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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.

Monday, November 18, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . PW Show Confimation

New Poster!

Website's back on the menu but won't be updated (eMail first) - www.plasticwarrior.com
Tel: 01483 722 778
Fax: 01483 722 723
Address; Mr. P. Morehead, 65 Walton Court, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5EE, UK
And they are on Paypal

T is for Two - Large Scale Poultry

One of those posts which just sort of grew quietly, organically over time and from the sum of its parts, then presented itself when it was ready to do so! Large (or 'larger') scale farmyard birds, nothing exciting!

Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Crab Mark; Duck & Ducklings; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Poultry; Fontanini Farm; Fontanini Goose; Fontanini Nativity Set; Fontanini Turkey; Hen & Cock; Large Scale Farm Animals; Large Scale Poultry; Nativity Set; Ohio Arts; Ohio Arts Cock & Hen; Ohio Arts Duck & Ducklings; Ohio Arts Farm; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Turkey; Vintage Farm Animals; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toys;
I dug the old 'other poultry' box out of the garage and found a Fontanini goose in there! Sorting the TBS stuff into the box and blow-me there was a matching turkey! I have no idea if they are from a farm series or make-weight, non-speaking, bit-part actors in a Nativity set? But they are rather nice, probably not Simonetti's work; they are fuller-figured, and the sculpting 'fluffier' than his stuff tends toward.

Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Crab Mark; Duck & Ducklings; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Poultry; Fontanini Farm; Fontanini Goose; Fontanini Nativity Set; Fontanini Turkey; Hen & Cock; Large Scale Farm Animals; Large Scale Poultry; Nativity Set; Ohio Arts; Ohio Arts Cock & Hen; Ohio Arts Duck & Ducklings; Ohio Arts Farm; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Turkey; Vintage Farm Animals; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toys;
Meanwhile I picked these up about six months or a year ago (from Adrian I think), they had a little label in their bag saying Ohio Art and I wondered if they might actually be Auburn, but Auburn's are slightly different, although I guess one influenced the other - were Ohio the plagiarists?

Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Crab Mark; Duck & Ducklings; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Poultry; Fontanini Farm; Fontanini Goose; Fontanini Nativity Set; Fontanini Turkey; Hen & Cock; Large Scale Farm Animals; Large Scale Poultry; Nativity Set; Ohio Arts; Ohio Arts Cock & Hen; Ohio Arts Duck & Ducklings; Ohio Arts Farm; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Turkey; Vintage Farm Animals; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toys;
The two lots together; while the Fontanini are big, the smaller birds from Ohio are bigger, you could tuck that chicken under Action man's arm and he wouldn't look incongruous . . . well; he'd look like a chicken-thief!

Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Crab Mark; Duck & Ducklings; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Poultry; Fontanini Farm; Fontanini Goose; Fontanini Nativity Set; Fontanini Turkey; Hen & Cock; Large Scale Farm Animals; Large Scale Poultry; Nativity Set; Ohio Arts; Ohio Arts Cock & Hen; Ohio Arts Duck & Ducklings; Ohio Arts Farm; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Turkey; Vintage Farm Animals; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toys;
Not the easiest material to photograph, off-white polyethylene, but I did what I could; they even have the little tick/crab/spider with its six legs!

T is for Two - Rolling Russian Rockets

We have actually seen one of these before but it's worth a second visit to compare it to one of my favourite pieces of Soviet-era Russian die-cast, and having now got a brand for the one making a return, it makes sense.

Тульский Патронный; Эра г.Севастополь; военная техника; Anti-Aircraft Missile; Era; Free Rocket Over Ground; FROG; Frog Missile; Gaskin; Rocket Launcher; Rocket Launchers; Russian AFV's; Russian Toys; SAM I AAM; Self-Propelled Missiles; Self-Propelled Rocket; Sevastapol; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Toys; Soviet Plastic Toys; Soviet Tula Cart. Plant; SPAAG; T Is For Two; T54/55; Tula Cart. Plant; Tula Cartridge Plant;
Seen before, this is the same company that made the tank transporter, the little forward-control truck with tin-plate tilt and the airborne ZSU self-propelled gun, now believed to be the Tula Cartridge Plant, and all from a series known as 'Military Equipment', which included a handful of solid-cast figures. Vehicle is one of the early FROG (Free Rocket, Over Ground) launchers, tactical battlefield nuclear-missiles akin to the US Honest John or French Pluton.

Тульский Патронный; Эра г.Севастополь; военная техника; Anti-Aircraft Missile; Era; Free Rocket Over Ground; FROG; Frog Missile; Gaskin; Rocket Launcher; Rocket Launchers; Russian AFV's; Russian Toys; SAM I AAM; Self-Propelled Missiles; Self-Propelled Rocket; Sevastapol; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Toys; Soviet Plastic Toys; Soviet Tula Cart. Plant; SPAAG; T Is For Two; T54/55; Tula Cart. Plant; Tula Cartridge Plant;
But Era, in Sevastopol made this; I'm not sure but I think the NATO reporting name for this might have been Guild? It's two SAM-I's (think Hawk!) mounted on the same chassis as the previous beast (old T54/55 hulls), and is a most odd arrangement, with the vehicle manufactured to contemporary Corgi, Dinky or Matchbox 'Super King' standards with continuous rubber-band tracks, revolving wheels on through-axles etc . . .

. . . while the weapon platform is a really rather crude stamping, with no attempt at modelling the travelling/launching cradles/mechanism and with two even cruder aluminium castings for the rockets.

But I love it; it is an incredibly tangible toy, you really want to handle it. While there is no elevation, there is something really satisfying about the way the two rockets follow each-other round! The rockets also make a good handle to push the thing across the floor, it's hard to explain, but if you've got one, you'll probably know what I mean?

Тульский Патронный; Эра г.Севастополь; военная техника; Anti-Aircraft Missile; Era; Free Rocket Over Ground; FROG; Frog Missile; Gaskin; Rocket Launcher; Rocket Launchers; Russian AFV's; Russian Toys; SAM I AAM; Self-Propelled Missiles; Self-Propelled Rocket; Sevastapol; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Toys; Soviet Plastic Toys; Soviet Tula Cart. Plant; SPAAG; T Is For Two; T54/55; Tula Cart. Plant; Tula Cartridge Plant;
Comparing the two, you can see how the Cartridge Plant's is made the same way they made their bullets and shells, Heavy-castings riveted together with a set of carpet wheels, while Era's is a more complicated piece, but they still go together well, as they may have in real life -  it being 31-years since my last Soviet-studies courses - I can't remember, but a FROG batterys (or regiments) would have needed some high-altitude air-defence, tagging-along?

The FROGs were replaced by SCUD, and  Guild was replaced by Guideline? All-in-all; a long time ago now!

Тульский Патронный; Эра г.Севастополь; военная техника; Anti-Aircraft Missile; Era; Free Rocket Over Ground; FROG; Frog Missile; Gaskin; Rocket Launcher; Rocket Launchers; Russian AFV's; Russian Toys; SAM I AAM; Self-Propelled Missiles; Self-Propelled Rocket; Sevastapol; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Toys; Soviet Plastic Toys; Soviet Tula Cart. Plant; SPAAG; T Is For Two; T54/55; Tula Cart. Plant; Tula Cartridge Plant;
The Era mark on the base, in Tula they didn't mark the Military Equipment vehicles; only the packaging! Both are around the 1:48/50th scales of the similar Western toys, think Corgi's Gepard Spaag or Dinky's Leopard I MBT.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

H is for Hollow Herd!

I think we looked at the 'spares' of these years ago in a wider look at celluloid blow-moulds, but this is the original 'master' sample, albeit probably not a complete-sample as far as the species depicted goes . . . or went; these are probably ten years older than me?

Blow Mould Figures; Blow Moulded Toy; Blow Moulded Wild Animals; Blow Moulds; Camel; Celluloid Acetate Figures; Celluloid Nitrate Figures; Celluloid Novelty; Celluloid Toys; Cellulose Acetate; Cellulose Nitrate; Elephant Toy; Giraffe; Gorilla; Hippopotamus; Japanese Celluloid Toy; Japanese Novelty Toy; Japanese Toy; Japanese Toys; Kangaroo; Lions; Ostritch; Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tiger; Vintage Celluloid; Vintage Celluloid Animals; Vintage Plastic Animals; Vintage Toy Animals; Zebra;
Top left is an uncommon example of the really rare Tasman Tygyenalleppocat, although a poor rendering as it's clearly been on a diet! The Hippopottymouth is a bit weak as well, but the rest of them are OK for what they probably were - 1d or 5¢ novelties? Note also; the two very different coloured lions and the lack of a constant scale across the sample, being the no-box equivalent of 'box' scale.

Blow Mould Figures; Blow Moulded Toy; Blow Moulded Wild Animals; Blow Moulds; Camel; Celluloid Acetate Figures; Celluloid Nitrate Figures; Celluloid Novelty; Celluloid Toys; Cellulose Acetate; Cellulose Nitrate; Elephant Toy; Giraffe; Gorilla; Hippopotamus; Japanese Celluloid Toy; Japanese Novelty Toy; Japanese Toy; Japanese Toys; Kangaroo; Lions; Ostritch; Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tiger; Vintage Celluloid; Vintage Celluloid Animals; Vintage Plastic Animals; Vintage Toy Animals; Zebra;
As the large yeti-type seems more concerned with where he's left his keys, the Berserker is probably right to dispatch the man-killing Rea first! These were shot a while ago as I have cleaned the Berserker since!

Joking aside, I like these, and that's them, done.

A is for Another . . . Speeder-Bike!

Now, we may have had this, but I can't find it here in the archive, so while it's dated 2017, I think it's 'new to Blog', we saw the big orange Ray's Speeder one (from the same series?), and we've seen the Hasbro re-issues of the Micromachines ones, but I don't think we've seen this version yet.

19A HT P; Asst. FBB03; DMP66-JA10-1101053848; Hot Wheels; Hot Wheels Speeder Bike; Hot Wheels Star Wars; Imperial Speeder Bike; Mattel Hot Wheels; Mattel Speeder Bike; Mattel Star Wars; Mattel Toys; OCP 0061; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Speeder Bike; Star Wars; Star Wars Hot Wheels;
Clearance at TKMaxx, less than half-price at 2.99, which I happened to have on me, Bargain! It's a pity that every set of Star Wars stuff is A) in a different scale to all the other lines and ranges, and B) not to a consistent scale within the line/range, but there you go?

19A HT P; Asst. FBB03; DMP66-JA10-1101053848; Hot Wheels; Hot Wheels Speeder Bike; Hot Wheels Star Wars; Imperial Speeder Bike; Mattel Hot Wheels; Mattel Speeder Bike; Mattel Star Wars; Mattel Toys; OCP 0061; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Speeder Bike; Star Wars; Star Wars Hot Wheels;
Mattel's Imperial Speeder Bike; it is the biggest one to date, at about 1:48th/35mm, which means that when I dig-out all the others (Galoob Micromachines, Action Fleet and Hasbro) he will have to go at the front, but it will make an excellent forced-perspective 'squadron' shot!

F is for Favourite Trucks

We've seen these before (several times!), we'll see them again when I do a 'definitive' sometime in the future, but we're going to have a quick re-cap now, looking specifically at the civil versions of Blue Box's Bedford trucks!

"Blue-Box"; "Blue-Box" Toys; 1986; BB No. 597; Blue Box; Blue Box 77061; Blue Box Bedford Crane; Blue Box Bedford RL; Blue Box Bedford Tanker; Blue Box Bedford Truck; Blue Box Construction Site; Blue Box Dockside Loading Set; Blue Box Service Station; Construction Set; Construction Site; Construction Toy; Dockside Loading Set; Hong Kong; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Hong Kong Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Transport Fleet; Toy Trade Distribution Co.; Toys For Boys; TT Hong Kong;
The pictures are actually not brilliant, I took them outside  in that summer session and the sunlight actually seems to have worked against the camera, but they'll do! These are the Blue Box civilian versions of the Bedford RL they also used in the military range, based on the Britains Lilliput or Kemlow's (Sentry Box) die casts? I've never been too sure?

Crane on the right, the vehicle on the left is a sort of telescopic, vertical-only 'cherry-picker', with a ladder up the side, presumably in case the device got stuck in the up position, and while one is tempted to think 'It's only a toy', I seem to recall as kids that we spotted these incongruities as easily as the adults!

Both get copies of the Dinky road-workers, and the 'platform lorry' gets a temporary road-sign, nicked from the same Dinky set. The vehicle flatbeds are the military weapon-truck ones with the control-cabinet, but moulded in bright colours.

"Blue-Box"; "Blue-Box" Toys; 1986; BB No. 597; Blue Box; Blue Box 77061; Blue Box Bedford Crane; Blue Box Bedford RL; Blue Box Bedford Tanker; Blue Box Bedford Truck; Blue Box Construction Site; Blue Box Dockside Loading Set; Blue Box Service Station; Construction Set; Construction Site; Construction Toy; Dockside Loading Set; Hong Kong; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Hong Kong Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Transport Fleet; Toy Trade Distribution Co.; Toys For Boys; TT Hong Kong;
The crane is here rendered in reverse colours; I think the moulding was a pirate of the top-half of the old Matchbox four-wheeled Coles (?) crane in yellow-finished die-cast? These single window boxes (equating to the Combat Team military sets) were coded 77390.

"Blue-Box"; "Blue-Box" Toys; 1986; BB No. 597; Blue Box; Blue Box 77061; Blue Box Bedford Crane; Blue Box Bedford RL; Blue Box Bedford Tanker; Blue Box Bedford Truck; Blue Box Construction Site; Blue Box Dockside Loading Set; Blue Box Service Station; Construction Set; Construction Site; Construction Toy; Dockside Loading Set; Hong Kong; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Hong Kong Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Transport Fleet; Toy Trade Distribution Co.; Toys For Boys; TT Hong Kong;
The Bedford RL was eventually replaced by a Bedford MK, several of the bodies were retained, including the flatbed with crane. But new bodies were added to the range such as the shell tanker, although I've never seen a loose version of the wreaker-truck; bottom left, while the Sea-Land container lorry has a printed-cardboard container.

Figures have also been changed to the garage/service station mechanics/forecourt staff, also Dinky figures, all (the road workers as well) sculpted by Charles C Stadden originally, I believe.

"Blue-Box"; "Blue-Box" Toys; 1986; BB No. 597; Blue Box; Blue Box 77061; Blue Box Bedford Crane; Blue Box Bedford RL; Blue Box Bedford Tanker; Blue Box Bedford Truck; Blue Box Construction Site; Blue Box Dockside Loading Set; Blue Box Service Station; Construction Set; Construction Site; Construction Toy; Dockside Loading Set; Hong Kong; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Hong Kong Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Transport Fleet; Toy Trade Distribution Co.; Toys For Boys; TT Hong Kong;
I think this is quite a late issue, indeed from the price it could be anytime, some rack-toys are still a quid or a dollar? But early eighties I think for this one? The crane has been given something to lift with a card crate to place on it.

"Blue-Box"; "Blue-Box" Toys; 1986; BB No. 597; Blue Box; Blue Box 77061; Blue Box Bedford Crane; Blue Box Bedford RL; Blue Box Bedford Tanker; Blue Box Bedford Truck; Blue Box Construction Site; Blue Box Dockside Loading Set; Blue Box Service Station; Construction Set; Construction Site; Construction Toy; Dockside Loading Set; Hong Kong; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Hong Kong Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Transport Fleet; Toy Trade Distribution Co.; Toys For Boys; TT Hong Kong;
This set from the Toy Trade Distribution Company from 1986 is - in my opinion - trying very hard to resemble the Blue Box set, but with short (30-foot) articulated trailers on the fifth-wheels of what I suspect are the equivalent forward-control Ford cab-units? They have not only gone with similar artwork (including ship), but copied the printed-card shipping container!

Although they have a logo, I suspect they (TT) were a packer/shipper wholesale outfit, handing stuff from lots of smaller manufacturers, for offer as generics to the smaller chains and independent 'corner shops' (mom & pop stores) and the like (another was Hongkong [sic] Toy Exporters), that they have no 'Factory, Industrial/ Industries/Industry, Manufactory' or 'Production' in their title - which most of the actual makers in the colony seem to have had at the time - is another clue!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

G is for Guest Post - Sam Toys

This started life as an email which I thought was a listing, probably of more use on the much-neglected A-Z Blog 'pages', and I downloaded it to look at at home, thanked the sender; Angelo, and got on with whatever I was doing!

When I opened it at home I found the following article complete, with embedded images, and frantically wrote to Angelo the next day saying please send the originals so I can run it as an article!

Not only did he send them, but he took new images of most of them and some supporting paperwork, to the point where I now know as much about these as he does . . . in five minutes time - so will you.

I then suggested I post his article as he'd written it and further look at the vehicles in turn after Christmas, but have instead collaged the images and placed them where the single pictures were in the first draft, which is the only real editorial change . . . I hand over to Angelo;

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SAM TOYS - " MILITARY SERIES"

Sam Toys produced model cars in the late 50s and late 60s.

The Military Series was initially composed of seven vehicles which were the plastic copy of similar metal models by the French Dinky Toys.

Below is a copy of the catalog of the period showing the series and the description of each individual vehicle.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 431 – CAMIONETTA MILITARE - copy of model 641 ARMY "1-TON CARGO TRUCK" by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 432 – AUTO BLINDATA - copy of model 670 "ARMOURED CAR" by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 433 – AUTOBLINDO PER TRASPORTO - copy of model 643 “ARMOURED PERSONNEL” by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 434 – AMBULANZA MILITARE - copy of mode 626 “MILITARY AMBULANCE” by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 435 – AUTO CISTERNA  - copy of model 643 “ARMY WATER TANKER” by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 436 – CARRO ESPLORATORE - copy of model 673 “SCOUT CAR” by  Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 437 – JEEP - copy of model 669 “JEEP” or 672 "JEEP" (re-issue of 153a) by Dinky Toys
                              Note the error in the name in JEPP

Later, other models were added that were variants of the first series.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
A first variant was the MILITARY TRUCK where 4 soldiers were added to the platform. This meant that the lorry remained uncovered because it was not possible to put the tarpaulin with the seated soldiers.

The next 4 models were created using the floor of the MILITARY AMBULANCE which on the bottom always showed the writing 434 Military Ambulance for all these models.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCARRO SCALA MOBILE

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCARRO CON CANNONE

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCISTERNA

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCARRO MILITARE APERTO

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Finally there is a model 443 - JEEP CON RIMORCHIO that the SAM TOYS inserted in the AUTOCARRI series, but that actually refers to a military vehicle.

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A few points I'll add, all from the material provided by Angelo, firstly, the lorry used for ambulance and plug-in bodies is now recognised as being the Truck, 3-Ton, 4x4, GS, Ford Ambulance (Spurling, Muliner or Duple [bodies]), AKA; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry, and an excellent article on all the toy versions (we've had the diminutive Matchbox RAF version on the blog and the article attributes the MPC 'Mini' ambulance - also seen here - to the same marque) appeared in the October 2011 edition of Model Collector magazine, with Nigel Robertshaw in the author's chair.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
The image from which Angelo cropped the 'civi' Jeep, also has civilianised versions of the same lorry, each in a 'wagon-&-drag' configuration (commoner on the continent, although a lot of haulage companies use them on their late night 'trunckers' so you often see them on the motorway network in the early hours), along with a wrecker-body version of the Humber 1-Ton, which is lovely!

Many, many thanks to Angelo for sending this into the blog, a relatively unknown series of non-Hong Kong copies, and I'm very fond of my one example, the Humber with passengers.

Friday, November 15, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events Saturday 16th - Friday 22nd November 2019

As part of my commitment to community programming in an esoteric clause hidden in the small print of a contractual obligation I was completely unaware of until I invented it, I present the Small Scale World guide to voting in the 2019 General Election . . .

In the meantime, Donald 'I'm so fuckwitted I told the people of Oklahoma we were building a big beautiful wall round their state-locked state' Trump, who last week was [also] saying he was the most open President 'ever' seems to have decided he's the least open in half-a-century when it comes to tax-returns!

Meanwhile over here Boris's Tories and Farage (rhymes with c**t)'s UKIP/Brwreakshit/NASDP goons are playing musical chairs, do you even know who's standing in your neck of the woods?

Vote liberal and buy toys!

Sandown this Saturday, it's a week early over previous years I think? So; don't miss it for a routine which is no more . . .

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 16th November 2019

Exeter - Ray Heard Train & Toy Fairs
Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01823 480 097
10:00-15:30hrs
Admission £2.00
Free parking, refreshments

Hereford - Chris Dyer Fairs
Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Sandown Park - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'The' Sandown Park Show
Exhibition Centre, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
Fax. - 01604 771 070
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission - Adults £6.50p, seniors £6, children £2, early bird (from 08.00hrs) £10.00
Tons of free parking

Wrexham - Barry Stockton Fairs - Hobbies & Model Rail Show
Wrexham Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, LL12 7AG
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 15:30
Admission - Adult £3.50, children £1.00

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Sunday 17th November 2019

Chester-le-Street - Jim Corr Fairs
Lord Lawson Academy, Birtly Lane, Birtly, DH3 2LF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Llanelli - 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

Malvern - Bulldog Fairs
The Seven Hall, Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Adults £4, under 16's free if accompanied, early-bird (from 08:30hrs) £10.

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

Walsall - Transtar Promotions (Geoff & Linda Price) - Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Oak Park Active Living Centre, Coppice Road, Walsall Wood, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 9BH
Tel.- 01922 643 385 (Geoff or Linda)
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £1.80p, seniors £1.50p, child £1.00
Refreshments

Worthing  - SRP Toyfairs
Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9HS
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

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Friday 22nd November 2019

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Evening Fair
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

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Auctions

Saturday 16th November 2019

Bury St. Edmunds - Lacy Scott & Knight
Tel. - 01284 748 600 (general enquires)
Tel. - 01284 748 623 (Oliver Leggett - auction)
Toy and Collectors Models

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Wednesday 20th November 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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Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st November 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Toy Soldiers military equipment & model figures

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Other Events

Saturday 16th November 2019

Ignore date on poster

Kensington (London) - London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair - 200 Years of Childhood (Doll and Bear Fair)
Pre-event seminars
Joanne McDonald of Vectis Auctions will be giving a talk on Chiltern Bears

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Sunday 17th October 2019

Bentley Heath - MGM - Doll & Bear Fair
Bentley Heath Community Centre, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 9BQ (venue)
Linnet Lodge, The Village, Wembworthy, Devon, EX18 7RX (promoter)
Tel. - 07818 462448  
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission - adults/seniors: £2.50, children: 50p
Free car parking, refreshments
Free Prize Draws

Kensington (London) - London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair - 200 Years of Childhood (Doll and Bear Fair)
Web - www.200yearsofchildhood.com
Tel. I - 01908642111 (daytime)
Tel. II - 01908610883 (evenings and weekends)
eMail I - hap@mkps.co.uk
eMail II - grandmasteddies@gmail.com
eMail III - daniel.agnew@hotmail.co.uk
Mob. - 07875874854

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Overseas Events
All timings; local time

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November 2019

Rondebosch (South Africa) - Cape Town Society of Model and Experimental Engineers - Open Days
Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel. I - 072 787 6709 (Geoffrey de Vartek)
Tel. II - 082 378 2437 (Andre van Breda)
09:00-16:00hrs (both days)
Admission R20 per adult, R10 per child, 6 and over; 6 or under - admission free
Rides (for children) on the 5-inch gauge live steam engine (cost per ride will be R5 per child, rides from 09:00-12:00hrs and from 13:30-15:30hrs)

York (USA) - Greenberg’s - Great Train & Toy Show
York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA 17404, USA (venue)
Greenberg Shows, 280 Carlton Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188, USA (organiser)
Tel. -  ++6302 794 087
Fax. - ++2405 974 482

10:00-16:00hrs
Admission is $10 Saturday (for both days) or $9 Sunday (on-site ticket sales cash only), children 11 and under free
Free parking



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Sunday 17th November 2019

Soultz (France) - NEF Des Jouets - 18th Bourse aux Figurines et Miniatures
MAB de Soultz, Rue de la Marne, Haut-Rhin, France (venue)
12 Rue Jean Jaurès, F-68360, Soultz, Haut-Rhin, France (organisers)
eMail - nefdesjouets@soultz68.fr
Tel. - ++0389 743 092
09:00-17:00
Admission 2 (4 with entry to museum)

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable, military, historical 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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Toy News

Rubik Brand Ltd.

Have lost their appeal to the EU court on such matters, to regain their Europe-wide protection which was originally granted in 1999 (years after the invention) omly to be withdrawn in 2017, as intellectual property rights are supposed to last 70-odd years this seems to need further investigation, although the original drawings for the mechanism (presumably in metal) date back to 1947, which may be where the stumble's come from?

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Good News Story

A Royal Navy Rescue helecopter managed to recover a radio-controlled 'plane which got caught on top of an old mine-workings chimney! The Sea Merlin was on a training exercise when the call came in for help, and the winch-man was lowered to the top of the dry-stone chimney and recovered the model aircraft.

The owner - Mr. Roger Bath had apparently managed to crash into the only raised item in the landscape as far as the eye could see? Members of 824 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose were happy to help as it made for a realistic and practical training example.

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Pompeii Under Fire

A sad (or sadish, it's laden with pathos) story in the Evening Standard the other day, of a piece of great 'British' eccentricity in danger of being lost forever, now that the Irishman (Co. Athlone) behind the whole 'edifice' has passed away.

'Gerry's Pompeii was created by the late Gerry Dalton, and is described as the passion of an autodidact, a monument to 'outsider art', there is much more than I can tell . . . and a fundraising page, give if you can, lots of figures, lots of dioramas, need saving.

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The Works

Issued a profits warning and watched their shares tumble last week, they're down 1.9% overall on this time last year, but have over-stocked on Squishies which have performed 3.6% below target - shit toys, shit performance. And - while the Works used to feature here regularly from 2008-16-odd, they haven't had much to interest us for a while now?

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Entertainment One (eOne)

Also reporting 'widening' losses as it prepares for its sale to Hasbro, the Pepper Pig licensee faced a one-off payment of £6.8M (small change!) for . . . I think I recall reading somewhere - a buyout of a German subsidiary or something, all corporate-shite & bollocks anyway; and Hasbro gets a bargain!

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Received With Thanks

A Card from the postman led to a quick trip down the sorting office to retrieve this bunch of plunder . . .

. . . for which I have to thank both Peter Evans and the good burgers of the Wirral and Merseyside attending the Widnes Collectors and Car Boot Fair, "Warrington's favorite" - I'm told . . . Cheers Peter!

Also, from the morning's earlier post, I meant to thank him last week; Nazar Marchenko for translating Russian for me.

And thanks again to Joe Walton for the other posts this week and Angelo for tomorrow's post.

And I also received some interesting images from Brian B which should come to something shortly!

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How They Come In

A quieter week (until Peter's parcel arrived!), but a couple of interesting things entered the collection;

This is an old McDonald's 'Happy Meal' giveaway, you sit him (Olaf Somebody-sonn?) down and a mechanism jumps him up again, it doesn't work very well, but may be tired - it seems to be about 12 years old? From the Golden Compass movie of His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman), I think it will prove to be in-scale with the board game characters we looked at a year or two ago.

And; it may be a sign of things to come as the imagery of the new TV/Streaming series is different from the movie, so people (fans) may think it's time to clear out the old 'look' and start collecting a new 'Expanded Universe'!?

Bits and bobs, the wooden elephant has ivory tusks, but they are home-carved replacements, a bit rough and a bit short, clearly a Sri Lankan elephant! And . . . three Chinasaurs! With four from Peter that's seven from four brands in a week, and I only sorted them away last weekend! It's like cleaning the Elysian stables, except I'm collecting the stuff and trying to keep it all in the stable; or painting the Forth bridge!

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Staff Issues

Another parcel and other work to rule-s which definitely aren't in the employment contract for warehouse/clerical!

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Other Stuff

From the you-thought-I-was-exaggerating department, it's N' euw's and views of the thumb!

The underside's done OK; almost a perfect weld! But the top's still not right and it won't be until that corner-flap of nail comes off, which won't be for a while as there's not enough for me to cut-under the connection 'till it grows out a bit.

So I'm washing it with alcohol and changing the dressing twice a day! Funny thing though; worth knowing - surgical-spirit doesn't sting. Warm salted-water (day two) stung to buggery, and in the old days that iodine-yellow Savlon spray (which seems to have been banned?) used to smart a bit, but pure alcohol just numbs it all with cold and kills anything untoward - bloody-good stuff, hic!

Some fungi I shot last Sunday round the pond, all this rain has proven to be a real boon for them, and there are more than I have seen since 2011/12 which were dampish winters too, but this year is better.