Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Scratch-Building Rolling Stock with Styrene

Some time ago I read an interesting treatise on how to build with polystyrene. It was a great read and offered many ideas and techniques when working with polystyrene. I need to look through my reference materials and locate my copy. At any rate, I just came upon this 21 slide online presentation that details how one can get started in Scratch-Building Rolling Stock with Styrene. I believe the presentation was created with O-gauge in mind; however these hints can be used in any scale.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

And More from Philip Jose Farmer

Having read just about all of Farmer’s Wold Newton series, I am looking for more of Farmer’s work. Here is a short list of titles listed by one of the A Feast Unknown’s biographers:

World of Tiers
The Lovers
Day World
Two Hawks from Earth

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Feast Unknown

A Feast Unknown Book Art

“…an Evolution strange
two Tongues touch
a Feast unknown
to stone
or tree or beast”

Mary Swenson

Yes, the name of this novel was taken from a line from Mary Swenson’s poem. This novel was the first in Farmer’s Wold Newton Parallel Universe series. I didn’t have the benefit of reading this novel before reading the later texts in this series. This is the first of Farmer’s work that did not include footnotes. Farmers’ works is usually riddled with footnotes that often help by giving you the back story.

A Feast Unknown, like Farmers other work, takes the reader on an amazing adventure. The novel is written as it is the diary of Lord Grandrith, “the legendary Apeman, Lord of the Jungle and bastard son of Jack the Ripper.” There are many dark themes that unfold as the story progresses.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Most Valuable Hot Wheels Cars of All Time

Car and Driver has a page featuring twenty of the most valuable Hot Wheel cars of all time. Do you own any of them?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Another Post from Miscast Terrain

Here is another interesting post from Miscast Terrain, where the authors produces several types of war-gaming wall sections and how to take care of problems as they arise. Make sure you download the templates from the provided link.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Miniature Movie Sets By Dan Ohlman

I am always looking for inspiration; here is another site featuring miniature environments or sets that show cinematography before CGI.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

SCIFI Inquisitor Trilogy

I found this page at the legion of plastic site depicting the authors third installment of what he calls the Inquisitor Trilogy. The page depicts some truly wonderful images of a science fiction war-game in progress. The scenery is full of a array of industrial colors of rust and neglect. You must see it to truly appreciate it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tales of Lost Isles

“The Ghost Archipelago, a vast island chain that is covered with ruins of ancient and other worldly civilizations, has reappeared after centuries, to the far reaches of the Southern Ocean.”

Tales of Lost Isles is a collection of short stories giving one several scenarios and ideas to use with the Tales of Lost Isles war game.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Curiosities of Locomotive Design

Puffing Billy image as found here in the public domain.

Curiosities of Locomotive Design was republished by the Catskill Archive and features several fanciful locomotive designs that lead up to "present day" steam locomotive design. This is an interesting treatise was taken from Angus Sinclair's "Development of the Locomotive Engine, Railway and Locomotive Engineering—September-December, 1907

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Narrow Gauge Burma Mines Railway (Myanmar)

Burma Mines Railway, Railtruck to Namtu

Japanese Hino truck converted to run on a two foot line

Burma Mines Railway, steam train from Namtu to Lopah, Myanmar (2 foot line)

No 42, a 2-6-2, Bagnall, built in 1928, hauls a FarRail charter train from Namtu to Lopah.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A HO Model Train Layout with Animated Details

I wouldn't say that this layout has thousands of details, but it does have more than few mechanical details and a lot of interior lighting and detail. There are, what sounds to me like German ambience sounds that helps with the overall effect the video clip.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Hot Wheels Snowspeeder AKA T-47 Airspeeder

"Are the speeders ready?"
"Not yet. We're having some trouble adapting them to the cold."

―Han Solo and the Deck officer

The T-47 was manufactured by the Incom Corporation, and were modified by the Rebel Alliance forces on Hoth. The T-47 was adapted for Hoth’s extreme cold temperatures. The modified speeders were renamed Snowspeeders by the rebel forces and seated two crew members.

The idea here was to give you a before and after shot of this Hot Wheels vehicle, however the shot I took before my enhancements and weathering did not turn out all that well.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Game of Thrones White Walkers

White Walker Chief, Game of Thrones

"In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds."

Old Nan

I had hoped to get this posted last month as one of my horror posts. Although I still have a few posts remaining for this year, I am rethinking my purpose for this blog. Don't seem to get the same feeling of accomplishment as I once did.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Model Railroading Directories

Since the modelroading season is quickly approaching I thought I might offer my model railroad enthusiasts some model railroading resources. I just came across to extensive directory's that feature links to model railroading sites