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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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

B is for Brigade Band in a Box



I was sent these ages ago by Jonathan Newman with the intention of the contributor for me to Blog them, but they slipped through the net at the time and I found them the other day, checked back in Hotmail and will pop them here, as an example of the interim production of Preiser's inherited Elastolin stuff from the late 1980's/early 1990's, when they matched the corporate identity of Preiser with font, layout and packaging, but retained the Elastolin brand-name.

Many of you probably remember the adverts in Military Modelling and other hobby mag's around 1994-7? Now all ex-Elastolin is listed as Preiser but still has the Elastolin moniker attached and increasingly finds itself reproduced by Preiser's prodigious CAD/CAM workshop in other sizes.


As they are low-res, I'll just throw them-up as an example, there's not much to 'blurb' on, interesting that they have gaps in the line-up hidden in the centre of the band, presumably (as with all the 'complete' bands Preiser issues) there is a specific make-up to a Fire Brigade band, accurately represented in a generic carton.

Obviously using the old German Infantry musicians, with new helmets/added helmet-ridge.





The current incarnation of these sculpts is as separate figures in the standard Wehrmacht format/paint. From time to time Preiser still issue the bands with other paint finishes, while private sellers paint them-up as black-clad Nazi's and put them on feeBay for Brexiteers to spend too much on.

And many thanks again to Mr. Newman

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