Monday, January 30, 2012

"Trouble At The Mill!"

Starring LEMAX conversions with a guess appearance by an old Cliff Sanderson figure.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

LEMAX workers

Working figures converted from LEMAX Christmas village figures.These could be painted to fit Civil War or late Victorian scenes including Wild West.

You can have some political fun as well since fellow collectors tend to be conservative folks.

No I'm not a socialist. The Union has already filed a "grievance" against me at work.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bear Artillery!

The Swiss had it and here's documentation. Plus it was adorable!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Cannon Project...done!

Some touch-ups, matte spray coating etc....

A brass tack replaces the piece Americana used. It's tough to get that one out. Be careful with the pliers and vice. One Hard Cider (Woodchuck, Magners or Strongbow) is enough during the job. Kid's ask your parents who will say no to the Cider.

 Replace the wheel hubs carefully. I had to tap each hub into a hole in some wood that was a smaller diameter than the hub piece to get it to fit. CAREFULLY but firmly tap the axle from the opposite side.This pressed the hub over the axle and the hole in the wood allows the axle to go in pushing the hub...argggghhhh! You get it, Right?

I did paint the prolonge rope (sailors call it a "line")  on the trail.
 TSSD conversions to Union gunners....

TSSD conversions to Confederate gunners...

Thanks for watching!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Cannon Project continues.....

I've added the bucket hooks with smaller gauge paperclip metal and "Greenstuff" 2 part putty. When hard, I used some "Zap-A-Gap" adhesive (Crazy Glue will do as well.)

"CRAZY?! You Call Me Crazy??!! Well who do you call when things fall apart...Huh??!  Who's CRAZY Then!?"

more to come......

Friday, January 20, 2012

Le Pantalon Féminin or No delay in the Cannon Project.

I'm just waiting for the paint to dry etc. and I came across an on-line version of the 1906 classic;

Le Pantalon Féminin.

This is the 1916 edition which is"profusely illustrated." I haven't figured out how to use GOOGLE Translate on the pages yet but this appears to be a history of ........women's underpants up to the beginning of the 20th Century. If you have any questions of what women's underwear looked like in the opening years of World War One, (the film Flyboys got it wrong) then the following illustrations will help you out.

The one below appears to represent the mid 1800s....

 The visible chemise tail showing out the back of the drawers is a common feature of this series of illustrations.

 This one below may represent the late 1800s....