Tuesday, December 13, 2022

What's in a Name - Specials 2018 - 2020

The first year, there weren't any specials, but the next year I managed to get a little better organized and was able to produce a few. More recently I've managed one special release per month, excepting January & the Persie month.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Dream a Little Dream - Vintage Dream Ponies

Back in the early days of the brand, when Dream Pony and Magpie had a larger staff and more energy, it was possible to order custom painted models. These days, we have a staff of one - me - and the last custom order I took on just about drove myself and my family around the bend. 😄

One never knows what is going to pop up next in the Magpie Collectors Facebook Group; in July of 2022, a lovely little group of 1980s Custom Order Dream Ponies went up for silent auction.

Friday, October 21, 2022

What's in a Name - Personality Collection Fifteen (2022)

 The theme for this year was "flowers in songs from the 90s". I was listening to a lot of music while painting; I prefer audio books while I'm working, but when the air compressor for the airbrush kicks on, you end up losing whole paragraphs in a story, so music is better at that time.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Summertime - the Painting Season

 I work in our wash house which we converted into a painting studio for me. Though it's very well insulated, it's unheated, so I can only paint when the weather is warm enough and fairly dry. My painting season stretches from around May through September, and in this time I have to paint all the models to be sold throughout the year.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Wintertime - Shell Preparation

 In January I take a little break in the Specials schedule to recover from Xmas and deal with the winter birthdays. At the end of the month I start preparing the shells for the year's models. This process goes on through the spring!

Saturday, July 09, 2022

Colour Gallery: Chestnuts

 The Magpie shell colours have come in a range of variations over the years. This is a collection of the Chestnuts in the Magpie Archive (plus a couple of models who were only passing through on their way to Australia)

Friday, June 10, 2022

Donation Models: 2017 - 2022

 When I started selling painted models in 2017, I decided to offer a limited number of models as donations to live shows around the UK. These are usually used as raffle models by the show, but there are no conditions placed on them other than they need to be used as some sort of prize to benefit the show.

When the donation model for the year is announced, show holders are asked to message me with the name and date of their show and the website or FB group if one is available. After I select the shows, the models are sent to the show holder, completely free of charge. 

Like our regular models, each donation model is numbered and comes with a certificate of registration.