Friday, February 12, 2021

Bogroll bandits in miniature


I'm a bit late tot he party with these, but tidying up a box from the office, I found some Busch HO scale bogroll bandits - a tribute to the famous toilet paper shortages of 2020. I couldn't resist setting them up for photos.

The models here are 7910 and 7912 - supplied ready painted and assembled, with empty shelves and signs. 

Put them on your layout and you've firmly nailed the sate down, but that might be what you want. 

 I think these will be interesting collectables in years to come. Something to remember the early days of the pandemic by - something that will (hopefully) be a memory.


Luke said...

Have you also seen the Preiser "Working from Home" figure? Features a chap sitting at home on a video call wearing a shirt and tie but no trousers? Preiser has always had a sense of humour!

Huw Griffiths said...

I think The Sun summed it up brilliantly - a new spoof game called "Spot the Bog Roll".

Of course, those in the know reckon they saw the things disappear a few seconds after their local shops opened.

Apocryphal reports refer to 8 packs of 18 rolls last being seen in the back of a rough looking estate car, being thrashed out of the car park at a local Lidl.

Of course, it might have been Aldi, or Tesco, or Morrisons ... .

All I know is that it sounds "gross" - especially when a number of people who were elderly, disabled, or in poor health, would probably have been glad of even one of those hoarded packs.

What struck me as interesting, though, was a major supermarket chain being reputed to have "war gamed" a pandemic scenario a few years beforehand, with their "blueprint" being reputed to involve - rationing - increased stocks of reduced ranges - possibly even pooling resources / supply chains.

"Curiouser and curiouser ... ."

Huw Griffiths said...

Preiser "working from home" figure?

For some reason, I'm reminded of a broadband advert, featuring some guy in similar attire, doing an online job interview.

I wonder what other stuff could fix model scenes in the current pandemic:

* Buses with 1 or 2 passengers - and route indicators displaying "Bus Full", or even "Don't Travel" (I've seen both - the latter being part of a sequence).

* Long queues everywhere - (anti) socially distanced, of course, with most people wearing blue masks.

* Yellow dots on pavements, 2 metres apart - distancing signs - and "one way" markings - by shops.

I'm sure I could go on, but do I really need to?

Phil Parker said...

I think it's a bit early for pandemic themed layouts - although they would be right for "modern image" :-)