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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.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Khaki Infantry Page Update

Plasticom (Soldabar) has gone on the Khaki Infantry page with much help from Chris Smith, I don't know how many figures were in the set in total, but with a hybrid and a damaged one, we've found five poses between us. They also copied the angle-iron tank-obstacle from the Hong Kong Herald sets which can be found on the Plasticom or Soldabar tags here.

Belgian Premiums; Belgium; Britains Herald Khaki Infantry; Britains Khaki Infantry; British Infantry; Contribution; Crescent 54mm Troops; Crescent Khaki Infantry; Herald Khaki Infantry; Khaki Infantry Premiums; Lolly Sticks; Lollypop Sticks; Lollypops; Made in Belgium; P Brand; Plasticom; Premium Toy Figures; R. C. Tournai 48396; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldabar;
I've also moved the Reisler entry down to the foreign section, so the page now runs from the top:  British-Foreign-Hong Kong-Unknown/Detritus; alphabetical where possible, with Timpo out of sequence to keep it at the start of the - growing - page.

Updates on Cherilea, CMV, Timpo and Speedwell are in the pipeline for that page too.

F is for Follow-up . . . Kain?

A quickie, but interesting nevertheless, you remember the three numbered cowboys I showed a while ago in a mixed post of Wild West oddities, well, an Indian has turned-up with the same scalloped-edge base and the same number (in the figure range - 10/30's) in the same font (Ariel Round or one of the Hun/Din's).

32; Cowboys and Indians; Figure 32; Kain; Kain Premium Figures; Native American Indian; Native American Toys; Premium Toy Figures; Premiums; Red Indian; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wild West; Wild West Premiums;
But this chap is clearly marked Kain? The smudge over the 'K' is where it's caught a finger-nail or something and been scraped a bit flat. I tried Googleing 'vintage kain' and just got loads of fashion pages, so I have no clue as to origins, but it looks like a premium of some kind?

On the downside - he lacks the full-hollow to his base underside and is a Crescent copy, not a Marx sculpt? 

So not a follow-up to Kain, but Kain; a follow-up!

F is for Follow-up - A is for Ally' Animals

When we last looked at these aluminium flats, I said "I was pleasantly surprised to find I had in fact added nine additional animals to the rhino", but it turns out I didn't have a rhino', I had a hippopotamus! And several other figures, only one of which - the goose - is a duplicate, as I can't now find the new ones, we'll have to look at the old ones here, and once I've (hopefully) found some more we'll look at all of them, together, one day?

Aluminium Cockerel; Aluminium Duck; Aluminium Goose; Aluminium Hippopotamus; Aluminium Horse; Aluminium Ibex; Aluminium Mountain Goat; Aluminium Rabbit; Aluminium Squirrel; Aluminium Stork; Cockerel Flat; Duck Flat; Goose Flat; Hippopotamus Flat; Horse Flat; Ibex Flat; Mountain Goat Flat; Rabbit Flat; Squirrel Flat; Stork Flat; Aluminium Flats; Cigarette Premiums; Die Cast Toys; Farm Animals; Flat Figures; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Goose; Mazac; Metal Toy; Premium Flats; Premiums; Russian Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stork; Wild Animals; Wild Life; Wildlife; Zamac; Zamak; Zoo Animals;
Actually . . . while I'll leave the above, it makes a good opening paragraph and I had to look up the 'Unknown European Flats' folder in the 'Unknown by Country' folder on the 'Unknown' dongle . . . it's bollocks! The previous post WAS the storage stuff, these have come-in in the last few months!

Sitill unknown Wild Animals; include err . . . a hippo . . . along with a long-horned deer or mountain goat of some kind, ibex? And a stork which makes the previously seen leggy bird look like an ibis or something, collared vulture?

They must have come from Sandown Park, probably from Adrian, I'll thank him anyway as he often puts interesting stuff aside for me.

Aluminium Cockerel; Aluminium Duck; Aluminium Goose; Aluminium Hippopotamus; Aluminium Horse; Aluminium Ibex; Aluminium Mountain Goat; Aluminium Rabbit; Aluminium Squirrel; Aluminium Stork; Cockerel Flat; Duck Flat; Goose Flat; Hippopotamus Flat; Horse Flat; Ibex Flat; Mountain Goat Flat; Rabbit Flat; Squirrel Flat; Stork Flat; Aluminium Flats; Cigarette Premiums; Die Cast Toys; Farm Animals; Flat Figures; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Goose; Mazac; Metal Toy; Premium Flats; Premiums; Russian Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stork; Wild Animals; Wild Life; Wildlife; Zamac; Zamak; Zoo Animals;
The domestic animals in this sample are more numerous, restoring the balance, as it was wild animal-heavy, while with the squirrel and rabbit we're looking at woodland creatures as well.

As I said last time, I don't know how large the set is, or if it's several sets, or if they are connected to the caricature Nazi's we looked at first in this sequence. I do still think they were cigarette premiums, but that's still to be confirmed.

F is for Follow-up - Silvercorn / Lollipop

Through the autumn/winter of 2016-2017 we managed to look at all four sets of these with help from Uncle Brian, Brian Berke and Tim/Gisby, in the course of which journey I said I had a few of the micro-AFV's in the storgae 'archive', and these are they!

6x6 AFV; 8x8 AFV; Abbot SPG; Ackerman; AFV Kits; AFV's; Challenger MBT; Hummer; Hummers; Humvee; LAV/Piranha Types; LAV Piranha; Lollipop; LP - Lollipop; M1 Abrahams; M109 SPG; Micro-Armour; Micro-mini; Military Case Land Vehicles; Military Miniatures; Military Vehicles; Pinzgauer; Silvercorn; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; Terrestrial War Games;
They don't add anything to the previous post - courtesy of Gisby - but I've shot them at new angles which changes one of the tracked beasts somewhat; the one on the right, which had looked quite Challenger-like, actually looks a bit SPG'ish with elements of Abbot or M109?

I'd actually said I didn't think I had any of the tracked vehicles, but I have two-and-a-half! The other whole-one is the one I called an Italian/Argentine/Brazilian 'medium ' type (left-middle), with a modern-looking command 6x6 and Hummer making-up my sandy-sample.

6x6 AFV; 8x8 AFV; Abbot SPG; Ackerman; AFV Kits; AFV's; Challenger MBT; Hummer; Hummers; Humvee; LAV/Piranha Types; LAV Piranha; Lollipop; LP - Lollipop; M1 Abrahams; M109 SPG; Micro-Armour; Micro-mini; Military Case Land Vehicles; Military Miniatures; Military Vehicles; Pinzgauer; Silvercorn; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; Terrestrial War Games;
In green I have the same 6x6 and the turret-armed 8x8 and usually keep them with opposite coloured wheel-sets, but I swapped them back for the comparison!

6x6 AFV; 8x8 AFV; Abbot SPG; Ackerman; AFV Kits; AFV's; Challenger MBT; Hummer; Hummers; Humvee; LAV/Piranha Types; LAV Piranha; Lollipop; LP - Lollipop; M1 Abrahams; M109 SPG; Micro-Armour; Micro-mini; Military Case Land Vehicles; Military Miniatures; Military Vehicles; Pinzgauer; Silvercorn; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; Terrestrial War Games;
The components of one of the tanks, part count is the same for all of them; hull, turret, belly-pan, two universal wheel-sets and two identical track units, the same for all the tanks and bi-directional on any tank. The belly-pans however are model-specific.

I also have a few bits and pieces including the 'Soviet' tank's hull, so it's the 'NATO' one I'm still looking for, and a wheel-less (over-scale) Unimog type (which looked a bit 'Pinzgauer' last time), where I got the "...something like an Sd.Kfz.222..." idea from - I haven't the faintest idea!

I've also discovered that the entire line was issued in a single play-set; ships, aircraft, figures (with accessory runners) and these micro-armour. The whole in a card-carton, full-colour glossy-printed on a paper laminate, imported by Ackerman it was (is?) called 'Terrestrial War Games', I think - but I'm not sure!

F is for Follow Up - Chinese Nationalist Egg!

I know it's not Easter anymore (!) but I'd feel a bit of a fraud getting two years worth of posts out of one set (even though there are Christmas and ITLAPD perennials, but hypocrisy is humanities middle name!) so I'll get this out of the way now!

Battle On The Breakfast Table; Bread Soldiers; Britains Deetail; Catering Novelties; Chang-Kai-Chek; Communists; Crockery Novelties; Egg Cup Egg Soldiers; Egg Soldier Eggcup; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Japanese Officer; Japanese Sword; Made in China; Model Soldiers; Nationalist; Nationalist Chinese Figures; Novelty Egg Cup; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Soldiers; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelties; Plastic Toy Figures; Reiko Kaneko; Revolutionary Mao'ist Forces; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier's Uniform; Soldiers Egg Cup; Toy Soldier Egg cup; WWII Chinese; WWII Japanese;
We looked at the figure a while back and I arbitrarily decided the figure was more Chinese than Japanese and more nationalist than Maoist, but I hadn't got the whole thing - now I have! Note that the silhouetted-figures in the artwork are Airfix Commados, Para's, German and Russian Infantry.

It was a 'design' piece by a Reiko Kaneko back in 2008 when it retailed for a tenner! The original publicity blurb going like this;

"Egg Soldier Eggcup

Battle On The Breakfast Table

It's early in the morning..... Having been for a dip, the EGG quietly prepares for another day. Suddenly, from the end of the table, an army of BREAD SOLDIERS starts to approach. The MODEL SOLDIERS, fearing for the safety of their EGG, close in. They work hard to protect the EGG but one after another, the BREAD SOLDIERS just keep coming....

How will it end?"

Battle On The Breakfast Table; Bread Soldiers; Britains Deetail; Catering Novelties; Chang-Kai-Chek; Communists; Crockery Novelties; Egg Cup Egg Soldiers; Egg Soldier Eggcup; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Japanese Officer; Japanese Sword; Made in China; Model Soldiers; Nationalist; Nationalist Chinese Figures; Novelty Egg Cup; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Soldiers; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelties; Plastic Toy Figures; Reiko Kaneko; Revolutionary Mao'ist Forces; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier's Uniform; Soldiers Egg Cup; Toy Soldier Egg cup; WWII Chinese; WWII Japanese;
Yeah! I didn't have an egg to hand!

Now, if you want to buy real 'designer' stuff, say Fendi handbags or pool-side chairs by Renzo Piano you need to be awarding yourself Philip Green sized amounts of folding trouser-stuffing, so I guess a designer-thing for ten-quid is not to be sniffed at, but . . . it's a bit naff!

The plastic mirror base is very naff, the figures flexibility is naff-enough to annoy, as they don't hold the egg up properly, the lack of a definite nationality for the soldiers is naff to the sort of people who might be considered its main customers - war-gamers, modellers, toy soldier collectors, historians and the denizens of similar assorted geek-categories! While the construction - as a whole - is cheap, placky-tacky and err . . . a bit naff.

Battle On The Breakfast Table; Bread Soldiers; Britains Deetail; Catering Novelties; Chang-Kai-Chek; Communists; Crockery Novelties; Egg Cup Egg Soldiers; Egg Soldier Eggcup; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Japanese Officer; Japanese Sword; Made in China; Model Soldiers; Nationalist; Nationalist Chinese Figures; Novelty Egg Cup; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Soldiers; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelties; Plastic Toy Figures; Reiko Kaneko; Revolutionary Mao'ist Forces; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier's Uniform; Soldiers Egg Cup; Toy Soldier Egg cup; WWII Chinese; WWII Japanese;
Then I got an egg-full of dinosaurs;
it was a bit small!

Which is not to castigate it completely; it's a fun thing, but I think less of the 'designer' in the original hype (several 'influencer' sites seem to have picked it up at the time) would have been a bit more honest, and a £6.99-point would have been fairer for what you got.

Was someone to do something similar again, maybe three or four figures a'la the Iwo Jima 'flag-raising' would be a better execution of the idea? You know - make it about the egg, not the toast soldiers, which they aren't really engaging with their swords anyway. Make it three or four US Marines struggling to hold the egg up and I recon you'd sell tens-of-thousands of units in the USA alone! Construction workers could work too, or firefighters; holding a ring to hold the egg?

Battle On The Breakfast Table; Bread Soldiers; Britains Deetail; Catering Novelties; Chang-Kai-Chek; Communists; Crockery Novelties; Egg Cup Egg Soldiers; Egg Soldier Eggcup; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Japanese Officer; Japanese Sword; Made in China; Model Soldiers; Nationalist; Nationalist Chinese Figures; Novelty Egg Cup; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Soldiers; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelties; Plastic Toy Figures; Reiko Kaneko; Revolutionary Mao'ist Forces; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier's Uniform; Soldiers Egg Cup; Toy Soldier Egg cup; WWII Chinese; WWII Japanese;
Original publicity shots

We had close-ups of the figure last time, but at least the original shots have the right sort of egg to hand! I think some of that yolk has been photo-shopped? If my egg looks like that in the middle I've learnt to get it to the compost-bin before I find the dark feathery bit in the centre; proper 'free range'!

F is for Follow-up - Tents and Totem Poles

Couple of things I got round to doing which I should have done (tents) or meant to do (totem poles) at the time of the referred posts, but didn't as I'd forgotten the former and terminal laziness prevented the latter!

Army Bivouac; Army Tent; Bivouac; Camouflaged Tent; Marquee; Military Tent; Plastic Tents; Plastic Toy Tent; Play Set Accessories; Pup-tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tent; Tentage; Tents; Toy Soldier Accessories; Two-man Tent; Unknown Toy Tents; Unknown Toys; Vintage Army Tent; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Plastic Tent; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage Toy Tent; Vintage Toys; War Game Accessories;
So, while I was getting the tents down and shooting them the other day, I forgot that (pretty-much the same week) a parcel arrived from Peter Evans, which had among all the polymer loveliness; a tent!

A tent which has the same four mould release-pin marks with the sharply-angled terminals, as the two we looked at the other day , and which are also for forcing a deep moulding off the male half of a moulding or machine-tool.

1133; 1133 - Camouflaged Tent; 1134; 1134 - Red Cross Tent; A Team; A-Team; Army Bivouac; Army Tent; Bivouac; Camouflaged Tent; Card Tent; Cascos Azules; Cat. 1133 - Camouflaged Tent; Cat. 1134 - Red Cross Tent; Colecctiones Jecsan; Ejercitos de la Paz; Fabricados Por Jecsan; Federales Y Confederados; Jecsan; Jecsan Confederados; Jecsan Federales; Jecsan Tent; Kentoys - Reamsa; Marquee; Mattel A Team; Mattel A-Team; Mattel Toys; Military Tent; Plastic Tents; Plastic Toy Tent; Play Set Accessories; Pup-tent; Red Cross Tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Speedwell; Speedwell - Trojan; Speedwell Army Tent; Speedwell Khaki Infantry; Speedwell Toy Soldiers; Tent; Tentage; Tents; The A Team; The A-Team; Tienda de Campaña de Jecsan; Toy Soldier Accessories; Trojan 14th Army; Two-man Tent; Unknown Toy Tents; Unknown Toys; Vintage Army Tent; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Plastic Tent; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage Toy Tent; Vintage Toys; War Game Accessories;
The find (realisation!) allows for a sizer/comparison shot between both the Jecsan question-mark (Speedwell/Trojan?) and the 'smallie' included in that post, for which a second colour variation as also appeared - as if from nowhere! Along with the 'Q is for...' one now ID'd by Edwin Fear (cheers Edwin) as a 4" action-figure accessory from Mattel's A-Team lines.

Airfix 1:72nd Scale Indians; Airfix HO-OO Indians; Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Wild West; Camp Fire; Carded Wild West Set; German Totem Pole; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Indians; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Piracy; Hong Kong Wild West; Imperial; Imperial Premium; Imperial Totem Pole; Indian Camp Set; Indian Novelty Toys; Indian Toy Figure; Indian Toy Figures; Indian Village; Indians; Jean Hoefler; Jean Indians; Jean Totem Pole; Jean Wild West; Korona; Korona Premium; Korona Totem Pole; Made In Germany; Premium Totem Pole; Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tee-pee; Teepee; Tentage; Tipi; Totem Pole; Totem Pole Premium; Wild West Figures; Wild West Set;
Also comparing the Jean totem-pole, with that copy we looked at the other week [a while back] when I renovated the generic carded set. You can see the copy is quite a bit smaller.

Airfix 1:72nd Scale Indians; Airfix HO-OO Indians; Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Wild West; Camp Fire; Carded Wild West Set; German Totem Pole; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Indians; Hong Kong MOC; Hong Kong Piracy; Hong Kong Wild West; Imperial; Imperial Premium; Imperial Totem Pole; Indian Camp Set; Indian Novelty Toys; Indian Toy Figure; Indian Toy Figures; Indian Village; Indians; Jean Hoefler; Jean Indians; Jean Totem Pole; Jean Wild West; Korona; Korona Premium; Korona Totem Pole; Made In Germany; Premium Totem Pole; Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tee-pee; Teepee; Tentage; Tipi; Totem Pole; Totem Pole Premium; Wild West Figures; Wild West Set;
It's actually a Korona premium, not shown in Peter Konrad's Weichplastic-Werbefiguren, but mine's an early 2nd edition (1994), and showing all the signs of factory paint, one or two of the figures shown in Konrad's book have paint, although it's unusual for premiums, it's not impossible - it's like those Crescent [Kellogg's] guards; I'm sure there's a painted issue of them, perhaps production overspill/end of promotion clearance?

The blue one is an unpainted Jean original, and most 'large-scale' totem-poles are nicely scaled for 'small-scale' figures, not only that, but these from Airfix - having quite a bit of clothing - make reasonable northern 'woodland' Indians!

F is for Follow-up - Thomas Pets

We looked at the dogs in passing back at Christmas; in fact we looked at the cat too! But some more turned-up, one dog but several cats including two worth a study, so a quick retrurn to the Thomas PVC animals, ostensibly Poplar over here, but one may be Kleeware (or similar) and the shear amount of parcels that have crossed the pond within the hobby over the last 35 years means I can't rule out some even being US-Thomas?

Cat Toys; Cats; Copy Plastic Cat; Dachshund; Dogs; Kleeware; Plastic Cats; Plastic Dog; Plastic Toy Cats; Plastic Toy Dog; Poplar Cats; Poplar Dogs; Poplar Plastic Products; Poplar Products; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taffy Toys; Thomas Toys; Thomas Toys Cat; Toy Cats; Toy Dachshund; Toy Dog; Tudor Rose;
Three together, two in PVC and one in polyethylene (far right), the later being a copy with different detailing, and a smaller size. Of the two PVC ones, the brown is a true colour, the grey has a marbled or flecked element, but it's not obvious, so may be the tail-end of a mould-purge cleared for retail-sale?

Cat Toys; Cats; Copy Plastic Cat; Dachshund; Dogs; Kleeware; Plastic Cats; Plastic Dog; Plastic Toy Cats; Plastic Toy Dog; Poplar Cats; Poplar Dogs; Poplar Plastic Products; Poplar Products; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taffy Toys; Thomas Toys; Thomas Toys Cat; Toy Cats; Toy Dachshund; Toy Dog; Tudor Rose;
The copy, here seen in front, it could be someone like Kleeware or Tudor Rose, further afield with Merit or Lipkin, or even a late version from Thomas/Poplar/Taffy, they produced PE versions of their pirates and spacemen, after all; but not with such a marked size-difference, while the tail has clearly been re-cut and similar changes are evident in the facial details.

Cat Toys; Cats; Copy Plastic Cat; Dachshund; Dogs; Kleeware; Plastic Cats; Plastic Dog; Plastic Toy Cats; Plastic Toy Dog; Poplar Cats; Poplar Dogs; Poplar Plastic Products; Poplar Products; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taffy Toys; Thomas Toys; Thomas Toys Cat; Toy Cats; Toy Dachshund; Toy Dog; Tudor Rose;
This [blue] one is not a copy, but seems to have been influenced by the old Thomas design, although holding a slightly more regal stance/expression! It too is polyethylene and the same names would have to be in the frame, although - of course - both (PE examples) could be Hong Kong knock-offs, for dolls house sets, although neither is marked.

Cat Toys; Cats; Copy Plastic Cat; Dachshund; Dogs; Kleeware; Plastic Cats; Plastic Dog; Plastic Toy Cats; Plastic Toy Dog; Poplar Cats; Poplar Dogs; Poplar Plastic Products; Poplar Products; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taffy Toys; Thomas Toys; Thomas Toys Cat; Toy Cats; Toy Dachshund; Toy Dog; Tudor Rose;
We saw him pulling a sleigh last time, I have another in a slightly darker brown, here he is!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Peirwood / Featherlite / NZ - Early Airfix Update

As icing on the 'New Zealand Day's cake, I've added an image from Glenn Sibald to the relevant post on the Airfix Blog (link), with a new colour; a pale powder-blue.

https://airfixfigs.blogspot.com/2010/06/1949-1960-approximately-early-toy.html

NZ NMM is for New Zealand's National Maritime Museum - Dioramas

Closing a day-long trip to New Zealand courtesy of Brian B, but with him shouldering the expense of the trip, we pop-in to the National Maritime Museum for a look at a couple of dioramas, civil in nature, but interesting for being boxed-dioramas with forced perspective to give a lot of atmosphere in a small space.

Civil Diorama; Civilian Toy Figures; Container Port Diorama; Container Port Facilities; Customs Diorama; Dockside Diorama; Drugs Check; Freight Handling; Jetty Diorama; Modern Port Facilities; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Maritime Museum; New Zealand; NMM Diorama; NZ NMM; Search for Contraband; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sniffer Dog; Victorian Diorama; Victorian New Zealand; Victorian Port Scene; Warf Diorama;
Late Victorian/early Edwardian period dock-scene, with a funnel in the background and an iron-clad merchantman to the right. Merchandise from all over the empire is unloaded and spirited away to warehouses or customs sheds, while a bustling market or retail district seems visible in distance.

'Stu's Express Freight' seems a little reluctant to get going, whether it's due to the size of the load he's expected to pull or the erratic behaviour of the crane operator, only the modeller knows, but that horse is 'thoughtfully stationary'! Note the little rat, seagull and semi-relief figure glued to the background image.

Civil Diorama; Civilian Toy Figures; Container Port Diorama; Container Port Facilities; Customs Diorama; Dockside Diorama; Drugs Check; Freight Handling; Jetty Diorama; Modern Port Facilities; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Maritime Museum; New Zealand; NMM Diorama; NZ NMM; Search for Contraband; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sniffer Dog; Victorian Diorama; Victorian New Zealand; Victorian Port Scene; Warf Diorama;
A couple of close-up shots of the two main elements of the diorama, I particularly like the trundle-crane with its cast-iron wheels; we used to have a set of heavy-duty scales in the barn for weighing multiple sacks of stuff and it had the same wheels, given how hard it was to perambulate over bare concrete, I hate to think how hard that crane would be to manover on wood-planking or -god-forbid - over cobbles!

The cranes mechanism seems to have been modelled to a degree of mechanical accuracy, using watch or clock parts. The sand box is well greased on a slopping tray/channel, and attached to a drum by a wire cable, as you lower the crane, the box slides back maintaining a counterweight balance.

The human figures are entirely scratch-built by the looks of it, but the horse is a more commercial element maybe, but with hand-made furniture, mane and tail.

Civil Diorama; Civilian Toy Figures; Container Port Diorama; Container Port Facilities; Customs Diorama; Dockside Diorama; Drugs Check; Freight Handling; Jetty Diorama; Modern Port Facilities; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Maritime Museum; New Zealand; NMM Diorama; NZ NMM; Search for Contraband; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sniffer Dog; Victorian Diorama; Victorian New Zealand; Victorian Port Scene; Warf Diorama;
A modern container port is the subject of the other diorama shot by Mr. B, and it's even more forced in the perspective, with different scales of shipping container used to throw the foreground into the background. Two customs officials check out a container with a robot and a sniffer-dog, while the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of the seagull in the previous diorama looks-on!

Meanwhile the Rat's descendant looks a bit like a pangolin?!!!

Civil Diorama; Civilian Toy Figures; Container Port Diorama; Container Port Facilities; Customs Diorama; Dockside Diorama; Drugs Check; Freight Handling; Jetty Diorama; Modern Port Facilities; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Maritime Museum; New Zealand; NMM Diorama; NZ NMM; Search for Contraband; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sniffer Dog; Victorian Diorama; Victorian New Zealand; Victorian Port Scene; Warf Diorama;
A close-up shot shows the dog to be a rubber 'in my pocket' or rack-toy toob/bag type, giving an idea of the scale of both these dioramas. The safety-vest (gillet jeune!) also seems to be the finger of a washing-up 'gladdi' glove!

If you are a child, going round the museum, you would be shorter and view this from an angle where the perspective would make more sense, I think the idea is to be looking up at the seagull with the concrete apron more level model-to-photograph?

Cheers Brian - a New Zealand Day!

NZNAM is for New Zealand's National Army Museum - Gift Shop Figures

Reinforcing the figures in the museum's display cabinets are a small number of figures for sale, for which I have no details as to manufacturer if any NZ reader happens to know? Seem to be modern 54mm (that is closer to 60!), 'new metal'  to match K&C, Figarti, Gunn, Atkinns & co.?

Anzac Day; ANZAC Forces; ANZAC Troops; BEF; Colonial Defence Force; Gift Shop Novelty; Māori Soldiers; Māori Warriors; Maori Wars; Mesopotamian Expedition; Metal 54mm Figures; Metal Toy Soldiers; New Zealand National Army Museum; New Zealand Toy Soldiers; NZ Army Memorial Museum Trust; NZ Toy Soldiers; NZNAM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers Through the Ages; Tourist Keepsake; Tourist Souvenier; Tourist Souvenir; WWI Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
WWI ANZAC's; interestingly, after the end of the previous post; the officer seems to be wearing a slouch hat, but un-pinned, the troops sport a slightly shorter 'spike' more like a Mounties, while - and it's not clear - the pack-mule handler, half-out of frame to the right, seems to have the standard 'British' service-cap?

Anzac Day; ANZAC Forces; ANZAC Troops; BEF; Colonial Defence Force; Gift Shop Novelty; Māori Soldiers; Māori Warriors; Maori Wars; Mesopotamian Expedition; Metal 54mm Figures; Metal Toy Soldiers; New Zealand National Army Museum; New Zealand Toy Soldiers; NZ Army Memorial Museum Trust; NZ Toy Soldiers; NZNAM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers Through the Ages; Tourist Keepsake; Tourist Souvenier; Tourist Souvenir; WWI Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
A nice group of resisting Moari and two figures (also in service caps) who I suspect are not WWII, but - from the blue-ish shirts - WWI Mesopotamia or Gallipoli? There seems to be a WWII figure advancing out of the frame, to the right.

Many-thanks again to Brian for the images, he explained that they are all shot from the rear as the reflection on the glass-fronts of the cabinets was too bright for photography. Has anyone got some at home they can shoot for us?

NZNAM is for New Zealand's National Army Museum - Other Exhibits

Brain also sent me shots of other items of interest within the museum, along with some items from the gift shop (next post), and what we have here are a set of probably commercial metal kit figures painted to represent New Zealand military uniforms through the ages.

1845; ANZAC; Army Hospital Corps; Army Medical Department; Auckland Militia; Auckland Volunteers; Australia New Zealand Army Corps; Colonial Defence Force; Commissariat Staff Corps; Forest Rangers; Imperial Troops; kūpapa; Lemon Squeezer; Local Militia; Military Store Department; Military Train and Horse Transport Corps; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Army Museum; Naval Brigade; New Zealand; New Zealand Wars; NZNAM; Opotiki Volunteer Rangers; Ordnance Department; Patea Rangers; Purveyors Department; Rifle Volunteer Groups; Royal Artillery; Royal Corps of Sappers and Miners; Royal Engineers; Royal Marines; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Bush Rangers; Taranaki Militia; The Militia Ordinance; Waikato campaign; Waikato Militia; Wanganui Bush Rangers; Wellington Rangers;
Colonising and 'colonial period in the two full line-ups with WWI ANZAC uniforms visible below. I don't know enough to start attributing units/eras, but the Cavalryman looks like the sort who might have been sent to help against the Zulu's or Boars?

I rather like the cavalry guards uniform - middle left - which looks like the Hampshire Yeomanry mess-dress, although I think the local version was more ostentatious with even greater swathes of silver-braid! The Victorian period seems to have made a big thing of formal dress . . . 'All those parties - don't you know, what-what!'

And what's Windsor Davis doing next to him . . . "Luverlyboy-luverlyboy"!

1845; ANZAC; Army Hospital Corps; Army Medical Department; Auckland Militia; Auckland Volunteers; Australia New Zealand Army Corps; Colonial Defence Force; Commissariat Staff Corps; Forest Rangers; Imperial Troops; kūpapa; Lemon Squeezer; Local Militia; Military Store Department; Military Train and Horse Transport Corps; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Army Museum; Naval Brigade; New Zealand; New Zealand Wars; NZNAM; Opotiki Volunteer Rangers; Ordnance Department; Patea Rangers; Purveyors Department; Rifle Volunteer Groups; Royal Artillery; Royal Corps of Sappers and Miners; Royal Engineers; Royal Marines; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Bush Rangers; Taranaki Militia; The Militia Ordinance; Waikato campaign; Waikato Militia; Wanganui Bush Rangers; Wellington Rangers;
Some modern uniforms here, I don't know enough about metal production either, but would imagine some Stadden's, New Hope and Under Two Flags to be here, maybe the odd Cavalier or even a Scrubby? Anyone recognise any of them? I like the knackered dog.

1845; ANZAC; Army Hospital Corps; Army Medical Department; Auckland Militia; Auckland Volunteers; Australia New Zealand Army Corps; Colonial Defence Force; Commissariat Staff Corps; Forest Rangers; Imperial Troops; kūpapa; Lemon Squeezer; Local Militia; Military Store Department; Military Train and Horse Transport Corps; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Army Museum; Naval Brigade; New Zealand; New Zealand Wars; NZNAM; Opotiki Volunteer Rangers; Ordnance Department; Patea Rangers; Purveyors Department; Rifle Volunteer Groups; Royal Artillery; Royal Corps of Sappers and Miners; Royal Engineers; Royal Marines; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Bush Rangers; Taranaki Militia; The Militia Ordinance; Waikato campaign; Waikato Militia; Wanganui Bush Rangers; Wellington Rangers;
The whole display; gluing them to a mirror is a brilliant idea, by moving your head slightly you get to view all the backs of the figures, so the equal effort the painter went to isn't wasted! Mr. B didn't get the artists name, but they all look to be by the same hand, and a different hand to those of the dioramist we saw earlier.

Note also the 'Lemon Squeezer' hat, from mentions in posts on the NZNAM fund-raising figures, which we saw after Glenn Sibald generously sent them to the Blog at the beginning of the year.

1845; ANZAC; Army Hospital Corps; Army Medical Department; Auckland Militia; Auckland Volunteers; Australia New Zealand Army Corps; Colonial Defence Force; Commissariat Staff Corps; Forest Rangers; Imperial Troops; kūpapa; Lemon Squeezer; Local Militia; Military Store Department; Military Train and Horse Transport Corps; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; National Army Museum; Naval Brigade; New Zealand; New Zealand Wars; NZNAM; Opotiki Volunteer Rangers; Ordnance Department; Patea Rangers; Purveyors Department; Rifle Volunteer Groups; Royal Artillery; Royal Corps of Sappers and Miners; Royal Engineers; Royal Marines; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Bush Rangers; Taranaki Militia; The Militia Ordinance; Waikato campaign; Waikato Militia; Wanganui Bush Rangers; Wellington Rangers;
Another; from an alternate angle, you can see it's different to the US or Canadian versions, I think, with a taller, sharper point and wider head-band area? While it lacks the turned-up side of its neighbouring Aussie, smooth-peaked one (shared - with detail differences - with the Ghurkhas). However, it is similar to the old boy-scout version, but then Baden Powell would have worked with colonial troops?

There's a book in there somewhere? One of the little Shire Albums perhaps, or a rather esoteric Osprey! It would be interesting to know when which version was adopted, by whom and why, formally or casually.

The metal figure of the colonial cavalryman in jodhpurs (first image) has one more like the Australian slouch-hat, suggesting a common 'colonial troop' heritage, but was the Canadian Mounties' shorter-version also born out of 'Empire & Africa;, or taken from the US 'Smokey Bear'.

Or did the Americans take it from the Canadians? Were ex-colonial troops wearing their old hats while working on the railways, being built 'out west', or while rushing for gold? An 'etymology' of the squeezed-peak and/or slouch-hat, would be an amusing read, and not less than a little interesting!

I suppose the 'cowboy hat', Stetson and Fedora must be on earlier branches of the family tree, and the leather forerunner of Richelieu's musketeers or Cap'n Jack are ultimately to blame!

And thanks again to Brain for the images.

NZNAM is for New Zealand's National Army Museum - Dioramas

This is the first post in a contribution day, Brian Berke, of New York, a regular contributor to the Blog, sent these just before I stopped posting for family reasons, so they have been sitting here for a while, despite being meant - in part - as a follow-up to the contributions from Glenn Sibald back in Jan/Feb; there's four of them, so today, we rather hand over to Mr. B!

The first post looks at two beautifully modelled diorama's one credited to a Tim Ryan (1980) and the uniforms/paint-work of the other looks similar, so I suspect he did both.

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
First you have to find those recalcitrant native citizens who have shown so unwilling to subjugate themselves to the Great White Queen's Blue (?) Jackets! This requires going a' campaigning; a tedious business which involves yomping, tabbing, marching and wandering about in the uloo, bondu, sticks or boondocks, basically going for an organised walk in the woods - well; a disciplined camping holiday . . . with the odd ambush!

This is a lovely model, the greenery is superb, I feel there's probably a kakapo or two in there somewhere, watching, curiously! 'What are the pink-monkeys doing now?'

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
In the rear of the column is a GS (General Service) Wagon, this carries all the 'camping equipment', which often makes it a target for some of those pesky ambushes; as 'Tommy' likes his creature-comforts, he's quite keen to hang back and guard it! While the Maori are just as keen to separate him from any comforts!

"Why are you men falling behind Corporal?"

"Guarding the wagon Sir!"

"Oh, Yes! Very-good; carry-on!"

Officers like their creature-comforts too!

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
I tried to collage the two to give a better impression of the whole, if I lined the kneeling sentry up the horses were tailless, so this is the best compromise! It really is a lovely diorama, well laid-out and with lots happening, yet without it being too busy.

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
Once you've found the Pā or fortified village, there's nothing for it but a full-frontal assault to force the palisade and gain entry to the entrenchments, easier in those [claimed for the Great White Queen] countries where the locals hadn't provisioned themselves with modern firearms! Consequently; Afghanistan and New Zealand proved to be tougher nuts than others!

This is also a superb example of how adding uniform-equipment and headdresses and giving all the figures a matching paint-job can bring disparate figures together as a homogenous unit, in the centre I can see a Timpo-solid stabbing downward (Imperial Guard or 8th army?) along with Herald, Deetail and Timpo-solid ACW's! And is the being-shot-guy at the back a Lone Star Russian?

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
Another Herald ACW instantly recognisable here with 'multi-pose' kits in the foreground, but Napoleonic or FFL? The loader two is familiar (far left, I'm not sure they were still using ramrods in the Maori Wars, but the atmosphere is there - maybe he's clearing a stoppage!) however, is he Deetail or Airfix? Again, at the risk of repeating myself; the use of all these figures is both intriguing and instructional as to the secrets of the dioramists' arts - a few added items of similar accoutrement, straps and a matching paint-job (not to forget the headdresses) bring them all together beautifully.

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
The sense of chaos in the moment, yet of organised urgency in the face of opposition (on both sides) is got-across magnificently and this model is a joy to behold; It may have been an act of attempted genocide, or at the very-least; misguided dogma and doctrine on the part of the incomers, the 'illegal immigrants' and their 'state', or - on the other hand - an act of 'futile', too-late resistance or rebellion by the locals, but (as the late David Bowie put it) each man can be a hero, just for one day.

1845 to 1872; 1863–1864; 1868–1869; 1868–1872; Be Strong In Death; Colonial Government; East Cape War; Fight Unto Death; First Taranaki War; Gate Pā; Hauhau Movement; Hutt Valley; Invasion of Waikato; Kīngitanga Māori; Kīngitanga Movement; Kia Mate Toa; King Country; Kingitanga; Land Wars; Māori; Māori King; Māori Pā; Māori Wars; New Zealand Settlements Act; New Zealand Wars; Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa; Northern War; Pai Mārire; Riwha Tītokowaru; Second Taranaki War; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Taranaki Campaign; Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki; Te Kooti's War; Te Riri Pākehā; The Great New Zealand Wars; Titokowaru's War; Waikato; Waikato Campaigns; Wairau Affray; Wairau Valley; Waitara; Wanganui campaigns; White Man's Anger;
Can you hear the splintering of dry sappling-wood under the weight of rushing (or falling) bodies . . . the screams of the wounded and dying, the manic yells of frightened men, the shouted orders of command or warning, all over the cacophony of firearms, and - out of shot - artillery . . . can you smell the cloying, devil's breath of cordite, dust, fresh blood and fear, burning the nostrils?

Thank you Mr. Berke. It was a rare treat to find these in my inbox . . . and - quite by accident - due to the contributions of Glenn and yourself; 2019 seems to have become 'New Zealand Year' here at SSW!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Vectis News

Firstly - late press on this Friay's auction; toy and model trains . . .

"The Model Train Sale to be held on the 19th of July features OO Gauge British Outline from Bachmann, Hornby (China), Mainline Railways, Heljan and others; HO USA & Continental Outline from Marklin, Rivarossi, Bachmann Spectrum and more. Plus, N Gauge, Hornby Dublo 2- and 3-rail, Kit/Scratchbuilt OO Gauge, and O Gauge locomotives and rolling stock from Hornby, modern and further. The sale also includes Part 2 of the Lawrence Scale Models Single Owner Collection and a further eight lots of Japanese/Korean Brass British Outline OO Gauge Locomotives. Additional lots include Gauge 1 & Larger, G Gauge, a Trix Footplate Man Construction Set, Meccano, Live Steam, plus catalogues, Books, Magazines, DVD's, and our usual good selection of General Trains."


Then a heads-up for August and September's dates, always nominal . . .

August Sale Dates

Tuesday 6th - Matchbox Sale
Wednesday 7th - Specialist Diecast
Thursday 8th - Specialist Diecast
Friday 9th - General Toy Sale
Thursday 22nd - Dolls and Teddy Bear Sale
Friday 23rd - Model Train Sale

September Sale Dates

Tuesday 3rd - Specialist Diecast
Wednesday 4th - Specialist Diecast
Thursday 5th - General Toy Sale
Tuesday 24th - The Simon Hope Matchbox Collection - Part 2
Thursday 26th - TV & Film Related Sale
Friday 27th - Model Train Sale

and finally; they will have stalls at the following events . . .

August

Saturday 17th - Sandown Park, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

September

Sunday 8th - Hugglets Teddy Bear Fair, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX

Sunday 15th - NEC Birmingham, The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT

News, Views Etc . . . Airfix Blog Update

Added a new Petrel-branded Hong Kong piracy set to the Airfix Arabs page

A is for Another Day; Another Board Game!

Actually; the way it's all turned out including today's return to blogging - it's 'same day' but I meant purchase not posting!

End of May (she's still there!) Charity shop purchase here, another (YET another!) Monopoly version; between Monopoly and Cludo, they've (Hasbro-Kenner-Parker-Waddington's) pretty well got the wall of games at the Toysaurus Smyths sewn-up!


Monopoly Version, Hasbro Monopoly, Hasbro-Kenner-Parker, Avengers Franchise, Marvel, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Marvel's Hawkeye, Marvel's Black Widow, PVC-like Polymer, 25/28mm, Role-Playing Figures, Hasbro Canada, Marvel's Captain America, Marvel's Hulk, Marvel's Thor, Marvel's Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Monopoly Captain America, Monopoly The Hulk ,Monopoly Thor ,Monopoly Iron Man, Monopoly Marvel's Hawkeye, Monopoly Marvel's Black Widow, Plastic Toy Captain America, Plastic Toy The Hulk, Plastic Toy Thor, Plastic Toy Iron Man, Plastic Toy Marvel's Hawkeye, Plastic Toy Marvel's Black Widow, Avengers Captain America, Avengers The Hulk, Avengers Thor, Avengers Iron Man, Avengers Hawkeye, Avengers Black Widow
This one's tied-in to the Avengers franchise from Marvel, but it comes with six useful figures and these modern games tend to a quid or a quid-fifty so it's no hardship! This one originates with Hasbro Canada, but is 'Made in USA' . . . except for the imported bits!

Monopoly Version, Hasbro Monopoly, Hasbro-Kenner-Parker, Avengers Franchise, Marvel, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Marvel's Hawkeye, Marvel's Black Widow, PVC-like Polymer, 25/28mm, Role-Playing Figures, Hasbro Canada, Marvel's Captain America, Marvel's Hulk, Marvel's Thor, Marvel's Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Monopoly Captain America, Monopoly The Hulk ,Monopoly Thor ,Monopoly Iron Man, Monopoly Marvel's Hawkeye, Monopoly Marvel's Black Widow, Plastic Toy Captain America, Plastic Toy The Hulk, Plastic Toy Thor, Plastic Toy Iron Man, Plastic Toy Marvel's Hawkeye, Plastic Toy Marvel's Black Widow, Avengers Captain America, Avengers The Hulk, Avengers Thor, Avengers Iron Man, Avengers Hawkeye, Avengers Black Widow
The figures, as they are the sole reason for the exercise, everything else having gone off with the contents of the blue-bin back in May; Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, 'Marvel's Hawkeye' (as opposed to the 4077th's Hawkeye . . . or the USAF Hawkeye?) and 'Marvel's Black Widow' (as opposed to Mother Nature's black widows!), here more of a Charcoal-blue-grey Widow!

They're fun, a soft PVC-like polymer and will go nicely with 25/28mm role-playing figures.

E is for Executive Mini Racetrack

Another board-game and the sort of over-priced shite you find in mail-order catalogues or airport departure 'mall' boutique type shops, yet - being all wood and metal - the direction all toys should try to go in!

Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Classics from Debenhams; Debenhams; Debenhams Classics; Executive Mini Racetrack; Game Counters; Game Playing Pieces; Horse Race; Horse Racing; Horse Riders; Race Track Figures; Racing Game; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wooden Novelty; Wooden Toy;
Lacking the finesse of an old Victorian or Edwardian game of the same ilk, it's probably laser-cut and machine-manufactured, it was next-to-nothing in a charity shop a while ago, but it missed the adding of such purchases to a Friday date-post and rather got stuck in the limbo of Picasa's queue!

Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Classics from Debenhams; Debenhams; Debenhams Classics; Executive Mini Racetrack; Game Counters; Game Playing Pieces; Horse Race; Horse Racing; Horse Riders; Race Track Figures; Racing Game; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wooden Novelty; Wooden Toy;
I've kept the six race horses and riders, the three obstacles, the two dice and the pannel-pin with ball-finial, and I managed to prise the central 'hedge' off, so may use it for photographing HO-OO stuff one day, but the rest of the board and the box helped start a fire back in March I think!

Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Classics from Debenhams; Debenhams; Debenhams Classics; Executive Mini Racetrack; Game Counters; Game Playing Pieces; Horse Race; Horse Racing; Horse Riders; Race Track Figures; Racing Game; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wooden Novelty; Wooden Toy;
One of the figures was still in a little bag, whether this means they were all individually wrapped, or if it was a spare, I don't know, but you will have seen in the previous image, there's only room for four to sensibly start a race at the same time?

Number stickers were factory applied and all six horses are a slightly different colour, I don't know how likely that is to be 'meant' or how much is due to batch decoration, but suspect there should be three silver/gunmetal and three antiqued/gold-finish?