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STONEHENGE Accurate 1/72” Scale Model

December 26, 2009

What is wrong with this Stonehenge Diorama ?
Stonehenge Diorama

I purchased this 1/72” scale model of Stonehenge on eBay, the eBay auction listing describes it as: ‘a very accurate STONEHENGE 1/72 scale Display Diorama. Comes 9 1/2″ by 3″ high. This is what it looks like today.’

So it is now time for everyone to chirp in with an answer to the question “So what is wrong with this Diorama ?”.

I will be adding more pictures and muttering more detail about this one after some of our loyal followers have had a chance to chirp in with their answers. If you do not have Twitter access feel free to email me at Bob(at) Contact me with your answer and I will send a PostcardBob original Stonehenge postcard to all who respond.

Harrier over Stonehenge

December 6, 2009

Harrier over Stonehenge in Pewter

This “Harrier Over Stonehenge in Pewter” was completed and Submitted to the 2009 Clonehenge contest today Dec 15.  The following muttering as first published on Dec 6, but has been edited and updated a bit sense then. More pictures can be found at the StonehengeCollectables Aviation Gallery

Harrier over Stonehenge Diorama

In tribute to the legend of the Harrier hovering over Stonehenge
I assembled a “Build Your Own Stonehenge” kit in a clear walled paint can I found at an arts and craft shop. This is a work in progress and subject to improvements, for now I will title this  “Harrier Over Stonehenge Diorama Version 1.0”. More can be found at the  StonehengeCollectables Aviation Gallery

The incident that inspired this took place in 1971 when a small group of USMC pilots were getting ready to bring the first 6 Harriers back Stateside from England. To quote the Marine pilot involved “It did not do any real damage but I sure gave Them a good shake, ya and they were real ticked off about it too.” There were some who felt at the time no harm was done and “They” were overdue for a good dusting.  On the other hand some considered it an international incident and gave the pilot the bum rushed back to the States.  I will never really know for sure if “They” were the stones or the Brits involved that got a good dusting off.  There was talk of throwing the pilot out of the Harrier program and sending him off to fly F4’s again, and most likely back to Nam to play SAM target again. My personal knowledge is limited as to what exactly happened in England. Shortly after arriving stateside, They sent the pilot in question to me to re-certify for active flight status in F4’s.

In 1971, I had what I considered to be one of the most useless jobs in the history of Marine Corp Aviation, yet far better than the threatened alternative of being a helicopter door.  I was an Aviation Training Device Technician and Instructor running a flight simulator at MCAS Beaufort. My job was to give NATOPS flight proficiency tests to F4 Phantom jocks, mostly fresh returns from Vietnam because they did not have sufficient flight time in civilian airspace in the the last year or more to be considered current.  The hundreds of hours they had flown in combat did not count, they still had to pass my  silly simulator tests to maintain their active flight status Stateside.  One afternoon I was told that a Harrier pilots would be coming by for a NATOPS flight check, and orders from above was to cut him no slack.  It was otherwise to be a quiet afternoon. I had a local pilot checking out a newly assigned RIO (backseater) scheduled the hour before, for a simple check ride. All I had to do is get these 4 guys through an out and I could bail out early for the day and head for the beach.
The AV8 Harriers had just arrived from England and were tucked away on the other side of the base where the A4 Skyhawk squadron had just vacated.  I along with just about everyone else on base was in awe of these birds ability to point their exhaust nozzles straight down and hover on the blast like a helicopter.  Those who had access to the flight line soon discovered just how much engine blast and noise a Harrier could generate.  But I digress ..

I will always wounder if what happened that afternoon was a twist of fate or a simple case of Marines taking care of Marines. The first Pilot and his RIO ran a bit late and were leaving the simulator at the exact same time the AV8 pilot and his temporally assigned  RIO arrive for the his NATOPS test. The four of them, ran into each other in the control area right in front of my console. Well you never saw such a commotion, it was like a home coming.  It turned out that the RIO from the first pair flew backseat for the AV8 pilot in Nam before he was assigned to the Harrier program.  The first pilot and second RIO also turned out to be friends from the same squadron and with my permission bailed out for the O club leaving the two old friends to run the test together and get caught up.  There was no question these two were a a tight team.  I signed them off  in short order and like most returning flight crews I tested,  just let them play awhile and see if they could tear the wings off in simulation.  It turns out that the RIO had heard a rumor that one of the Harrier pilots had buzzed Stonehenge and asked his friend it there was any truth to the story.  I will never forget his answer.  I turns out that for his own reasons at the time, he did in fact deviated from his assigned flight path and gave Stonehenge a good shake.  As one might expect all hell broke loose over the incident, and he found himself bum rushed back to the States, with threats of being put back in F4’s, hence the NATOPS test and why we were all here at that moment, when I wanted to be on the beach.  His story held my attention and although I wanted to ask a slew of questions, I kept my mouth shut, quite uncharacteristic for me.  My Grandfather was involve in the early days of  Aviation in Great Britain, and as a young boy listened to his stories of the early days of flight and Stonehenge. He talked of flying over Stonehenge as being a common goal amongst the early British Aviators some flying well out of their way just to circle the stones once.  I will mutter more regarding the First Military Air Trials in 1911 at Larkhill field later, for now it surf ices to say that the maneuverability test at the Larkhill trials was to fly a figure eight course between the military hangers at the north end of the airfield, out over Stonehenge to the south and back.

Several years ago while talking about my postcard collection celebrating  Aviation at and over Stonehenge, the question of  the Harrier over Stonehenge urban legend came up again.  I told the story to the group and we all had a good laugh. Someone suggested it would make a nice postcard subject, so I went home and made a Harrier over Stonehenge Ghostview postcard celebrating the fond memory.  The postcard was a three sided laminate made from a photo I took at Stonehenge in 1988, a picture of a hovering Harrier I took in the 80’s as a mask laminated in the middle of the card so that ghost image of the Harrier was only visible like a watermark when you held it up to a bright light.

Harrier Over Stonehenge Ghostview

This is a work in progress, I soon plan to publish pictures of a die cast Harrier over a pewter Stonehenge I am currently working on.  Till then back to the Hobby shop to see if I can find some N gauge railroad people and maybe some clouds to improve this one.  As Stonehenge Guy I will post updates to this  and my StonehengeCollectables project on Twitter as they continue to evolves over time.

In case anyone was wondering, the pilot in question stayed with the Harrier program.  The powers to be felt that Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children had invested a small fortune in his training and was not going to waste it over this.  I believe he went on to be an instructor, but I am not totally sure, I had moved on by then.  The truth be told, I do not even remember his name any more,  just the whispered tones he used while telling his old friend his story stick in my head these many years latter.

Stonehenge Collector Card needs Translateing!

September 18, 2009

Liebio, Libox, OXO. Stonehenge Collector card.

Card Back

I think this card is french, but I am not sure. If anyone out there can translate this card for me it would be greatly appreciated!

So far provided the following clues.

In 1920 the Liebig Extract of Meat Company purchased the Oxo Tower Wharf on the south bank of the river Thames  in London.

In 1924 it was was acquired by the Vestey Group and was renamed.

The company produced a wide range of trading and collector cards.

Thanks in advance for any relative information.

Clonehenge Discovered

September 14, 2009

Clonehenge Image

It is the Fall again and time to scan and photograph the ever increasing pile of Stonehenge postcards and collectables collecting here in the cave. When out of the blue comes a Twit from Clonehenge about to my StonehengeCollectables gallery.  A quick inspection of her blog proved to be a joy.  I look forward to becoming a regular contributor to it.  Needless to say,  it  fired me up and here I am trying my hand at Blogging again….. Is there anyone out there reading these Mutterings….

My first submission to Clonehenge was gracefully accepted and quickly posted, in thanks I have sent her a postcard commemorating its Six Druids award .

My current plans for the Stonehenge Gallery upgrade include adding a new item, create or cleanup at least one album every day until I get caught up with the backlog of the acquired but not yet documented stuff.  This includes stuff lost on shelves and collecting in corners around here.  I will post to Clonehenge images of some stuff I have, well how can I say it, that are not truly a Stonehenge collectable but most definitely meets The Rules of Henginess.

Til Later … off to create new a few and fix some links ….

3D Anaglyphs conversions of Stonehenge Stereoviews

June 15, 2009

Breakout your 3D glasses! Using Photoshop I have created several viewable 3D Anaglyphs of my collection of mid to late 1800’s stereoviews taken at Stonehenge. These 3-D images can be viewed using conventional Red (left) Cyan/Blue (right) 3D glasses.

Stonehenge Collectibles.

March 7, 2007

Stonehenge 1998

Welcome to yet one more corner of my little world.

First let me try to explain how a “Bloody Yank” like me got so interested in Stonehenge to become an avid collector. My name is Bob Bradlee aka PostcardBob and formally known as the Cave Mutterer.

One of my early Mutterings on the subject of Stonehenge “The Birth of a Collection” was first printed in the “Heart of Ohio Postcard Club Newsletter” and went on to become the seed that started the website. Over time, the collection expanded to include stamps, coins and other items and I had started by the time it had become a full fledged obsession.
My interest in Stonehenge began as a young boy in the 50’s. I remember my Grandfather telling stories about his adventures in England when, as one of the first Americans to be sent to England to assist the RAC during WWI. While on leave from hospital, he went by train to visit Stonehenge. He told a wonderful story about the stones that captivated my young mind. A father went to England numerous times in the 60’s and 70’s, visiting and photographing Stonehenge on several occasions. I followed the restoration process of the late 50’s and 60’s in the publications of the day and I even did a report for school based on the June 1960 National Geographic story and pictures.

In the 80’s, I was acutely aware of the political strife surrounding Stonehenge. News of the great Bean Fields Wars even made it to the states and received some TV news coverage. I remembered joking, “at least it’s not the Royal Family cocking things up, this time”

Stonehenge became a topic of conversation again in the 90’s while working with MrBill, my eclipse chasing friend. Following his return from Stonehenge 2001, he transcribed a nice muttering about using Stonehenge to predict Solar and Lunar Eclipse events called “The Stonehenge Eclipse Calculator” and can be found on the website.
It was not until my visit to England in 1998 that I became aware of how commercialized Stonehenge, well much of England for that matter, had become over the years. Then again, show me one city, place, or thing of importance that has not been nearly consumed by commercialism at some point in history.

I was amazed at the number of collectibles that were being sold to the masses. Seemingly everywhere there was another gift shop selling trinkets to the tourists.

On the bus ride to Stonehenge, I had listened to the tour guide make a pitch about everyone being sure to stop in the gift shop, either before going through the tunnel out to view the stones, or before heading back to the bus or caravan as they called it. I surmised from the talk, the two hot items were: To squash a set of pennies and to mail a postcard home to yourself or family with a Stonehenge postmarked on it, or as they called it “Franked” from Stonehenge. It could be posted right there at the gift shop. When I saw the crowd all descend on the little gift shop, I beat feet and I left the group far behind. Some listened to the Guide droll on about something I should have listened to, but didn’t. As far as I was concerned, I was there for one thing – get some pictures. Which I did, using both an Olympus OM1 35mm and an early Sony Digital camera. Although I never got around to scanning the 35mm stuff, I did post some of the better Digital images taken with the Sony on the family website.

Upon exiting the tunnel, I knew I was in a special place. It was a quiet day. We were the only group there at the time. I kept moving, so I could keep the others in shadow on the other side of the circle as I looked for angles and took my pictures.

I never made it to the gift shop and have spent thousands of dollars on eBay over the years in retribution for that oversite on my part.

Keep on muttering …..

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