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« Reply #30 on: 04 June 2020, 11:35:38 AM »

Late mid sixties ?   1968 ? :-

Cheers - Phil.

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It would have to have been between June 1968 and January 1969. Can't see it being at XMAS as who ever gets married at XMAS.

It was in the upstairs room of the Buccleuch Arms, quite a big room, certainly as large as the public bar and lounge bar downstairs.

It was demolished recently to make way for even more student accommodation.
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« Reply #31 on: 04 June 2020, 12:22:23 PM »

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Not forgetting there was a whole culture of conversions. Cut a figure at the waist with a razor blade, (no craft knives in those days) , stick his top on a cavalrymans's bottom. Use drawing pins for shields, needles for lances. How to do articles in Airfix Magazine. I miss the innocence of it all sometimes.

I loved those articles in the magazine and have many fond memories of one day hoping to be able to do the conversions as shown. Sadly I never was able to get around to any of them, other than our own home grown hapless attempts.
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« Reply #32 on: 04 June 2020, 12:43:09 PM »

Use drawing pins for shields, needles for lances. How to do articles in Airfix Magazine. I miss the innocence of it all sometimes.

I remember drawing pin shields, and a painful "pike block" injury from needle spears...
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« Reply #33 on: 04 June 2020, 01:17:40 PM »

It would have to have been between June 1968 and January 1969. Can't see it being at XMAS as who ever gets married at XMAS.

My parents got married 21st December. A colleague at work has his anniversary on the 22nd.
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« Reply #34 on: 04 June 2020, 01:43:50 PM »

Not forgetting there was a whole culture of conversions. Cut a figure at the waist with a razor blade, (no craft knives in those days) , stick his top on a cavalrymans's bottom. Use drawing pins for shields, needles for lances. How to do articles in Airfix Magazine. I miss the innocence of it all sometimes.


I ended up (circa 1968) with an Airfix  "Japanese " army.   Not popular, but some really good sculpts for the mid 1960s.   I used WW1 British for HMG and mortars, ROCO T34 tanks, German A/Cs, 105 howitzers,  Airfix 6pds.  The Minitanks range was light on early WW2 models.
And yes, the figures running with rifle aloft were converted to cavalry.  I used US Cavalry - gluing the horses to bases was a challenge. 

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« Reply #35 on: 04 June 2020, 02:00:59 PM »

Not forgetting there was a whole culture of conversions. Cut a figure at the waist with a razor blade, (no craft knives in those days) , stick his top on a cavalrymans's bottom. Use drawing pins for shields, needles for lances. How to do articles in Airfix Magazine. I miss the innocence of it all sometimes.


In my loft there are about 15 years worth of Airfix magazines starting in the early 1960s.  When I'm up there I often get side tracked and have a look at them.  I haven't got the heart to chuck them out. 
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« Reply #36 on: 04 June 2020, 02:23:55 PM »

My parents got married 21st December. A colleague at work has his anniversary on the 22nd.

I stand corrected.
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« Reply #37 on: 04 June 2020, 03:06:49 PM »

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I haven't got the heart to chuck them out. 

I wish I'd kept my Dad's copies from the late '60's and early '70's as they had some great info and are full of nostalgia. They are available on Ebay but often at silly prices.
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« Reply #38 on: 04 June 2020, 09:33:06 PM »

I stand corrected.


...as the masochist said.
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« Reply #39 on: 04 June 2020, 09:47:51 PM »

...as the masochist said.

Was actually slouching at the time.
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« Reply #40 on: 04 June 2020, 11:27:46 PM »

Gentlemen, at this point I think it is obligatory to mention Plasticine and banana oil.

I think you need to keep your personal fetishes to yourself Nobby. Cheesy
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