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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Saturday, 28 June 2014


... brain.

I suppose that somewhere out there is a toy soldier/wargamer/kit-basher who can, and does, focus on one thing for long periods of time. He has complete armies, in scale, for specific battles, and his hard earned roubles go only on books, magazines, guns, horse and foot (or armour and support) that are relevant to his chosen subject. That is not what it is like at the Hobbit Bunker. My current move of a large number of little tin men has highlighted that, but it has also re-ignited my desire to array some of them on the table top. Yet this morning I bought a copy of the current Scale Aviation Modeller International, and the butterflies took off. It contains a nice, straightforward review and build of Revell's Sea Hurricane Mk IIC in 1/72 by Clive Duckworth. He built his Sea Hurricane as an aircraft from HMS Striker, in a pretty standard finish. But it looks so nice that I was sent digging around in my heap of unbuilt kits to find:

The Airfix Sea Hurricane. I've had this for a while, with the intention of finishing it as a Fleet Air Arm Sea Hurricane which took part in 'Operation Torch'. The interesting thing being that the FAA aircraft wore U S markings (of a sort), in the vain hope that the Vichy French wouldn't fire on them. Uh? Of course, that was at a point in the war when the US government still recognised Vichy, and ignored de Gaulle.
Actually, one of the other things that brought on the butterfly effect is that over the last couple of days we've had heavy rain here in West Mercia, England. So I couldn't keep on carrying my little tin heroes out to my shed. However, my garden, which I have created as a sort of woodland garden, is benefiting from the rain:

Some happily drinking Japanese anenomes, which will begin flowering in a few weeks and go on into late September. Also euphorbia giganticus, which has been doing its Shrek's ears trick for a few months now. And Russet apples growing nicely.

Outside my back door, my favourite hostas, with ferns, a small oak tree, and an olive tree growing so slowly, so slowly.


  1. The fact that you can grow apples in your garden fills me with bilious envy. On the other hand, I entirely sympathize with the "ooh shiny" issue.


    1. My dear fellow, if you possess as much as a few paving slabs outside your home you can grow the apple. It's all down to rootstock. In his very old age, my late father grew excellent apples on a patio in large pots. There is nothing to beat a apple straight from the tree, picked on an early Autumn morning.

  2. just about to start building the new tool Mk 1..lovely kit

    1. The fabric winged one ? Isn't there some issue about there being fabric where there shouldn't be - behind the mg access panels ? Or an I talking through a hat of ignorance?