Thursday, 31 March 2016

French Foreign Legion Fort Presented by Beano Boy

 A Lonely Outpost where the howling wind is often stirred up into a fateful Desert Song. The sand driven hard by such a wind of change stung well the faces of those that once saw fit to guard such a place as this. It was Service at a price. It was Duty, and a Mind Set of determination that often would lead to an Ultimate Price being made.

Above stands one remaining chimney and part of the walls of the Blockhouse at Boudenib.

Below the Blockhouse still stands in the Fort,and in the distance another keeps watch, but where is this place?

                                  Southern  Morocco near the Algerian Border

It was here in the Fort above on the cold night of the 1st day of  September 1909 that forty defenders fought off  over 400 Arabs for near on two days in a battle to hold this place. A key position guarding the approaches to Boudenib , and such actions as this one have inspired writers and movie makers throughout the years since to produce moving tales of the tough regulated life and actions of the French Foreign Legion. Often such men fought to the last man and the last bullet.Why? Because they had no other choice.


The Plan above reveals three  pieces of field artillery most probably French 75mm Guns,two to the west and one to the east thereby providing extra fire power to defend the outer Blockhouse and the Fort  where the fighting was  ferocious  to say the least. As in most cases these Forts were it seems kept way under strength and there are desperate accounts of Legionnaires throwing explosives over the walls as the Rif tribesman tried to scale them.                                                                                                                   

The thing i found most strange looking at all the evidence shown in the modern photo`s is the total lack of any remaining roofing materials.

Having shown the mud brick forts of OMAN,i thought to show what is left of these Legion Forts in North Africa. A friend kindly remarked such pictures can inspire and determine future scratch builds.
                                                                     OTHER FORTS

1908  Morocco here the Legion is shown with the wrong color sash it should be one of blue. 

The French arrived in Algeria in 1833 and were soon building up Forts.

It might seem strange for the Well to be outside the walls of this unnamed place,but often was the case a new Well needed digging after this Fort was built and saw actions of rigid military life.

Looking above at the damaged section of wall i realised that there had been quite an explosion here and near a third of that building had gone.

                                  A Breach in the wall ,i wonder if there was a desperate fight here.

The high-point of this Fort is not all that clear on the first glance of the picture,but to the bottom right the low road or desert track can be seen below. So this was a good well thought out vantage point of defence,and with plenty of firing slits built into the walls.
I chanced upon information that the French used aircraft during the Great War and after to support these Forts. One account mentions water supplies being dropped in the form of blocks of ice. After suffering a number of defeats the French finally blew up most of the Forts that the Legionnaires had built by 1927.

 With  all the roofs long ago blown sky high in all these hard fought over places their ruins remain today just rugged solitary places that`s for sure. With only the passing shadows and the desert wind for company.



This is the AIRFIX FORT that Paul Converted. Paul`s Bods!

                              Below a scratch built model Fort made for the gaming table.

Below a welcome rest from the beating sun and time to catch the shade.

The remains of a French built Block House. The people themselves help set the scale of the place well.

                                                       Name Unknown

                                    Like a Sentinel this French built Block House stands on Watch.



                                       As they march along captured in this tiny point in time.

That`s All Folks.  


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Theirs Is The Glory (1946) - Movie

Hi Guys,if you can get past the Wonky Sound Track at the beginning of this Movie the real story is painted by all those men who were there a year earlier,and it must have been tough for them to go back there.It was another tough call for the British Government to make,and as always most able to answered the call again as if ordered to do so. ____________Perhaps they were?
As a boy I knew one Chap Berty,who had been dropped just outside Arnhem. On his Army Discharge Papers his CO,had written, This man is employable. However Berty never could return to a working mans life style as his mind was so battle scared by it all. He became a drunk and a very bitter man,and another casualty of terrible war.

Much later on in life while doing research on the SAS,i  happened upon Berty`s Service Record and for him the flames of war had not ended in 1945.As a small boy i was often afraid of him,but as a man i finally felt a kindred spirit with old Berty who lived next door.  BB


Sunday, 20 March 2016


Hi Guys, this is a three part double sided mould .So five castings will come from using it thus saving time and money. A splendid thing most in the hobby like to do.

                                                                     Pattern One

                                           It was laid in the bottom of the Lego Box

                                                                    Pattern Two

                                               I especially like this pattern

                   When the bottom was filled it was pressed into the rubber up to its halfway point.

                                                                       Pattern Three

When the top half of the mould was filled in with rubber this Pattern was pressed into the top of it creating the third and final part of the mould.

                                                               All the Stuff That i Needed

 I enjoy the mixing up process greatly. It`s making a huge fun time mess that at times boarder on chaos but good things are made from it.

  The first part the bottom was complete  and here a paint  bottle top came into play forming the holes.

  Those holes are very important  because they will mould the guide pins,that will make sure the thing   goes perfectly together again and again giving good sound results every time.

The completed rubber mould that has produced five castings. The two flat wall castings,the one full column and the two half castings too. In total the cost of making the five part mould was £5.00

Here are the casting above a successful outcome again. Not perfect castings but ones that will best suit my needs later when things large small and tiny come together for the final photo and film shoot.
There are more moulds that i intend to make,and the results along with sample castings will be updated here on this topic.
Thank you for taking time out to visit and for looking here. Bye for now     BB

Friday, 18 March 2016

The Two Part Rubber Mould by Beano Boy

There will be Updates on this one so please look out for them if there is interest.
I promise it will certainly be fun.

Columns From Bicycle Handle Bar Grips

First The Cost
Two sets cost £7.89  with Free Postage.

One gets two in a set so here i have prepared both by filling them with Plaster of Paris,in order to make them solid. Although i only need one i decided to show both as an illustration. The one on the right of the picture is what they both looked like after filling them,but i super glued  a top and bottom to make the other one a complete pattern ready to be used to make a rubber mould that can produce good castings for my own use.

Here are another two examples of bike handle bar grips that i intend to make into patterns. Perfect for fantasy projects. Lets face it everything i do is pure fantasy!

I filled the two ends with OYUMARU a reusable compound and not plaster because i will remove each end and likewise stick them onto the others i wish to make into patterns. So the super glue and the reusable stuff will hold it in place but can be removed easily.

                                           All fixed and ready to use as a pattern.

Here the pattern rests in the size box needed to form the bottom half of this two part mould which will be filled with my mix of rubber and the pattern will then be pressed into it up to its halfway point and the edges smoothed out.  I will make the mould later and that can be seen in Part Two.

However let me show you a mould that is far from being ordinary,and it was designed and made by little i last year. The plan was to save money.

                   The one on the left is the painted casting the other the pattern i used to make the mould.

The Playmobil Caste Steps

The mould is one of odd sides. I will explain. Half of the mould is made of rubber the other cheap plaster. The plaster is the odd side. This saved me over a £1.00 by not using rubber.

 I also decides to save more money by not giving the mould a back edge. So filling this as it is would result in the plaster running out as gravity would dictate it to do.

The plan came together like this by using a clay tile. So the clay tile is another odd side.
All Simply held in place by sellotape! This saved even more money. Total outlay £2,50. A massive saving by over half the cost. 

So this is the end result from a mould of very odd sides that might look funny,but can give a perfect casting every time.

All this certainly seemed amusing to these two that arrived on the wing.

I made two video`s and even though i am no movie maker,i managed to show the process of this scratch build project,and woffle on so to speak in my Norwich Accent. Mrs B,helped by trying to use my camera and all in all it was most messy,but most rewarding creating unique stone columns. 
So if there is more interest please view the two video`s on this Blog. 
  Thank you for viewing.    BB

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

LASER CUT CUP CAKES presented by Beano Boy


Having a Wonderment of an idea in my head i thought yes this might work.

                                              50 Laser Cut Cup Cakes £3.65 Free Post

                                                      i`ll get back to you if it does BB

Besides putting cake inside each one i wonder if any of you into the hobby of making models have idea`s what they could be used for?

Well i`m still waiting for these to be delivered,but i thought i`d finally let you know my plan for a few of these.  I want to produce intricate patterns within  stone work. So i`ll make block Patterns for the shapes i require and stick the Laser Cutouts onto them. Then make a rubber mould.
Easy Peasy Work.  If the cutouts are to thin i`ll build them up to the thickness i require. I`m looking forward to the work.  Although i will not be showing the process of making rubber and the moulds i will of course show the final castings produced.   Hope to see you then,then.BB

They arrived today 23/03/2016,and are brillant,and the work of creating medieval stonework can now go forwards as planed. There are three sections that make up the pattern that i will enjoy cutting out to make my own patterns,the mould and the castings.
Figures need settings and not necessarily off the peg expensive stuff. BB


All The Work is For Sci-Fi and Medieval Fantasy

So with that question answered i started on the work to make Patterns needed to make rubber moulds. Yes i spent three hours making 11  Patterns each having five  layered pieces Supper Glued together. My thumbs and finger`s are well layered in dry Supper Glue,and i`m glad that it was not industrial strength,because if it had a been i would certainly have been stuck to one thing or another and would be now at my local Hospital getting unstuck!                                                                                                                                       
These Patterns will be stuck onto a length of plastic  that will span three half columns.The first and third one to their center points.Two thin strips of plastic will be glued in place top and bottom on this section. This will complete this ornate top strip and will make it possible to make castings that will span 10 full or half columns,or more by fixing  them this way onto the halfway points.                       
There are also two opposite ends made for the half way points for first and last column they are          important because they will bring this long top section to the edge of  each end column nicely. These will all be part of an inner wall of a castle and after the moulds are made the flat wall section can be designed and the mould made  so sections  of wall can be cast up. So the half columns and the ornate top will simply be stuck onto and in perfect spaced out place along this long wall.

The four lower ones are part of another strip and because i was dealing with angles by making four and by turning upside down the next shape eventually the four combined in this way formed a nice straight section. You can see this at the ends. To the far left and far right i made two opposite patterns that will be fixed to an upright piece of stonework perhaps the sides of some arched doorway.

I am hoping to use one of the Spiral Stone Steps i made last year. When i was constructing those  i had it in my minds eye to use them on something like this. So i kept the thought of doing so in my pocket so to speak and waited until i could make the ornate stuff cheaply. A year on since that work i can because i spent £3.45 on Laser Cut Cup Cake Wrappers!

The Columns will clean up nice later.

The figure is 1/32 Scale but i intend to use 28mm scale figures along with other sizes too.

Bought these to create even more Patterns for Stonework for my own use.

That`s it 4 now Guys. BB

This Project has been successful and is now fast nearing its end.

From lots of highly motivated mess several somethings are now appearing!

The first impressions taken from the Patterns made using very affordable Cup Cakes. 
i will be casting these up later today  with Plaster of Paris.                                                

On the other side of each mould smaller patterns that will help build 
up stone work were simply pressed into the rubber.   
Two impressions shown are for other work .                         

The moulds look A OK!.

The rubber is strong ,but supple and after casting up ,and the plaster is hard enough a slight bending to the rubber mould will allow the pieces to pop out onto Bubble Wrap.   So i`ll show you the full results a little later.  BB     

2                                        2                           
Yes,Nailed It!  Those cup cakes pieces when glued up  together resulted in what i expected  darn good patterns that produced fine moulds,and the knock on effect produced some  fine looking castings for a planned fantasy set for film and photo shoots.    Those casting are above the 2`s,and reach to another stack  toward the back.    BB