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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, June 4, 2012

A is for Alni or Argentina

I'm sure these have been covered in the more 'definitive' works, but they are new to me and raise an interesting question, namely; is Industria Argentina actually a company as has been claimed, (including by me) or rather a more over-arching mark like the common Empire Made or Hong Kong (now China) marks, W. Germany or even the England or Gt. Britain marks of the past?

Although they carry the Industria Argentina mark, it is only as a minor addendum to the larger Alni trade-mark, and with the previous set also carrying RM as a larger addition to the Industria Argentina mark, it seems that this is simply 'made in...' or 'manufactured in Argentina' and the various marks are separate concerns!

At 35 to 40-odd millimetres these figures are wholey compatible with other mid-scale brands such as Starlux, Reisler, Elastolin and Merten, although they are much cruder then all the aforementioned makes; the apparent Adrian-style firemen's helmets being in fact American M1's with netting painted silver!

Shots of the box and another view of the contents, there are the dried and flaked remains of a couple of motor-race type chequered 'flags' on the wings of the dingy and both the tool box and MG mounting are simply glued on, there are signs however that an earlier version of the MG mount was a plug-in one;  holes in the deck.

The missile/torpedo things are a bit of a problem to me and I think that while they may well be Alni, they were probably added to this set as a last-minute thing. The blue of the nose is not quite the same as the blue of the flag on the dingy, so not from the same batch of granules, the red tails are (like the rest of the assembly) soft ethylene plastic, while the tool box/locker in the boat is a hard styrene yet the mid-section of the weapons is the same as the oars in both shade and material.

Also the artwork is relatively true to the rest of the contents (three crew, MG, boat and oars) ignoring the ship and two planes, but there is no victim to be rescued? I've seen many of the South American toys with wacky missiles on equally wacky AFV's and my guess is that the missiles are from one of the more esoteric toys in the Alni stable and are an afterthought for added play-value.


Remco said...

Cool set this is, the boat is fantastic!

Maverick Collecting said...

Thanks Remco, There is a definite 1950's 'charm' to them isn't there!

Edinburgh Flats said...

really like following your blog as the articles are so simple to read and follow.

Maverick Collecting said...

Thanks Edinburgh, methinks you flatter me - I'm an Aspergic cynic with a tendency to rant but thanks for passing and dropping a comment!