Saturday, 12 March 2016

Why Did Beano Boy Buy Bicycle Handel Grips From China?

 There are a great deal of guys into the modeling hobby of scratch building projects for displaying their models or toy figures. As for me i see myself as one of them,but also one of those ultimate scavengers  who look around at stuff that can be used for other purposes other than what it was designed and intended for. In this case i caught a fresh Internet wave to China where bargains can be had at a very small price and more to the point No Postal Charges.



I can buy these in the UK at four times the price that i paid for mine,and they would arrive within two days. The slow boat from China will take two weeks or indeed a little more. So there they are rubber bicycle handle grips at £1.39 a set. A bargain,but why did i buy ten sets?  Well ten sets mean i will receive twenty  of those above,and they will be used in a Sci-Fi Fantasy role,because like the builder who see`s a pile of bricks and in his minds eye a building i saw these and realised they would make fine stone columns. Yes i will use these as props,and they were so cheap, ( A Reasonable Affordable Item ) ,that i could not make them at that price.  Buying stuff to make rubber moulds and other items to cast them up would cost me much more than  the £13.60 i paid for the bicycle handle grips. i`ll fill these hollow tubes with Plaster of Paris, in order to give them a good solid stability so they stand upright and when fixed into place not topple over and roll about like skittles.
 ( Two Table Spoonfuls of Plaster will do that Job.  )
The light blue ones i bought were 10 pence cheaper than the other colour`s,plus because i bought in bulk i got 5% off the price. Of course i`ll paint them for the setting i have in mind,but the main thing is i don`t have to make them. Magic! Life can be sweet at times. BB

                                                                          Update


These will look good,but they are rather expensive so i`ll make a rubber mould and cast a few up for use as stone columns. The more design patterns the better the illusion created within the cameras eye.     It will be interesting work.    

Hi Guys.i just wanted to mention that i recorded a video of this type of work ,working with Bicycle Handel Grips that show a two part mould being made,and a second video showing the end result after casting it up in plaster of Paris. Why not take a look?
Both are posted on this Blog with the Link to You Tube. All comments will be answered,so if you want to,get those fingers a tapping.  

All items arrived today 30/03/2016. i`m Well pleased with them, and as i bought them from China,i noticed for the first time ever a sticker that Royal Mail stuck onto it stating "Trade Not Part Of  European Confederation. " I trade World Wide Believe In Free-Enterprize,Freedom Of Choice and resent this sticker.BB

9 comments:

  1. Well Paul, let's go for it.
    Show us your new project...
    You made me curious now...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very nice of Dads Army to visit and voice a comment here. Yes it`s Remco, a Benno-Knight from Benno`s Figure Forum. Well Remco,i will start work on making lots of stuff real soon. BB

      Delete
  2. Well Paul, let's go for it.
    Show us your new project...
    You made me curious now...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Quite curious about your bargains!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Francis Lee, curiosity is a good thing unless you be that famous Pussy Cat,which of course you are not. Very good to see you visit now and again and like now comment too. Thanks! BB

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Hi Phil,i`m intrigued too with the aspect of the story line in which these will help set quite a scene.
      Thanks for commenting. BB

      Delete
  5. I´ll be waiting for that new project... specially because I have some similar pieces I bought just because... ehehehehe Cheers Beano!!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. RMacedo, nice to have you climb aboard and voice a comment.
    It could be over 4 weeks before they all arrive. Greetings BB

    ReplyDelete