM models in our ranges to this “ready and drop test” standard in future.

Available on the new EWM webstore at £13.50 each.