Friday, April 26, 2019

MPC Missile Base HQ - Blue SP

Here's another variation of the MPC Missile Base HQ, this one with a blue front. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

MPC Missile Base HQ - White SP

MPC wasn't exactly known for their top quality playset buildings. They did have a couple but far too many, regardless of genre, were of this type - cheaply made interlocking panels! If you had several buildings you could swap out the sides or roofs to form different color combinations. The building measures 5 1/4"W (13.33cm) x 3 1/4" (8.25cm D x 4 1/4" (10.79cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina


Monday, April 22, 2019

TRAIN TIME: A Yank Does Hornby Pt 8 - Hornby France No. 1 Level Grade Crossing

My on-going, and as yet unrevealed, train project needed a second grade crossing. I had already acquired the Hornby UK No. 1 Level Grade Crossing but needed another. There was a problem though - no room for another crossing. I had room for something around 7" or so but these crossings are at the 11" mark. This crossing, as you can see, is designed in two pieces joined to the rails by small clips. Sooo, even though this was French it appeared as if this next project was taking on an international flair. That's okay - I'm going for an overall European look and I'm quite okay with this. Besides, this is just one fabulous Hunk 'O Tin with beautiful lithography, nice detailing, working manual gates, and gatekeepers office. What's more is that it can be used for 2-rail or 3-rail O-gauge track.Overall the crossing measures 10 1/4" (26.03cm) W x 11" (27.94cm) D x 4 1/4" (10.79cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

The two halves are secured to the track by means of clips

They stay in place well enough without the two pieces being moved about by vibrations of the train board