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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, 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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