Saturday, 19 October 2013

class47peter on: Trollied (REVISED)

After watching the rest of this seasons Trollied i've decided to revise my thoughts on it and lets just say i regret what i said before.......... But first

Warning: These opinions are my own GOT IT?



Well last time i did a post like this i ranted on about Trollied going on and on about ideas being done that were getting old and so on.... However that has all changed as this series has perked up.

To be fair the original post about the thoughts on this show were on the day when ONE bad Trollied episode aired and that was just because to be fare it didn't have any humorous content in it like all the other episodes have had.

For a start some cast characters have gone Kieron (who later returns in the last two episodes of this seasons show) and Andy it has also shown new characters introduced these being Richard and Anna oh and of course we get to see Neville's Wife, daughter and daughters boyfriend and lets not forget Dave and Ray.

For a fairly short time in episodes we had a clash between Julie and Anna over Gavin i know last time i complained about this saying it was getting old but in the second to last episode Anna leaves Gavin and in the last episode announces to Julie that Gavin loves her (Julie) this series also sees other characters getting promoted and so on.

In the last episode Richard finally leaves after his Valco better ideas flop especially when it comes to judges visiting to vote the supermarket best retailler that goes pair shaped and Gavin is back in his position as manager following Richard being abolished to being at Valco.

I really enjoyed this series of Trollied and i look forward to the next one










Bachmann Collett Goods: A pictorial review

Been quite a while since i last did a pictorial review so today i felt it was time for another but first.

Warning: The opinions in this blog are soley my own and don't affect anyone in the community

THE BOX:


The box being tatty, old and worn is Bachmann's old style box before switching to the horrible plastic ice packaging. The box is empty to demonstrate.

THE PAPERWORK:

No paperwork came with the model!


THE MODEL(THE LOCO):



Bachmann have done an impressive job on the model giving it Rivets, seperate handrails (not moulded ones) a chimney with a brass cap and accurate painted BR Green application!

The buffers are sprung too as these photos demonstrate


BUT sprung buffers are just for play and don't really add much detail so thus i don't have much care for them.


The siderods and wheel arrangement are correct. The wheel arrangement being 0-6-0 (like the real loco) and the siderods are present and correct which have no link motion or valve gear (again like on the real counterpart) but the mechanism is very smooth with no grinding noises.


Not that this matters too much but Bachmann have also captured the gap under the boiler like on the real locomotive which adds more detail to this model.


The smokebox door has some nice detail with smokebox door handle, rivets, lampirons, shed plate, numberplate and a brakepipe.


The loco has a NEM socket (the dove tail connector) the coupling at the front wasn't present when i first got the loco but i had some spares in my spares box and used one of those.


Glazing is also present in all cab windows unlike the Mainline models that left the glazing out of the front windows.


There is also cab interior detailing though it wasn't painted when i received the model i have taken the liberty and done it myself proving its NOT rocket science to paint cab interiors yourself!

THE TENDER:


Bachmann have also done an excellent job of the tender rivets, accurate livery application and a well printed emblem.


The coal load wasn't or is removable but i've added a real coal load to the model to make it look more realistic.


Not much to say about the rear of the tender other than a brakepipe ,sprung buffers, lampirons and a rear lamp i added myself.


Wierdly though the rear coupling has no NEM socket which in my opinion is the one thing that lets the model down.


The frame of the tender has accurate placed springs and axle boxes and a water scoop underneath.


Let's not forget the faceplate. In short its good.

OVERALL:


In my books the Collett Goods gets a 7/10 due to the none NEM socket on the tender. But this model is great all the same and i recommend if you are a GWR fan you get this model ;)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

class47peter on: MysteryQuest

In 2009 a spinoff on MonsterQuest was made titled MysteryQuest where a team of investigators in each episode examine various mysteries (or case files) from around the world the tagline of the show was ''What if everything you believe is wrong''


The series only ran for one series and that was the year stated above! for whatever reason no further season was made after that. The episodes made were:

Hitler's Escape (the most notable case finding, scroll down to see why)

Devil's Triangle

San Fransisco Slaughter

The Lost City of Atlantis

Alien Cover-Up

Rise of The Fourth Reich

Devil's Island

Jack The Ripper

Stonehenge

Return of The Amityville Horror

10 episodes were made in total.


To date Hitler's Escape is the most notable case finding episode to date as it made news after the forensic exam performed by Nick Bellantoni and DNA testing by Linda Strausbaugh, Craig O Connor and Heather Nelson concluded that the skull that the Russian government possessess and purports to be Adolf Hitler's is actually from a women between 20 and 40 years of age. MonsterQuest may have rarely found things but this show never failed to provide something.

To be honest though its quite strange why the series ran for only ONE season what stopped them making others? Maybe it was because as it was the sister show of MonsterQuest that was later cancelled in 2010 that stopped them making another or more seasons of MysteryQuest but if that was the case what actually did stop them making the series bigger. There are so many more mysteries that could have been used maybe some about Cryptids etc.

But before anyone else jumps to conclusions no MysteryQuest isn't cancelled, i say this because it was never announced the show was cancelled so why don't they just continue with this sort of thing as there are loads of people out there interested in this sort of topic and it would keep them entertained. But in fairness i think that we may see shows like this returning to our screens why you may ask?

Its its simple MonsterQuest was cancelled so they could go in a different direction (in terms of programmes) but afterwards they said they may go back in this direction in the future and if they do theres the possibility they will continue on with this show and maybe re launch MonsterQuest or make a similar show but for now that remains debatable. Besides put it this way History channel would be a fool not to make shows like this again even if some people didn't like them they were still popular.

A few of the episodes produced have interested me and may found information of some sort:

Hitler's Escape (Stated above to be the notable case finding, and making it the possible best episode yet?)

The Lost City of Atlantis (found a stone wall under an ocean that was man made, although it is not revealed whether it points to Atlantis or not it is good evidence)

Jack The Ripper ( found information which all points to Francis Tumblety (a suspect) as being the possible killer)