Sunday’s rain meant that Tiny Little Bond, as I’ve started calling him, got some colour.
The Bond mobile is coming along as well. However, I’ve managed to break one of the window pillars on the “new” Aston Martin model in exactly the same place as the old one. The plastic is obviously very thin just where it joins the body, making it vulnerable to the slightest pressure. The seats have been painted in Games Workshop Snakebite Leather, and may be getting highlights and shadows added, and the carpetting is going to be finished in a nice shade of Tan. I have a few etched metal goodies lined up to provide extra detailing. The only real problem is going to be painting the car. I don’t have an airbrush, or anywhere to use one, so I could end up finishing it with brush painting.
In other developments- the plan to sell lots of my kits on EBay backfired slightly as I got carried away and bought some kits. Overall I have cleared out some space, just not as much as I should have.
There’s a street in Salford named Buffalo Court, in honour of the Indians brought to the dirty old town by Buffalo Bill in 1887.
Just about the only relic of the Sioux visit is in local street names: Cody Court, Sundance Court, Cassidy Court, Dakota Avenue, and Kansas Avenue.
I think I used to work on Kansas Avenue, at a company that made frozen pizzas.
Verlinden is a monster amongst the small volume model manufacturers, with a huge back catalogue of excellent looking products. But they still have the same advantage that other model companies specialising in resing and similar kits have when it comes to fast turnaround, so some of their releases can be very topical. For instance they’ve recently been releasing Iraq-themed kits, though I’m not so sure about the tastefulness of this recent one, the Iraqi Insurgent-
Verlinden products are sold in the UK by Historex-Agents
Its life size suggests it may well have been used as a sex aid by its Ice Age makers, scientists report.
“In addition to being a symbolic representation of male genitalia, it was also at times used for knapping flints,” explained Professor Nicholas Conard, from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at Tübingen University.
“There are some areas where it has some very typical scars from that,” he told the BBC News website.
Researchers believe the object’s distinctive form and etched rings around one end mean there can be little doubt as to its symbolic nature.
“It’s highly polished; it’s clearly recognisable,” said Professor Conard.