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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Friday, February 2, 2018

T is for Two - Novelty Pencil Sharpeners

We like a bit of novelty stuff here at Small Scale World - as you may have noticed! And two additions to the collection have come in over the last week or so, both are pencil sharpeners, but then I wouldn't have put 'pencil sharpeners' in the title-bar if I was going to be showing you cocktail-sticks or bouncy-balls!

This was a charity shop purchase a week and a half ago, and is a die cast moulding, similar to that PVC sculpt from 4M, but that's more coincidence than design, this is a slighter model - with a heavier sword!

The two arms, head and sword are a little loose and wobbly with the body being in two halves once - the whole seems to have been clamped and riveted in one action, from all 7 pieces (including the base), probably under heat, before the/a generic, plastic pencil-sharpener was slotted into place; once the product had cooled down.

Mining polymer beads at an ethylene seam . . . what? Didn't you know? Oh god-yes; they're resting near the surface, up there on the high plateaus in Fantasia Minor, as formally deep-ocean, pre-Cambrian nuggets, now just lying-about in the deserts, regularly revealed by the shifting sands and migrating dunes, the unicorns thrive on them, indeed it's been said the golden-horn evolved purely to dig polyethylene nuggets out and has nothing to do with mating or making flowers bloom at all!! Although, as it's clearly a desert; the flower story is an obvious old-wives-tale.

You may still remember the Massy-Ferguson look-alike I found a couple of years ago, well the same source seems to be responsible for this JCB-likey . . . albeit missing a back-hoe, but aren't we all! The title bar has already revealed it's a pencil sharpener, but it also has a blue, finger-action bucket thing - Ooh Matron!

It also has a plug which A) helps keep the sharpenings in the cab until you want to dump them somewhere, and B) keeps the cab (now with snazzy smoked-glass effect) with the digger if it pops off accidently.

A comparison with the previous find, the tractor came in four colours I think (from memory; red, yellow, green and blue, of which I chose the closest to Massy-Ferguson colours), I suspect the digger does too, but this was the last one in my local Rymans, so I don't know, I do know it was reduced to 99p!

The wheel units and tyres (US, cryptic - tires without getting sleepy) on both models are identical mouldings, so I'm sure the same factory produced both, it's imported (almost certainly from China?) by Strawberry Design & Marketing, who also imported the tractors.

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