Wednesday arrived sunny and warm,and it saw Mrs B,upon her early way out and about with the dogs Bella & Keats trotting by her side. i as was pure usual waved her off until she and they rounded the top corner of Fiddle Wood Road,and disappeared from my view.
While fumbling around as one does who has ongoing diorama`s out on view in the house,i tried to tidy up some of my clutter from the day before,that must be mentioned that i am most highly skilled at making but rather on the nit-wit slow side at clearing it up. Skills we all have them,even if it is only down to the finest art of tidying up.
With a fresh hot sweet brew of tea within handy reach ,i settled down to check my e-mails,and from there wondered upon my E Bay page and there found myself looking at the few very needful things i`d bought recently. While still tapping away on the key board i noticed that the Tracking System on my P C was notifying me that one of my parcels was due to arrive within the hour,and looking at the new clock upon the wall i noticed it was a couple of minutes past the hour of nine. Pretty darn good and Brilliant i thought.
One has see the funnest side of such things.
Two hours later my package arrived and while giving the delivery lady a smile i signed that box designed for such scribbles that even the ancient Egyptians would have had a hard job of deciphering. Yes my large cardboard box of armoured delight that would have made even Erwin Rommel happy to receive while rubbing his hands and stamping his favourite shinny boot _______had well and duly arrived.
It is always sweet when one receives such mail sent by those who care about correct service for their customers needs. These guys would certainly receive jolly good feedback from me. The perfectly packed model kits i`d bought had arrived intact,and i was certainly well pleased to say the least.
These model WWII German Tanks are the last of a few i needed to place upon railway bogie's that i`d been searching for,for ages. Ages as it happens rings very true concerning those because the 40 Ton Bogie's were in actual fact antiques 65 years old.
Yes i paid silly money for most of them so please no mention of that to Mrs B.
i remember that these kits came out upon the market place when i was a working class teenager of 18,and although very interested in them the early days of army service beckoned me into another active professional direction. There was simply no time to spare. As an Engineering Apprentice,i worked hard throughout each week in Norwich as it blew in for £12.00,and weekends were often played out rough and tumble in the T A.
Boy O` Boy did those uniforms awfully itch!
Both occupations would stand me in good stead throughout later years,and it was those formative years that i began to think work-wise and solve problems within heavy industry.
All these years on since those long ago days i am most happy to see these kits become available in 1/76 scale,and so these will best suit my up and coming railway system and its heavy metal rolling stock. They are still affordable and from my view point upon the subject are some of the best model kits one can still buy at a hand in pocket price.
These are the highly prised boxes from the 1950`s and upon them is the world famous brand name of MECCANO LTD. There are fakes out there but one learns the secrets of real identification on stuff like these. However no matter of how good the boxes are it was for the contents that i bought them for.
Below the metal rolling stock is the closest look to that which the Heavy Tiger Tanks had beneath them as they left the Factories of the Third Reich in WWII.
Three are upon the track above and are in good nick for their age,which is more than could be said of me.
Above and below my first conversion of placing the 20mm Anti aircraft gun and crew on the half track. i needed to repair the thin barrel which broke off. Anyway it sits upon one of the self same bogie's that i just bought three of. These metal bogie's usually go for £35.00 to £40.00 for one so i lucked in when i won a rake of three for just under £20.00 plus postage.
i needed to cut off those metal support bars in order to be able to use it for German Armour,and likewise the same will need doing on the other three just delivered. The modern plastic ones this length are cheap Chinese made Rubbish and bounce around because they are plastic so derail at the slightest Hornby or Bachmann designed whim.
Not perfect,who could afford perfect. A bit frayed around the edges but still worth collecting as part of British Toy Shop History.
So i will enjoy putting bits and peices together kit bashing that is ,and eventually see them circle upon the Honey Well Rails.
Until next time this is it.
Thank You For Looking
i Hope To See You Later. BB
i need to stick the loose track guides on which are rolling loose in the box,but for now some pictures
THE PANZER IV F1/F2
THE STURMGESCHUTZ III AUSF.G ( STUG!)
That`s The Style which has taken Ages to Achieve
Opp`s it is missing a track guide!
i managed to buy nine of these metal bogies and they will help make up a train of over four foot in length including Flak Cars the Brake Van and the Engine. i hope you will agree that they lend that needed for look of uniformity to the German Armaments Train.
i now have Seven 1/76 scale STUGS, and Six 1/76 PANZER IV`s for Armament Trains.
That`s it for now See You Guys Later BB
Several posts have arrived since you might have last called in,and the empty boxes lay neatly stacked up upon my little work table. The contents farm fresh but in darn good nick have had a wash in soapy water,and are drying off on the radiators about the house. This avoids rusting!
There they all are in their neat trim of uniformity.
All though others are due to arrive over the next few days,
this is the end of this topic of which i cannot possibly improve upon.
So thank you for your visit. BB