Thursday, 17 December 2015

Holiday Treasures

At last if have found some batteries for my camera and here is what I have found while I have been on holidays this year.
I have never been a “boot sale” sort of guy but when I ventured into one on my holiday, not far from where we were staying, I was really surprised in what I found.  There was a chap that was selling his sons old 20 mm plastic figures from various companies and periods. At the bottom of this large box that he had, there was these two boxes that I could use. You can never have enough wagons and although I do already have these Italeri French Army Support Convoy waiting in the production line to paint, there was always room for another box. The man said that all the bits were there and when I opened the box, the wagon and pieces were still on the spur in a badly crushed box. The other box was the Revell British Foot Artillery which could join my other two boxes that I have. Great so far! And for how much?  One pound fifty pence per box. Great I’ll take these two please! Taking the man’s word, I put the two boxes in my bag and walked off back to where we were staying. It was then that I found that the Revell’s box contained not artillery but a box of their Seven Year war French Hussars. Dam!

Still my next purchase was when we went to Miniature Worlds in Wroxham in Norfolk. This is fairly new and it is all about train layouts. Now I like looking at these as you can get some good ideas about how to blend in buildings and stone walls into your table layouts etc. At their shop I brought two packs of trees which contained seven in all and for a pound each in their “For Sale” box.

Next was top pop into The Works, which is a great book shop for me and very cheap, so when I saw this book “Voices from the Napoleonic Wars” by Jon E. Lewis for just £3, I  had to have.

Next time that you are doing a  bit of DIY your house take a look in B&Q as when I did I found that they were selling tester pots for just 50 pence each. So with a river section that I brought from SELWG years ago, I thought it was about time I did something with it. The colour I picked up for this job was, marine, blue capri, choco, sunflower, black and sand stone. 

Last but not least a trip to Scotland, for my 60th Birthday in October, took us to Edinburgh where I found a Model Shop called “Wonderland Models” and when looking at all the mountains of plastic figures, I can across a box of Italeri British Light Cavalry for just £4.99 pence. A great bargain as my first box of these cost me £5.99 pence years ago. So in all a good year for me and I hope to do more Boot sales next year! Well you never know what will turn up next.