Saturday, 1 November 2014

Humour Smile: Koalas fighting

Awwwwww !

Friday, 31 October 2014

VA13306 FORD CAPRI MK I 2000GT XLR (TAWNY METALLIC) - 2014 Collectors Club Model

So there are normally a lot of complaints about Corgi on the production of their models of late - for a £23 model some of the detail and quality has been pretty crap.

You just have to look at some of the MkIV Cortina's and the MkIII Capri - I have blogged about these before.

Every year I do renew the membership for the Corgi Collectors club - not so much for the magazine (which has gone from great to average) but more so for the model - and the lack of need to keep searching for such on ebay, etc.

This year there were two options: One was a A60 (I think) and the other was this Mk1 Capri - and I think I really made the right decision.

The detailing is superb - I am very impressed at how good this casting is.

Those wheels - spot on and accurate - why they cannot be replicated on MkIII Cortina's I do not know, but they are excellent. Shows you what can be done when they get it right - I have said this before.

Detailing is excellent - look at the badging and rear applications - really well done. The 'vents' on the side - wonderful.

Everything about this model is right - and is what should be the case for every Corgi Vanguards model - but sad fact of the matter is that normally they miss the mark.

This has actually made it into The Garage - I am really pleased that I got this one.

As we approach 2015, there are high hopes for the next releases with the change in management at Hornby and also the release of a much wanted model from Vauxhall - (begins with a C).

If the quality is like this for future models, then the future is bright. If they revert back to shoddiness, then there will be problems.

But as for this model - get it if you can.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

West Ham rumoured to sign new kit deal with Umbro?

Now this is interesting:

http://www.football-shirts.co.uk/fans/west-ham-new-kit-deal-with-umbro_30255


http://www.footyheadlines.com/2014/10/west-ham-to-sign-umbro-kit-deal.html

Whilst I am a big fan of the three stripes, I also like Umbro as they have a football tradition.

What I am annoyed about is that with the two year kit deal with adidas, they have not really exploited the Originals brand which I reckon would have sold loads.

Nor has the training stuff been anything to ride home about.

BUT

look what adidas came up with:






Some of the best kits made in a long while.

And a brand with reputation.

I can only hope that Umbro don't balls this up. Rumour has it that we have signed a five year deal with the double diamond, so I am hoping for good things.

In the meantime, I sincerely hope that I can grab hold of the current home shirt before it is too late - I have a month to go before I visit the Boleyn so perhaps my last opportunity to ensure that I grab both this seasons home and away as I may not see another adidas Hammers kit for a long time.......






Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Fast & Furious - The Road To Fast & Furious 7 Trailer Announcement

I am so looking forward to the final chapter - here is a brief reminder of what happened over the last 6 films.

Game on. Drive Hard. Trailer out on 1st Nov.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Project Marilyn

Project Marilyn

In early 2004, the Holden Design Studio put on a showcase like never before as it lined up its growing collection of concept cars that had been produced since the 1970s at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.
Inside Project Marilyn
It was a stunning display of the talent, ingenuity and innovation that is at the heart of the globally recognised design studio that is set to continue to design products for General Motors global markets beyond 2017 when Holden ceases manufacturing in Australia.
But among the multi-million dollar showcase was a particularly secret soft-top that neither the media, the public nor indeed many at Holden had ever laid eyes on.
Appropriately dubbed Project Marilyn, the graceful curves and sleek lines of what was a four-seater convertible soft-top Monaro, drew instant attention and excitement.
More than simply a concept, the car, based on the VX Commodore/Monaro platform, was designed as a fully functional engineering evaluation vehicle.
With a V8 automatic drivetrain, the car was clearly designed as a boulevard cruiser and one, not solely with Australian customers in mind for the concept, was built specifically in left-hand drive to test its potential for the US market where the Monaro at the time was sold as the Pontiac GTO.
Project Marilyn with the roof on
Beyond the common Holden drivetrain and platform though, Marilyn had a substantially re-engineered body with unique panels and reinforcements to increase structural strength. The fully lined black electric folding soft-top was designed to retain the car’s coupe shape when closed before slotting into a covered storage area behind the rear seats for true wind-in-the-hair motoring.
Rear view of Project Marilyn
But despite the emotional appeal of such a car, the business case never added up, especially as Holden was already well into development of the forthcoming all-new VE Commodore platform.
Project Marilyn, like its namesake, was destined to be a one-off.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Lego Star Wars Ewok Village 10236 - completed build



I have been sidetracked with the Mini Cooper build I am doing at the moment, which is approaching the completion of bag 2 from the parts. 

So I wanted to get back and show this build. The photos were taken on a scorching hot lunchtime, so please excuse if they are a bit shoddy - I was sweating like Rolf Harris in court......

The one thing you note about this final build is how fragile it is. You cannot really be rough with it - any slightest flick or knock means things fall off.

However, the attention to detail is wonderful. You have to marvel at the way the foliage elements are added together and add to this how the village is built within the "tree trunks" of those massive trees on Endor. If you cast your mind back 30 years odd, the only shrubbery you could get were the standard green pines! Amazing how far Lego has come from the standard 5-6 colours they used to have.

There are lots of little small pots of things going on - the drums, the fires, C-3PO in his chair, the net capturing Chewbacca......all areas of play, but again fragile as hell - not the sort of detail you can fly a Speeder Bike into.

If there a criticism of this set, it is that it is just huge - and therefore no where to store it. Or display it......unless you have big hobby room or display shelf.

There is a lot going on and you could well get lost in the mix - however, make no mistake, this is a very impressive set and should be a gimme to a Lego SW collection - but a price. And it looks like now the set has been deleted from Lego.com........

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