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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

News, views etc...Lone*Star

I have been lucky to get into contact with an ex-employee of Lone*Star, otherwise known as Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (a.k.a. D.C.M.T.), a Mr. Patrick Simmonds and the first thing I must do is thank him for sending me three old catalogues - almost overnight.

Pat was originally a pattern-maker in the machine room, working on moulds, but would rise through the company and was there at the end. He has kindly agreed to let me interview him for the blog, and to that end if anybody would like me to put specific questions to him (which he may not be able to answer) let me know in the next few days and I will try to speak to him next week sometime.

I will not badger him from now until doomsday, so please get any questions to me by Sunday 5th August. Ask around as well, some of your mates may not follow this blog or have easy access to the internet.

You can pose the questions as a comment (click the comments link at the end of this post) or eMail me at the usual address; maverickatlarge@hotmail.com

I don't know how much he knows about the early plastic figures, so if you have questions on the die-cast toys, Treble-O Trains, guns or the late vinyl toys, do proffer them.

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