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A stall holder at a model engineering exhibition is surrounded by model engines and accessories

Everything else that isn’t a book that looks interesting/fun.

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HMCS Snowberry – Revell Model Kit Pound sign

The nerve-racking and exhausting work trying to guard WW2 transAtlantic convoys, will be highlighted this year in the new Tom Hanks movie ‘Greyhound’. If I had the time (and the skillset. It’s been a long time since I used to make models!) I’d love to build this of-the-moment kit.


 

Scythe Board Game Pound sign

“Scythe is an engine-building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.”

They had me at “monstrous mechs”!.


 

Sportneer Compass Pound sign

Why would you want a traditional compass in 2020, when your phone can tell you which way you are pointing? Because you can’t trust your phone. None of my expensive phones have been reliable on direction. They are good at location but usually around 40+ degrees out when it comes to direction, not matter how many times you swing it around dementedly in a figure of eight for calibration!

Sometimes, particularly when you are walking a battlefield, you just want to know which way you are facing. I have got totally confused about where the battle lines were at Vimy Ridge and at Montormel (Falaise Gap). A simple compass is a splendid thing!


 

Admiral: Command and Conquer [DVD] Pound sign

Admiral is a (2014) movie made about the heroic Dutch admiral, De Ruyter, scourge of the Royal Navy.

It’s a good movie. Rather embarrassingly, maybe for English sensibilities or box office draw, the poster/cover for the UK release features Charles Dance as King Charles II of England (the victim! a bit part!) standing prominently in front of the film’s actual subject, Michael de Ruyter played by Frank Lammers! In the International version, Charles Dance doesn’t feature on the cover at all!

You may be able to find a streamed version online, but if not, this is the DVD.


 

Fury at Midway [Board Game]

I think this looks like a really interesting and playable strategy board game. I like the idea of having two maps (boards), one for each player (it’s really designed as a two-player game). There’s a good review of the game here… which is how I came across it. Unfortunately I can’t find any stockists in the UK, so the title link points to the game producer, Revolution Games in California.


 

 

Airfix Battles – Introductory Wargame [Board Game] Pound sign

Want to learn wargaming? This has everything you need in one box to get started. All your units are cardboard counters, unless of course you want to upgrade to Airfix plastic soldiers and vehicles!

 


 

Tamiya Churchill VII tank (model kit) Pound sign

I really fancy this model. Maybe for Christmas! The Mk VII was the primary heavy infantry tank with the Royal Armoured Corps. It was there in Normandy and in the Italian campaigns, and it went on to fight in Korea. It had a 75mm gun and a shitload of armour – more frontal armour than the Tiger I. This 1:35 scale model comes with the characters shown.


 

Corgi Bodgit & Scarper MK1 Transit Van Pound sign

Love the sense of humour on this diecast model.

Corgi’s own description reads: “Between 10:30am and 4pm every day (excluding weekends, Friday afternoons and Monday mornings) Bodgit and his (mostly) reliable co-worker Scarper are the handymen you need! (None of this diversity business around these parts!) Small jobs are preferred. Day rates reasonable. Always finish the job quicker than anyone expects! No refunds given. Call for a quote (for a small fee). In honesty, they may not be the most reliable of businesses, but one thing you can count on is their Ford Transit Mk1. Over 8 million Ford Transit vans have been produced worldwide since 1965. Transits remain the highest selling van of their kind in Europe, a record which has been held for forty years and as of 2016 the Ford Transit is also the best-selling van of any type in the USA.”


 

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