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And Snap again!
Between GCN, eurosport subscriptions and then the Dorna video-race pass, you'd be broke!
GCN is fantastic value in fairness - a whole year's racing, thousands of actual races for 20 quid. The motogp by comparison at 140 quid for 17 races is saucy. Both excellent though. Truly comprehensive coverage.
Do you find either sport influencing your watches? I always wanted a Festina because of the cycling but never actually bought one. Same for MotoGP and Tissot. And BMC had a Tag Heuer link up for a season. Didn't buy one of those either
Few enough were innocent in the past, few enough are innocent in the present, we just don’t know why yet.
Wibbs wrote: »
At the time the American watch brands were well ahead of their British and certainly their Swiss counterparts.
Got this little book from an Irish dealer I came across during my recent staycation. It's from the early 1890s and comprises a series of essays by various authors.
No illustrations 🤢
One of the curiosities in the text is where Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson (eminent Victorian physician & avid cyclist) supports the wearing of rational dress (a term used by advocates of reform for women's attire in cycling) by women and a few pages later a female essayist advocates for women continuing to ride in long dresses that just need be tailored with less 'sail'.
The new Italeri model catalogue is out and I may well have ordered 7/8 new models I have absolutely zero space for 😂
I've been trying to get myself out to the ManCave and start cataloguing my current model and toy collection.
Both to share to my "collector" insta and to have a decent record for insurance purposes. From looking online at some of the selling prices for my older stuff, I am actually shocked and surprised by the values of some of the bits I have. I expected some skewed prices for some of the toys particularly the 90's X-Men stuff but, some of the prices on 1:72 diecast stuff is eyewatering!
€175+ for some pieces 😮
I have always had space issues for my models...end up giving a good few away.
have just recently bought Flames of War , WW2 wargame with 15mm figures...mix of armour and infantry. Only started painting them but hope to have a tank skirmish this weekend and a test run of the rules.
A week or so ago I spent about $600 on a keyboard - let's hope MsThirdfox isn't on boards...
It is the keyboard to end all keyboards for me though - and will probably last me through the next 40 years:
For those who know about IBM's model M keyboards - this is a reproduction model F keyboard - heavier than some of CyclingTourist's bicycles I daresay at over 4kgs - and I got the optional solenoid that makes it sound like an IBM selectric typewriter (because typists back then weren't used to the "quiet" clacking of F and M keyboards... it's going to be gloriously noisy!)
Can you imagine typing out cease and desist letters at 80wpm with the solenoid turned on? 😂😁
The postman dropped off this 1:100 Sukhoi today. It has the best example of an articulated display stand I've yet seen.
It's also quite stunning but now I have to either model and print this style of stand for all my current planes collected over 30yrs? Or buy all new planes 😂
That gap in the top shelf is crying out for a Tomcat!
Nice collection, sir. Excellent taste.
The Tomcat is there, it's just on a different shelf 😁 Those particular models are there to match up to 3 display posters surrounding those shelves as an illustration of "Favourites" it was very much a cointoss between the Eagle and the Tomcat for the bottom left there.
Just had it confirmed I've been given exemptions for the modules running this winter semester.
That leaves me with a little bit of inventory/cataloguing of the planes, collectibles and other bits and bobs.
Something to keep me busy for a day or 3 😉
That will be the plan but I bet you’ll spend the time planning your next watch …
In a previous professional role, I was a tech evangelist particularly for mobile and cloud and that said.
I still sometimes find myself blown away by how far and how fast things have moved. Take photo editing, realtime video filters and image processing. From needing dedicated workstations, to needing expensive software and learning to use it, to Insta and Snapchat filters along with quick edit tools on a phone that are accessible and simple.
If I think of what was involved in image manipulation even 5yrs ago, let alone 20 compared to now? I am blown away tbh. That it can do video in real-time too, on your phone...
Is staggering! Anyway I was playing with my planes 😝 and here's a before and after edit from my phone using just the gallery tools that took all of 6 minutes.
Quick and dirty, but now I am going to have a serious play around 😁😂😂
All whilst telling Grace I'm doing the inventory she wanted 😉👍
The possibilities for the 'UFO Community' are endless.
Yes they are!
The truth really is out there....
I think any and all of the models I've posted here to date have been of the Diecast variety. So today I'm going to share a little of the kit-built one.
To keep Wibbs and any other plane and history nerds happy 😉 I've added a bit of info re: the markings and the kit itself.
This is a Revell 1:32 kit and is a detailed build IMO. If memory serves it is an ME110C7 variant and is painted to represent a Barbarossa era aircraft of ZerstorerGeschwader 1 on the Eastern Front in Late '41, early 1942.
Wow, that is some build.
Love a good model kit.
My boys got me a BF-109 and a Harrier GR.3 for Christmas. Very relaxing.
Thanks LD, it is always nice to finish out a good one. The aerial rigging is one of my pet peeves with pre1950's builds and generally I hate it 😤 but on some models the wire really does set off the entire build.
It's been quite a while now since I've actually really lain into a great build I must keep an eye out. I probably have @ 25/30 kit build and 70+ diecast and laziness has me leaning more to diecast lately. A good diecast, some paint and a decal kit can really give some variety too over the usual shop bought finish.
Enjoy your next few builds, Harrier in particular is fun and the bf109 was one of my 1st. The early framed canopy was a Bollox to paint 😂
Be sure to share a pic or 2 when done too.
I follow a couple of accounts on Twitter, and there is a Japanese genius who does aging, wear, rust, smoke, and other detail that is just breathtaking
I'm proud when I can get the pilot painted so he looks like, well, a pilot!
I hear that. Back when the first lockdown hit a mate of mine into the whole model making thing dropped a couple of kits over for me and gave me a few links to youtubers and the like. Bloody hell, some of them are scarily talented. I did note after many decades of being away from that sorta thing that tanks and armoured vehicles are way more popular than when I was a kid. Back then it was pretty much all aircraft. I suppose tanks allow for more weathering and ageing as aircraft are generally much cleaner. Though WW2 stuff could get pretty weathered, particularly the German stuff, as they were more likely to be operating under duress in environments like Russia and their fuel was pretty crappy. The exhaust soot is a lot more pronounced on the German stuff.
One of these days I might seek out one of those Stuka kits and do it up like a tank model, fecked up. Well they were kinda tanks of the air so...
Haven't built a model since the 60s. When I was a kid we'd get Airfix ones like Lancaster bombers around Christmas and a couple of months later after they were missing a prop or two would set fire to them in the back garden.
Here's the one I did make last year. One of the "new" tips I picked up was to use oil paints to add subtle effects in shading and the like.
Sitting on an actual ammunition crate for the shells that were used in the anti tank version.
I use it as a coffee table and wine rack/box. Swords into ploughshares an' that.
Definitely not an obsession but I enjoy reading through the old Abercrombie & Fitch catalogues. The way things are described over a century ago is really interesting, and they really were the top supplier of outdoor goods.
Example of watches:
Or rifle sights:
I like that Wibbs! There's a guy I came across on insta who does some amazing weathering and paint work mainly on tanks and ground gear but he does a little bit of everything and shares info on his techniques in the comments
Finally got around to finishing off reading some good books by Mark Felton
Would be happy to give them to anyone interested in a bit of WW2 history....as long as An Post doesn't end up sending them to Japan!