Sunday 18 April 2010

The Duchy of Tradgardland Navy Part 1

Having seen these wooden warships on the internet (by Sampson-now sadly unavailable) I was rather inspired to try and portray some vessels of the Ducal navy in wood.

I will try and do some work myself but may employ Gary,our excellent joiner, to help with some of the tasks. I intend to use recycled wood from the garage and supplement it with balsa and other scraps...

We shall see where we go with this and also what time and funds allow. I am rather tempted by the Russian Ship/costal defence vessel that the Duchy of Tradgardland bought and renamed "Von Bergmann."

Friday 16 April 2010

Mind map

I have been "mind mapping" the Duchy in the 1930s and am quite pleased with the work so far.

It is still moving forward but I feel I am onto something. By the way do any of you find mindmapping helpful in your hobby thinking?

Thursday 8 April 2010

Uniforms for Landstorme

Here are some photos of Tradgardland militia of Landstorme. They are depicted in the variety of uniforms they wear - which range across a wide spectrum from almost civilian to almost complete uniform. I hope to start work on some models very soon...

Monday 5 April 2010

Tankettes of wood...

In the Duchy of Tradgardland agricultural experiments were carried out in the 1930's ...

It was a "win,win" situation - the tankette drivers got practice at driving and the farmers gained help with the work around the farm ,especially ploughing in particular.

I am resolved to try and build/carve some tankettes out of wood for durability. I have little or no skill in this area apart from woodwork at school!! However it will be a challenge and we shall see what can be produced. Any suggestions more than welcome!

Saturday 3 April 2010


A Happy Easter from all at The Duchy of Tradgardland!