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Three different telescope/spyglass-themed charms (continuing with a theme begun in some previous posts). I have now assembled a mini-collection of all three types I have come across, and here is how they look compared to each other and in scale with sixth-scale action figures.



The telescope by Explorer I got at Hobby Lobby. It is a static peace (some of the parts were apparently screwed in, so they can theoretically be unscrewed). It seems a little too thick to me, but I am no expert on telescopes. It features glass lenses on both ends.



The telescope by Steampunk is very similar but slightly more detailed: in addition to featuring glass lenses, it is also extendable/collapsible. It is otherwise similar in size and proportions to the Explorer one.



I got the brass binoculars charm (which seems to be for a key chain) from the same place on eBay, but I cannot determine whether it is also by Steampunk or some other brand (so the label I put on the photo might be misleading). The binoculars are about the right size for vintage binoculars, but do not have lenses. There is no articulation.



The Found Objects (by Bead Landing) telescopes I ordered from Michaels. They came three on a card, in two different metallic colors. They are completely solid pieces without any articulation, and have no lenses and the eye end is "plugged" up. Although they seem a more natural proportion to me, they may be slightly undersized (especially when it comes to length) for sixth-scale figures, although one could probably still use them (telescopes do come in different sizes). I think Stryker has already put them to good use.



All of the above were quite affordable, and could make a decent addition to a diorama.
I hope you found this useful.


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Nice comparison photos, Guv. I like that the larger scopes come with lenses, unlike the smaller ones (the last photo does indeed have the ones that I purchased). If the larger ones were a bit longer (ie, had more “extensions”), they probably wouldn’t look out of scale. I clipped off the eyelet on the one that I used in my Pirate Queen photo, then filed down the excess.


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Thank you, Stryker! And I agree about the proportions. By the way, your Pirate Queen photo (and setup) is phenomenal (I was looking at it again because of the telescopes).


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GubernatorFan wrote:Thank you, Stryker! And I agree about the proportions. By the way, your Pirate Queen photo (and setup) is phenomenal (I was looking at it again because of the telescopes).

Thanks, Guv. She was a lot of fun to put together. Now I need to finish the peg-legged pirate.


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Mini Mail Box Savings Bank (i.e., piggy bank) -- made in Korea and distributed by AMC, NY. Vintage-style steel mailbox piggy bank available (apparently) in different colors. It is about 7.25 in (19 cm) tall, has a mail (or coin) slot, and also an openable mail or package door on the top (just like a real mailbox). To get whatever you put inside it out, you can use one of the two supplied keys which unlocks the front panel. Overall, the item works well for a sixth-scale environment, and looks pretty realistic (or can easily be made to look so). I think Moonbase Alpha Male has used something similar in some of his city street dioramas.






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That mailbox is really cool! Where did you get yours? And with the larger telescopes - do you think, with a stand or tripod, they might work better as that type of telescope than the handheld kind? Just a thought.

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Cool mailbox. While the key slot is a bit big, I do like that it opens where a real mailbox does. Really well thought out on the part of the manufacturer.


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We don’t have Targets in the U.K. but I’ve seen some US based collectors with these $3 metal barbecues from there recently - they’re pretty plain but you could easily add a grill and some more details!

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Those are pretty cool. A little black and metal paint and you wouldn't know those grills were originally those colors.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:That mailbox is really cool!  Where did you get yours?  And with the larger telescopes - do you think, with a stand or tripod, they might work better as that type of telescope than the handheld kind?  Just a thought.

I think so too. I stumbled across the mail box while looking for something else on eBay. There are a few similar items (but always check the height and photos -- judging by mine, you want something about 7 inches tall). Here are some links.

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As for the larger telescopes, I suppose one could try them out with a tripod, but I have nothing of the kind to test it with. They are metal, not plastic, so the tripod would have to be sufficiently sturdy.

Stryker2011 wrote:Cool mailbox. While the key slot is a bit big, I do like that it opens where a real mailbox does. Really well thought out on the part of the manufacturer.

Agreed. I could also have done without the embossed "coins" under the letter slot. Smile But conveys a real mailbox very well. With some stickers (some of the other ones come with them), it would look right.


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Another metal mailbox piggy bank I found on eBay. This one is made in Taiwan, and is very slightly larger (7.5 in/19 cm tall) than the blue Korean one I showed before. It is even more realistic, with a smaller keyhole, collection time schedule (although it is strangely labeled "hours-of money colelction"), and "mail" embossed on the sides.



I think it will work out nicely for potential street scenes. Which is not to say I am ready for those just yet.



What do you think?


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Pretty nice. You can always redo the collection time sticker


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Thanks, Stryker, glad you liked it too. I suppose I can redo the sticker, but not that nicely. It is shiny and metallic looking.


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I'm a big fan of novelty keychains. Here a few I recently purchased each was $1.50 or less. Sorry for the blurry pictures, some of them are heavy and the guys didn't want to stand up. Lol

Turbochargers. They come in a variety of powder coat colors and anodized finishes...


N.O.S. Bottles. Multiple anodized colors.Too small for scale but they work as bottles or tanks for my dioramas...


These were listed as "quick disconnect fittings". I thought they were gong to be small and I could use them on Space suits, but they are pretty good size. I'm going to use them on the dropship engines.same variety of anodized colors as the N.O.S. Tanks.




Finally, anodized shocks. Multiple colors. The scale is really good if needed for a garage diorama, I'm going to use them for bots and such. They really adjust and they do compress, but the piston is very loose fitting, an o-ring or something would be needed to remove the slop.

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Very nice finds, Pontiacvan. Bet we'll see them in your new builds.


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Those quick disconnect fittings are interesting. They look like the ones fire departments use on their hoses.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Those quick disconnect fittings are interesting. They look like the ones fire departments use on their hoses.

I thought so too, but my Googling revealed they are (model) steering wheel disconnects for race cars. He company name on them is real, NRG, and these look just like the real 1:1 item.
Unfortunately, they do not come apart, but I think I can still find some uses for them.

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Interesting. I think you could still use them on hoses (not just fire hoses), and no one would really mind or notice.


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That's some seriously cool looking stuff for those of us who are part "gear-head." If I were into engine detail for some of my sixth scale builds, I'd for sure seek out some of the turbos. (Once you've had forced air, it's hard to go back. Cool ) As it happens, the shocks I'm using on my latest Jeep build are almost just like the ones your figures are holding...perhaps a little longer.

All and all, pretty damn good haul. Thanks for showing us.

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I swear, this thread makes me poor. I think I need that 2nd mailbox, and all the car parts Pontiacivan found would be great for the workshop I'm building. So much awesome...

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ReverendSpooky wrote:I swear, this thread makes me poor.  I think I need that 2nd mailbox, and all the car parts Pontiacivan found would be great for the workshop I'm building.  So much awesome...

I don't know what it I should with me and keychains. I just found out Tupperware made a large number of novelty keychains. They are a little more expensive than the $1.50 specials I love me, but I may try to snag a few of the more recognizable types.

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I have a problem, and that problem is my slight addiction to free wallpaper samples from DIY shops!

Untitled by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Wallpaper samples by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

The choice in colours, textures and patterns these days is incredible, and many of them can be used very successfully in dioramas. I particularly love the wood and stone effect ones as most have a matte textured finish which looks great in photographs. The scale can be a little difficult at times, particularly with the brick ones, but in the right context they can be quite convincing castle or dungeon walls.

Behind the scenes! by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Skara's Prison Break by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Skara's Prison Break by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

The wood effect ones can be cut into strips for planks, or as I used a few pages ago, to make a weathered looking table.


Untitled by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Also, kind of unrelated but I saw these candle wicks in a craft shop the other day and thought they might make useful plaited rope with some weathering.

Wicks for rope by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr


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Lynkhart wrote:I have a problem, and that problem is my slight addiction to free wallpaper samples from DIY shops!

Untitled by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Wallpaper samples by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Awesome!
Humans all have addictions, it's just the substance we are drawn too.
I think free wallpaper samples is a pretty good one to have!
I love it!

The choice in colours, textures and patterns these days is incredible, and many of them can be used very successfully in dioramas. I particularly love the wood and stone effect ones as most have a matte textured finish which looks great in photographs. The scale can be a little difficult at times, particularly with the brick ones, but in the right context they can be quite convincing castle or dungeon walls.

Behind the scenes! by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Skara's Prison Break by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Skara's Prison Break by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

The wood effect ones can be cut into strips for planks, or as I used a few pages ago, to make a weathered looking table.


Untitled by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Also, kind of unrelated but I saw these candle wicks in a craft shop the other day and thought they might make useful plaited rope with some weathering.

Wicks for rope by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

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Nice catch, Christine. That first shot is hilarious; you look so excited! And I love how you achieved the bar effect in the dungeon photo. Very cool.


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I second Stryker's comment. That first photo is wonderful and the look says it all. And these are very nice finds. The massive stonework dungeon wall looks perfect.


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That is an EPIC selection of wallpaper samples, and from all of your photos, it looks like it photographs so well. Wallpaper is actually getting harder to find, and I think Lowes and Home Depot stopped carrying most of it in store, and wallpaper is now pretty much a special order item. I've never even seen anywhere near the selection of cool textures you've managed to accrue. The stone wall is incredible, and I'd love to see the graffiti one in a dio. And those wicks really do look like they'd make perfect rope. Might have to pick some up next trip to the craft store.

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Hey Rev. Not sure about where you are, but around here there are interior design stores that feature rolls upon rolls of wallpaper. Many fabric stores will offer a pretty good selection of wallpaper, as well.

The box stores might not carry it any longer, but lighting centers and flooring stores do...among others.

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dadrab wrote:Hey Rev. Not sure about where you are, but around here there are interior design stores that feature rolls upon rolls of wallpaper. Many fabric stores will offer a pretty good selection of wallpaper, as well.

The box stores might not carry it any longer, but lighting centers and flooring stores do...among others.

That is really interesting. I'm in NJ right outside NYC, so there's pretty much EVERYTHING around here. I'll definitely look into those options. Thanks for the heads up!

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Another trip to Tiger.  Found these novelty deck chairs for £2 each.  Just slightly off scale wise, but they are adjustable and sit at two levels.  Pardon the naturism!  It was a quick shot.  

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I found these novelty drink markers which are about 1:36, so they are 1:6 for 1:6.  Take a selfie, and it's like a mirror effect.

A dude and his one sixths.  Isn't this all of us?  ;-)




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Those are pretty cool.


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Very nice finds, MarkEl, and finely presented! The chairs seem to work just fine with the figures. And well done guy with dolls Smile I am almost surprised you didn't show him making them smooch, but I realize you are more proper than I am.


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These chairs look pretty spot on size wise, and the mini figures are really great. Those pics of of your figure enjoying his figures are such a blast!I've been meaning to put together some diorama's incorporating one of my figure's action figure collection, and I've been planning on using Heroclixs, since the scale should be about right.

I always ask whenever I see it, but what did you use for the butterfly tattoos on your sailor girl there? Do they hold up well to posing?

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ReverendSpooky wrote:These chairs look pretty spot on size wise, and the mini figures are really great.  Those pics of of your figure enjoying his figures are such a blast!I've been meaning to put together some diorama's incorporating one of my figure's action figure collection, and I've been planning on using Heroclixs, since the scale should be about right.  

I always ask whenever I see it, but what did you use for the butterfly tattoos on your sailor girl there?  Do they hold up well to posing?

Thanks for the nice feedback!

Sailor girl is using tattoos that are water transfers for nails. I bought an assortment pack and found the ones I liked. They’ve are set with Micro Set and Micro Sol. The edges have curled on one from moving the figure, but you can reset it again with Micro Sol. I probably can’t dress this one much either. The transfers do reflect light differently, so it’s something to also consider.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:These chairs look pretty spot on size wise, and the mini figures are really great.  Those pics of of your figure enjoying his figures are such a blast!I've been meaning to put together some diorama's incorporating one of my figure's action figure collection, and I've been planning on using Heroclixs, since the scale should be about right.  

I always ask whenever I see it, but what did you use for the butterfly tattoos on your sailor girl there?  Do they hold up well to posing?

Thanks for the nice feedback!  

Sailor girl is using tattoos that are water transfers for nails.  I bought an assortment pack and found the ones I liked.  They’ve are set with Micro Set and Micro Sol.  The edges have curled on one from moving the figure, but you can reset it again with Micro Sol.  I probably can’t dress this one much either. The transfers do reflect light differently, so it’s something to also consider.

Thanks for the heads up. Sooner or later, I need to take a crack at tattoos on a seemless body, so I'm always gathering intel whenever I see the opportunity.

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A couple of days ago I made it back to Hobby Lobby, and came out with a few more items that can be used in a sixth-scale environment.

These included a delightfully soft and squeezable pig from Wildlife Wow, a rattlesnake from Mojo, dagger- and light-shaped charms from Fairy Tale, and container- and cup shaped charms from Charm Me (the Fairy Tale and Charm Me lines were on 50% off sale).



Although probably too small for a full-grown in sixth scale, the pig will make do nicely for a young/growing specimen.



Inspired by a friend's choice of name for his pig in his youth, I am naming this one Nicodemus.



The lighting on the following photo doesn't work very well for illustration purposes (I didn't want it casting shadows on the sky and sea background), but while rather diminutive, the Charm Me charms work well as small trinkets (see if you can find them). This is true for the two containers (one of them is a miniature treasure chest) with openable lids that you can close using a clasp in one case and a magnet in the other, and for the tiny cup, which could be a little goblet. By the way, the corked bottle with a scroll message and the treasure chest are also from Hobby Lobby, in a previous haul. The dagger, while a bit overly ornate, works well in this scale. And I don't know that rattlesnakes frequent the beach, but they won't after this encounter.



I didn't have much to use the light with, except maybe something like this (again, showing the treasure chest)...



So... good haul?


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"Snakes why'd it have to be snakes?"

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Delanie, I was thinking the same thing. Smile


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Holy crap, both of those pig pictures cracked me up. Good haul indeed!

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Nice stuff. It’s pretty neat how quite a few of those charms work well in this scale.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:Holy crap, both of those pig pictures cracked me up.  Good haul indeed!

Thank you very much, ReverendSpooky! Glad you liked the pig pictures. The pig is made from some new type of polymer (or something) and is fun to play with ... I haven't been able to stop. And the best part is, no swine flu threat!

Stryker2011 wrote:Nice stuff. It’s pretty neat how quite a few of those charms work well in this scale.

Yes, the Fairy Tale charms in particular tend to be usable; the Charm Me are usually too small or too jewel-like (I wouldn't have really looked at them if they were not 50% off), but they can make do for small trinkets. Fairy Tale also had some hourglasses (one looked a bit too jewel-like, the other a bit too modernistic), chess pieces, and over-the-top keys (I've already showcased the somewhat more realistic ones), as well as some spiders.


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During another Hobby Lobby visit, I picked up another six pieces that are/could be useful.



Deer head (Christmas decoration) and "fan" (from a pair for pendants or earrings; it can also work as a helmet crest).



Screw driver and guitar (Christmas decoration).



Fish (I am told it might be too big -- is it impossibly so?) and (unrelated) bucket.



So that's that. Good haul?


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Some pretty cool stuff, Guv. Can’t help you with the fish proportions, haven’t gone fishing in decades (hate the taste).


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Nice finds, Guv! I have that jazz guitar, looks great despite the translucent finish.
So Michelle's a lefty like Hendrix...

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Stryker2011 wrote:Some pretty cool stuff, Guv. Can’t help you with the fish proportions, haven’t gone fishing in decades (hate the taste).

Thanks, Stryker. I figured, in theory fish can get pretty big under the right conditions, and if he is going to be showing it off, it could be big indeed. I did go over the eyes of the fish and the deer head with Vallejo gloss varnish.

rollotomasi wrote:Nice finds, Guv! I have that jazz guitar, looks great despite the translucent finish.
So Michelle's a lefty like Hendrix...

Thanks, rollotomasi. I agree, the translucent finish is cool in and of itself, but could have been a problem if it was too obvious. Luckily it isn't.


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I think the fish is fine. I'm assuming it to be a large mouth bass, in which case it's a world's record, but it's not bad. If you are of a mind to repaint it, make it look like a salt-water spotted bass and it'll be perfectly in scale.

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dadrab wrote:I think the fish is fine. I'm assuming it to be a large mouth bass, in which case it's a world's record, but it's not bad. If you are of a mind to repaint it, make it look like a salt-water spotted bass and it'll be perfectly in scale.

Thanks, dadrab! It is indeed a large mouth bass. I will follow your suggestion and maybe do a repaint.


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Awesome find, GubernatorFan. I just came from Hobby Lobby to buy leather straps to replace the faded ones on Guritz and Gothmog. Oh man. I want a deer head too. Where in hobby lobby is the deer head located? I want to make a 1/6 Battle Beast style Deer Archer.

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MerylAkiba wrote:Awesome find, GubernatorFan. I just came from Hobby Lobby to buy leather straps to replace the faded ones on Guritz and Gothmog. Oh man. I want a deer head too. Where in hobby lobby is the deer head located? I want to make a 1/6 Battle Beast style Deer Archer.

Thanks! They do have some nice leather goods for our hobby. Assuming all Hobby Lobby stores follow basically the same layout (the two that I know are identical), the deer head (and the guitar) were among the Christmas ornaments they have just begun to display in the seasonal decorations aisles near the front (usually on one side -- left? -- of the entrance). Unlike their other aisles, they rotate the goods they display there. I do think it is far too early for Christmas, but I suppose Thanksgiving-themed goods won't take up all that space.


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Thanks, GubernatorFan. I got the Deer head. They didn't have any instruments. Hobby Lobby is barely adding the Xmas aisles. Certain wildlife wows are on sale like the pig, turtle, hippo, bear, and Rhino, so I'll get the bear wildlife wow to make another beast. Thanks again!

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