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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, July 19, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events - Saturday 20th-Friday 26th July 2019

There have always been a few genuine 'headlines' each week, if there hadn't been, the likes of Giles, JAK and Scarf wouldn't have had a job, but right now it seems we have three or four real headlines each day and most of them are mad!

Trump's come out of the closet and declared himself to be an out-and-out and very OUT sexist, racist, Nazi git! . . . Maybe-Maybe-Not attacks Corbyn in the morning and then in the afternoon makes a speech about how bad all the attacking is! . . . A British Govenrment private-jet (not RAF) extradites a terrorist's brother from a war-zone, while Mrs. Zughari-Ratcliffe languishes in prison shackles in a mental health facility for no reason  . . . The Turks take delivery of Russian missiles even as Russia moves its own closer to Europe . . . Oh! And Ebola is out of the jungle and in two cities and another country . . . Great! But the best is that Parliament have prevented the awful Boris from proroguing the administration to force through a no-deal . . . now that's worth a celebration, that and TJF; the 'legend in his own lunchtime' seeing Jecsan where there 'aint none!

Not many fairs this week but plenty of other stuff . . .


Toy Fairs

Saturday 20th July 2019

Llangollen - Chris Dyer Fairs
Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Road, LL20 8SW
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission £2


Sunday 21st July 2019

Aston Clinton - Joe Lock
Green Park, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NE
Internet presence unknown
Mob. - 07866 641 215
18:00-20:00hrs
Admission £2

Ipswich - Dolly's Daydreams - Doll Fair
Ipswich Hotel, Old London Road, Copdock, near Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3JD
Dolly's Daydreams, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (promoter)
Web. - http://www.dollysdaydreams.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/dollysdaydreams
eMail - dollysdaydreams@btinternet.com
Tel. - 01945 870 160
Mob. - 07860 517 048
10.30-16:00hrs
Admission fee unknown (might be free or nominal amount)

Kirkby-in-Ashfield - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend)
Festival Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7DJ
Mob. - 07951 072 790
10:00-14:00hrs
Admission fee unknown, aaccompanied under-16's free
Free parking, refreshments

Wimborn - David Rees
Queen Elizabeth's Leisure Centre (Sports Hall), Blandford Raod, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4DT
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01202 590 158
10:15-14:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking and refreshments


Thursday 25th July 2019

Thatcham - Steven Clements (evening fair)
Thatcham Catholic Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30-20:30hrs
Refreshments, free parking


Auctions

22nd July 2019

Ledsham - UK Toy & Model Auctions Ltd.
Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham, Near Chester, Cheshire, CH66 9PB (venue)
46 Wirrel Gardens, Bebington, Wirrel, Merseyside, Cheshire, CH63 3BH (offices)
Tel. - 01513 343 362 (Barry Stockton)
Tel. - 01270 652 773 (Tony Oaks)
Catalogues £3.50p from office address
Die-cast, trains and toy soldiers

Lewis - Wallis and Wallis
West Street Galleries, Lewis, Sussex, BN7 2NJ
Tel. - 01273 480 208
Fax. - 01273 476 562
General Toy Sale


Other Events

From Now - Sunday 8th September 2019

Newbury - The Base Gallery - Brick City (started Thursday 18th July 2019)
The Base Gallery, Greenham Business Park, Greenham Common, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 6HN
Web. - https://thebasegreenham.co.uk/event/brick-city
Admission £5.50, advance ticket deals
World's famous buildings in Lego [Warren Elsmore's first book was called 'Brick City' (mentioned here at Small Scale World) I don't know if he's involved with this exhibition, but I suspect he might be?]

Romsey - National Trust - Beano Time Traveller (starts Saturday 20th July 2019)
Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP
Web. - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/features/beano-time-travellers-at-mottisfont
Email - mottisfont@nationaltrust.org.uk
Tel. - 01794340757
11:00-17:00hrs, outdoor trail available from 10:00hrs
Interactive exhibition of the comic's characters and history


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019

Glasgow - QD Events - 'Resonate' Gaming Festival
Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW, Scodland
10:00-18:00hrs

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals; Air Show
Grimsby - North Coates Flying Club - Wings & Wheels Fly-in
North Coates Flying Club, North Coates Airfield, Kenneth Cambell Road, North Cotes, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN36 5XU
Tel. 1 - 01472 388 850 (office hours)
Tel. 2 - 07952 923 265 (out of hours)
09:00hrs (Sat. 20th)-18:00hrs (Sun. 21st)


Sunday 21st July 2019

Edinburgh - Edinburgh Museums - Teddy Bears Picnic
Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South, Edinburgh, Scotland


Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th July 2019

Paddock Wood - War & Peace - The War & Peace Revival
The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6PY
Tel. - 01258 837 700
09:00-18:00 daily, booking- in of vehicles and exhibits 08:00-20:00 daily
Apply for ticketing details
AFV's, re-enactment, living-history, home-front, stalls, trade-stands, air displays


Overseas Events

Saturday 20th July 2019

Louisville (USA) - SAS - Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo
Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville Airport, 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209, Kentucky, USA
Web. - https://www.kygijoe.com/index.html
 eMail - sas@kygijoe.com​​
 Tel. - (502) 235-4660
10:00-16:00hrs
Admission $5.00US, 'Early Bird' from 9:00hrs; $10.00


Orlando (USA) -   OTCC - Oralndo Toy & Comic Con
The Florida Hotel, 1500 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809, Florida, USA
E-mail - mikescomics.col@gmail.com
Tel. - 4074 021 336

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019

Monroville (USA) - Trainshow - Greenbergs Great Train & Toy Show
Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, Allegheny County, PA 15146, Pennsylvania, USA
280 Carlton Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (promoter)
eMail - info@trainshow.com
Tel. - 6302 901 962


If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here -  FOR FREE  - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!


Other News

Barney Brown - Herald Toys and Models

Latest update from Barney;

"Dear Collector, we are delighted to announce that we have just acquired the second part of the Roger Saunders collection of Britains and Herald models and have added some choice early Herald/Zang Farm, Wild West and Military sets, in their original packaging (Roger has been collecting since the early '70s). We also have the Roseberry collection of Britains and Herald Wild West models, which we will be continuing to add over the coming weeks. Enjoy the Summer weather. Happy collecting as always, Barney."

http://www.heraldtoysandmodels.co.uk/catalog/index.php


Vectis Auctions - Heads-up!

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
The sale forecast for the 30th (a week this coming Tuesday) has a few unusual items, among which are these life-sized (?) Mike and Sulley figures, the two Raleigh 'Chopper' cycles will also be in the sale, all are joined by two life-sized Jack Skellington’s from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' movie and there will be more on all in next Friday's 'News, Views . . .'


Last Week's Divider

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
Should have looked like this! If it didn't, it's because your machine, or the server you're using doesn't support the font or insert-coding, as with the soldier-writing (below) in the two early-May 'News Views . . . ' it looked fine in 'Preview' because my system does support the font - I'll make an effort to keep it simple in future; clearly the Wibbly Wobbly Way isn't ready for me and my creative genius yet!

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
Look out! Did I just called myself a genius? That's probably worse than calling yourself a Legend! But then . . . I'm not being serious; it's something about Jupiter's thighs, I'd prefer Athena's but it's out of my hands and in the hands of some fatuous, 70-year old, plagiarist Frenchman!


Links

A Bit of Thoughtful Stuff

Maker Interview - Victoria Miniatures

From the Daily Wail's No-Shit Sherlock Department

Not Sure About This - He Paints Over [Better] Artwork?!!!


H is for How They Come In

A week dominated by Rhinoceroses (really should be Rhinocerii!) as it happens . . .

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
. . . the Phillis Tuckwell hospice shop had what was obviously someone's collection of Rhino's in two baskets for the grand sum of 50p each, and picking-up a glossy one I thought - from a distance - might be Starlux I realised it was hollow-cast even as recalling the Startlux one is not a pretty sculpt. Turned out there was a pair of hollow-casts; Timpo and Britains with hardly any paint-chips, so I took both, along with a carved-stone one which is probably soapstone of some kind?

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
It's not the dusty pink or grey soapstones I know from Kenya, but a beautifully striated greenish material, which polishes to a vey soapy sheen, with darker dun or khaki layers in it. Sorting them and taking these photographs I wished I'd bought the wooden one I'd also seen in one of the baskets . . .

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
. . . so the next day I went back for it and ended-up doing a couple of quid on four more! I've probably got the Britains ones already, but paint was good on both and wear minimal, while the China'rhino (inset left) seems to be a modern copy of an older Wing Luen model (inset right); horn is blunter and tail heavier and a rib-groove has been lost.

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
A more general bag came from Cancer Research, the four large 'infant-toys' (everything in the photograph is an infant toy!) at the rear (two Peterkin 'Baby Dinosaurs' and two generic goats!) will go back to charity I think, while the nicest item is the four-part (probably Kinder) reindeer kit seen middle-right.

Announcements; Auction News; Britains Herald Rhinoceros; China Rhinoceros; Discovery Magazine; Egyptian Pyramid; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Hollow Cast Rhinoceros; Hollow-Cast Rhinoceros; Magazine Part Work; Mike and Sulley; Monsters; Monsters Inc.; Monsters Mike and Sulley; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Rhino; Rhinoceros; Rhinoceroses; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stoneware Rhinoceros; Sulley and Mike; Timpo Rhinoceros; Vectis Auctions; Wild Animals; Wing Luen Rhinoceros; Wooden Rhinoceros; Zoo Animals;
Finally; a rare-addition to the 'card and paper' wing of the collection, in the shape of a pyramid, because it's a pyramid! A bit of fun, but a few posed-shots with small-scale ancients probably lie somewhere in its future!

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