Sunday, May 20, 2018

Britains 54mm 1st Series Foot Knight No. 691 1971

I started buying Britains cast metal figures some years back and it didn't take long to figure out that these are probably the most beloved series of figures on the planet. My own collection started with a handful of American Civil War figures, bought because I liked the fact that I didn't have to paint them  :-)  That was followed by WWII figures and this past year has seen my Medieval armies grow. The series of photo essays to follow in the coming weeks were all started the middle of last year. As usual, I simply don't have the time to research the arms and armor presented by Britains so I just have to let the photos stand by themselves, and you dear readers can very authenticity. As for me, I just enjoy the miniatures!

I posted photos of the king show here today in one of my facebook groups and it was duly noted that any king who would lose his word was not fit to be king LOL okay, point well taken. My reply to that of course was that this king had his sword thrown from his hand in the heat of battle and picked up the next available weapon to continue the fight!! That's my story and I may or may not stick to it :-)  Since taking these photos I've been able to latch on to extra weapons for these figures and perhaps the next time some inconsistencies will be straightened out. 'Til then - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Safari Knight vs. Tudor Mint Large Gothic Dragon: Fun With Photoshop Pt 1

George Harrison once said, "If you don't where you're going, any road will take you there."

That's kinda where I'm at with the blog. I've got a lot of things in the works for presentation but I also have a lot of things going on the home front and the job front, so mentally my plate is full. It's like playing a game of mental Tetris trying to make all the pieces fall into place where I hope they should be. Okay, that being said, last month I pulled out my Safari Knight and horse and Tudor Mint Large Gothic Dragon and made the two spar off in an epic duel. I'm not sure who won this round but I had fun goofin' around with the pics in Photoshop. I took a whole bunch so in the coming week or so they'll be front and center on the blog. Hope you - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

The basic initial set-up was the dragon and knight sparring on my generically scenicked base. As the photo shoot progressed a few more details were added. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

New Project: Marx Street Shelf Display Pt 1

Okay, well, in between trying to sell things off and making room out in The Cave, and working on my aircraft runway shelf display, and taking photos of all kinds of different things, I started yet another project: Marx Street. I've been wanting some kind of small (and cheap) display just to photograph diecast or plastic cars and trucks on and have been batting ideas around in my head for some time. A few years back there was a major housecleaning out in The Cave and most of my plywood/particle board/Masonite/Styrofoam/1x2 & 2x4 wood stock were tossed. I kept a few things back - just in case. It was from this 'just in case' pile that I found this 33" (83.82cm) wide x 16" (40.64cm) deep piece of particle board. After pulling out a Marxville plastic Service Station, Diner, and Super Market it was clear something could be put together  without too much trouble.

To get the ball rolling I bought and cut up some 1"x 2" wood stock and framed up the piece of particle board. Then I bought two packages of Bar Mills No. 0684 O-Scale Sidewalk Kit. It's advertised as having 100' scale feet of sidewalk but as you can see by the photos, 100 scale feet doesn't really go that far and I had to buy another package. The streets were bought on eBay and sold by I purchased the intersection, streets with dashed white lines and a package of streets with green no-passing lines. Here you see the green striped streets and the trimmed down intersection piece. I ended up with a lot of extra street material and now am thinking about using that for the next iteration of my train layout.

Here's what I'm thinking of doing: there will be the three buildings seen here in full 3-D. They can be swapped out with other O-gauge toy buildings at will to change up the scene a little. The side of the street closest to the front edge will be populated with 'flats' - either plastic building fronts or cardboard, or pre-printed pictures (I haven't decided yet). After looking at some of Woodland Scenics 'Just Plug' line of light kits I may install some of those on the sidewalk. Then of course will be the myriad of tiny details which help bring any street scene to life. There will also be a backdrop behind the plastic buildings to help with the overall ambiance. All that being said, after starting this a few weeks ago I haven't gotten much farther than ordering a few more detail parts (this portion of the layout is now being used to clean, lube, and test my Marx engines for either eventual sale or to decide which ones are keepers). 

Thanx so much for your support my dear readers. Although the posts have slowed a tad there are still cool things in the works! As always - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Linemar YB-52 Stratofortress Flagship Nardina

Designed and built by Boeing as a long-range, subsonic bomber, the YB-52 prototype first flew on 12 April 1952. Going operational it was later designated the B-52 and has been in continuous active service with the USAF since 1955! That's 63 years and is expected to stay in service into the 2050s - WOW! It's not often the government gets its money's worth, and then some, for any of the weapons systems it buys but they sure got it with this one. 

B-52's are one of my favorite aircraft and we see them fly right over the house on those occasions when they come to Nellis for exercises. It always amazes me how an aircraft with 8 jet engines could be so much quieter than any of those with one or two. :-) The Linemar rendition of this classic bird is pretty faithful to the original but I can find no reference to the 'Flagship Nardina' designation and none of the photos of that era show it on the fuselage. A fancy by Linemar's designers or was 'Flagship Nardina' painted on it at one time??? As Marx pretty much kept up with current trends in the Air Force, even releasing toy planes based on real aircraft that never made it beyond the prototype stage, I can hazard a guess that this toy had to have come out hot on the heels of the real one  making it perhaps 1952-53. 13" (33.02cm) L x 14 3/4" (37.46cm) wingspan x 4 7/8" (12.38cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Courtesy Wikipedia

Courtesy Wikipedia

Courtesy Pinterest

Some shots of the YB-52 and the Marx SAC hangar on my shelf display. The Marx hangar is too tall to fit under the shelf above, and the two radar units removed - and besides, I have never seen an Air Force hangar with a control tower and radar dishes on it! Those belong elsewhere on the installation

Because the wings sit so high up on the fuselage they are assembled differently from many other tin-litho aircraft of the era