Okay, I’m well over a year late with this one, but the idea came to me last night. Proclaim yourself a Citizen of Nowhere, as coined in a speech by Theresa May, in college sweatshirt style.
Another new 3D product designed by me. I’ve got a bunch of 1:32nd scale car models in the to-build pile, many of them Japanese. So I’ve designed some interior parts inspired by drifters and Kanjo street racers. There are extended gear shifters (one based on a samurai sword), a hydraulic hand brake, battery isolation switches and digital data loggers.
So, we’re going to have an election, because Theresa May expects things to get much worse as the Brexit debacle rolls on. She’s terrified that the incompetents she’s put in charge of negotiations will deliver a disaster, taking her down with them (and the rest of the country as well, of course, but she doesn’t really care about most of us).
I listened to her announcement of the election (twice, because I’m some sort of masochist). It was six minutes of blaming everyone else for her party’s failures. And then, on the front page of the Daily Mail this morning, the bile we’ve come to expect from the rag, labelling everyone who doesn’t do exactly what Chairman May demands a saboteur.
If that’s what she, and they, want to call sensible, decent people who have serious and well founded misgivings about this whole farce then I’m going to embrace it. I’m a proud saboteur.
The design’s available on clothes, mugs and stickers from Redbubble
Here’s a mocked up view of what it’ll look like on a T-shirt-
Update Now available in blue as well, ideal for white T-shirts etc.
For the first time in a few years, I went along to an auction earlier this week and picked up a couple of mixed lots. Yesterday, I filtered out a few of my favourite items and, as they’re all small enough, thought I’d share them on a video. The autofocus on my phone is easily confused when things are that close to it, so there are a couple of points where it struggles. I’ll look at ways of fixing that in future videos.
I can’t embed a link to my Zibbet store in the video, as they’re not yet an ‘approved’ merchandise site, but I’ve asked to have that fixed.
Gift-giving time is almost upon us, so, I would like to point you to the places you can buy Spinneyhead stuff.
If you want physical presents to give away, there are a few places you can go.
I have a store hosted by Zibbet, where you can buy cards, buttons, badges and cufflinks made from coins, odd, naughty boxes, and vintage items.
You can get 3D prints of stuff I’ve designed from Shapeways. It’s mostly model rail related stuff, but I’m going to be adding new designs as soon as possible.
I may have forgotten some of the places you can get my stuff, I have tried out all sorts over the years, but these are the main ones I use at the moment.
I have a shoe box full of vintage postcards, some of them over a century old, which I have slowly been working my way through and putting up for sale on a site called Delcampe. I think I should share some of them with you. This set all relate to World War 1, mostly showing the devastation after battles.
You can find all the postcards, and some cigarette cards, that I’ve listed at the Spinneyhead store on Delcampe
I’ve been delving into my big box of digital images as well as the physical one, and found a few that would be good as prints or postcards. I’m putting pictures up on two different services for this- Redbubble and Deviantart. They each have slightly different inventory, and Deviantart has more because I’ve been using it longer. I ordered some cards from Redbubble a month or so ago and they’re very good quality prints.
So, the new £1 coin will look a bit like the old threepenny bit. Of course I’m going to use this news to remind you of the threepence piece cufflinks I make. I’d be a fool not to.
I like cufflinks. In fact, now that I no longer work in an office, I only own nice shirts that need cufflinks. So I’ve started making cufflinks.
These links are made from 1967 vintage threepenny pieces attached to blank cufflinks with Araldite. Each pair has a head and a tail coin.
You can buy them from the Spinneyhead shop at Zibbet.
Not long to go until Christmas, so, if you’re unsure about what to get your friends and family, may I suggest a couple of online shops.
I have a small stack of, mostly, Image comics from the nineties, a sharp knife and a guillotine, and I’m going to make some art. Working on some comic book themed ideas, my first series is going to be called “Crossover 1”. Two comics- Brigade series 1 issue 3 and C23 issue 3, collide in strips on the page. These being Image comics from the nineties, some of the resulting pages will be no less coherent than the originals.
There will be two versions of each page. A pages start with C-23 at the top, B pages with Brigade. Once I have a few more pages in stock, I shall be putting them up for sale on Spinneyworld and Zibbet.
Love it or hate it, graffiti is everywhere. So any modern image layout would be incomplete without some.
Stencil art is a recent innovation in graffiti, using templates cut out of card to give sharp edges and repeatable icons. This set contains 13 stencil designs, each one repeated 12 times so the taggers can leave them all over town. They’re printed on clear transfer paper so they can be laid over any background. They will suit OO gauge as large stencils or O as smaller ones.
This wander wasn’t as thorough as it could have been- rain stopped play. So just some stuff on or near Wilmslow Road through Didsbury village. I’ll be getting on my bike and doing more wide ranging wanders later in the year.
This horse themed letter box looks like it’s been sealed up.
“B Oldfield [something] agent & dealer”
I don’t normally include new buildings in my wanders, but I liked the spike which runs down from the peak of the roof through the balconies.
I did a bit of post processing and masking with this one to bring out the colours of the stained glass.
Number 2 Passage.
This is above one of the windows of the Didsbury Police station. I had to stand on the wall in front of their notice board to get a better angle. I shouldn’t tempt fate, but it seems that even then I wasn’t suspicious enough looking to be stopped by cops for photographing.
There were another two of these decorative thingies (I’m going to have to start learning the proper architectural names for stuff) on this house. They looked like they’d both been restored, but they were obscured by scaffolding so I couldn’t get pictures.
I noticed a few of these decorative roof toppers- again, I’ll have to learn the proper name- on houses along Barlow Moor Road.
Not much of a wander, compared to my others. I took pictures of a few interesting buildings and details I spotted on the way between the railway station and the model show the other week. They’re on Flickr now.
Prints of the photos in this set can be bought on Qoop.com.
A chain ring clock made from the small chain ring of a mountain bike and a disc which came off a siezed wheel.
I went in a different direction for this architecture trawl.
Before I get to any buildings, here’s what the old railway line looks like now they’ve taken away a load of trees-
I’ve been meaning to get pictures of this building for a while. It’s the Local Board Offices. Board of what, I’m not sure, but it is nice.
A little further down the road is the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire, now a solicitor’s offices.
On to Burton Road. The bike atop G.T. Blagg’s is cool. And there are what appear to be cane structures for training plants on the roof behind it. I wonder what they grow up there?
I’m not sure how much of the decoration on the Metropolitan is original and how much has been added for atmosphere. It looks nice though.
The Jamieson sign is still there. And, despite the gentrification of Burton Road, Hibbert’s continues its slow decay.
Back up Burton Road to the last of my targets for the day. I forgot to take the proper name of this school. It is an impressive building nonetheless.
Prints of these and other images are available from my shop at Qoop.com.
I’m still not happy with it, and it’s missing blurb on the back and the title and author on the spine, but it’s getting there. I’ll still be unhappy with the version which goes to print, but I’m trying to adopt a policy of getting stuff done and released.
Yesterday I pencilled and inked two pages of Point of Contact. They’re not detail rich, and there’s a lot of shading to be done to them before they’re complete, but it’s better than spending days worrying about layout and stuff. Point of Contact will premiere here on March 1st with a page a week until I’ve got enough pages in hand that I can move it up to two a week.
From the same bike that gave you the 42 tooth chain ring clock comes its bigger brother. A clock made from the 52 tooth chainring of an old road bike.