Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Long Tom

This Tootsie Toy cannon is probably 50 years old.

It got it off eBay, in terrible condition.  It's supposed to be a US Army Long Tom, 155mm howitzer.

The US Army used them in the Coast Artillery and the Field Artillery.

Field Artillery towed them with trucks and the Coast Artillery with Caterpillar tractors.

I stripped off the paint, repaired it and replaced the wheels.

After years of testing these guns finally entered service in 1938.

In my alternate War of the Worlds based on Orson Wells radio show, the Martians invade in October of 1938.

That makes this one of the first of these gun into service and one of the first to fire in anger.  I use the Roco versions for World War Two.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Luftwaffe 1946


 A Matchbox airplane.

It reminds me of this 1946 Luftwaffe jet.

I am taking them apart and will have to strip off their paint.

It's a simple model and will be an easy job.

A small group of four airplanes is enough.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Super Hero Bat Mobiles

Hot Wheels and Walmart team up about once a year to produce Batmobiles.

They always change up the 1966 version a little.

In this instance they made the windows smoky.

Compared to the more prototypical chrome wheels and clear windows.

I keep hoping to hit the mother lode and buy a bunch of them for a special project, but no luck so far.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Alternate Past

Black Widow car.

I like the red hour glass.

Very cool car too.

I have been buying a few generic futuristic cars also.

They will function in my alternate future, alternate past and probably super hero universes.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Venon and Iron Man

This is a great vehicle.

I only saw it once at a comic book store.

If I could have found a bunch of them they might have ended up with my Starship Troopers.

Still, it's a great Iron Man vehicle.

Since he relies on technology rather that super powers as such.

Nice undercarriage.

While I don't really care for Venom,

His car is very distinctive.

And it's painted very much like him.

So I could not resist getting one.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hot Wheels

This is an interesting vehicle.

I know nothing about the character but will likely use the vehicle for other purposes.

This little Batman car looks more like a street racer.

I don't get the excessive ground effects and twin towers in the rear.

Not sure what I will use this for.

But it's too extreme to pass up.

RIP Keith Riffe

I just found out that my wargame friend Keith Riffe died recently.  He was always happy to play any wargame that we were giving.  He never argued about rules or complained about the dice.

He has been at our wargame tables for 30 years.

May he rest in peace and may God have mercy on his soul.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Iron Man

I always liked Iron Man.

This Iron Man inspired truck is a car carrier.

It's designed to carry the Iron Man car.

The Wonder Woman car fits too.

And the color schemes go together well.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Superman Car

I suppose that even if you can fly faster than a speeding bullet there might be a reason to own a car.

But I am not sure what it is.

Still, this Superman car is pretty cool.

So I purchased it.

Maybe when he has to drive the kids to school?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bat Van / SUV

Hot Wheels added this Bat Van as part of their recent Super Hero vehicles.

While the 1966 Batman is my favorite, I do buy other Batman related vehicles.

The SUV type vehicle is good for transporting gear.

I imagine it being used by Alfred, or Robin.

To bring supplies to major crime scenes.

It also has two snow boards on the roof!