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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

News Views Etc . . . Airfix Blog

Added a few bits to the Afrika Korps (2nd version) and WWI German Infantry - both in HO-OO, might post something here later today, not sure!

https://airfixfigs.blogspot.com/2010/06/1966-world-war-one-german-infantry-s26.html

https://airfixfigs.blogspot.com/2015/09/1974-wwii-afrika-korps-2nd-version-1711.html

Monday, March 18, 2019

T is for Two - PVC Jeeps

Looking briefly at two vinyl-rubber jeeps, I photographed quite a bit over the weekend but also went down with a head-cold, nothing debilitating, but it left me a bit 'whatever' when it came to any serious editing, so I pottered about and shot some stuff!

1:35th Scale Figures; 1:48th Scale; 1:50th Scale; Auburn Rubber; Commer Truck; Dodge Truck; Ford Thunderbird; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Wrangler; M38 A1 Jeep; Model No. 2; No 15 Truck Commer; No 15 Truck Dodge; No 16 Ford Thunderbird; No. 2 Willy's Jeep; Old Plastic Vehicles; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Vehicles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tomte Commer Lorry; Tomte Dodge Lorry; Tomte Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Toys; Tomte No 15 Truck Commer; Tomte No 15 Truck Dodge; Tomte No 16 Ford Thunderbird; Tomte T-Bird; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage PVC Vehicles;
It's odd, but PVC doesn't like long-term storage, these weren't 'mint' when they went in, but they didn't look like this - left hand shot! One has a black mould, the other a sandy deposit (remember the fury, grey Roman). Clearly as well as phthalates and free-radicals, PVC's exude something nutritious to various micro-fungi?

In the backgrownd is a Tomte Laerdal Toys model No. 2, the Willy's Jeep, with an Auburn Rubber 1950's Jeep M38A1 in front, but the later 'PVC vinyl-rubber' (synthetic rubber) not the earlier vulcanised rubber (real rubber) before and after a quick scrub-up!

The fact that it's the PVC means it's still quite supple, the old Vulcanised toys are hardening now and breaking-up, but they were different toys and I don't think there was a Jeep, one of the makers (Sun Rubber?) did a lovely half-track! Tomte also experimented with hard rubber to begin with before settling on PVC.

1:35th Scale Figures; 1:48th Scale; 1:50th Scale; Auburn Rubber; Commer Truck; Dodge Truck; Ford Thunderbird; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Wrangler; M38 A1 Jeep; Model No. 2; No 15 Truck Commer; No 15 Truck Dodge; No 16 Ford Thunderbird; No. 2 Willy's Jeep; Old Plastic Vehicles; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Vehicles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tomte Commer Lorry; Tomte Dodge Lorry; Tomte Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Toys; Tomte No 15 Truck Commer; Tomte No 15 Truck Dodge; Tomte No 16 Ford Thunderbird; Tomte T-Bird; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage PVC Vehicles;
Both crewed with rear-area troops wearing side-caps who can be put in any army with a bit of paint! The Tomte look a bit air-force to me? Auburn's looks like an off-duty Marine (yaay!) or MP . . . boo!

The Auburn appears in the same slight shade-variations of green as the figures, but the Tomte comes in various bright colours of which this blue is possibly the best . . . if you run with the air-force line! Yellow, orange, scarlet, neon-green and [occasionally] white are also found

1:35th Scale Figures; 1:48th Scale; 1:50th Scale; Auburn Rubber; Commer Truck; Dodge Truck; Ford Thunderbird; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Wrangler; M38 A1 Jeep; Model No. 2; No 15 Truck Commer; No 15 Truck Dodge; No 16 Ford Thunderbird; No. 2 Willy's Jeep; Old Plastic Vehicles; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Vehicles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tomte Commer Lorry; Tomte Dodge Lorry; Tomte Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Toys; Tomte No 15 Truck Commer; Tomte No 15 Truck Dodge; Tomte No 16 Ford Thunderbird; Tomte T-Bird; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage PVC Vehicles;
The M51 is around 1:35th scale, while the Tomte Laerdal Jeep is closer to 1:48/50th scale and the two share pretty similar design parameters, the Auburn losing on the position/moulding of the undercut (or lack of it!) for the steering-wheel, the Willy's having a silly windscreen.

Tomte means gnome in Norwegian, and Tomte Laerdal therefore translates as 'little Laerdal', the larger parent being big in pharmaceutical accessories of all kings, probably best know over here for  Resusci-Annie, the mouthwash kisser!

1:35th Scale Figures; 1:48th Scale; 1:50th Scale; Auburn Rubber; Commer Truck; Dodge Truck; Ford Thunderbird; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Wrangler; M38 A1 Jeep; Model No. 2; No 15 Truck Commer; No 15 Truck Dodge; No 16 Ford Thunderbird; No. 2 Willy's Jeep; Old Plastic Vehicles; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Vehicles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tomte Commer Lorry; Tomte Dodge Lorry; Tomte Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Toys; Tomte No 15 Truck Commer; Tomte No 15 Truck Dodge; Tomte No 16 Ford Thunderbird; Tomte T-Bird; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage PVC Vehicles;
While there is (or was; I suspect it's died-down a bit, like Kinder prize prices!) a bit of a 'thing' about Tomte in wider collecting circles, there are in fact two or three other issuers of similar ranges of the smaller PVC vehicles in both Scandinavia and Germany ('West' at the time), and while I don't know of another Jeep, I think I have tracked-down 3 of four Land Rover's which we will look at here one day!

Also - as you can see - they survive a lot of punishment and aren't seen as being as rare as they may have been thought to have been when the 'thing' was at its height a decade or so ago. The one big problem with Tomte and the other brands are the clear vinyl windscreens which can harden and break-off with age/handling, got ripped-off - when still soft - by little-hands, or are to be found chewed!

1:35th Scale Figures; 1:48th Scale; 1:50th Scale; Auburn Rubber; Commer Truck; Dodge Truck; Ford Thunderbird; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Wrangler; M38 A1 Jeep; Model No. 2; No 15 Truck Commer; No 15 Truck Dodge; No 16 Ford Thunderbird; No. 2 Willy's Jeep; Old Plastic Vehicles; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Vehicles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tomte Commer Lorry; Tomte Dodge Lorry; Tomte Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Toys; Tomte No 15 Truck Commer; Tomte No 15 Truck Dodge; Tomte No 16 Ford Thunderbird; Tomte T-Bird; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage PVC Vehicles;
I almost forgot these; they can go here! Brian Berke sent them to the blog some time last year - everything sent by anyone will get used in the end. They are both Tomte; No's 15 - Truck (which I've seen described as a Dodge or Commer?) and 16 - the Ford Thunderbird convertible - hey? Only the best for the streets of New York!

Co-indecently the truck is the best other Tomte Laerdal vehicle for military-use alongside the Jeep while the T-Bird is another with figures and a windscreen, between all the ranges there are quite a few 'soft-tops' and Brian's right-hand shot reveals another aspect of Tomte, the finish is poorer than some of the 'Germany/W. Germany' models.

Cheers Brian - T is for Two + Two!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

C is for Cake Coaches + Cat = Carnage!

I had an eMail this week from a chap looking for info on wagons, turned out he was an eBayer looking for listing description information, but he was polite and answered my eMail so I was happy to help, all too often people will eMail asking (sometimes - like those Marx blokes years ago - demanding) information and never even acknowledge your reply, some people seem to think everyone else, on the Internet, is there purely to serve them!

But, as I say the guy this week was very nice, he thought his wagons might be Giant, and from the description I thought something similar and gave him a couple of paragraphs of verbiage!

He then sent an image and they were something completely different, but probably much nicer; the Hong Kong copies of 'Manurba' single-horse wagons, but with the free-wheeling wheels, and various designs other than the common one, so hopefully, by the time I'd corrected myself, he was happy?

Anyway, it left a nice image in the archive and reminded me we haven't had wagons for a while now, and haven't had single-horse novelty wagons for years! So let's kill that duck . . .

. . . with this coach! In the style of the 'Manurba's but with a Cinderella twist (I'm using quote-marks because there are several designs, with fixed wheels, rolling wheels and integrated or separate horses and I don't know for sure if they are all Manurba, and a lot of stuff credited to Manurba by the 'old guard' is turning out to be by other makers!), I suspect this is (or was) specifically a cake decoration, and from the number I've found, quite common here (so I'll tag Culpitt) but I bet you could get it elsewhere (so I'll tag Wilton as well!).

I've lost a footman's head and a couple of driver's hands! I think one or two of the horses are limping as well? But you can see the influence of the 'Manurba' wagons and coaches in the driver, who although missing a whip, has the 'Manurba' hand positions for one!

I had help! No - I've got a pesky-pesker on the staff who's now clearly just playing-up to the camera!

The coach is unmarked (in all examples) unlike the HK and German ones which usually have a national-origin moniker somewhere about the bodywork. The 'build-quality', finish or production value is high (for a cheap novelty) with sharp, crisp detail and no flash to speak-of along the join-line. The two human figures are a bit crude or cartoony though!

Another difference is that all mine are hard polystyrene where the foreign versions (and I'm not saying this isn't foreign too, I don't know) are soft polyethylene, although the snapped-off horses which came in a while ago in red and yellow are 'ethylene, so there were some . . . to be honest I thought I had a soft plastic one in red or dark blue somewhere, but I can't find it; this is the two lots I knew about, brought together.

I am working on the HK wagons (including Giant) for the HK Blog.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

M is for More - Polski Zwiazek Gluchych . . .

 . . . et alia.

Chris Smith has kindly sent a pretty comprehensive follow-up to the recent PZG posts, with nice samples of a lot of the missing figures in both sizes from the WWII and early Cold War eras.

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
These are the PZG tank/AFV crew with their distinctive, padded, head-protectors, looking a bit like a cyclist's helmet (and doing a similar job, but protecting the crew from 'braining' themselves on lumpy pieces of metal AFV interior!) and dating from before the Second Worlds War, they are still in use across ex-Soviet, formally Soviet-aligned and/or Soviet-supplied states.

I believe they depict characters from a Polish TV series of the 1960's. The TV crew had a little dog, which PZG didn't model as part of the set?.

Chris reports there is one pose missing; a chap holding his rifle across his chest. As seen they are the hollow-based 50/54mm range.

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
A further selection of the WWII figures, most of which come under the 50/54mm heading, but the second guy from the left is heading for 60mm, and seems to have been given a thinner base to compensate . . . you call him 'Lurch' (or Lurchski!) and keep him back until Rambo or 007 are played by the other side!

Chris added that the officer in the centre is unmarked but seems to fit.

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
In Chris's own words; "Polish copies of the “unknown/Kentoy?” lying firing MG figure, nicely factory painted over a hard white plastic. Again attributed to PZG but I’m not sure that’s right."

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
Another shot. I think I've tried to ascribe the originals to/as Trojan on the Khaki Infantry page, but it's only a theory and still up-in-the-air/open to interpretation, nobody knows for sure and nobody seems to know the Polish maker of the copy for sure either!

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
Chris also has two of the question-mark-maker figures but feels; "...the marching figure in Puttees does depict Polish troops from the start of WWII." . . . and provides an image (below) of the soldiers so attired.

I suggested these weren't PZG and while the figure on the left is - like mine - self-coloured, the one on the right is painted over the same re-grind PZG are known for, however this seems to have been a feature of a lot of Polish production, and may well be another reason for so much stuff being so casually attributed to PZG, I've seen unpainted pencil-sharpener tanks in the same stuff on feebleBay, sometimes with coloured plastic turrets or tracks.

In defence of my theory; Chris also notes; "Very stick like weapons." . . . which does distance them from PZG's other production and ties-in with my lone example, if nothing else; the work of another sculptor?

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
The picture Chris sent. It wouldn't blow-up, so I had to enlarge it in Photo Viewer on the desk-top, take a screen-capcha (.png) crop it and save as a .jpg to get it large enough, so it's lost some resolution!

1:32nd Scale Figures, 1:32nd Scale Russians, 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers, Airfix Toy Soldiers, Centrum Figures; Centrum Poland, Centrum Toy Soldiers, Polish Flats, Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Plastic Toy Figures, PZG Poland, PZG Polish Toy Soldiers, PZG Toy Soldiers, PZG ZSP, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soviet Era Toy Soldiers, Soviet Infantry, Soviet Plastic Toy, Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Poland, Warzawa, Andrzej Kawecki, CZZP, Globus, Global, Spojnia, Uniwersum, Universal, Wyrob, WZUP
I'll leave the last shot's blurb to Chris; "Two bigger 60mm'ish WWII soldiers both wearing the polish Rogatywka hat. Officer has tall boots but the running guy is again in puttees. I know of 3 more poses . . . all have puttees. Always seem to be attributed to PZG but the bases are unmarked."

I've always been told they're PZG, and I think the solid 60mm versus marked-hollow base 54mm 'rule' is similar for the Northern War, streletsi, medieval and other PZG (or believed to be PZG!) stuff to?

Known Polish Makers of Vintage Plastic Toy Soldiers

Andrzej Kawecki - PVC 1:76th copies of Airfix for 'Ruch' Kiosks

Centrum - unpainted flats, 50 & 70/80mm

CZZP - unpainted 40mm modern semi-flats/demi-ronde (and full flats?)

Globus (Global) - HO-OO piracies of Airfix and Roco-Minitanks

PZG - Wide range in 50, 54, 60mm and larger scales, the trouble being they are so common they have become the generic title for anything which looks Polish

Spojnia - Small scale copies of Esci figures and 1:35th'ish  AFV's (PZG crew? Now a kit manufacturer)

Uniwersum (Universal) - As per Globus

Wyrob - Pestana via Garret credits them with the 54mm Polish winged hussar often credited to PZG, may also be responsible for some of the thick-based figures credited to PZG

WZUP - Pestana via Garret credits them with 54mm equivalent to Britains, might be responsible for some of the larger (3, 4 & 5-inch) statuettes sometimes credited to PZG?

Friday, March 15, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Well, if the progress of Brwreakshit so far is any indication of Britain's prowess as a free and independent 'Sovereign' nation going forward, we're all fucked!

I love how all the media (except the gruniad and the 'i') seems to be blaming Europe (again!) as if somehow they voted to leave us and aren't getting on with it! And the TIG'ers . . .oooohh, they're fierce!

The Good Friday agreement of 1997 made it all but impossible to practically, or 'technically' leave the EU as Brwreakshiteers wish, without either a back-stop or a crash-out.

If we crash-out we lose all credibility with the countries we think we're going to get all these fantastic trade deals with (whale-hunting Faeroe Isles onboard already - 'Rayyy!), if we retain the back-stop, NI remains within the EU's major structures, it's called Catch22, and is probably why Boris is so quiet these days and Cam'moron and Gisela Stuart and co. all ran-away immediately after the vote!

It'll be why major leading Brwreakshiteers are moving their businesses, their family domicile or the kids nationality to Monaco, Malta, Luxemburg or - as in Rees-Mogg's case - the Republic of Ireland. Leave voters were sold a diseased-pup by a fork-tongued snake-oil salesman and are stubbornly refusing to admit it, with the Media's help!

As I've been saying for some time now - buy toys while you still can!

There's a good bunch of shows this weekend, note that 'Collect-a-Happy' in Plymouth have a new venue - the Methodist Church in the town centre, while BP Fairs haven't changed the admission charge at Rugby.

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 16th March 2019

Bexhill-on-Sea - SRP Toy Fairs
St. Barnabas Parish Church, Cantelupe Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 1JG
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Crewe - Crewe Model Engineering Society - 'Toy & Train Collectors Fair'
Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DB (venue)
CMES, 93 Merlin Way, Crewe, CW1 3YP (bookings)
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 505 781 (Mon-Fri, before 20:00hrs, not weekends)
10:30 - 15:30hrs
Admission unknown, dealers; £18 per six-foot table

Gateshead - Jim Corr Fairs - Toy, Train & Sci-Fi Fair
Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0EF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Hereford - Chris Dyer Fairs
Methodist Church, Town Centre, Plymouth PL1 1BA
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Plymouth - Events Frontier - 'Collect-a-Happy' Toy & Train Fair
Plymouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2BJ
Mob. - 07508 548 938
Admission 'From' £3
[Note: new venue address]

Rugby - Barry Potter / BP Fairs 'Rugby Vintage'
The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3.50 (early-bird £7, from 08:00hrs), OAP's £3, Children £1

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Sunday 17th March 2019

Ashington - David Parsons - Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3PG
Tel. - 01424 846 676 (Pete)
Mob. - 07742 609 865 (David)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Adults £1.50, concessions £1

Chartham -  SRP Toy Fairs
Station Road, Chartham, Kent, ME13 7RA
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission unknown

Devizes - Steven Clements Fairs
Corn Exchange, Market Place, SN10 1HS
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, café

Kirkby-in-Ashfield - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend)
Festival Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7DJ
Mob. - 07951 072 790
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission fee unknown, accompanied under-16's free
Free parking, refreshments

Llanelli, Wales - Chris Dyer Fairs
Llangennech Community Centre, Off Hendre Road, Llangennech, Wales, SA14 8TH
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Potters Bar - Toy & Train Fairs (Peter Levinson)
Elm Court Centre, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, hertfordshire, EN6 3BP
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01282 051 518 (Peter or Diane)
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission charge unknown

Spalding - J&J Fairs (J&J Webb)
Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET
Tel. - 01522 880 383
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission - Adult £2.50p, seniors £2, 1st child £1.50p



Stafford - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Stafford Showground'
The Preston & Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10.30 - 15.00hrs
Admission £4.00 (early-bird £8), OAP's £3.50, Children £1,
Free parking

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Tuesday 19th March 2019



Wootton Basset - Steven Clements Fairs - Wootton Basset Evening Fair
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, SN4 7EN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Free parking, café


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Auctions

Monday 18th March 2019

Lewis - Wallis and Wallis
West Street Galleries, Lewis, Sussex, BN7 2NJ
Tel. - 01273 480 208
Fax. - 01273 476 562
General Toy Sale

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Tuesday 19th March 2019

Washington (W. Sussex) - Tooveys
Spring Gardens (Garden Centre), A24 Lay-by, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 3BS
Tel. - 01903 891 995
Catalogue online
Viewing Saturday 16th March 09:30 - 12:00hrs, Monday 18th 10:00 - 16:00hrs and on the day of the sale from 10:00hrs, sale starts at 13:30hrs
General toy sales

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Wednesday 20th March 2019

Warwick - Warwick & Warwick
Charlton House, Scar Bank, Millers Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 5DB
(Auctions held in Court House)
Tel. - 01926 499 031
Facsimile - 01926 491 906
Catalogue on-line, printed version available on request
Trains, die cast, model soldiers and other toys

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here -  FOR FREE  - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!

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H is for How They Come In!

7th Cavalry; Announcements; Battle of the Little Big Horn; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cheyenne; Custer; GA Custer; George Amstrong Custer; Little Big Horn; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; PB Fairs; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Souix; Waddington's; Waddington's Little Big Horn; Wallis & Wallis; Warwick & Warwick;
Only the one Charity-shop bag this week (95p), mostly the part contents of - probably -three of the Waddington's licensed (from Rojas e Malaret) board game 'Battle of the Little Big Horn', which is timely, as Peter Evans left a handful in that lot last week, and I'll be motivated to dig the rest out of the garage in the Spring and do a post on them, although - as stated before - the real story is to be found here.

The Airfix and lone Lone*Star were damaged and will be picked up by the bin lorry before you read this today - single-use plastic . . . ooooh; very bad! I also treated myself to a Kinder-egg Barbie , but it was 'Movie' Barbie which I already have!

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Angels at Four O'clock

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The lack of other purchases (there was a mixed small-scale lot on evilBay!) led me to weaken on the fairies I mentioned the other week, and I got four (less than a fiver!) on the way home Wednesday, they are about 54mm, but it's academic when you are talking about A) fictional characters who B) are supposed to be very small and C) as women would be slightly smaller than men (on average) making them 60mm . . . 'ish!

Blue and Purple are actually the same sculpt, while Pink looks more matt, and from a different batch. I suspect there ought to be a 4th pose and that these are leaving the works in a pretty random fashion? More resin in the pile!

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"I'll do the Computing-bag!"

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I had help on the show dates tonight!

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Mental note to self;

BAOR - British Army Of [the] Rhine
Boar - Wild pig
Boer - Dutch South-African settler
Bore - To dig or drill a hole or hollow
Borer - Wood eating/living beetle/insect
Bores - Members of the PSTSM

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Stop Press - My thoughts are very-much with the fair citizens of New Zealand this morning. In Brave New World, Logan's Run, 1984, Soylent Green . . . there was always the fear, in the future, of some sort of nihilistic violence around the next corner - it seems the future is here, now, but thinking of the citizens of Troy, the subjects of Rome, the pheasants of the middle ages or the freedom-lovers of Nazi-occupied Europe; maybe it always was?

Globalisation means - increasingly - whenever there is a climate event, a natural catastrophe or a mass-shooting we seem to know people in the vicinity, and are frustrated by our inability to 'do' anything, but the strong feeling we should 'do something', so best - at least - to let them know we were thinking of them?

I'm sure you're all OK, but thinking of you anyway! And it must be a hell of a shock.