Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Safari Ltd No. 801229 Sea Dragon

Okay, so this was the period I had hoped would be mostly devoted to space toys but between having no time or being sick, I just had to switch gears.

Dragons have always been an integral part of the blog and several of them have found their way into my dragon lair like this Sea Dragon from Safari Ltd. It's a nice slinky blue fella measuring 6 3/4" (17.14cm) L x 4 3/4" (12.06cm) W x 3 3/4" (9.52cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Saturday, September 7, 2019

TRAIN TIME: A Yank Does Hornby Pt 13 - Let the Scenery Begin

Gosh, I totally forgot about posting updates to the Hornby layout! Good grief! Well, to make up for lost time I'll kinda roll several posts into one. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

July 2018

With the basic board built and on legs I started planning the layout. This was my first go-round but it didn't allow for a long enough main line.

Here's what I decided on - a simple loop with one siding off to the left nearly forming a circle. I could have done a circle but then I couldn't use the Mettoy bridge where I wanted it. For a small layout this is just fine.

That brown paint is from a can I've been using for nearly the past ten years! A little here on this layout, a little there on that layout and there's still enough for as couple of small layouts like these

After seeing this paint at Lowe's I thought it would work as faux ballast or roadbed under the track. It's thicker than normal paint, has some granular texture and little black flecks. The photos don't do it justice but it looks great!

Started painting in roads (the tan vertical stripe to the right of center) and making hills - the paper template is to the far left of the layout

August 2018
After a brief pause Ipainted in ground area using a dark gray - nearly black - paint. The large Styrofoam chunk to the left will be wittled down so that a road can pass through

September 2018
More roads, two hills to the left and the structures temporarily in-place. I had been buying some vehicles but the pics only show a Corgi Scammell Mechanical Horse for now. For hedges I used Loofa sponges already dyed green and cut down to represent hedgerows. I wanted to try this because a lot of the early Hornby scenery plots utilize Loofa as trees and hedges and I was hoping to achieve a vintage look.

One of the reasons I bought the Hornby France Crossing Gate was it's two-piece construction. I know it utilizes a different gate structure than that in the UK but there was no more room on the layout for a Hornby UK Crossing Gate as utilized on the upper end of the road

I tried to lighten up the dark gray with some light gray highlighting but I think it needs more. The dark gray is too overpowering me thinks!


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Processed Plastic Apollo Moon Rocket v3

It seems like every time I turn round Processed Plastic is throwing a curve my way. Masters at recycling toys they swap out an applique' here, a color there and voila' a 'new' toy!

Here's a pic culled from eBay showing a carded version of what PP calls the "Apollo Moon Rocket", yet clearly it is a Gemini capsule not an Apollo! I've labeled this 'Processed Plastic Apollo Moon Rocket v1' because I have a photo of a known packaging calling the toy an 'Apollo Rocket'. Notice it uses the 'USAF" applique' in vertical script on the rocket.

 My sample is in the same colors however the first stage is different. On my sample the rocket nacelles are flush with the outside of the fuselage. Notice the applique's do not mention 'Apollo'.

Here's another sample that I refer to as Processed Plastic Apollo Moon Rocket v2. In this one the plastic parts all match up to the carded version shown above. Here you see the engine nacelles are flared. The biggest differences are: -The flip-flop colors 
-The applique's is clearly labeled 'APOLLO" in bold, horizontal script on the first stage
-The capsule is closed. There are no openings to show off the two astronauts

Now let's get on to the latest sample which I've labeled Processed Plastic Apollo Moon Rocket v3. All the castings are the same as v2 however in lieu of the 'APOLLO" sticker, on the first stage there's an American flag on the capsule. After looking at my v2 version there doesn't appear to be any residue from a sticker on the capsule so this may be one of PP's inexhaustible hocus-pocus acts.

 The Processed Plastic fleet as it stands today with size, color, and applique' differences.