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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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

O is for Other Bikes

Really an exercise in clearing Picasa, actually a never-ending exercise! These have slowly accrued waiting for their chance to shine on the blog, and this is it . . . although most of them aren't very shiny!

The big black one is actually quite badly damaged, but on the other side! Came in a mixed-bag of odds and sods from someone (so I'll thank - alphabetically - Brain Carrick, Peter Evans, Gareth Morgan and Trevor Rudkin - to cover all the bases!) and is - I think - Cofalux, it certainly looks like others I've seen, but isn't quite the same so may not be? It'll be French though?

The other is also probably French as I don't think Wendal ever listed a fire-brigade motorcycle? Therefore it must be one of the 'alu's, but which? Cof, 'do, or Mign'! Seems to be Fire Service and photographed on Adrian's stall ages ago.

Oxford Diecast; yes I know one's not a motorbike, but this is an exercise in getting stuff off the laptop as much as it's about motorcycles!

As an aside, the tractor should be green and old Henry Marshall was a mate of Dad's and actually helped us source our Marshall's Thrashing Engine, now that's a day's hard work: thrashing corn the old way! And when you feed horse-beans into the drum, it sounds like someone's trying to open the gates of hell with a machine-gun!

This is the actual one, I painted it - so much for Rustoleum! We used to run it off a Fergie-135, but I'm afraid the salt-air got to it after a time and it was a landmark up on the cliffs for another decade or so, before the scrap-man got it - but he didn't get much!. When the tag-list says it was abandoned - it wasn't, it was used as a shelter by the eepydeeps, and I think that's Minnie or Tiddles in the background with their kids (no, they're not kids, they're lambs, goats have kids!), we specialise in black-sheep!

More, what's to say about it . . . OO-guage compatible, but a bit big for HO, reasonable detail, reasonable paint - for moulded metal - and current production . . . er, that's it!

Brilliant! I think this was a quid at Sandown Park toy fair sometime in the last few years? Seems to have just appeared in the collection! Probably Hong Kong, but unmarked, probably a copy of a better US dime-store toy of the 1950's; has similarities to the copies of the submarine bath toys and copies of Manurba mini-subs in the construction and the silver-grey plastic type . . . brilliant!

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