Sunday, May 29, 2016

TRAIN TIME: Memorial Day Parade on The 'Jeep' Layout, Little Green Army Man Style

Memorial Day here in the States is tomorrow, 30 May so I thought it would be nice to celebrate and honor the day with this little set-up. Memorial Day is our way of honoring those who served in and gave their all for the defense of freedom.

Someone made mention about how I haven't posted many military toys  - those along the lines of 'Little Green Army Men'. He's right and quite frankly I don't know why. It's not like I don't have any, just never got around to it is all. Well, for this Memorial Day I decided to at least break out a bunch of Little Green Army Men, specifically - vintage figures and vehicles - capped off by a Marx Trains Military Support Train from around 2001/2001 with train action caught on video. I tried to keep the sizes of the figures and vehicles kinda the same, no real small or real big stuff. Also, I don't have much by way of  Navy and Air Force vehicles, the few I have being lost somewhere in The Cave, but I do have Navy and Air Force figures. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

To see the Marx Trains Military Support Train click here for the 2016 Memorial Day Parade on The 'Jeep' Layout

Reveille begins the day at the staging area

The staging area

Crowds start to gather

The parade begins

During the parade you'll see Auburn, Ideal, Marx, and Pyro vehicles and Marx figures marching.
It would have been nice to have Navy and Air Force vehicles but they're hard to come by in a size compatible to these.

At parade's end the cleaning crew starts its work.

Friday, May 27, 2016

27 May 2016 Morning Song Northern Mockingbirds

Bettina was up early today and got some nice shots and video of a Northern Mockingbird. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Thursday, May 26, 2016

TRAIN TIME: The Business District Comes to The 'Jeep' Layout

The 'Jeep' train layout got an upgrade this week. (I called it that because it was designed to be hauled in the back of my old Jeep Cherokee and at the time I was building a bunch of different layouts and needed a way to differentiate them mentally). I wanted to add a little more detail so I decided to break out some of my vintage vehicles and stage a photo shoot for the 'construction'. You'll see Banner, Gilmark, Ideal, Marx, Processed Plastics, and Dillon-Beck Wannatoy toys. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Berttina


The 'concrete' slab is 1/8" balsa wood with one coat of Woodland Scenics 'Concrete' paint and expansion lines drawn in with a pencil

None of the buildings are glued down allowing me to swap them out at a whim