Wednesday, 27 May 2015

TV SCI-FI

A two page article from a 1971 Look-in magazine featuring television sci-fi and in particular Irwin Allen and Gerry Anderson TV series.

 

Look Upon Our Works..

Having a Moonbase shoreleave with Woodstock, always involves a visit to a car boot. Today, having roused ourselves early it was off to Fitzwilliam to a massive sale, which revealed several good toy stall and knowledgeable collectors, plus lots of bargains! 

Then, off to an antiques stall in a nearby Heritage centre, where Woodsy found a nice JR21 Jeep, from the T2 pod. I came across some vintage camera bits, a cool flying spaceplane, some 2000ad paperbacks and a clutch of Matchbox containers! Result!

MORE VAGUE COLLECTING TERMS

Currently out and about a lot this week as its the half term break - car boot sales and the like - so I'm not able to respond to comments yet but here's a baker's dozen more vague words I'm emailing to the blog via a friends phone:

1. Playworn - is the same as paint loss when describing a die-cast car?

2. Kitbash - is it the same as mash-up?

3. Crossover [comics] - is it the same as mash-up?

4. Mottled - is the same as foxed?

5. Jeweled headlights - does this mean glass headlights?

6. Plastic fatigue - does this mean cracked?

7. Code 3 [Die cast] - does this mean third generation  or custom?

8. Vintage - does it mean pre-1970 or later?

9. Kitsch - is this the same as retro?

10. Shabby chic - is this the same as Kitsch?

11. Junk - simply rubbish?

12. Like new - does this mean nearly new? Old but new? What?

13. Scratchbiult - is it the same as custom?

ANDERCON BUILD UP: DAVID SISSON MODEL COLLECTION PART 2

Some more of the photos I took of mega model maker David Sisson's display at Andercon last year.


I'm always happy to see models from UFO, especially ones we don't see too many examples of. Case in point, this Moon Mobile. 


There's never a shortage of Thunderbird models at any Gerry Anderson convention, but models of Thunderbird 5 are usually in the minority.


The Angel Interceptor from Captain Scarlet. As with most of David's models, this one appears studio scale.

The sleek Thunderbird 1. I kinda like the choice of lettering on the side of the hull. 


The FAB 1 Rolls Royce. I believe this model was used in a Swinton Insurance advert, 'Parker's Day Off'. I'm told it got damaged on one side, so it was photographed with the filming was reversed, hence the 'Doppelgänger' FAB 1 number plate.


Most people's favourite Thunderbird!


Everybody's favourite super sub!


The Shado Mobile.


And finally, I couldn't resist another photo of David's fabulous Zero X.

THE VAGUE WORDS THAT TOY COLLECTORS USE

As a collector over the years I've come across some odd English terms, which can vary in meaning from place to place. Here are ten for starters:

1. Mystery Action: is this the same as Bump N Go?


2. Foxing: is this the same as Browning?


3. Perished: is this the same as decayed?


4. Deadstock: is this ex-shop stock?


5. Warehouse find: is this deadstock?


6. Spectraflame: is this the same as metallic?


7. Bubble Pack: is this the same as blister card?


8. Retro: is this the same as vintage?


9. Antique: does this mean over a hundred years old?


10. Loose: is this always unboxed?


What do you think readers? Can you think of any more grey terms?

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Snow Train and Hover Tank Make a Model Book Century 21 courtesy of Woodsy

Scout 3 Box copy to print out and make up by Woodsy and Wotan

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