Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kickstarter - Gunfighter's Ball Ends Today

This particular Kickstarter from Knuckleduster Miniatures has done very well and hit enough stretch goals that I'm seriously thinking of getting in on it. I'm a bit concerned that they have over extended so I'll keep a close eye on this one if I pull the trigger on it today. It ends today so its time to take a look!

Gunfighter's Ball

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Acquisition - Seth Thomas Vintage Clock

There was an estate sale right around the corner from the house on Thursday. I have never been to one so my wife and I looked through the pictures and spotted some stuff that we were at least interested in. I know that you needed to go early but I was not prepared for the ensuing pandemonium! There were no browsers in the group, these people all had specific objectives and they went right after them. Fortunately my wife got to the back of the house first and scored the clock while down in the basement I found that they wanted way to much money for the Lionel train equipment. So my wife scored big on the clock and I found an interesting pamphlet on the sixth Mercury space mission so we both walked away happy.

We are having a hard time identifying the clock though. Seth Thomas was a major manufacturer of clocks in the US dating back to 1810 or so and the company remained in business (albeit as a subsidiary of other companies, a great grandson sold the company in 1932) until 1980. I think 170 years of continuous operation is pretty impressive!  This clock resembles (and is almost identical to) the College Series New York clock. The only major difference I see is the design on the glass front is completely different from the New York. There are six clocks in the College Series; Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Cambridge, New York and Oxford. So instead of something relatively easy to track down we have managed to acquire some kind of variation of the New York or the glass has been replaced. Either way its a pretty cool clock, it has a nice spot in the kitchen until we can get it in for repair.

If any of you out there happen to know anything about clocks and recognize this Seth Thomas clock let me know!

23" high and 13" wide

A better shot of the glass

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Painting Practice - The Dinosaurs

When I picked up the Presidential busts from Safari Ltd I also grabbed these dinosaur skulls, just to make the shipping charge a little more bearable. Unlike the presidents though I'm going to have to strip these down. It looks like they went through the commercial version of the dip method and its pretty thick. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with these, but they might make nice additions to dioramas

Here is the dino skull lineup:

Dilophosaurus, Carnotaurus, Triceratops

Parasaurolophus, Dracorex, Diplodocus

T-rex, Nigersaurus, Brachiosaurus

Brachiosaurus Front, Velociraptor, Oviraptor
I was looking online to identify the first one in this lineup and every picture of the set only shows 11 skulls and then I realized that I managed to work the Brachiosaurus into two shots.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

C&N Railroad Project - The 2-8-0 conversion project - acquisition

I just acquired a Bachmann Spectrum Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation in HO scale off of eBay. Now don't panic I'm not switching scales again. The C&N will remain firmly grounded in O scale while the LA Warehouse district will be HO scale. This 2-8-0 is hopefully going to serve as the basis for a C&N 2-8-0 in O scale. Basically I just need the drive mechanism and the rest will be discarded. The drivers scale out to 60" in HO which is just about right for the 37" drivers I need in O. I just need to dis-assemble it and mount a boiler closer to the right size, add an O scale cab and see if I can find a new tender or modify this one. I picked this one up for $50 so its not going to be cheap by any means but it will allow me to acquire parts at a more comfortable pace.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Painting Practice - The Busts

I have been toying around with the idea of painting busts, there are plenty of really nice ones out there but I still have an ungrounded fear of painting in scales larger than 28mm. So someone mentioned on the Reaper Forums that Safari Ltd had a tub of presidential busts (part of their Toob line) that would be a good to practice on. Twelve dollars nets you eight presidents so its definitely a worth while investment. From the looks of them all I really need to do is wash them really quick and they will be ready for the airbrush. Of course this reminded me that I have a bunch of Lord of the Rings busts in the same scale. Those, however, need to be stripped of all their paint before I can commence work on them. The presidents though will be ready whenever I am!

The line up in order.

Washington, Adams and Jefferson. With all the revolutionary history reading I have been doing my respect for Adams has really grown and my respect for Jefferson has really fallen off. 

Jackson, Lincoln and Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. Jackson is not one of my favorites but I'm a big fan of Lincoln and Roosevelt.

In the more modern bent, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy. Two more of my favorites. Franklin is part of the Manhattan Roosevelts while Teddy was part of the Oyster Bay Roosevelts.

Monday, December 11, 2017

C&N Railroad Project - The Ore Cars

These kits actually arrived last Friday but the weekend, once again, was so busy I didn't really have a chance to look at these until late on Sunday. We had to put down my oldest son's cat, she was only six but had developed a tumor that was taking over her stomach, she was a sweet thing and will be greatly missed. A lot of time was spent at the Vet's office this weekend, definitely not high on my places to visit.

These are old Taurus Product Ore Cars and have been out of production for some time. I had built a number of these in HO scale so I knew they were just about perfect to represent the fleet of ore cars on the C&N. I have been looking for these online for a couple of months now and this batch just showed up on eBay. The price was a little hefty though, about $25 a kit and I really only wanted one. However, I don't know when they might show up again so I bit the bullet on this one and bought the lot. The HO version had enough material for two cars but the O version only has enough for one.

Eventually I would like about 20 of these for the layout but six is a good starting point. Since there is a very nice parts list in the box I shouldn't have any problem building the rest from scratch. This is definitely not a shake the box kit and I'm looking forward to diving in and working on the ore car fleet.

Everything you need in handy sticker marked bags. I don't see a problem finding the components to scratch build the rest of the fleet but those etched parts could be a problem. The kit is definitely showing its age with all the paper products starting to brown with age. There was a little NMRA "coupon" (on the left) to join the organization included in the bottom of the box.

These are definitely showing their age both with the browning of the paper and the typeset.

The last page of the instructions, the all important parts list! If anything is missing I don't think I'll be able to use that coupon though.

The diagram, also very important for future iterations of the fleet.

#2 in importance right after the parts list, the templates! I'll be sure to make some good copies of these for future use.

Friday, December 1, 2017

World War II Project - Brigade Games American Infantry III

I managed to get a little more work down on the US Inafantry from the Brigade Games Disposable Heroes Infantry Kickstarter. At this point I have moved into the Heavy Weapons; US009, US010 and US014. I'm hoping to get the rest cleaned up over the weekend.

US009 US Infantry .50 cal HMG with 3 crew

US010 US Infantry 60mm Mortar with 3 crew

US014 US Infantry Engineers