Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fantastic Beasts

"I have visited lairs, burrows and nests across five continents, observed the curious habits of magical beasts in a hundred countries, witnessed their powers, gained their trust and, on occasion, beaten them off with my travelling kettle." —Newton Scamander

Newt Scamander is a character from the Harry Potter series and is purported to be the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Newt Scamander miniature is cast from metal by Jada Toys and stands approximately two and half inches tall.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Books Authored by S. Kip Farrington, Jr.

Railroading around the World, Castle Books, New York, 1955

Here is a partial list of books form this distinguished author and sportsman.

Fishing the Pacific, off shore and on
Fishing the Atlantic, of shore and on
Pacific Game Fishing
Atlantic Game Fishing
Sport Fishing Boats
A Book of Fishing
The Ducks Cane Back
Ships of the U.S. Merchant Marine
Interesting Birds of Our Country
Giants of the Rails
Railroading from the Head End
Railroading from the Rear End
Railroading at War
Railroading of Today
Railroading the Modern Way
Railroading around the World

I don’t have a large collection of his work, in fact I only have the one that I have posted an image of its dust jacket. It was almost a year ago that I purchased this volume at a train show. Because of its mildewed pages I can only take it in small doses. The book reminds me of another in my collection somewhat, in that the other text recalls foreign narrow-gauge railways.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Shanty # 2-Post-Apocalyptic #1

This is my first Post-Apocalyptic shanty and my second scratch-built shack & shed. It is number 12 in the Shacks & Sheds series. I built it in 1/72 scale for war-gaming terrain and it will be one of many eventually!

It is built to represent an all steal construction, steal plates that might have been savaged from abandoned or grounded ships. You can see other elements of steal plates that have been left to the sand and rust. The shanty has seen occupancy by many bands of post-apocalyptic adventurers. It has been attacked by the elements and with chemical and biological weapons.

Monday, June 4, 2018

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

The Guardian has published an interesting article How Tolkien created Middle-Earth, which tells of the opening of an exhibit “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth”. The article goes on to mention the many items that are being exhibited within the exhibit.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Bellman Knocks

Maidens in your smocks
Look well to your locks
And beware of the fox
When the bellman knocks

Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees

Saturday, June 2, 2018


The diorama artist on this site creates some very fine dioramas. The site serves has his production blog.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Free Samples

AM models sent these samples of their 1/87 scale fences and pallets. The pallets especially are very delicate castings. I was sent two spruces of each. There is a sheet included that recommends that one should glue the top and bottom sections of the pallets before removing them from the sprue.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Magically Sweet Music

“There are windfalls of dreams, there’s a wolf in the stars,
And Life is a nymph who will never be thine,
With lily, germander, and sops in wine.
With sweet-brier.
And bon-fire,
And strawberry-wire,
And columbine.”

Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Vulgar Songs

“Why did she cock her pretty blue eye,
At the lad with the silver buckles?
When the penniless lad who was handsome and spry.
Got naught but a rap on his knuckles?”

Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees

Friday, May 25, 2018

WestWorld Season 1: The Maze

Disk One
The Original
The Stray

Disk Two
Dissonance Theory
The Adversary
Trope L’Oeil

Disk Three
Trace Decay
The Well-Tempered Clavier
The Bicameral Mind

I just completed watching season 1 of WestWorld. Although the plot was excellent, I am left feeling a bit disturbed by the ending of the last episode.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gorilla Epoxy (materials)

Recently found a new epoxy for assembling metal parts. Usually these epoxies dry in a grey color. Gorilla Epoxy can be used to bond metal, wood, ceramics, glass, and most plastics. Gorilla Epoxy sets in five minutes and dries clear.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Riddles from a Fairy

“Who are you? Who is me?
Answer my riddle and come and see.”

“I milk blue ewes; I reap red flowers,
I weave the story of dead hours”

“What is it that’s a tree, and yet not a tree, a man and yet not a man, who is dumb and yet can tell secrets, who has no arms and yet can strike?”

“Dig and delve, delve and dig, harness the mare to the farmers gig.”

Riddles as spoken to Master Nathaniel by the fairy, Polumus.

Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

AM Models Stones

There are four sprue full of random sized stones. These look dressed stone, AM Models # 502, and they look like they would need form roughing-up with a razor saw or wire brush. Perhaps I’ll apply a hobby knife to a few of these stones to suggest the stones being knocked around a bit. They will also need some paint and dry brushing. Might be great for a foundation. The online ad mentions that the package will cover ten square inches.

Monday, May 21, 2018

AM Models Latches and Hinges

I recently came across these HO scale AM Models #550 latches and hinges. The package includes four latches and twenty-four hinges. The castings come on two sprue and are delicately formed out of polystyrene. The hinges will make a great addition to some larger door and the latches can be included on industrial structure of some sort.