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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.

Monday, October 10, 2016

M is for Men in Black

Returning to the conflict zone that is modern Ukraine, we're taking a look at Special Forces troops of the Ukrainian Border Guard.

Equipped with Land Rover Defenders, and a boarder marker/post, we've known since the Iranian Embassy seige back-here in London that you mess with the Men in Black at your peril!

The Land Rover has a rather snazzy paint-job which reminds me of some of the old West German vehicles, although they went with a more apple-green and white.

When we (the Glosters) were in Berlin we took delivery of some of the first Defenders used by the British army (paid for by the Berlin Senate; they were purchased outside MOD's procurement channels) and managed - within weeks - to identify several faults which were subsequently fixed before UKLF and BAOR started getting theirs. Not being particularly auto-minded, I can't recall the specifics but seem to remember split engine-cases and broken/overheating drive shafts as the main problems?

Bagged set had five figures, the vehicle and a marker-post. The header-card's artwork suggests they also used something equally big, but Japanese (?) as well.

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