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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. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Friday, April 14, 2017

G is for 'A Gentleman in Kharki'

This figure's material was fully described and shown (with a few of his compatriots) by Brain Carrick in Plastic Warrior magazine's issue; 156, not that long ago, so I won't go over it all again, suffice to say that the chap's made from casein (a powdered by-product of milk).

Casein was also used for a bulking agent in more 'traditional' compositions, but has here been fully polymerised into a form of plastic sharing some properties (texture, styrene-like brittleness, 'Ivorene'-like colour) with some celluloids.

Believed to be a Boar War keepsake/trinket I must thank Mercator Trading's Adrian for letting me photograph this, a while ago now; another thing that's been languishing in Picasa!

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