The Winchester Is Almost Complete and the West Is Still Wild.

By: plapman , 2:13 PM GMT on February 12, 2012

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Today will be sunny with a high of -3C(26F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of
-14C(6F).
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I took Abbey out for a short walk yesterday. goodness the wind was cool. I also worked on the Winchester and finished it but I think I'll redo the lever as it looks a bit too big for the 5 inch long rifle. When I'm happy with it I'll go to macro mode on the camera and post a photo here. The next item on my agenda will be the covered wagon I picked up at a garage sale, I wouldn't touch the one I inherited from my uncle. It will remain unfinished as he left it when he passed away.
I'm also going to keep my eye open for another horse the proper scale to pull the red river cart, which I'm going to transform into a gun carriage, and cannon. I also have to find a small man to ride with the lady I have for the covered wagon. The silly thing a retired man does to pass the time! Once the rolling stock is complete it will be the log cabin Alley suggested. I may even make a log Coral to keep the tiny pigs I used to have in my office. People used to laugh at my collection of tiny toy animals I used to decorate my office with. I also have to pay a visit to the local model railway club to find out what the use for grass in their railways. It should work fine in my diorama of the settling if the west. I already have small plastic figurines of Tonto and the Lone Ranger to keep the peace.
on another note it looks like the prairies are still wild. I saw an ad for an episode of National Geographic on outlaw bikers. It sounds like it was filmed in Winnipeg. What a good tourist attraction that will be for the Manitoba capital city.Come to Winnipeg and watch the Hells Angels shoot the Los Brravos. Be sure to bring your body armor to protect you from drive by shootings.

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2. Alleyoops
5:43 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
Hey YCD...I bet Tony can find a copy at the local library that he can read. Hi Tony, glad to hear the gun is coming along fine. If you go to the local fabric shop you may find what you are looking for or even a carpet place. Why not think shag carpeting for your grassy plains. I love looking through fabric bins as you can always find something including pieces of felt and fur you can use in your project for around a buck.

Anyway have fun today. Looks like our friends in the south are freezing their butts off today...Oh the joy of owning a good insulated home and forced air furnaces...nice and warm in here...LOL
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1. ycd0108
5:01 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
Good Morning Tony:
I've been thinking of sending this link for a while:
http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?Book ID=1450
There are some good images of the Red River cart rendered by the expedition artist, William G.R. Hind.
The "Overlanders" were a big deal around B.C. because some of them settled here. The ones that mattered to me are the Schuberts - my great great grandmother was the only woman on the expedition. On page 64 the line appears:
"They moved on to Portage la Prairie, where the Carlton Trail divided."
If you can find the book:
"Overland from Canada to British Columbia" somewhere you might enjoy it. I have a copy or two around because the editor is my "big" sister.
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