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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Incredible 1972 Jennings Ford Transit Roadranger

Incredible 1972 Jennings Ford Transit Roadranger

This incredible Jennings Ford Transit Roadranger left us speechless, it’s in absolutely pristine condition. We don’t think you could get a better example of a totally retro find, and the camper still retains all of its period charm from it’s tinted green sunstrips and wing-mounde CB Ariel – with the CB Radio handset still in the cab!
KGF Classics say: A brilliant history file befits this wonderful vehicle immensely. The original chassis cab was supplied by Ford Main Dealer Albert E. Chatfield of Stoke-on-Trent and supplied to renowned Coachbuilders JH Jennings and Son Ltd. There is even a Dagenham Engine Assembly Plant tag tucked in the service booklet! Upon completion of the beautiful Roadranger conversion this example was registered new on 9th June 1972 to first owner Mr Leonard Hemmings. Sadly after just one trip and 317 miles covered, Mr Hemmings fell into poor health and passed away. Remaining with his widow and garaged stored, the vehicle was put up for sale in 1980 still with just 317 miles on the clock. The second owners Craig and Marion Harrison purchased the vehicle on 29th June 1980 and have owned it ever since. Usage for many happy holidays and show events, this incredible example has now covered just 40,169 miles from new with every single MOT certificate to fully verify the mileage.
All original handbooks, service books and operating guides are present along with a Jennings Roadranger sales brochure. Quite simply a wonderful story, a wonderful vehicle and something to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Champions League, you're havin' a laugh - Hammers 2, Cee-teh 1


I was graciously congratulated my mate who is a City fan on this result. And TBH, I am still staring at the league table with a little disbelief.

Just beaten the League Champions 2-1, and we have consolidated fourth position in the table.

Remarkable. 


Considering how much possession City had in the first half, this was quite a remarkable game. You have to give credit to Adrian for pulling a few good saves using all sorts of methods, Collins for getting whacked with the ball in the line of fire, Enner Valencia for tirelessly working hard all game and setting up Amalfitano for the first.

But two special mentions - Diafra Sakho who has now scored in SIX consecutive games in the league which now elevates him amongst the ranks of Hurst, Watson and Ruffell:

Player
Consecutive scoring matches
Goals scored
Year
Vic Watson
9 (6 Division One/3 FA Cup)
15
1930
Geoff Hurst
7 (5 Division One/2 League Cup)
14
1966
Vic Watson
7 (6 Division One/1 FA Cup)
10
1930-31
Geoff Hurst
7 (4 Division One/2 FA Cup/1 League Cup)
11
1964
Jimmy Ruffell
7 (all Division Two)
10
1929
Vic Watson
7 (all Division One)
9
1929

And Alex Song - a midfield general who makes everything tick - and one of the pure reasons why Kevin Nolan is being kept out of the starting line up. He worked his socks off today and marshalled the troops to ensure that despite the immense quality of City, that they didn't really get a look in. 

I will take the goals as they come - Amalfitano was just too easy to squander from 3 yards out and Sakho's was clearly over the line as per the goaline technology. You heard it on BT Sport with Wrighty and Shaggy - if the cameras were not there, it would not have been a goal.

You have to give credit to David Silva's brilliant goal for City - that was class and why they paid a fortune for him, but it was not going to be City's day - esp. as Aguero hit the bar as well as Toure. Sometimes you need a bit of luck.

Another solid team performance. My feet are firmly on the ground - even though I want the season to end now and we qualify for the Champions League play-offs. There is still a long way to go, but I would not trade places with QPR, Palace, or any of the lot at the foot of the table.

And where are all the BFS Haters? What has happened - are you still annoyed that we are winning and doing well under BFS?

#COYI. 

Jensen Interceptor R Supercharged first drive review

Richard Webber
14 October 2014 12:02am

What is it?

The latest offering from Jensen International Automotive, creator of the GM ‘LS3’ V8-powered Interceptor R, a version of which we drove in our modernised classics feature at Goodwood in the summer.
Unlike that car, the modernisation of which was largely outsourced, the £180,000 Interceptor R Supercharged you see here was almost entirely rebuilt (starting with a full shell refurb) by JIA’s five workshop staff at its new base in Banbury. Only retrimming and painting took place elsewhere, the former at long-time marque restorer Rejen near Winchester.
The ‘Supercharged’ bit comes thanks to the installation of the LSA engine – essentially a blown LS3 – which makes 556bhp (a full 127bhp more than the ‘R’ we drove) and 551lb ft, dispatched via an upgraded prop shaft. This tune matches that of the LSA-powered Cadillac CTS-V. The six-speed GM auto gearbox seen here is now available in all ‘R’ models; our previous encounter was with a four-speeder.
The R Supercharged also demonstrates a host of refinements that JIA is introducing to its range. Changes include a bonded windscreen in place of the traditional rough and leaky rubber seals, electric front seats and column stalks sourced from a Jaguar XJS, larger, body-coloured heated door mirrors in place of the fiddly little chrome jobs, an effective single wiper replaces the pair of flappy originals and there’s upgraded air-con.
The split-prone black vinyl dash is replaced with a new custom-designed, two-tone leather layout, and two rows of illuminated aluminium toggle switches adorn the revised centre console.

What is it like?

The trim changes transform the cabin into a luxurious habitat of leather, Wilton carpet, chrome and aluminium. There’s even quilted hide on the ceiling and in the sizeable boot, while the ‘new’ seats, which manage to be at once squashy and supportive, fit in well and provide an appropriately laid-back driving position. Only the worn, Jag-sourced column stalks (which are on the snagging list for a makeover) and seat controls detract from the opulent cabin.
But what of the beast that lurks under the car’s bespoke aluminium bonnet bulge? Well, there’s no muscle car shimmy at start-up – the R Supercharged is rock-steady at idle. Amble through town and the blower’s never-ending soundtrack morphs from space age-warble to under-bonnet gale, but the car neatly obeys the nicely weighted steering’s inputs, and while the ride sometimes suffers niggles, it rarely gets worse than that. Unlike the R we tried, there’s no bittiness from the throttle, either, just smooth transitions and nippy step-off.
Break into open road, though, and the LSA ups the tempo in a heartbeat. Floor the throttle for instant torque and the softly sprung Interceptor rears up like an angry brown bear before throwing itself down the road at a fantastic rate. By the time the ’box interrupts with a sub-6000rpm upshift, the engine sounds like a demonic machine gun and you’re going much more quickly than any early-70s GT has the right to.
Yet the firecracker engine never overwhelms its host – the steering is tuned for stability, roll is evident but stays manageable, and the car exhibits an affable floatiness that shames many modern equivalents. At 1800rpm at 70mph, there’s nothing more than a gentle thrum from the exhaust.
For the moment, there’s no manual override for the gearbox, but you don’t miss it: kick-down comes on request, shifts are executed smoothly but smartly, and there’s none of the mid-corner ratio-hunting that blighted the four-speed.
The stoppers generally work well and are progressive, but pedal feel is limited, and significant levels of dive mean the nose doesn’t feel as tied-down as you’d like under heavy braking. It would be possible to improve braking confidence with the addition of ABS, but the cost of the type approval such a system would necessitate makes it unviable.
The new nods to practicality work well. You can actually use the door mirrors now, the wiper clears the screen, the electric seat controls are handy and the air-con now does what it’s designed for. There’s less wind noise from the ’screen than before, but the Interceptor’s chunky brightwork means there’s still quite a commotion from drag, albeit awareness of it fades after half an hour or so. Traction control will be added shortly, but the 255mm-wide rear Pirellis fare pretty well without it, even off the line.

Should I buy one?

There are plenty of reasons to be tempted by the Interceptor R Supercharged. Unlike modern contemporaries, the Jensen avoids the millstone of being expected to deliver razor-sharp dynamics, leaving it to focus on traditional GT virtues. Sure, outright engagement is lacking, but the combination of pace, style and comfort means that fun certainly isn’t.
JIA sells a naturally aspirated Interceptor R with the six-speed box for £149,500 – add the upgraded dash, air-con and wiper kit and that becomes £155,500. While the shock factor of the R Supercharged’s pace – and the ease with which it is incorporated into such an easy-going host – is impressive, the naturally aspirated car is plenty quick and brings a layer of refinement more in line with the Interceptor’s character. In such spec, it is comfortably one of the finest modernised classics money can buy.
Jensen Interceptor R Supercharged
Price £180,000; 0-62mph 3.8secTop speed 174mph (est); Economy19mpg (est); CO2 na; Kerb weight 1725kg; Engine V8, 6162cc, supercharged, petrol; Power 556bhp at 6100rpm; Torque 551lb ft at 3800rpm; Gearbox 6-spd auto

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/cadillac/cts-v/first-drives/jensen-interceptor-r-supercharged-first-drive-review