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Today: Centaur in a Can 3D Print Taxidermy Poseable Figure

This is a digitally sculpted, 3D printed and highly articulated Centaur skeleton. In a can!  The model consists of 38 parts, with 35 points of articulation, for a wide and realistic variety of poses. It stands approximately 7.5 inches tall when fully assembled in a standing pose. Each model also comes with assembly instructions, if you’re in a rush to get it together. The model includes 2 sets of hands, in open and closed poses.

(Via  MythicArticulations / etsy)

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How the Japanese named their small arms,

In 1899 the Japanese adopted the Type 30 bolt action rifle. The rifle had many flaws, so it was redesigned by Kijiro Nambu, and the new Model, called the Type 38 was adopted in 1905.  In 1939 the Japanese adopted a new and improved bolt action rifle in a new caliber, it was called the Type 99. In 1942 they developed a shortened paratrooper version of the Type 99, it was called the Type 2. Umm…wuht????

On popular Japanese light machine gun in the 1920′s was the Type 11 Light Machine gun, adopted in 1922. The weapon was found to be severely problematic, so it was replaced by the Type 96… in 1936. Huh???

At first glance the way the Japanese number their small arms models seems not to make any rational sense at all. Typically weapons are named based on succeeding models, like the Lee Enfield Mark I, Mark II, Mark III etc, or model numbers are by date, like the Model 1911 pistol adopted in 1911, the Model 1917 revolver adopted in 1917, the 1903 Springfield adopted in 1903.

While Japan’s modeling system may seem nonsensical at first glance, there actually is a very interesting method to their madness. Originally  models names were determined by the reigning year of the Japanese Emperor. For example, the Japanese Type 38 bolt action rifle was adopted in 1905, which was the 38th year of Emperor Meiji’s reign. The Type 11 light machine gun was adopted in 1922, then the 11th year of Emperor Taisho’s reign.

In 1927 the Imperial Army chose to switch to a system using the Japanese calendar.  The Type 99 bolt action rifle and Type 99 machine gun were both adopted in 1939, which was the year 2599 according to the Japanese calendar. Hence, the model was named after the last two digits in the year 2599. In 1942, a paratrooper version of the Type 99 was created called the Type 2.  On the Japanese calendar that was the year 2602.  The Japanese chose not to count zero as a digit, thus the model was the Type 2 Paratrooper rifle, not the Type 02 Paratrooper rifle.

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Smith & Wesson Model 10

A .38 Special chambered revolver that has been custom engraved and plated in 24K gold. Owner/seller says the engraving is of a Mexican eagle but no information as to who did the work on the gun. It’s a but rough in condition which will hurt overall value but the greater loss is not having an documentation of the engraver. Knowing who does the work can add thousands to the overall value.(GRH)

New Info

Hello everyone! A week or so ago I received a message here on Tumblr from a person who claimed to know information about a certain model and her involvement in bearding/secret gay relationships. After exchanging some emails, this person shared all of their information with me but asked that I used code names so that no one gets in trouble (as they believe much of this could be traced back to them or others mentioned). If you have any questions about code names please feel free to message me privately and I will be happy to share a little more with those who ask nicely. I would just like to be respectful of this person’s wishes.

This info concerns a model we all know (Model 1) and her past relationship with another model we all know even better (Model 2). It was requested that I simply copy and paste the information in full. The person who sent me the info didn’t disclose their identity so I’m unsure how trustworthy they are. However, my impression was that the info wasn’t outrageous enough to change anything we don’t already know so I am leaning towards trusting this person. It is up to you to make up your own mind. 

“You must know something about me:  i have a very very good & detailed memory (since i was a child) i always remember what people don’t, + very specific dates & conversations + the little things.My doctor says that it’s certainly unusual but it does not completely fit as idetic memory per say (i’m considered smart+ but not a genius).I tell you this because it’s very important in this story, it will help you understand why i remember so many details and things :) (even though i had to check a few things up with my 2 friends before writing this to you, just to be 100% sure)

Before i tell you this story, i want to make something very clear: i do not know Model 2, i’ve never met her.i’ve met Model 1 only once, in early 2013 in Paris, it was before she started to “date” that Famous Actor.
Both girls are not from my “models generation” (i’m 38, French, i worked as a model from 96 to 2000, no big covers but some very high profile fashion shows in haute couture & prêt-à-porter in Paris & Milan), it was still the golden age, with all of the worldwide famous supermodels around).
Anyway, this is important because of someone i have worked with a few times back in the day, who now is a well known Actress (& a good one), we are not friends, we haven’t seen each other in a few years, but we still have 2 good mutual and trustworthy friends: i’ll explain later).
i won’t give you photographs of our past works together, even if i quit modeling a long time ago, i don’t want to be identified, i hope you’ll understand.On the other hand, i’m pretty sure if some specific people read this story, eventually they’ll find out who my 2 friends are (but they’re both ok with this, they don’t really care).
Ok, so my good friend is under 35, also French, she recently retired as a model, she was never famous but she has had a few high profile campaign in Europe, but was never a VS model.(i don’t want to give more details about her).
She’s bi, (i’m a lesbian by the way), and we’re both the lipstick kind.
The only female model she’s dated was Model 1, it didn’t last (just for a few weeks), it was a rebound, for both of them.She introduced her to me in Paris in early 2013. we had diner together (with a few other people).i didn’t know who she was, i remember thinking “her face looks familiar” i thought she was gorgeous, natural, surprising not too shallow, nice & kind of shy.During diner my friend mentioned that Model 1 was walking for Victoria’s Secret, and it hit me “of course, ok now i know where i saw you before, got it”
Before meeting with her, my friend had told me on the phone, that Model 1 had recently ended a long & complicated relationship with another model, Basically, the break up was mutual but they remained good friends.My friend didn’t name the other model or said anything specific about her (but it was a “her” for sure).i remember asking her “are you ok with her still being so close to her ex ? ” she answered: “i don’t care, after what she said about their relationship, it’s ok”
Anyway, a couple of weeks after that diner, my friend called and said it was over..it was never serious, just a fling, so no big deal.
A few months later, i was checking a french tabloid magazine at my doctor’s office, and saw this article about that Famous Actor’s apparently new girlfriend and i clearly recognized Model1.I called my friend right after, i remember asking her: “ what the hell ?? that’s Model 1 with Famous Actor, right ? she said "yes, i saw the pics yesterday too, a bit of a shock to be honest, Z & Y (2 friends who were with us at that diner) also called about it” i asked: “so she’s bi ? sounds weird to me”(after the diner i was pretty sure she wasn’t bi, but maybe i had understood it wrong, you never know (and to be honest my female gaydar is not always perfect ;)she had a little laugh: “you’re kidding ?? she’s as straight as jodie foster” (her exact words, i swear, it made me laugh)“ok, so….. bearding contract ?” i askedshe answered: “looks like it to me,i think there’s no way she’d sleep with a guy, even for publicity”
i have to explain that beardings contracts were already very much known & used during “my time”, it was also a good boost for a model’s career…So it didn’t shock me when she agreed it was highly probably that, and it didn’t shock me about Famous Actor either: there were already very big rumors about him back when i was modeling, so…
part 2:Some time ago, we talked about it again (we were with a longtime friend of ours: (let’s call him B), who is a quite well known in Paris, he works on many fashion week shows, he’s gay and super cute (he dated a famous Male Singer in the late 90s/ it still makes us laugh because back then, we’d tell our friends that the Famous Singer was gay, but no one’d believe us !! (who’s laughing now ;)
All of a sudden, B asked my friend if she was still in contact with Model 1, she said “no"we both asked him :"why? have you seen her recently, how’s she doing ?"he said "oh, yes, i worked with her a few months ago; she’s doing fine” and that was it…it was strange because he always has something else to say about people (whether it’s nice, bad or funny, always an anecdote,especially with famous people in the fashion industry)
We both asked him “and ?? that’s it ?? does she have a new boyfriend ? (winking at him)he laughed, and he hesitated, and after a few seconds said: "well, let me tell you something ladies, between us, she must have been asked to shut up recently”
My friend & i asked him what he was talking about, B said “well, last time i worked with her, i asked her how things were going between her & her friend, because of what she had said at X’s birthday diner party (i won’t use the real initials for privacy) we were both at, the year before” he continued: “because she had been acting strangely that night & talking about some stuff"he said: "her reaction was very weird, she tried to convince me that she was sick & because she had had a few drinks that evening, her medication had made her say crazy things that weren’t real”
i told him “well maybe it was about Famous Actor ? did she reveal stuff about the beard thing” (it made sense to me) & my friend agreed.he replied with a little smile: “oh no no, she wasn’t talking about Famous Actor that evening”…
To explain:
A bit more than a year earlier (which is about 2 & a half years ago), they were both at X’s birthday diner party in Paris (a french designer, not very famous to people outside the industry, but quite known, also someone my friend and i had worked with in the past: + our friend (B) is good friends with)he said: “ At some point in the evening, she was clearly tipsy & was chatty in a weird way about someone"i told him "so what ? Did she say mean stuff about someone ?"he said "no, more like she wanted to talk about something, without directly talking about it, because she couldn’t or somethnig like that”.My friend and i looked at each other, with the “what?” look on our faces “what are you talking about ? we don’t understand”
He added: “at the end of this diner party, just a few of us stayed (that’s where the former model well known Actress comes back), he said "M was there by the way (the actress, i won’t use her real initials either), (he mentioned her to us, because he knows i like her and that i have worked with her a few times back in the day)
Apparently there were 7-8 people, a few of them (including the Actress) were on their phones while chatting, and started to make comments about Famous Actor’s new "girlfriend”…Model 1 had left the party earlier (i must precise).
He continues: “ We were talking about how f***ing pathetic & crazy the whole bearding situation had become, we couldn’t believe that after all this time,tabloids were still selling that shit to the public…”,  M said “yep,but a straight relationship sells more & studios would lose a lot of money if people knew about some very closeted stars…the more famous,the higher is the risk for them to lose their career over it”…“but it brings good paychecks to a few models, so.. you know , win-win”
He continued: “someone added (another person): "yep, look at Model 1, it works for her"M said "i know right ?” then he said M added “and what was wrong with her tonight ?”, the other person answered “apparently she knows stuff and she’s struggling not to talk about it, because it’s huge”..that person continues “i tried to make her talk,but it didn’t work, then she left”
Then B said to my friend & i : “Most of all thought that night that it was about another famous closeted actor she knew about, but i found out a few weeks later that it was in fact about a very famous closeted singer she has direct connexion with”
we said “are you sure ?? for real ??"he confirmed it, but he didn’t say male or female though.we asked him a few times, we really begged him to tell us..
but he just said "no ladies, not this time, this is way too hush hush for now, i’ll tell you in a few years, if it’s not out yet..ok ?”
That’s the end of my story.
The reason why i talk about it only now: i didn’t really give it much thought after that conversation, not knowing who that was anyway (or not knowing about the connexion), it wouldn’t change my life, i like gossip like anyone, but i’m not the detective type, i didn’t really care to be honest; i just felt bad for that person and for Famous Actor for being closeted, wondering if they were really happy that way.+ i had to take care of other things in my life, that were way more important..
BUT, a few weeks ago, the 14 years old daughter of a friend of mine and her best friend were having a loud argument in the next room, while we were having diner.My friend’s wife asked the girls what the problem was : the friend said “she thinks the kaylors are right and i think she’s an idiot to believe it"We laughed because none of us had any idea what they were talking about, then my friend’s daughter explained briefly the "kaylor thing” to us….i laughed but i was intrigued (my gay curiosity was picked i guess), so after diner, i asked her to show me the proofs she had..She showed me a bunch of stuff on tumblr, including the detailed time line while explaining things to me at the same time, she showed me a few interviews and videos…she was very excited.i’ll admitt i was intrigued.To be honest i vaguely remembered Model 2 from her VS years, but nothing more, and i didn’t know much about Female Singer (except for her many boyfriends reputation, her 2-3 big hit songs and her few cat videos on IG that i find funny (loving cats as well), and i definitely didn’t know about the gay or beard rumors.
But when she also showed me the various elements about Model 1 & Model 2 , within 10 minutes pieces of the puzzle started to fit together, and i thought about meeting Model 1 that evening, and of course about everything my 2 friends had said….i asked her to show me about the time line, to see it the dates could fit, and they did, + she also showed me the little saab video of them together, and my gaydar really buzzed (i showed it to my girlfriend, and her gaydar also buzzed)i was mind blown, i couldn’t believe it, i laughed, thinking “holy shit, if the other thing’s real too, now i get it why he didn’t tell us”.
i didn’t say anything to my friend’s daughter though….i told her i believed there were indeed very interesting elements, but that she couldn’t be sure until it was confirmed (i know i feel bad, but what was i supposed to tell her ??)
The day after, i called my friend,and asked her if Model 1’s ex back then was Model 2…she said she didn’t want to talk about it, that it was the past, and that she didn’t care about that anymore…i didn’t insist, but the way she said it, i’m pretty sure (knowing her for so long) that it was her way to somehow confirm it…
As a conclusion, i do believe that you Kaylors are probably right,(knowing Model 1 & Model 2’s “close friendship” was right, why not the rest ?) but i have no direct proof that Model 2 & Female Singer are actually dating.
All i know is things that can not be proven directly unless my friends & i are called in to testify.i hope i won’t get sued over this :(
Anyway, i wanted to share this with you because after all the hard work and research some of you apprently did, i felt that at least you deserved to know what i know :) “

As the person mentioned at the end, they were really quite impressed with us and the amount of diligent research on Kaylor and other fake relationships we have collectively gathered.  Again, feel free to message me with any questions and take this all with a grain of salt for now. I am only a vessel for the info this person was willing to share.

Early in the war, the British expressed interest in the early designs of the P-38.  However, the Model 322 was sent to the British for evaluation, but was limited by not having the turbosuperchargers.  These “Castrated Lightnings” flew well enough at lower altitudes, but lacked the high altitude capabilities of other aircraft.  None were ordered, and none of these variants were in a production status to see combat.  Looks great in the British colors.

Tried And True: The Smith And Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special

So through this series, the only revolvers I’ve covered were more higher powered handguns, the Colt Python and the S&W Model 29, but those are guns more well known for film, what about a gun that’s one of the most common revolvers ever made?

So, here we are, the Smith And Wesson Model 10. This icon of the police world has around 6-7 million revolvers of it’s type made, it’s also one of the oldest continually made revolver designs, dating all the way back to 1899, and people give the M1911 beef for it’s age.

So the Model 10′s story begins at the later years of the 1890′s. Smith And Wesson had made what are commonly called the Model 1899 Hand Ejector and orders were placed by the US Military for models in the .38 Long Colt cartridge for use in the Philippines. If you know your history, you know that during the Philippine Campaign the US Army realized that .38 Long Colt was a very weak cartridge. So S&W decided to take .38 Long Colt and make it a bit hotter. What happened was that the 700 fps from the normal .38 Long Colt went up to about 700-800 fps in the brand new. 38 Special. 

To say the Model 10 took off is an understatement, the Model 10 took off like a bottle rocket. Most police departments in the US adopted either the Model 10 or the Colt Official Police. The Hong Kong Police Department, post WWII Austrian police, copies in China and Israel, even the Vichy French Milice francaise used Model 10′s converted to the French 8mm revolver cartridge. Hell, Hermann Goering was said to have carried one. And while it’s been replaced for the most part by semi-automatic pistols, a number of police forces still use the old Model 10.

Besides the main Model 10/Military And Police, the only other main different model is the Smith And Wesson Victory Model. This was a simplified model made for WWII production and was widely used and circulated through both the US Military and the Allied powers, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. The only difference between the US Models and the Commonwealth models is that the Commonwealth ones are in .38 S&W rather than .38 Special. 

The Victory Models were very common in the US Army, besides WWII, they served into Korea and Vietnam and were still in service until 1980′s with the adoption of the Beretta M9, at least the Victory’s were used with the Coast Guard, helicopter crews and Air National Guard and Transport crews up until Operation Desert Storm.

And now 100 years later, the Model 10 is still being made. Modern Model 10′s are fitted with Heavy Barrels, first added in the 1950′s and all are usually rated for +P+ ammo. Despite a number of different revolvers and semi-automatic pistols coming out and replacing the Model 10 in service, it’s still very popular. It’s strong, accurate and reliable. When all else fails, the Model 10 won’t, and with a long history in the holsters of the police comes a long history on the silver screen.

With a long history of military and police uses, the Model 10′s had a long film history. Starting all the way back in 1934′s Maniac, the Model 10′s only become more and more common as the years go by. Indiana Jones, James Bond, Super 8, Black Dynamite, Dead Presidents, The Untouchables, whether it’s with a snub nosed 2″ barrel or a full length 4″, it’s common, and while it’s video game depictions are a bit lacking, it’s still an impressive gun.

And that is the S&W Model 10, an icon of the police world and one of the best cheap revolvers. Whether it’s a brand new gun, a Victory model or even a worn-out cop gun, they’re reliable, dependable and even with 100 years of production, shows no sign of slumping in popularity.

That’ll stop anything that moves, the Magnum, they use that in Africa for killing elephants, but that .38 is a funny gun. Some of these guns are like toys, but that .38, you can hammer nails with her all day, come home and it’ll still hit dead center”