Monday, 16 January 2017

The Dry Run with Fred & MayBell........ Written and Presented by BB

Mondays light dawned and played its usual game of looking through the windows of the quiet little houses as  if it was playing hide and seek looking for giggling children,and I suppose it has always been its case to replace a yawn with the first smile of a new busy day, as Fiddle Wood awoke from its silent slumber.     Smiling upon an odd rooftop upon a certain craft table it eyed the scene with keenness because it was a wonderment to it,and even more so as toy figures once more began their active  role of play.

It was a simple scene set out  before it. It was another new toy,and the Sun smiled away active in its plotted out universal course upon that morning thinking ` Mrs B`s and BB`s ,house is filling up.' 

Fred is still upon his ski`s

The first cup of hot Tea arrived, as Fred and MayBell began to wind up their imaginations concerning the next  stage in this their boldest adventure yet episode. The Scratch-Build!
There were  joyful plastic fellows rather bright in spitted out moulding machine colours of over 50 years."They have been,"it must be said,"very patient awaiting their time for bold clean shiny painting colours to be brushed upon them." Very much, Yes indeed.

There are two houses in one construction, and these figures were glad to be out of the toy box

"It`s very roomy! When can I move in?"

"It will quite a while yet." said MayBell, and Fred agreed with his pal. "Floors and Chimney are to be added and then it will be down to BB,who moves in." Fred declared. As he inspected the timbers.
"Yes a little bit to trim off along the bottom will settle these two nicely into place MayBell."

While taking time out for a walk of ponderous over thinking ideas flowing,between these two thick and fast, Well after all thoughts come like that by the hundreds each and every day.
"It is very nice Fred,and I can just picture this within a tiny garden setting of beautiful planting."
"Yes perhaps so MayBell , but first a Chimney needs designing and cutting into shape."

Upon the table three stranger have appeared and they are standing upon a flight of stone steps. MayBell thinks it very odd that they remain inplace as if fixed there by blu tac. "Fred,who are these mysterious guys standing there as if deep rooted to their spot?" She asked.

Even after moving the stone steps aside by several nudges, the three stranger appeared not to move or indeed budge by as much as 1mm. "Yes,it`s them MayBell, Romans."___ " Romans,what are Romans doing here Fred?"____ "Well MayBell,BB has gone and painted these three up and they appear to be guarding those steps."___ "Tell e`m ta shove off Fred?"____" Now,Now,MayBell, they show no conkering attitude at play here, and so that would be out of the question, After all it was BB,that put them here."___ "But why?"____ "Well I guess where there`s Gaul`s there must be Romans,MayBell."

Here is the other side showing the other house. Yes back to back housing had arrived in a big way along with the three Romans who are now way out of steps if you get my drift? All the Asterix figures agreed a nice warm comfy home far outweighed the compacted toy box that they had grown used to. I guess even toy figures have need of privacy at odd times throughout their strange magical days. Upon reading this Fred,askes a question." How do toy figures have magical days MayBell?"
" Well Fred,I believe it to be through story telling."____" Yes of course you are right MayBell,where would we two be without BB`s story telling?"____ " In the toy box Fred."

The inspection continues as the two friends wonder around this odd place,that seemed to have fell up rather than ever having been built up and Fred and MayBell both agreed this truly was a magical place where dreams can come true with a little bit of light tappings.                                                    

"This is a dry run", Fred decleared as MayBell pushed home the last metal pin into place. "There that will hold it Fred."_____" Yes to be sure,it will", he happily agreed. And with that the two of them walk off the page and onto another yet to be written of.                                                                      

While oddly I can presently smell Fish,I think the shared simplicity of back to back works well, it saves an awful lot of work,and the little alien pepper pot Fred, along with MayBell have certainly pulled it off with their joint topic. They actually get Fan Mail,and all I get are the things I buy mail.

 I painted these three period piece Romans  a few weeks ago,and the oddest thing was trying to remember how I`d painted the rest of the army up. I had not touched  a brush for figure painting in 9 months due to much illness in 2016.

                                 And so with the last picture now on, I take my leave.
                                 We one and all thank you for reading.  BB

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Tiny Ships Paper Guns A Make Do Project by BB

A project you will not find on You Tube.

It began with a thought,and then a question that I asked myself,`How hard would it be to make a 1/72 scale Toy Gun for a scratch-built boat I`d recently viewed in a topic that was manned by Pirates but was completely void of guns'? In my imagination,it was a Pirate vessel sailing the sea`s around the Caribbean islands on the lookout for Spanish & Portuguese treasure ships to plunder. Finally the Penny Dropped. "Yes that might work",i said to myself. So looking for stuff that people the world over have in their homes.What I needed was 5 strips of paper cut from an A4 size sheet of paper,a cotton bud,a metal pin,a cocktail stick,some PVA Glue and a small size artists brush.A cheap brush with a thin tapered round handle.

Long ago I made chimney pots for my little cottages that I made,and I used a brush handle to wind the paper around to form what were painted up as clay pots. So likewise in order to help those who scratch build stuff, the plan was to produce a short barrelled 32 and a 36 pounder cannon for a well armed to the teeth Pirate boat. This is how it formulated itself for the first time ever,and from the cheapest materials too. Paper is the cheapest thing ever one could or would wish to use.

One long strip was marked out wider than the rest because this would produce the barrel of the gun. Three more smaller widths were also marked out one being wider than the other two. All were cut out.So the winding around the brush handle began.

First a dry run to form the curve around the handle,then glue was brushed on the edge just enough to make it stick to the paper and not the handle. If it goes on the handle it will not come off at all.

The light was very dull upon this winters day,and it saw me working up near a window that overlooked part of the garden.

Like rolling a rather wet fag!

Yes it was OK to proceed, with more glue and another few winds. I then checked it would move freely around the handle,and yes it did.

So gradually without a dire need to rush I carried on.
Snipping off time

Soon it was time to cut the waste off and the edge was stuck down. 

A light rolling on a flat surface  finished this part. How many of you can remember when you rolled out that little piece of dough when you were a young child? They certainly were Magical Days!

There it is off the brush the wider end needed a little snip off with the scissors. It kinda looks rough at this stage ,but after all one must have a before and after to show.

A few minutes later,the After!

The tube was placed back upon the brush handle and the three smaller strips were wound on and around the barrel in the same way as it was formed, and where can be viewed in the picture. A wider piece of paper strip was also added at the far end.___ It was now taken off again and reversed onto the brush handle again. With a good dip in the glue the cotton bud was then pushed into the wide open back end.                                                                                                                                         

Rethinking upon this matter I could use blu tac to create the back end or modelling air-drying clay. However I wanted to use the cheapest possible method and a tiny cotton bud does                                work.                                                                                                                                                           

Glue was brushed onto the cotton bud and cotton wool already pulled off the other end was wound around the stuck in end,and with wet finger and thumb  the bud was loosely gripped. and the whole piece turned around a few times using the other hand. Yes a little bit of spit was applied to smooth this stage of the work. The stem was cut off,and what was left of the cotton wool off the other end was glued into the wide open tiny hole and wet with glue it was push well into it and it also formed the nob.                                                                                                                              

Holding the formed nob in my palm while turning it flattened the nod slightly to form its finished planed design. It is now looking like a toy,a bronze cast ships Gun, but it needs pivots fixed to it in order to mount the thing.  All fell into place as I worked my way through this tiny build. When dry a pin was pushed into the side of the gun and then pushed right through it while keeping it level. I made sure the line formed at the cutting off point to each piece of paper would be on the underneath part of the gun. All cutting off was carried out on this same side to help give a tidy finish to this bronze cast gun.

The pin hole was slightly widend by using a craft knife with a sharp point,and then a cock-tail stick was pushed right through the barrel and out of the other side.So this problem of pivots  was simply solved. In the photograph above it shows the patterns that formed the gun mount all ready to cut out. What was now needed was a way to cut out the four caster wheels,which was a sort of mind bender. A puzzlement indeed,but solved simple by winding thin strips of paper around a cock-tail stick until the required wheel size was achieved. This also solved the problem of having the wheels fixed into place on an axial.

A simple mock-up to enliven imaginations. The pivots will be cut to size later when the width of the bottom work aligns up just fine.                                                                                                             

The Oak Gun Mount is in the early stage of development and four of the caster wheels are shown above.

With undercoat on it looks kind of old already as if salvaged from the parent ship.
But Bah! Humbug! There`s no Treasure to speak of.
The wooden sticks will be cut to correct size when all lines up with the bottom.

The awkward mistakes I made is the process of self teaching. The thing is to soldier on after learning from it. One must be prepared with a plan B,C,D or whatever. So I have shown the cronic mistakes in order to achieve a contrast with the end result.

I made two short barrelled bronze guns,but due to paper fluff on this first gun platform I dulled this picture to lesson the untidy distraction of it down. As new plans for a stronger gun platform is being drawn up with a stronger and simpler design pattern to it,so the mounted guns will be shown later. Before then I would like to mention a long lost mysterious ship.

                                                          The Lost Ship & Shipwright

The American Cival War Rages On and On,and for some Great Expectations are due to come.

The story of the bronze guns salvaged from the CSS YOBONAEB. A fast paddle steamer and according to her papers as having been French built,but then sailed to G Britain, and  fitted out with short barrelled 32 and 36 Pounders at the Tower of London. (Many a ship were likewise armed at this medieval place of power.) It being a well armed Blockade Runner,proved very successful running Official Mail, Gold, millions of firing caps,thousands of muskets and rifles to add the Southern Cause.  It was sunk off the coast of Normandy in the early Spring of 1863,by two US Federal Ships,that saw it burn,blow up and sink. ( Declared Pirate by the Federal Government.)  Those American frigates, were in turn chased by the British Navy halfway across the Atlantic. The YOBONAEB, was discovered in 1965,but the site was kept secret until it was salvaged in 1995, and its bronze guns were raised as indeed was 17 Million Pounds worth of Gold.

The name of the Mysterious Shipwright that built this blockade runner was recently discovered by simply reversing the ships  name.
 It was such a revelation causing quite a stir in the annals of English literature.

The Gun Mount

It needs a polish up and wheels but the it is possible now to mount the guns,and add a wedge to level each of the guns.

 The pivot point lugs have been cut to fit each  wooden mount.

More toy Guns are being made and I decided to down size the gun mount by 4mm in height,then fix the  wheels attached to the axial.

Enough Ammo for an  Armada

Steel Shotgun Ammo, a very large bag for £7.00 Perfect size for all my cannon.In Teddy Bear Shops,they weight  down playfull Bears with this stainless steel stuff.      

Perhaps I`ll see you guys again real soon with more results.Thanks for stopping by. BB                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Leather Chairs ............... .....Presented by Mr Bobby and written by BB

Mr Bobby,the kind Moggy he is,took time off from reading his daily paper,to present a mention here. " Hi guys poor Mrs B,and BB had such a hectic day, please take a gander to see what went down today in our little house in Fiddle Wood.It is a crying shame"

It was a day of days because it seemed _______ endless, and it saw Mrs B, and I, dismantling two
very large leather chairs. This bold enterprise began when we decided to donate the very expensive chairs to our local P D S A Charity Shop, that helps out big time in the cost of Dogs & Cats that need urgent treatment, but who`s owners for whatever reason need help with funding the health care of their  family pets. Usually they are people who qualify for Government Benefits, and who just cannot afford huge elevated Vets Bills. (We`ve been there and done exactly that. )

The two chairs were well worth £500.00 each, and so would be sold much cheaper to someone who had need of them, and we felt good arranging for the shop to pick them up for free. Firstly Pets get help and secondly those that need reasonable priced but in good condition lounge chairs would be well pleased with them. So they were due to go to the shop first thing tomorrow morning, but then an awful problem arose. They were two massive to go through doorways of the house. So we had to dismantle them. We remembered 9 years before when our leather three-piece arrived the fitters who delivered it had to dismantle it in order to get it into the house. The chairs were made up of 4 parts that were bolted up neat and tight, and they soon had them all fixed together again. So I mentioned to Mrs B, we have to dismantle them in order to get them out of the house. So the tool box came out with the necessary power tools to do the job, and after a long awkward afternoon they the chairs lay in a neat unbolted pile in the hallway tucked under the stairs. Of course I realised the Charity Shop, would or could not put the chairs together again, because well it is just not done. Most suredly we were left with no energy whats so ever to bolt then together again outside in the morning. Mrs B, rang the shop explained the situation to the kind gentleman on the other end of the phone what had to be done, and cancelled the pic-up. So the chairs all 8 pieces will going into land fill somewhere in England. We, feel quite bad about this,but there is nothing more we can possibly do.

Although furniture being constructed in this way is brilliant, it does prove to be a problem when wishing to pass the items on. One just cannot say here`s my drill with the bolt fitter installed so you can put the stuff together once it is in your house.
Well that`s what consumed a good part of our day. Tomorrow arrangements will be made for the Local Council to pick it up for a £30.00 fee. The money is of no importance, or indeed a problem for us either it is the proper course to take and nothing is free these days.

Feeling quite frustrated about this day, I just had to write of it in order to chill out . BB

"Well that was the sum total I guess.
Perhaps I`ll see you guys again upon a more enjoyable day.  Bye."

And so it was that Mr Bobby went back to reading his freshly ironed out paper.
For he surely is a most regal cat of all."