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LEGO Sopwith Camel x2 (#3451)

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As I mentioned in this post I am a HUGE fan of LEGO and have been for nearly 25 years — i.e., since Danielle was about 2 years old. I would buy BIG fancy LEGO kits and build them for her — and I remember this really great (and large) Miami Police Boat — while she watched. All 4 kids went onto become LEGO aficionados — with I ever happy to aid their interest. Devanee and Teischan are still into LEGO — Teischan right now making her daily advent calendar (for 2015). I like LEGO too — though in my old age I don’t indulge that often and only do BIG kits.

Well, as I describe in detail in this post, I was very FORTUNATE to get an UNOPENED LEGO Sopwith Camel (#3451) kit at the 2009 ‘Alton Town Wide Yard Sale‘ for $3! As I pointed out I did intimate to the lady that it was a collectible BUT she was HAPPY to get rid of it for $3. Well unopened kits were selling on eBay, at the time, for ~$250 and Deanna wanted me to list it. That never happened. I built it and it had pride of place in our semi-formal sitting room.

About 6 weeks ago Teischan who was trying to measure the length of the wall (in that room) knocked it off its perch and it broke into about 400 pieces. Pieces were all over and given ALL the heavy furniture in that room we knew that we would not be able to find them all!

I was devastated. I was not happy. Checked eBay. Unopened boxes were now going for $450. I was NOT going to pay that much. Found two ‘kits in pieces‘ — both around $90 each. I only needed one to get me the pieces I was missing. But being who I am I could NOT resist getting BOTH — so that I could have two MODELS. Remember what I have said about myself before. I have a great will power, I can resist ANYTHING but TEMPTATION.

So we ended up with three kits in pieces, and I still had the instruction book (and box — with the $3 sticker) from my original. Given that she broke it and she is quite a proficient LEGOist I coerced Teischan into trying to build one of them for me. She, to her credit, persevered for days. But this puppy is very finicky to say the least — and it does say 12+, and Teischan is still 9.

In the end I built them. One of the kits, from e-bay, was 70 assembled. So that was pretty easy.

So now I have two Sopwith Camels and a box full of spare parts. I haven’t checked to see how much I can build with the leftover parts. Maybe I could build a CRASHED Camel!

Well, one Camel is back in the sitting room and I have the other on ONE of my TOY SHELVES. Yes, MY TOY shelves. I have about 6 of those with genuine toys. Unlike other adults I can’t afford ADULT toys. All I can are old kids toys and that amuses I.


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Spare pieces for the ‘Crashed Camel’.


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Something Is Wrong With South Africa Captain Hashim Amla.

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amlafgdsgdMark my word, something is wrong with Hashim Amla — the captain of the woefully struggling South African’s in India.

I think he has among OTHER things an eyesight problem! In the First Day of the 4th Test against India, in Delhi, he dropped 3 slip catches. Amla dropping catches! I bet prior to that he probably hadn’t dropped three catches in a calendar year. Not right.

He is also getting out CHEAPLY. This used to be, just recently, the World’s #1 Batsman! Something is not right.

In the 3rd Test Match I noticed a MARKED bruise under his right eye. Did he get hit by a ball. That could have done some damage.

I like Amla. What is there not to like. Great cricketer and seems like an all-round nice guy.

BUT HE IS NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN.

His handling of Imran Tahir in the 3rd Test Match showed that — graphically. Not his fault. Being a cricket captain is not something you can be taught. You either have it in you or you don’t. Amla doesn’t. That is fine. Let him go back to being the World’s best opening bat.

He has made a LOT of bad decisions. Another is the omission of Quinton de Kock. Jesus wept. Quinton is class. The new openers. Quinton is better than all of them put together. Plus he is a better wicketkeeper than the one that is struggling like crazy.

And they have AB de Villiers, the ex-captain, in the team. This rotation of captains is silly. Yes, it is a very taxing job BUT if you are good at it, like AB was (and he is good at everything he does) let him have it for life.

So just a heads up. Mark my word. Remember this post.

No, with Hashim Amla, I don’t think there is any match fixing. WOW.


Alton Historical Society “J. Jones & Son” Freight Building — Night Of 2015 Christmas Light-Up.

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The collection and how it is displayed keeps on getting better. Some ‘cute’ items. It was fun to spend time in the building on a winter’s night — albeit a rather warm one.

Merry Christmas.  


Alton, N.H. 2015 Christmas Light-Up Night.

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It, for a nice change, was ‘warm‘, maybe around 40°F. Wow. It was barmy. You didn’t need gloves and you didn’t have to stamp your feet. No snow. We have yet to have any snow this winter. I think that that is atypical. Deanna wanted to go on the (truck-pulled) hay ride. So we got there early, before 6pm. We were surprised. There was hardly anybody there. We thought that it was because it was a tad early. We were wrong.

Less than 100 people at the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30! Maybe around 60. That is crazy. We have seen more people when it was cold. I actually think that that was the reason. It wasn’t cold enough. Trust me. After 30 years in New Hampshire I know how they think. They are going to say that it wasn’t cold enough to feel like Christmas.

P1020962The caroling, as ever, was enthusiastic with well chosen pieces. I always enjoyed that.

The ‘Alton Historical Society‘, as is their wont, had an ‘open house’ at their ‘J. Jones & Son’ freight building behind the Town Hall. We checked that out. We always tour it if it is open. It is always rewarding. I will do a separate post on that. That was good. As was the huge cookies and very hot chocolate at the Town Hall. We went to Chinese afterwards.

Merry Christmas.  


‘6 images for the day’ — December 6, 2015.

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Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Straight out of the camera.


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Christmas Ornament from (who else but) Amazon.

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Enjoy. Thank YOU.


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