Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 3 – Building No: 3)

Finally managed to make enough progress to post an update!  OK so it’s not the most interesting one but it is as far as I’ve got for now.

If you have been following my progress you will be aware that this is the third building in my planned diorama.  If you haven’t the the title of this post is a bit of a give away too!  It’s also the last building as I’ve decided there will only be three.  As you can see from the images below this building represents a bakery.

The building itself differs in a few ways from the other two.  Firstly, being a shop it has a large front window which can easily been seen into.  Secondly, bakers are up very early so I figure if this diorama is to be set around the early hours of the morning then the lights would be on.  Thirdly, it has a balcony with french doors which means it may be possible to see inside.  With these three points in mind I felt I needed to do a proper interior in some places.

Externally and internally I set about doing things in same way that I built the first two buildings.  Chinchilla dust was used for the external render and a colour printer was used to produce floor and wall tile images which I literally cut and pasted to the MDF interior floor and walls.  The counter with bread loaves and rolls was a very basic scratch build from Milliput.  Far from perfect but hopefully sufficient given the final angle of view.

For consistency I once again went for individual roof tiles, about 1200 of them to be a little more precise!  An LED light was fixed into place to illuminate the shop.  It’s been tested and works and will hopefully continue to do so when the time comes to assemble the building on the base and configure the wiring!  These things are so delicate.

Most of the painting has been done but there are still a few things to be done before I can call it completed (weathering, chimney, balcony and external brick flooring judging from a quick glance).

The time has now arrived to start thinking about painting some figures and getting my head around the base.  The figures will hopefully be straight forward, there are eight in total if I decide to use them all.  The base on the other hand requires a lot of thought.  The positioning of the buildings will be key, there is a need to conceal wiring and I’m toying with the idea of a fountain and street lights.  Some walls will also need to be constructed and each of the three houses will need a back garden.  All in all a long way to go.  Still, everything in good time.

Various progress photo’s below beginning with the basic MDF shell tnrough to where the build is currently.

TIM

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The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 34)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!

Pessimist, Realist or Optimist? Post Telford Update

… and the winner was … The Realist!

Well not really a surprise but as predicted the audience and participants pretty much comprised of ageing men and fathers and their sons.  To be fare there were women about but they were very few and far between, either that or they were simply avoiding me at all costs.  As a consequence I never got to discuss the finer points of “how far do you think I  should dip my brush” , “do you have a favorite tool?” and “the best way to strip a lovely figure”. 

I shall retain my optimism and hope that next year I will meet the young lady featured in The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 33) but suspect by then that the following may well be more applicable!

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Post Telford Review

As mentioned in previous posts this was my first visit to Telford and hopefully it will prove to be the first of many.  I was told prior to attending that it was the biggest event of its kind in Europe.  I don’t know for sure if that’s true but it is without a doubt a very sizeable event.  I appreciate such events aren’t every ones cup of tea but as a participant and as a visitor I did thoroughly enjoy it.

To help those of you who have never been a photo below to provide some perspective.  The photo is of one of three equally sized exhibition halls.  There is also a very large space dedicated to competition entries.  The photo was taken before the doors were opened to the general public which is why it looks sparse.

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Over the course of the two days I managed to talk to a great many people both in respect of my own models, those of the Plymouth club and of course their own modelling interest.  All very nerdy I grant you but its my hobby and it’s nice to spend time with like minded people rather than have the piss taken out of me by my son and daughter even though I love them both dearly.

If I’m honest the event favors those who are more into kit building, be that planes, tanks, cars or whatever, rather than figures.  The traders pretty much mirrored this too.  That said there were plenty of figures being exhibited and several traders had figures to sell so I was kept more than happy.

On the down side, or the up side pending your take on it, it was very easy to spend a lot of money.  I went with a budget and am pleased to say that I spent far more than I intended to!  Initially I wasn’t concerned until I realized I had to get everything passed SWMBO when I got home.  Fortunately I conceived a cunning plan on the way home.  By stopping at the motorway services a couple of times to grab a burger and shake I was able to return home late enough for her to be in bed given that Monday was a school day and she had to be up for our daughter!  From talking to other modellers this kind of clandestine approach is not uncommon which leads me to think modellers would make great drug smugglers.

I was tempted to provide you guys with lots of photo’s but since arriving home several video’s have sprung up on YouTube which will provide a far better insight than I can.  If you’re interested simply search under “IPMS Telford 2018”.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Edwin Starr.

The nice thing about a 4 hour car journey to Telford (and back again) is I get to play music as loud as I like and without being moaned at by either SWMBO or the kids.  As a consequence I got to listen to a lot this week, far to much to mention really so I picked out one track which was relevant to the journey home.

I should perhaps point out that I was about 100 miles away at the time and driving!

Best played very loud.

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This week TIM has been watching …

The above track always reminds of a film called “Adventures In Baby Sitting”.  It’s a film my kids both enjoyed when they were both a bit younger.  But for one “F” bomb it’s a great family film if your kids are of a suitable age and it also has a great soundtrack which includes Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones and Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop.  Anyway, nostalgia got the better of me so I’ve been watching it while trying to make progress with my current diorama.

The 1987 film stars a rather hot Elizabeth Shue and arguably worth a watch for that alone.

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Until next time!

TIM

 

 

 

 

28mm Reaper Dark Heaven Legends Mini – Aravir, Elf Ranger

My intended post this weekend was a further update on my “Operation Overlord” diorama but progress was hampered by preparing for and going to the Telford IPMS show (where I am now!).  Fortunately I was able to finish the final Reaper figure I bought a while ago (I will be buying some more!) and arrange for this post to be scheduled for publishing.

So here we have Aravir an Elf Ranger.

I rather liked this little lady, she provided a nice lot of detail to paint.  Being an elf it seemed appropriate to go for fauna and flora base work.  I saw an image on-line of someone who had applied heavy make up to the eyes which I rather liked and thought it would be different so I gave it a go.  I also chose to go with metallic green for her armour, mixed using silver enamel with sap green oil paint and blended with a small amount of white spirit.

Images of the completed figure below.

TIM

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The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 33)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!

Telford

This weekend is the Telford International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) show.  I can’t speak with any authority on the event as it will be my first visit.  I’m told it’s a huge event and that I should take a lot of money with me!  I’m not sure how tempted I will be, plastic kits aren’t generally my thing, but I’m attending with an open mind and will provide an update in next weeks Musings.

Getting ready for the event as well as being away for four days has resulted in not being able to model as much as I would like since last week.  Hopefully I will be able to complete a figure for my Saturday post but my planned update on my “Operation Overlord” diorama will have to wait for at least another week as I simply haven’t done enough on the third building.

Pessimist, Realist or Optimist?

Pending who you speak to some people would describe me as a Pessimist.  Of course there are times when this would be accurate.  In reality there are times when I would argue that the glass isn’t so much half empty but actually it has fuck all in it.  Fortunately such dark days are in the minority.

Now personally I would argue I am a Realist who on occasions is extremely optimistic.  In an attempt to prove this let’s consider Telford this coming weekend.

If I put my Pessimist hat on then I would envisage an event which is not as good as I have been led to believe and with very few people in attendance.  I don’t see that happening.  I’m not a Pessimist.

Wearing my Realistic hat I foresee a huge event, well attended by an audience made up almost entirely of old men and dads and their sons.  Would anybody bet against this being the case?  Probably not.  I am a Realist.

Now if I put my Optimistic hat on top of my Realist hat, which I’m inclined to do every once in a while, then I anticipate the following …

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I’ll let you know what transpires.

This week TIM has been watching …

Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Yes, I’ve been off to the cinema once again, this time to see Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek who is simply stunning in his performance of Freddie Mercury.  If you like Queen I can’t imagine you not loving this film, it is simply superb and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it isn’t the biggest box office film of the year in the UK, it certainly deserves to be.

This week TIM has been listening to …

Queen.

Given how much I enjoyed the film it was almost impossible not to come home and get my Queen CDs out.  I love this group so picking a couple of tracks for this post was quite a challenge.  In the end I settled for posting the link to their iconic performance at the Live Aid concert.  If you watch this and get to see the film the comparison (all be it with a couple of track omissions in the film) is stunning.

Live performances don’t get better than this!

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

28mm Reaper Dark Heaven Legends Mini – Morrdha Vampire Noble

The down time while I waited for things to dry on the buildings for my WW2 diorama “Operation Overlord” gave me the opportunity to finish another Reaper mini, this time “Morrdha” a Vampire Noble.

This was a nice little Reaper mini to do and provided another small opportunity to do some free hand painting on the pages of the book and on the sword.  Neither is particularly exciting or overly adventurous but it was fun to do and hopefully added a little more interest.

Little to say about the figure itself, a one piece casting with a nice lot of detail to pick out.  Another vampire and another white face making it a little different from typical flesh painting when it comes to shadows and highlights.  Painted using acrylics and oils.

Photo’s of the completed model below.

TIM

 

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The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 32)

Welcome to this week’s Musings!

Inspired by a recent comment by Azazel I bring you …

TIM’s 12 Laws of Modelling

  1. The “To Do List” only gets longer;
  2. The increase in the neglected pile is directly proportional to the number of recent items bought;
  3. Modelling is only stress free when you don’t give a shit what the end result looks like;
  4. How right it looks matters far more than how accurate it is;
  5. Only when a figure becomes obsolete do you realize how much you should have bought it when you had the chance;
  6. Only when you have implemented a solution to a problem do you find a better way to have resolved it;
  7. No matter how much you clear your working space there is always something in the way;
  8. Only when you sit down to start modelling will you remember (or be reminded) that there was something else you had to do first;
  9. Disruptions only happen at critical construction/painting moments;
  10. Essential items required to complete a model only run out when the shops are closed;
  11. The item you have set your heart on will always be out of stock;
  12. The model show you most want to go to will always clash with another event you cannot get out of.

Please feel free to add to the list or highlight a favorite!

This week TIM has been listening to …

Robert Palmer.  Two classic tracks, firstly “Addicted to Love” (Tina Turner does a great cover of this too by the way) followed by “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”.

Oh, and for anyone who thinks the two videos are a tad sexist for today’s sensitive community check out Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Women” video produced many years after Robert Palmer’s.  I wonder where she got the idea from?  That’s equality for you!

This week TIM has been watching …

The Detectorists.

Had my brother not put me onto this series it would have passed me by and as it turns out that would have been a shame.  For those of you who may not have heard of the show it features Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean), is set in rural England and is about a Metal Detecting club and its members.  Sounds bazaar but it works.  Well my brother and I think it does.

So far there have been three series of six episodes along with a Christmas special or two.  A bit like Marmite (Vegemite) I guess you will love it or hate it but I’ll throw it out there for you to make up your own mind or comment on if you have seen it.

One thing that it does highlight for me is that there is comedy gold to be had in all walks of life regardless of how random the subject is.  When the time comes to put down my painting brushes I think I’m going to have a go at writing about the adventures of the modelling and blogging community.  An untapped source if ever there was one.

From here on in you better watch what you say!

Did you know …

Viagra is widely used in hospitals to stop little old men from rolling out of bed?

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Until next time.

TIM

Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 2 – Building No: 2)

Work on the second building for this diorama is almost complete.  Some additional weathering to be done along with some base work once the building is in situ but that’s for later.  Overall an easier build than Building No: 1 – See link to previous post below – which I pretty much anticipated.

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The theme going around in my head has the diorama set in the early hours of the morning which to my mind means a Brassiere would be closed.  This allowed me to put blinds at the windows making the place look shut up, so seeing inside wasn’t a significant issue.  However, I did decided to have one window which could be seen through as I’m now considering the idea of lighting.  We’ll see how that idea goes!

I wont describe the build process in great detail, mainly because it was done along the same lines as the previous post.  Instead I’ll simply highlight the bits which were different and show stage development photos of the build at the end.

A bed was made and wall paper added to the “room” that can be seen into just to be on the safe side.  Just how visible any of it will be if it is lit up remains to be seen.

The “Brassiere” lettering was outlined on the MDF but needed carefully painting.  It went well but was time consuming.

Azazel reminded me of a good tip for tiling the roof, specifically to do so using strips instead of individual tiles.  I had been made aware of this technique a while ago but had forgotten about it so I was grateful for the reminder.  However, having done the first build with individual tiles I decided to go the same way again, fearful that the outcome might look odd.  It probably wouldn’t have done but once again I chose not to leave things to chance.

Probably the stand out feature for me, and certainly the most problematic, was the addition of the “Dubonnet” wall advert.  Painted wall adverts are pretty common in France, well they were back in the 1940s,  so I was very keen to add a simple one.  I ruled out free hand without some guidelines because I didn’t feel confident of getting it right, so I thought I would trace the words on.  Unfortunately the textured finish using a sample I made simply didn’t want to know. The idea of making a stencil crossed my mind but when I looked at doing one it was evident straight away that this wouldn’t work either.  Far to intricate.  I was stumped.  I gave YouTube a go but my searches threw up nothing until by pure chance I discovered a craft tutorial.

In the tutorial the artist took a stone, covered it in PVA and then stuck a picture printed on ordinary paper to it face down.  It was then left to completely dry.  Once dried water was rubbed onto the back of the paper which removed the paper slowly and left the picture, albeit inverted, on the stone.  Presumably the PVA absorbed all the ink and retained a very, very thin layer of the existing paper.  Not a technique I had ever come across before.  Anyway, I thought I would give it a go.

The first thing I had to do was print the word.  I chose to go with “Dubonnet”, a drink which has been around since 1846 so would therefore have been relevant in the 1940s.  I typed it out in Word Art on the PC and played about with sizing.  I then flipped the wording so that it would read the correct way around when glued face down.  Applied the PVA to the chinchilla render and left it to dry.  The next day I rubbed water onto the paper and what you see is pretty much what I got.  A bit of weathering and a few minor touch ups and I ended up with something I was quite pleased with.  Doubtless someone will say “all you needed to do was …”.

So there you have it, an almost complete second building.  Work will now start on the third building and probably the last one for this diorama.  This build may prove to be the more time consuming as I think much more of the internal building will be visible but more on that in a future post.

Development pictures below.

TIM

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The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 31)

We’ll come to this week’s Musings!

They Shall Not They Grow Old

I mentioned last week that I was off to the cinema to see the Peter Jackson documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old”, a documentary about the Great War timed to remind us of its conclusion 100 years ago this coming November.  The viewing I went to was the films premier and included live coverage of the red carpet entrance and interviews followed after the film with a live Q&A session with the man himself, Peter Jackson.  In short it was a great evening and the film itself is quite remarkable, as were the various insights provided by Peter during the Q&A.

Once I got rid of the image of Jackson looking remarkably like a Hobbit and focused on what he actually had to say it became apparent very quickly just what an incredible individual he is.  Inspired by his own family connections to the war he has produced an amazing film.

It was my intention to provide a more in depth review but the day after the film a BBC critic published his own account so I thought it would be easier to post a link to that instead (See below).  The only thing I found myself disagreeing with him on was the length of the film.  As a critic I guess he has to say something negative and if this is all he could come up with then it’s rather pathetic.  I can only conclude that he has prostate problems as personally, and from talking to one or two people afterwards, they could have bolted on another 3 or 4 hours and it wouldn’t have been too long as far as I am concerned.

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Perhaps the thing to note is that the film is due for a more general release around the 11th November and according to the critic is scheduled to be shown on the BBC too.

Each to their own but I would urge anyone to see it.

Think I’m going to have to do a few more WW1 dioramas!

What Goes Around Comes Around! 

Money is generally behind everything and so it was when between the years of 1996 to 2005 when I worked at the HSBC Group Management Training College. One of many responsibilities that I had was to manage the training departments multi-million pound budget, something which was much easier said than done.

The biggest problem was the trainers themselves. A great bunch of people and without a doubt the most creative group of individuals that I have ever had the privilege to work with. The problem was that their creativity knew no bounds and they would not be constrained by costs. Although I admired many of their ideas I repeatedly found myself telling them what they couldn’t have and what they could.

It’s probably reasonable to assume that similar situations exist within modelling companies. A designer is sitting there somewhere with all manner of wonderful ideas floating around his/her head.  Unfortunately someone somewhere else in the company has a keen eye on a budget, how much a customer is willing to pay and therefore just how much can be invested in design and creativity.

And here I am now moaning from time to time about creativity being restricted by some arsehole who controls a budget!

This week TIM has been listening to …

… The B-52’s and Love Shack, the 12″ Remixed Extended Version.  Very fond memories of an office party decades ago … !

This week TIM has been watching …

Inspired by having been to see “They Shall Not Grow Old” I decided to watch “Blackadder Goes Forth”.  A classic series and just as funny every time I watch it.  If I had to pick a favorite episode then I’d have to go with “Private Plane” featuring Rik Mayall as Lord Flashheart, his character just cracks me up.  So, for a bit of nostalgia quite a few Flasheart quotes!

“All right men, let’s do-oo-oo it! The first thing to remember is: always treat your kite like you treat your women … get inside her five times a day and take her to heaven and back”.

“Hey! Any girl who wants to chain herself to *my* railings and suffer a jet movement gets *my* vote!”

Why do you have no underwear, Lord Flash?  “Because the pants haven’t been built yet that’ll take the job on!”

“Captain Darling? Funny name for a guy isn’t it? Last person I called darling was pregnant twenty seconds later”.

“Mind if I use your phone? If word gets out I’m missing, five hundred girls will kill themselves. And I wouldn’t want them on my conscience, not when they ought to be on my *face*! Hello? Cancel the state funeral, tell the king to stop blubbing, Flash is not dead! I simply ran out of juice! And before five hundred girls all go ‘oh, what’s the point in living any more?’ I’m talking about petrol! Woof! Send someone along to pick me up. General Melchett’s driver will do, she hangs round with a big knob so she’ll be used to a fellow like me. Woof!

No, not in half an hour you rubber desk-johnny! Send the bitch with the wheels right now or I’ll fly back home and give your wife something to hang her towels on!

Right! Let’s dig out your best booze and talk about me till the car comes!”

“Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait a minute. Now I may be packing the kind of tackle that you’d normally expect to find swinging about between the hindlegs of a Grand National winner, but I’m not totally stupid. I’ve got the kind of feeling you’d rather we hadn’t come”.

“Just because I can give multiple orgasms to the furniture just by sitting on it, doesn’t mean that I’m not sick of this damn war: the blood, the noise, the endless poetry”.

 

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly’s Heroes – 28mm Artizan Figures (The October Challenge)

The Azazel challenge for October was to complete a unit of at least 3 figures and/or an Ork for Orktober.  As I typically do single figures, vignettes and dioramas unit challenges don’t naturally fit with what I do.  Having said that I love the challenges and whenever possible like the idea of contributing something.  With so much to do at the moment I limited my self to the unit challenge only, I’ll have a crack at an Ork some other time, might even call it IRO!

I didn’t really have any idea what to do for a unit but when I was searching the Artizan website for something else I discovered this 28mm three figure set representing the primary characters from the classic film Kelly’s Heroes.  So here we have Kelly, Big Joe and Oddball.  I’m not sure Kelly or Big Joe are great representations of the actual characters either in sculpting terms (like I have the right to be critical!) or in respect of my paint job but the sculpt of Oddball is excellent in my opinion and unmistakably “him”.

I suspect I am not alone in nominating Oddball as my favorite character from the film so for a little added nostalgia a few Oddball classics lines …

“A Sherman can give you a very nice… edge”

“Crazy… I mean like, so many positive waves… maybe we can’t lose, you’re on!

“I’m drinking wine and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know”

“It’s a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers”

Images of the three figures below.

TIM

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The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 30)

Welocme to this weeks Musings!

My Hero

I’d forgotten how long ago it was that I published my first hero post so the next one is well overdue!  Next up is …

Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973)

As I mentioned in my original post some time ago my hero’s come in all shapes and sizes and with no obvious logical link, well not to me at any rate.

Why Bruce?

To answer that question I need to firstly go back and reflect on life in the 70s and how I remember things.

When I was a teenager in the 70s screen hero’s, be it at the cinema or on TV, followed a pattern. They were lean, mean, tall (e.g. Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry) and sometimes suave and sophisticated (e.g. Shaun Connery as James Bond 007). What they weren’t was small and Chinese. Martial Arts wasn’t a familiar term and although I’d heard of Judo and Karate nobody really participated in these sports. Even if there had been sufficient clubs, which there were not, it simply wasn’t the done thing.

Then along came an Cowboy Western TV series called “Kung Fu” which starred David Carradine as a western looking Chinaman who possessed a few basic but cool skills for dealing with thrown punches and flying arrows which few of us had ever seen. It was tame but different and served as a small taster of far better things to come.

Word had arrived of a guy called Bruce Lee who could take on a small army with nothing but his bare hands. It was possible in some cinemas to see this with your own eyes providing you were willing to suffer dreadful dubbed dialogue and equally dreadful story lines. Bruce’s first films – Fist of Fury, The Big Boss – were in limited box office circulation but the fight sequences were awesome in there day. “The Way of the Dragon” was a significant notch up and featured Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee in an epic fight sequence set in the Coliseum, Rome which is still held in high regard to this day. You can find it on YouTube and it’s well worth a watch in my opinion. However, it took Hollywood to set Bruce on the path to super stardom and to catapult Martial Arts into the minds of every young adult male of that era. The film of course was “Enter the Dragon”.

With a decent budget Hollywood produced what I believe was the first English speaking Martial Arts film of the day.  Today the film looks dated and the story line is pretty poor too but the fight sequences which at the end of the day was what it was all about are as good today as they were back then. Choreographed for real by Bruce himself they have stood the test of time. The film was a major box office hit and I can remember having to join a very long queue in order to get in to see the film. When I did get to see it I was blown away. Hard to imagine in this day and age that something was so original and so different to anything which had gone before and so exciting too. I saw the film four times when it came out and have seen it numerous times since on DVD.

We now had a hero who didn’t conform to the cultural norm and for a while every boy at school wanted to be Bruce and wanted to learn how to fight. I can’t recall any other film of my generation having such an incredible impact. I was completely absorbed by Bruce, had posters on my bedroom wall, subscribed to magazines, collected cards and read what ever I could find. My favorite book was “Bruce Lee King of Kung Fu” by Felix Dennis, a biography which I still have a copy of to this day.

For me though Bruce wasn’t just a screen hero. His real life fascinated me just as much. He was born in San Francisco, ironically in the Chinese year of the dragon but raised in Hong Kong from the age of 3 months.  He was bullied as a small boy, didn’t like the experience and wanted to do something about it. He was taken in hand and saved from a wayward life. He learnt not one martial art form but studied them all to the point where he created his own form, a collective mix which he called, Jeet Kune Do. Not content to be good he wanted to be the best and that is what he became. He moved to America, married an American and became a teacher of his art to many including James Coburn and Steve McQueen.  His party trick was to pick on the largest guy he could find and floor him with a one inch punch!

Sadly his life was cut short at the age of 32, the result it is alleged of a fatal reaction to taking an aspirin tablet. James Coburn was one of his pull bearers. He was buried in Hong Kong and his funeral parade was witnessed by thousands who lined the streets.

At the time of his death he was filming his fifth film called “Game of Death”. The fight sequences had been completed and Hollywood was eventually able to bring the film to the big screen. An OK film but not a patch on “Enter the Dragon”.

From a modelling perspective there are a few which are clearly based on Bruce Lee. As things currently stand my favorite is a Reaper figure.  I thought I’d get it done for this post.  I thought the mirror added a nice “Enter The Dragon” touch but with hindsight I should have taken photos before I added it.  Bloody difficult taking photos with mirrors in!  I need to take some better ones, these were done in a bit of a rush for this post so I might up date them in due course.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

The Beatles and “Hey Jude”.  This video is of the fab four and their live performance on the David Frost show.  I remember seeing it live on TV with my brother.  Not sure either of us appreciated what an iconic performance this was at the time.  With 124,438,271 hits on YouTube at the time I was watching it’s obvious their popularity has not waned any.  Then again it could have been just my brother watching it over and over and …

I have also been listening to The Hollies and “A Long Cool Women in a Black Dress”.  Now I’m no Hollies fan, if anything they were one of my least favourite bands back in the day but I do like this track.  Made all the better with the lyrics to follow.

This week TIM has been watching…

Terminator.  It’s been a while since I watched the original film and I’d forgotten how dark it was.  Arnie only had to be himself which made the film all the more realistic!

Classic lines – “Fuck you, asshole” and “I’ll be back” spring to mind.

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Until next time.

TIM