Following on from the previous post, here is a command post I made many years back in the style of the old Elastolin modular trench sections:
Friday 8 September 2023
Elastolin style trenches
For many years (more like decades!) I had been bidding at various auctions on original Elastolin entrenchments but without any success. It's not that they're rare, they come up all the time, it's just that they are desirable and always sell for silly money. So I decided to make my own.
Based roughly on an original model from the 1930's the basic structure is formed from polystyrene packing, the whole thing then covered in papier mache and sprinkled with sawdust for texture. The entrance posts and lintels were provided by the stick from a firework rocket and the steps just cardboard folded into a concertina shape. The paint scheme follows the original, an overall wash of earth brown with a drybrush of grass green and the odd highlight of drybrushed yellow.
The only problem is storage, the figures are 7cm tall so it's a big old piece of kit and the only place I can find for it at the moment is balancing rather precariously on top on another glass display case!