Saturday, April 27, 2019

Another day and another model...

                                Breguet Br 693  - Armee de l'air circa 1940.

Well, a couple of completed builds and new kits ordered as well as a new airbrush. The cheap Chinese airbrush I've been using is failing and requires complete strip downs and cleaning between every use now when it isn't misfiring or clogged up. I bought what is described as an 'Entry level airbrush for the modeller who wants to up their game'...

I have been advised by other modellers to practice on card, plastic, etc... as the sensitivity and control of this airbrush will be a revelation to me. My current build and the last three builds have all been brush painted and as much as I enjoy that, it's ok for small builds but not the larger aircraft kits I am itching to start on.

Cromwell Tank circa 1944.   

 The current kit is a 1/35 scale Schwimmwagen, a VW amphibious car used by the Germans during the war. It's small and just right for brush painting but when I build these scale kits I realise how small people were in times past to squeeze into such a small machine.

So between work which has become super busy and managerially 'interesting' and the modelling I have done very little else. Following Blue Witch's latest missive I too have lost faith in the current political climate in this country and further afield as well as the moral vacuum they have created. The current shower of thieves, liars, troughers is why we get extremists gaining more access to power. We are a long way from the 20's and 30's European political scene which brought in the Fascists & Communists but it feels like the seeds of growth are there for such to happen again. The local council elections are next week and our ward has several candidates including two independents one of whom I intend to vote for. I will never vote for the mainstream parties who have ignored democracy and are painting 17.4 million voters as bigots, fascists, ignorant and stupid but funnily enough want our votes! I'll look for sensible candidates from now on who aren't anti-semitic communists or corporatist fascists. As for middle class hard of thinking wankers super gluing themselves to various objects to protest climate change...Waitrose protests? Various city street junctions and airports? Yet this country is ahead of the current game in addressing this issue but these entitled cosseted twats wouldn't dare target China or anywhere else in Asia, German coal powered stations or the companies that produce their precious mobiles, computers and clothing using child labour, polluting and destroying the environment. Nope...central London whilst the media wet their pants and cheer them on! Pseudo protest pornography comes to mind.
Start with personal change and local change: eat vegetarian or vegan if you want, buy local produce or grow your own vegetables. Cycle, walk or use public transport if those options are open to you. Vote for people in elections who are determined to address housing, public transport, services and infrastructure needs. Identify those politicians and companies that are happy to build great new wasteful housing estates whilst brownfield sites and empty properties are ignored. That's how you influence or enact change, argue against and challenge the practices that are not only destroying the environment but also social cohesiveness. Pandering to individual groups based on religion or the alphabeti spaghetti of sexual identification whilst destroying women's rights or painting the elderly as the problem in society promotes anger, hatred and division. Absolutely stupid. Practice and live your religion and lifestyles so long as it ain't illegal, doesn't hurt others and connects with other people. Ghettoisation and blaming others without resolving your own community problems makes the situation worse. Illness, disease, pollution, floods, war don't care about gender, sexual preference, colour, creed, etc...If the water is full of pesticides, shit and antibiotics it affects us all. I may have to consider whether I move from modelling plastic kits plus all the paraphernalia associated with it and use materials like card and paper which some modellers do if I want to increase my green credentials. Perhaps take up painting instead using watercolours and oils!
Rant over...I shall go away now, stroke my cats and drink some soothing tea.



Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Amen to that.

Why are there so few of us that can see that the Emporer is naked?

8:05 pm  

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