Archive for the ‘Hobby’ Category

Added another puzzle from Rock Saw in the UK to the old collection (see June 4 post for Judas Priest/Motörhead boxes), and I always thought that Iron Maiden had some really good album covers. Not least “Powerslave”, with that ancient civilization type art. 500 pieces.

(My image of said box)

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Another hidden corner in the old man cave. Got some American Xena Fan Club stuff and some Scandinavian DVDs upon that safe, and my life size Xena cardboard cutout stands on guard. Do not mess with this collection! And if some uninvited intruder still gives it a shot, I have two baseball bats at the ready. One for the right Patella (kneecap) and another for the left. Guess you could say that I am a strong believer in Private Property.

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Got slightly sidetracked today when I was busy taking care of some prepping (updating the water supply) in this inner-inner room in the old mancave. It has all these shelves and I kept thinking that this red one looked awfully empty and ready for some serious action. Then my brain kept nagging me of that old Castle and all these classic figures from UK company Britains (early 1970s stuff that has been tucked away for decades) and I knew I had to surrender to this whim. So I located the old stuff (took me an hour), cleaned it up and finally gave it the home it always deserved. Nobody will ever see this display unless you are invited to see it (or if you happen to enjoy this blog!). So there it is now in this small, dank room. This little exhibition that takes you back to the old days.

Never knew prepping could be this fun!

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These boxes arrived today, the Motörhead and Judas Priest “Bomber”/”Ram It Down” 500 piece puzzles from UK company Rock Saws. Very close to LP format in size, so they will sit nicely in the old Vinyl collection (or closeby). This is a good idea and I hope they involve the Purple family in this somewhere down the road. Think Rainbow “Rising” or Purple´s “Stormbringer” etc etc.

Cool.

(My image of said boxes)

DEEP PURPLE

The Deep Purple MK4 song “Gettin´Tighter” is reviewed on the Pod of Thunder Podcast. Hosts Chris and Andy spends nearly two hours talking about stuff in general and what they think of this track/version of Purple on first listening. Some of this is pretty funny too. Start listening about 18 minutes in.

PLANET ROCK MAGAZINE

Planet Rock (issue) 14 is out (Van Halen logo on the cover) and it is a darned good read. David Coverdale talks about Deep Purple and Whitesnake, you have good stuff with Van Halen, Bad Company, Black Sabbath etc. You know a magazine is good when you spend hours reading it (and some of it twice).

REVELL

Revell has issued a set called “Viking Ghost Ship” in 1/50. Night glow paint and brush for application included.

DEEP PURPLE

Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple picked up a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in London on May 23. The International Achievement Award was dedicated to the MK2 line-up and the legacy that they forged, which explains the absence of Don Airey and Steve Morse from the current band (a bit sad really that The Ivors had to go down that path). Still, good publicity.

ACCEPT

Accept will release a couple of classic albums in coloured Vinyl this summer. “Metal Heart” (red) on June 21 and “Balls To The Wall” (silver & black) on July 5 (my birthday incidentally).

ITALERI

Italian model company Italeri has issued a box called “Pegasus Bridge Airborn Assault”. It comes out as the 75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6 1944) is coming up. You can basically build the Commando assault on the famous bridge in 1/72, which is pretty cool. Great looking box art too. I see a lot of publications on D-Day out there right now. There was a bunch of those five years ago as well.

I decided very early on that the kitchen in my new man cave was going to be dedicated to the past, and so it is as I have put my classic old school magazine collection (basically stuff from the last full century!) in there for easy access. Yesterday, I added a new bar table (from Midori) in there, and the first of two bar stools (the second is incoming). Just a nice little corner to grab a quick breakfast or a snack, and the option is that you have a nice reading table to check out that priceless (well, it is to me) collection.

If I have people over for dinner, I will ask them to join me upstairs and serve it with the stunning mountain view I have here overlooking the water below my property. So I can afford to be a bit eccentric in the kitchen. To me, it just works and that is all I care about really.

And yeah, I have some cookbooks in there as well, covering pretty much anything you can think of. But the bottom line is, seeing old magazine covers with Agnetha Fältskog (of ABBA fame), Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda whenever you pop in there just adds to the overall quality of life. How could it not?

(Thank you Kalle for your support)