The Foxer

Roman and Maxine have worked wonders with the annexe Christmas tree this year. Their Colditz theme of 2015 was, I think you’ll agree, breathtaking, but I reckon this year’s Bomber Command one tops it. All that lametta is genuine WW2 window and every one of those LED-illuminated dials is a 3D-printed copy of a real Lancaster instrument. Simply constructing the seventy 1:144 aircraft decorations (15 Lanc, 15 Halifax, 10 Stirling, 4 Wimpey, 4 Whitley, 4 Hampden, 4 Mosquito, 4 Beaufighter, 5 Bf 110G, 5 Ju 88G) took over a fortnight.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the tree topper, that artistic tangle of wire and shot is a reference to the trailing radio aerials of RAF bombers, a fair few of which ended up wrapped around branches and weather vanes.

The solutions to last week’s movie locations foxer:

a The Shining (phuzz)
b The Eagle Has Landed (Rorschach617)
c Duel (phuzz)
d National Treasure and I Am Legend (phuzz, Stugle)
e Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Artiforg)
f Vertigo (phuzz)
g The Music Box (Stugle)
h North Sea Hijack and Guns in the Heather (Artiforg, Stugle)
i Pan’s Labyrinth and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Artiforg)
j Pulp Fiction (Guildenstern, phuzz)
k Some Like It Hot (Artiforg)
l From Russia With Love (Little_Crow, Stugle)

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Foxer Fact #485

An early draft of ‘Snow Idea’ by legendary Dutch foxer setter Evert van der Poll recently sold at auction in London for over £25K. The sketch reveals that Poll toyed with the idea of including a dead robin and a smouldering cigar butt in his snowy pavement puzzle before deciding to go with nothing but animal and tyre tracks.


  1. Little_Crow says:

    Top right is the Edward Henry Harriman Award for Railway Safety…

    The One in the middle is presumably from the American Dollar Bill?

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    Matchstick says:

    Helicopter right middle looks to the the Romanian IAR 330 SOCAT variant of the Aérospatiale’s SA 330 Puma (manufactured by Industria Aeronautică Română Brașov)

  3. Artiforg says:

    The “ONE” in the centre is from the back of a one dollar note.

    Ooh! Too slow!

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    Matchstick says:

    Is the aircraft instrument Middle Top a Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) ?

  5. AbyssUK says:

    The firing gun icon on the bottom left is it the TF2 Ambassador kill icon ?

  6. AFKAMC says:

    The cockpit canopy is that off Gary Powers’ downed Lockheed U-2

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  7. AbyssUK says:

    The background image is from the game Antenna…

    “A machine ponders its loneliness. It scans the radio spectrum for an answer to its question.”

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  8. Stugle says:

    The scary little boy is a Soviet pioneer (Komsomol). The picture is cropped from a poster, which you can see here:

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  9. AFKAMC says:

    Maybe the link is this: link to

    • AFKAMC says:

      Antenna, Harriman and pioneer all fit…

    • AFKAMC says:

      …so does the U-2 incident, and ambassador

    • Little_Crow says:

      The TF2 ‘Ambassador’ fits too

    • Little_Crow says:

      Picture top left is of Clara Rockmore – who played the Theremin created by the Inventor of ‘The Thing’

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    • AFKAMC says:

      I guess the Great Seal is on the one-dollar bill?

    • Little_Crow says:

      It operated at 330MHz, which fits with the ‘IAR 330 SOCAT’ from Matchstick

      So the Gauge, plane and ship left to defox…

      • AFKAMC says:

        I’m glad you got the helicopter link, I was just checking which helicopters appeared in “The Thing” (John Carpenter and 2011 versions), but neither were Pumas.

    • Little_Crow says:

      On the HSI Gauge the indicator over the 6 is the Heading Select ‘Bug’.

      Emphasis on the last word there…

    • Little_Crow says:

      plane is the Miles Satyr
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      SATYR being the British system developed from ‘The Thing’

    • Little_Crow says:

      What I thought was the bow of a ship could be a cutaway of the U2 nose cone?
      Really struggling with this last clue…

      • Stugle says:

        I’m almost certain it’s a top-down drawing of a ship, but having perused the “The Thing” entry on Wikipedia, I can’t think of any name or place that readily connects with a ship name. I’ve looked for Cabot Lodge (there’s no such ship), Spaso (Spaso House, the ambassador’s residence) and Moskva. None of these offer a match.

        I think the offset secondary turrets on the central citadel of the ship (the one top left and the one bottom right – besides the mast) look like more unique characteristics. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to translate this insight into a reliable search term.

        • Stugle says:

          Godsdammit. It IS the Moskva – the helicopter carrier.

          • Stugle says:

            I thought I recalled that the Moskva was a Kiev-class carrier, so I discarded it as an option. I feel suitably stupid now.

          • Little_Crow says:

            Nicely done, looking at it more I felt sure it was far too skinny to be a ship – should have trusted my instincts.

            Nice link today Tim/Roman, really enjoyed reading the Wiki article about it.

  10. Little_Crow says:

    ‘The Thing’ looks a promising link…
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