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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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior No.163

A couple of weeks adrift catches me almost 'on the ball' . . .


* The issue kicks-off with Debbie Stevens' article on Marx Cowboys

* 'Hollywood Conversion' sees some superb figure modelling (the Kirk Douglas is stunning) from Graham Eyles

* An editorial round-up of several Britains giveaways is found in the section called...er...Britains Givaways!

* Alwyn Brice's Elastolin at 40 (part 7) is similar to parts one to six, only . . . a bit different.

* This issue's 'Converters Corner' has a plethora of French Foreign Legion troops, all modelled on Britains Detail by Les White

* 'New for 2016' by Peter Evans is a round-up from the Toy Fairs and brings news of products by Varto, Miniworld, Papo, Star Images, and most welcome: Bachmann-Toyway-Timpo

* A company new to me; Brohm presents a fort play-set, courtesy of Andreas Dittmann (that's another copier of the Beton horse for the list!) with Polistil and Dom contents

* P L Cunha give illustrated advice on how to build ingenious narrow, removable shelves that can sit in front of books on a book-case

'What The !&*$?' has two question marks this quarter;

·         A running Highlander similar to, but distinct from: Hilco is forwarded by Joe Bellis

·         Steve Pugh is asking about some vehicle loads which look 'helicoptery' to me?

* 'Meet Your Maker' meets Sergey Zabashta from Mars, of small scale fame, now moving into larger figure production.

* Tom 'the dull' Barker (I'm not being rude; he admitted it in the last issue!) tells the tale of his IKEA tie-in and illustrates it with lovely stuff - Starlux, Timpo, Lone Star and other lovely stuff

* 'From The Archives' looks at 1956 and what Cherilea and Crescent were doing

Regular Features

* 'NEWS and VIEWS and other stuff ' carries stories on BMC Toy's new plans, new Russian sets, a call for Samurai articles and acknowledgement of receipt of the latest Eurofigurines magazine.

* 'Book Review' looks at 'Toy Forts & Castles' by Allen Hickling

* 'Readers Letters' this time is limited by space and obituaries to feedback from Steve Morris, Joe Bellis and Peter Rushton, with the obituaries for Ian Walden and George Hill

* 'What's New' covers recent releases from:

·         Engineer Basevitch - Ancient Assyrians

·         Mars - Ex-Oritet Mujahedeen, Russians in Afghanistan and Vietcong Insurgents

·         all available from Steve Weston

Plus all the usual small-ads

Front Cover is a fine space diorama from Tom Stark

Back Cover - Travis at the alamo by G. Eyles

Remember also; for subscription details or to 're-up', for contributions, letters or queries, Plastic Warrior is now on-line through various platforms:

eMail; pw.editor@ntlworld.com

And they are on Paypal.

The old website is to be run-down/retired.

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