Thursday, 30 December 2010
Monday, 27 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Anyone who has trawled around the blog might have clicked on the panel on the left about FPF Models. I started this with an internet friend, Steve Francis, about 18 months ago to supply slot racers with accurate scale model body shells which they could motorise and use at their clubs, open meetings, etc.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Having witnessed the way the RSPCA closes ranks even in the face of an official complaint, we just went to another source and got ourselves a lovely little lad of 14 months from Ooop North.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
If anyone knows the answer or how Blogspot can be contacted, I'd love to know.
Monday, 14 June 2010
This weekend we appear to have sold our boat, which was also our home for some time.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
The tiny yard office at Grindley Brook Locks, Welsh canal
I made my first building when I was about 10. It was a little scratch-built flint dashed forge. I used poppy seeds as un-knapped flints. I was given some ancient copper foil rolled into a good scale corrugated which I used for the roof. Because I had no layout as such, I put it on a grassy base and kept it as that. A scenic set-piece. I have built many such set-pieces over the years, rarely having space for a layout.
I can find inspiration anywhere, as in that tiny office above, so perfect in its proportion and fitness for purpose.
This is an old village cinema, now, alas, a hairdresser's emporium!Imagine the queues of young lovers all desperate to get to the back rows in the days when it would have definately been known as the local "flea-pit", before the ugly cement dashed finish ruined the old bricks.
Here is the little country garage in the same village as the "Cinema Salon". Now used only for repairs to cars as the government has allowed the foreign unelected parliament to force stringent and unnecessary rules on small British businesses which cost so much to administer that they are forced to close in full or in part.
I have known this place for over thirty years. You could, at one time, choose from a whole line of Austin Healeys, Pipers, tuned up Imps and Mini-Coopers, to name but a few. The proprietor himself used to race. Now he is waiting for the economy to upturn again so he can redevelop the site because rules and unstoppable vandalism have made the business untenable. Just as well that I made a model of the office years ago then, eh? Another occasion when I needed the peace of architecture. Frozen music.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
I would appreciate any viewer of the blog clueing me up on the methods.
Meanwhile, Jim, thankyou for your kind comments on the models and the Albatross in particular.
I had Hull No. 135., a Mk 1. I bought it from a chap in Yorkshire. It had a Consul Corsair 1500cc pushrod, pre-crossflow Ford engine. I wanted to put a side valve 10 back in or even a Coventry Climax, but the cost of rebuilding even a humble Ford 10 seems outrageous these days, so whilst it was cheap to buy one (my wife paid £90 for it), rebuilding it to a high level was to have cost much more than I paid for the boat! So the 120E engine got a clean up and put back in. New steering pullies and cables and a respray and off it went to a new owner when I got kicked out of the CMBA for telling a home truth or two about the museums in this country. No club, no water to go fast on, no point in the boat.
If you send me a comment with just your e-mail address, I can note it, but refuse the comment for publication then talk to privately about the models.
BXE 599 started life as an Austin Seven Ruby. Stripped of her bodywork she would have looked like this.
The lovely old spring-spoke steering wheel sets off a nice cockpit and never better than the Brooklands Bluemell's.
If anyone knows of the whereabouts or fate of this lovely special, please let me know.
Friday, 5 February 2010
So far we have 39 fully written up sets of details about peoples' cars. We have home builts, Cambridges and Ulster replicas in about that order of popularity. We have some very old, even ex-Brooklands cars, too, which I never expected.
If anyone reading this blog has an A7 Special or knows someone who does, please let me know.