Monday, October 8, 2018

Upcoming Ship of the Line

I'm happy to show our upcoming 1:600 scale Ship of the Line, work on whose ultimate desig is over now.

Loosely based on the plans of an early 18th century Russian real ship, this new model can stand on tabletop as a 3rd or even a 2nd rate man-of-war --so being ideal for War of Spanish Succession, GNW, Turco-Venetian Wars or even golden age of piracy settings!

In the next weeks we'll 3d-print the design and start prototyping a master model --a job to include levelling it down to waterline, of course.

Monday, September 10, 2018

1/600 naval accessories released

We are pleased to present a new range of 1/600 scale naval accessories, aimed at helping users to customize their model ships --not just ours own, but those from others brands that are compatible with ours, like Skytrex's Triton range or Peter Pig's range #18.

Current releases comprise several rigging sets along with a matching mast --all in white metal. Pricing varies from €2.45 to €4.95.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New SCW items by Peter Pig

In the last months, the British firm Peter Pig had resumed the expansion of its range #13, dedicated to the Spanish Civil War. A first result of their effort was a recent batch of "tiznao" armoured trucks such as Somua-Naval, Hispano Suiza 3T6, Constructora Field and Torras nº 4:

These were soon followed by a fifth "tiznao", MTM nº 1, as well as a civilian car, the Franklin Olympic sedan:

And more recently by two new civilian vehicles: a sedan car with excess luggage and a pickup van, both based on the Franklin Olympic. In addition, Peter Pig has released new references of spare heads for GCE, the one with straw hats while the other with Moroccan turbans. It should be commented too a third refrence devoted to female heads, which stands ideal for militia women:

As some may already know, Minairons carries the complete range #13 from Peter Pig; it can be found within our 1/100 scale listings.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Painting commissions

After some thinking, I've decided to open a miniature painting service, with the aim of complementing Minairons' offer of products and services. Such service is to be carried by myself --with the occasional assistance of a friend when needed, and I honestly believe it can be rated as optimal for wargamers (please watch my miniature painting blog to get an idea on how I work).

Such decision has come after having been commissioned recently a couple of painting jobs --almost simultaneously, and both related to Age of Sail ships! BTW, this is the work on one of such commissions (consisting in a total of 7 ships from both Minairons and Peter Pig):

A Minairons galleon in Spanish livery:

Here below, a Peter Pig fluyt in also Spanish service:

Next, a frigate from Peter Pig too; this one, flying Catalan ensign from the 1640-1653 Secession War:

And last, a Peter Pig schooner also showing secessionist flags:

The other commission taken is larger, for it consists of a couple of fleets entirely from Peter Pig, totalling 13 ships! I started working on it last weekend, and will be able to show some preliminary pictures soon. Having in mind how small my offered painting service is, I must assume in advance a limit to the number of commissions that can be taken without collapsing --or delaying deliveries beyond acceptable deadlines. I'll do my best at regard with professionalism and good faith.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

1:72 scale BA-6 armoured car

For those of you not knowing the BA-6 armoured car from Pegasus Hobbies yet, this is what the model kit looks like once built:

We are now going to keep in our website a permanent stock of this beautiful fast assembly model, that so well complements our own Spanish Civil War range. Pegasus Hobbies is an American brand not as spread over Europe as it undoubtedly deserves, so we also expect to make our listing grow gradually with more kits from them!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Data Policy update

As many of you have probably noticed, a new EU Regulation about Data Protection (populary known as GDPR) enters into force tomorrow 25 May 2018. Accordingly to its provisions, I've thought it fair to update Minairons Miniatures privacy policy so as to renew my personal commitment to it.

If willing, please take a look to Minairons Miniatures updated Privacy Policy.

All the best, Lluís.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

18th Century Spanish Man-of-war flags

We've released our first 1:600 scale 18th Century Naval flags set, devoted to Spanish warships between 1701 and 1785 --roughly, the lapse of time between the War of Spanish Succession start and the American Revolution aftermath. Under rule of the new Bourbon dynasty, Spanish flags at sea changed quite drastically with regard to previous centuries, now showing the royal arms on a plain white field --for white was the Bourbon livery.

Here above you can see a couple of flag sets used on a frigate and a brig from Peter Pig (painting by myself).

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New 1:72nd scale L3/33 Carro Veloce

I'm happy to show you our latest 1:72 scale Spanish Civil War fighting vehicle, the Italian CV-33 or L3/33 Carro Veloce. This is a fast assembly, all-resin model kit that consists of just 8 parts cast in a high quality, resilient resin. The sample you're watching in pictures has been kindly painted by Ferran Vilar, a member of FOW Tarna wargaming club of Reus town (Catalonia).

We have for once released this new model kit under the "reinforcements" program first (that is, as a single model sold in pack), prior to launching its 2-models boxed version. This is due to some delay experienced during Winter by the Italian tankers intended to accompany the boxed set. Good news though: this is their current sculpting status, right today:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A customer's Dutch fleet

A customer and mate hobbyist has kindly shared with me some pictures of his recenty built Dutch fleet, consisting of two large war galleons from Minairons, as well as a smaller 'race-built' fast galleon from Skytrex --all them at 1:600 scale. Here you can see what they look like:

He chose not to use the Dutch flag sets I published, but to paint some of his own instead. Bases are clear plastic rectangles textured by means of a clear silicone layer. Also, he glued a small magnet at bases bottom, for higher safety when carrying them.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Man-of-war WIP

Work on what is going to be our third 1:600 scale Age of Sail range model has already started. Now we're planning to do a man-of-war, loosely based on the plans of an early 1700s Russian warship.

At so an early design stage, many features are quite provisional, some of which are to be refined step by step, or even modified. What I can say right now is that further detailing is to include open artillery ports, mizzen mast re-design, as well as fore and main masts re-sizing. Hull is going to be around 8 or 9 cm long. So there's still a lot of work ahead!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A T-26 tank 'Open the Box' video

A French user has gently shared with me an 'Open the Box' YouTube video he's recorded --in French language. Here it goes:

Friday, April 6, 2018

Late Galleon released

We've just made available the second model of our 1:600 scale Age of Sail Ships range. Now it's been the turn for a late galleon, showing some features different to those of the former one (such as the bow piece or stern design, for instance), although compatible to it thanks to the chance to interchange some parts between them. The new kit is inclusive of a flags set of 1640-1653 Catalan ensign, flags and pennant --with several more sets available on our website.

This is what a built sample looks like, once superbly painted by Julián of Model J Ship (worth to point out he again chose a rigging option different to the one actually in kit):

If eventually interested in this new model kit, please note that, due to a silly misunderstanding with my resin caster, the number of model kits actually available right now is quite small; so there's some risk of finding an empty bookshelf if you don't rush fast enough to reserve your sample! Otherwise, you might have to wait a few weeks until a new, larger batch is cast.

Friday, March 30, 2018

A 1937 Chevrolet in FFL livery

These are the pictures of a 1937 Chevrolet truck in 1:56 scale a customer purchased from me recently. As you can see, he wanted it as a Free French vehicle in North Africa, so carrying a Schneider gun, along with some French artillerymen in British gear. A very nice job IMHO.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

1/600 Late Galleon artwork

Please allow me some minutes to introduce our next 1/600 scale Age of Sail ship, a Late Galleon, a sample model of which was recently built and painted by Model J Ship naval workshop along with her earlier sister, as you can see by the pictures in this thread.

Model kit will come in box, complemented by a flagsheet with a 17th Century Catalan ensign, flags and pennant --those very same you're watching in pictures here. This new 03NAV006 Late Galleon is schedueld for release in April 3rd, but eventually interested users can already pre-order her from this web page.

Also, some will perhaps find useful the collection of 17th century Ensigns we are developing, currently covering either naval, merchant and privateer flags of Spain, Portugal, Catalonia, France, Ottoman Empire, England and United Provinces, with more on the way devoted to Venice, Malta, Sicily, some Indies Companies and a handful of pirates.

She's priced the same as her earlier sister --that is, €15.95.