The Shed: Into the (almost) completely unknownPosted: July 17, 2014
During that ten years I have opened the door a couple of times, looked at what was inside … and then shut the door again. At one point the shed almost completely disappeared from sight thanks to the neighbouring laurel hedge, but earlier this year I began the process of cutting back the hedge. The shed now became visible, and I promised my wife Sue that as soon as we had a longish period of good weather, I would remove everything that was in it … and sort it out.
Yesterday I opened the shed door …
… and looked inside again for the first time in many years. It was stacked high with plastic storage crates, and my first task was to remove them.
The first batch of crates looked like this, …
… the second batch looked like this, …
… and the final batch (which had had the benefit of having lids on each crate) looked like this:
I have already begun the long, slow process of sorting out the contents of each crate, and it looks as if it is going to take me quite some time. To date I have found a crate containing a box in which were stored a number of very old painted and unpainted figures (including some Crimean War figures by a Minifigs and Hinton Hunt), …
… a quantity of die-cast Dinky Toy metal aircraft that are approximately 1:200th-scale (these include several Hawker a Hunters, a Supermarine Swift, some English Electric Lightnings, a Hawker Fury, a Gloster Meteor, an F-80 Shooting Star, and a Bf 110, all of which have been painted matt grey), …
… and quite a lot of Lone Star N-gauge push-along railway track, locomotives, and rolling stock. (These have now been cleaned and placed in a new storage container.)
I have also discovered another crate that is full of HO-scale plastic model buildings from a variety of different European manufacturers …
… as well as an A4-size file box that contains some painted 20mm-scale German military vehicles, including a Pzkpfw III and a Pzkpfw IV.
My final ‘find’ of the day was my old tin-plate fort, which was in remarkable condition considering it was not new when it was given to me in the mid 1950s!
Since I started to write this blog entry, I have now found some more die-cast Dinky Toy metal aircraft. These are:
- An Avro York transport aircraft
- A Gloster Javelin fighter
- A Vickers Viking transport aircraft (which is showing signs of damage to one wing root due to the use of poor or low quality zinc during the manufacturing process)
In addition I also found some other die-cast model aircraft from unknown manufacturers, and these include:
- A MiG-17 fighter
- A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber
- A Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter