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The Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty. A gift to America from the people of France it was built by Gustave Eiffel (yes, him that built the tower) and is the icon of New York.

The statue was built section by section in France and here you can see a photo of the head on display in a park in Paris in 1878. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that this is the most famous sculpture in the history of the world. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”7195″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”7008″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Much of the fame is thanks to Hollywood movies. Who can forget the statue’s starring role in Ghostbusters 2 for example? We love this scene where Bill Murray and co bring the statue to life with Jackie Wilson and a Nintendo joystick.

Well now you can have your very own scale model of this iconic sculpture to bring that special bit of Americana cool to your burger-joint, theme pub or home.

The statue’s replica stands at 2.35 meters high and with it’s detailed frame it is absolutely essential for any American themed shop, cafe or event you may have. As the Statue of Liberty is almost unmissable due to it’s height, it is guaranteed to attract attention to your business.

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The Legendary Tale of St George and the Dragon

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The slaying of the dragon by St George has long been discussed by historians, and in recent times again became the topic of controversy about the true origins in history of St George.

There are many early writings from the 14th Century.  During the reign of Edward III, in 1348 the King established the Order of the Garter and picked St George as it’s special patron.  In other writings we see St George in earlier times such as 4th century as a Byzantine warrior in the middle east!  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”4934″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”4890″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]At Alba Shed we have a fine selection of medieval life sized models of knights, cavaliers and amazing coloured dragons.   So if you would like to recreate your own legend of the slaying of the dragon, we have the perfect props to let your imagination run wild.

The slaying of the dragon comes from a place in Libya called Selene.  As the legend goes the Dragon was fed sheep on a daily basis, once all the sheep had gone, it was fed young maidens.  As the final maiden would inevitably the King’s young daughter Cleodolinda – it was agreed that unless a Knight could be found to slay the dragon, she would be sacrificed.  

As legend would have it, the King had promised his daughter’s hand in marriage for slaying the dragon.  Along comes St George to accept the challenge, and defeated the dragon.  Allegedly he fell of his horse, but did not give up the fight, and managed to slay the dragon by piercing it under the wing where there were no scales.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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The dinosaurs are hatching…fast!

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We’ve had loads of Easter eggs over the holidays but we’ve noticed some of them are hatching

! And not what you’d expect…

At Alba Shed, we’ve got a load of dinosaur eggs in stock that are all ready to go to a good home. Okay, they aren’t real dinosaur eggs but they sure look like real eggs….hatching![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7116″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7111″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]There’s also a detailed model of a dinosaur hatching from the shell to give the model a real sense of authenticity.

These collection of dinosaur eggs can be used as an eye-catching individual piece or a breath-taking collection. These life-sized replicas are perfect for themed restaurants, shops or exhibitions.

With it’s incredible detail, the dinosaur egg is as close as you’ll get to the real thing and is great for educational purposes or just as an attention grabber.

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The Golden Age of Piracy

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Pirates have captured the imagination of millions for centuries. Tales of Long John Silver and Blackbeard are the stuff of legend and the recent movies series Pirates of the Caribbean is simply the latest in a long tradition of buccaneering adventure stories.

But where did the classic image of the pirate come from? After all, piracy is as old as seafaring itself, but we never think of Roman or Classical Greek pirates… [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”5969″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”6721″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]What is known (somewhat idealistically) as the Golden Age of Piracy began in the late 17th century. It was enabled by a number of historical factors that allowed piracy to flourish. Firstly there were had been a number of wars in the preceding years that had caused European nations to build huge Navies and train many sea men. When these ended, many naval soldiers were out of work. Secondly the colonisation of the New World meant that there were huge amounts of space for pirates to operate in. And huge rewards as the Spanish were mining HUGE amounts of silver in their colonies in South America. In fact the famous pieces of eight were Spanish silver coins that were mined in huge quantities in Bolivia.

If you are looking to bring some of the romance and adventure of the Golden Age of Piracy to your venue, then Alba Shed have the perfect life size models for you!

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Land of Thrones – Medieval Figures for the now!

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In the UK we are blessed with a long and fascinating history. And what is more, we have the architectural legacy of it still standing all across this wonderful land. Wales in particular has more castles per mile than just about anywhere else in the world.

This epic history brings millions of tourists to the the UK every single year and inspires countless books, films and TV shows. Just look at the gory but brilliant series Game of Thrones which returns to our screen this spring. The writer of the original books was heavily inspired by the War of the Roses, which was fought between two noble houses for the throne of England.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”4721″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”5187″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]At Alba Shed we can’t wait to see how Cersei Lannister takes her revenge and have our fingers crossed that the final episode of the last series won’t be the last we see of Jon Snow!

The success of this series just goes to show how bringing history to life can bring huge success.

Here at Alba Shed we love a bit of historical excitement and often spend our afternoons setting up epic battle scenes using our life-sized medieval figures. We have it all, Spanish pikemen, noble knights, crusading archers and even lifesized knights on horseback.

These realistic, heroic figures would be perfect to excite and enchant visitors to castles, theme restaurants, ye olde pubs and gift shops.

Which one of our larger than life pieces

can perfect the look you’re going for?

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Tiger Cub Competition

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We’re offering you another chance to win a fantastic Alba Shed life size model!

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We’re giving away this cute little guy, our lovable life-sized tiger cub. Our adorable Tiger Cub Standing is one of a trio of Tiger Cubs that we supply but even on it’s own it is a wonderful addition to your Jungle themed area.

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With the release of the new Jungle Book film on the 15th of April, it’s the perfect time to own this cute cub as it’s bound to get lots of attention, it may even remind you of  young Shere Khan…

For your chance to win this amazing prize worth £149, just follow the instructions above and good luck! In the meantime, check out our huge range of wildlife animals on our website that are perfect for theme parks, restaurants and museums.

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This gorgeously realistic Tiger Cub looks fantastic displayed alongside our other Big Cat models and/or other jungle-themed pieces. We’re currently selling this life-sized model on our website for £149, but you can get it for absolutely nothing! All you have to do is complete the form with your name, email and subject “tiger competition”.  Remember to like the Alba Shed Facebook page too and share this post, it’s that simple!

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Sci-Fi Supernova

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Impress and delight the Agent Mulder in your life with one of our life sized extra-terrestrial model figures.

With the X-Files making its reappearance on our TV screens there has never been a better time to give your customers a close-encounter with an alien life form.

We have a huge range of sci-fi inspired figures, from imposing intergalactic soldiers, robotic waiters and relentless cybernetic killers WHO WILL NOT STOP UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD!

We might even have the droids you are looking for![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”6573″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”6275″ img_size=”large”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]These figures are great point-of-sale advertising and can make any comic shop stand out from the crowd.

But if your tastes are for science rather than sci-fi we also have some fantastic Astronaut figures that will add the finishing touch to any museum exhibition on space exploration and even so 6ft replicas of the real NASA Discovery Shuttle.

At Alba Shed we can deliver whatever crazy vision is in your head or replicate just about anything the world has to offer so if you have some amazing ideas for lifesized models or figures that will add the finishing touch to your business then get in touch and we’ll make it reality!

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F1 Competition Winners!

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F1 Competition Winners!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of our F1 Prints Competition is The Bush Inn, Aberdare.

Here we have the “Face” of Albashed presenting the prize to the winners.

Keep up to date with all our competitions and latest news on Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/albashedmodels/

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Afterlife Protection for all

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The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art and was buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7068″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now there was a time when this sort of posthumous-protection was the reserve of the elite. Only emperors and pharaohs could afford to fill a necropolis with warriors to take to the afterlife. But thanks to Albashed, terracotta warriors are within the reach of the masses.

Our lifesize terracotta warrior models replicas are stunning pieces that can either protect your spirit in the afterlife or bring a touch of second century Chinese exoticism to your theme park, event or restaurant.

If it’s top secret documents that you need to have protected we also have Life sized model secret agents complete with Walther PPK pistol and if things get really tricky, well, we have a selection of fabulous superheroes to save the day.

At Alba Shed we pride ourselves on having a life sized figure that can bring a touch of the fantastic to any location. If you can imagine it, we can create it, life sized and delivered to your event, museum or necropolis.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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New Welsh Dino!

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Paleontologists have uncovered an entirely new species of Dinosaur that lived in Wales around 200 million years ago.

“The dinosaur is approximately 200 million years old, the oldest Jurassic dinosaur ever found in the UK. It belongs to the theropod group of dinosaurs and is related to Tyrannosaurus rex, although our dinosaur was walking the earth about 130 million years earlier than its more well known cousin.

The new Welsh dinosaur is a completely new species, previously unknown to scientists, making this discovery even more exciting.”

National Museum of Wales

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As its name suggests the T-Rex was the undisputed king of the dinosaurs, an incredible carnivore and fearsome beast.

At Alba Shed we can confirm that T-Rex was indeed an impressive sight thanks to the life-sized model T-Rex heads that we have. These head make brilliant features in theme parks, restaurants and anywhere that wants to stand out from the crowd. And it’s not just the T-Rex, we also have his arch rival the proud, three horned Triceratops.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]