Sera's Tank Blog 2018

You can now follow the latest news from Staples & Vine with Sera's Blog.
Updates from the workbench with news on the latest tank being sculpted.
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Sera Staples. sculptor.

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May 7th 2018

Good news today! My arm is a lot better. I have made good use of my RnR by merging the pewteraircraft and pewtertanks websites into the Staples and Vine site. This has been a big project as there were over 300 pages to recreate. The site navigation on the Staples and Vine site will make it a lot easier to find what you are looking for. Under the home section you will see a quick link to the latest releases, and next to that my blog for all the latest news.

I shall now only be making blog posts on

This site will remain live until April 2019 but will no longer be updated. So for all the latest news and release information please go to
In other news. I have been masterplanning the new workshop ready to extract everything from storage. I have some admin to catch up on and I have at least one major project to get up and running.
Thanks for checking in... Sera.

April 24th 2018

Lots of news! Winston and I are staying with my parents who have kindly offered to let me run Staples and Vine from their home. Winston is very pleased as he is being treated like royalty. Dad has Alzheimers so at least being here I can help mum, and keep an eye on dad. Broadband speed is very good here which makes a huge difference. So far I have got a working office just about up and running and have started to plan the main workspace. Everything is still in store so production is still a way off. Unfortunately about a week ago I badly tore the muscles in my left arm so lifting is out of the question for a while. I am not taking it too easy though as I am still working hard on the computer.
As you know we have multiple websites which has it's advantages and disadvatages. I have decided to integrate the pewteraircraft and pewtertanks website into the Staples and Vine website. No information will be lost, in fact I should be able to create a more user friendly site. I am well advanced with this major project but there still is much to do.
I have also invested in a 28 inch 4K monitor which makes computer work so much easier (shame my graphics card won't output 4K). I will invest in a new PC next year. The text is so much clearer I am noticing embarassing spelling mistakes in my blog posts - hopefully that will be a thing of the past. The pewteraircraft and pewtertanks websites will be up for another year eventually with an automatic redirect to Staples and Vine.
Thanks to everyone for your support and patience, more news soon.

April 12th 2018

Hello everyone sorry for the 'radio silence' but as you can imagine I have had my hands full. I have now moved out of the old house and I am planning where and how to resume production. There is a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. I just wish I could get to the end a bit quicker as I am desperate to get back into the swing of things. I am sorry if the blog is a bit 'off topic' but I thought you would appreciate me keeping you up to speed with developments. Hopefully some good news soon.

February 23rd 2018

I am sure many of you are asking questions regarding my last post. Sadly my husband and partner, Tim Staples, passed away on the 12th of February after a long battle with prostate cancer. We started Diverse Images together more than 20 years ago and have come a long way together. I have been overwhelmed with the cards, thoughts, help, and best wishes from everyone. I knew our customers were great people, but I just wanted to say thank you all so much, your support has been touching.
I am now clearing and packing, to get ready for the big move, and should be here until the end of March. After March 31st the best way of contacting me is by email at Please keep checking in on the blog as I will be posting news about projects I am working on behind the hangar doors.
Thank you all. Sera

February 14th 2018


Due to a change in personal circumstances I will no longer be able to produce new orders for merchandise, aircraft or tank models with immediate effect. This is only a temporary situation and I fully intend to resume production later this year. In the meantime I shall be relocating to new premises and working on developing new projects. I will keep you all updated with regular blog and social media posts so please keep checking in to find out what I am up to. You are welcome to contact me by phone or email at The hanger doors may have closed but plenty is going on inside and they shall open again.

January 1st 2017

Happy New Year everyone. This year we plan to build on the tremendous success of our Tiger I and not only follow up with the M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo but release at least one more tank as we want to build the range as quickly as possible. The tank following the Sherman has already been modelled on my PC and just needs breaking down to its component parts for 3D printing. Here is a teaser image for you to try and identify what tank it is.


I have been beavering away hard over the Christmas break and you can see the fruits of my labours on the
aircraft blog. We are trying to launch complimentary aircraft to the tanks which will be in the same scale theatre and period to accompany the tank models but this will only come in time. We also have planned a major new project this year for which I may need a little help but more on that later.