Blue Jay Optimism

bluejaysThere suddenly seems to be a buzz about baseball in Toronto. The team seems to be able to score a lot of runs, but now there seems to be some optimism in the pitching department. I am no expert, but I can feel the buzz. The Blue Jays are suddenly a topic of conversation.

I kind of like it.

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Nanoblocks Shinkansen

keitatsu and shinkansen 009I haven’t written about nanoblocks lately, but I haven’t given up on them.  I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of sets from Japan and I thought you would like to see them.

The first is the shinkansen. Since I love trains and Japanese trains in particular, this person thought that this was a natural gift.  I agree one hundred percent.keitatsu and shinkansen 011

The parts came in quite a few separate bags, and rather than spend a lot of time sorting them, I just hoped I wouldn’t lose any pieces while building.  There weren’t any special pieces exactly, but there were some nice translucent brown pieces–there were a couple of leftovers, so I will probably find some use for them someday.keitatsu and shinkansen 019

The train turned out alright, though I don’t think it was brilliant.   The shinkansen is a smooth aerodynamic train, and that really wasn’t represented by these blocks.  It is unfortunate.  Perhaps the next version will include some smooth top pieces.

I enjoyed building it, but I would keitatsu and shinkansen 016have liked a bit better of a resemblance.  Perhaps I am just being too picky.

There were a handful of leftover or spare parts.  And of course, I have to put the decal on the train–I just thought I had better wait on that.  The room needs some dusting before I tackle that project.

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These are the leftover parts. Quite colourful aren’t they?