But, but, but … how could you ?

Out at the workshop the other week, preparing for Salute, we saw one of the saddest sights in the farmyard. Someone had thrown some rubbish on the bonfire – nothing unusual there. But amongst the general crap was something that genuinely shocked us – someone had thrown Bagpuss on the fire !!!

Poor ol' Bagpuss ...
Bagpuss on the fire

To children of the seventies who fondly remember Bagpuss (and the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ) this was such a sad thing to see.

Fortunately, the weather gods agreed with us and shortly after we took this photo the heavens opened and so Bagpuss was saved, at least for a little while …

Off to the Warlords

We’re providing a few of our new 15mm buildings to the South London Warlords for them to feature in one of the their games at this years Salute. The first castings have just been finished so they will be off to the Post Office this lunchtime.

These are so new that even Tony hasn’t had a chance to see the first castings yet!

Happy now !


Postage calculator fixed (woo-hoo !). It turned out to be (as suspected) a PayPal bug from one of their system ‘upgrades’. Fortunately we have a fix which seems to be working for now.

Taking a shot at the enemy….

Its also been a while since we’ve added to our range of Great War Belgians. So here is a first look at a little group of three chaps having a shot at the invading Germans.

All three will be available with headgear to represent either Line Infantry, Carabiniers or Grenadiers.

I’m hoping to get them out for Salute on April 21st, however since they’re currently in New Zealand waiting to go to the post office that may not happen.

Two weeks for them to travel round the world, have a master mould made and then three production moulds. Its going to very tight.


Bl**dy computers …

It’s 10:30pm, I’ve been in France all day, then I come home to find that that, out of nowhere, our shopping cart has developed problems overnight. Without any changes from me, it’s stopped calculating shipping costs properly and instead has started charging a flat £2 for shipping, regardless of where you are or what you have ordered. Orders dated 4th April are fine, it’s all worked out correctly. Orders today have incorrect shipping rates. I’ve been slogging away at it since I came home, but I’m knackered now and I’ve been unable to fix it, so until I can (or it miraculously fixes itself – just like it miraculously broke) we’ll have to send manual invoices to correct the shipping costs – or, if your order is small, we’ll refund the difference. Hopefully this will only be a very temporary problem. I hate computers sometimes.

A Heyford with attitude

The British Nef fleet hasn’t had too much love of recent times. In fact its been several years since the Engadine dig cruiser was released. So with Salute coming (very quickly) we’ve decided to add a few new models to the British range. After all the British should have the biggest and best fleet shouldn’t they.

So I locked myself away in Brigade towers for a couple of days armed with plastic card, knives, glue and large supply of Diet Coke with the aim to knock out half a dozen new models.

First up is a large bomber based on the Handley Page Heyford from the 1930’s. The Heyford is one of my two favourite British bombers along with the Short Stirling so was an obvious choice for inspiration. However this being Nef it’s a little bigger than the real Heyford having six engines rather than two (and more guns).

There are still a few bits to finish off (the crew need to be added) but it should be out for Salute.