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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, February 13, 2017

C is for Contribution Season - XVI - Small Scale Civilians from Dario

Dario from Italy sent these 'unknow'n small scale to the blog ages ago, and while they are low-resolution and a bit fuzzy, they are more plastic-grist to the collectors-mill and worth a shufftie! All scaled with a Quaker Gladiator.

These look to be similar to Spanish Sobres, but to a higher standard of sculpting/Finnish and original design, although similar in posing to the old Wiking strips, so . . . anyone know anything else about these?

I have a set of these painted and carded by Life Like or IHC (I'm pretty sure it's IHC, but not 100% and they're in storage), obviously they were marketed elsewhere as unpainted mouldings on the runner, presumably with a die-cast fire-appliance or similar vehicle set, but equally could be a model railway thing - that's how my painted set is marketed.

Close-up of the unframed runner - I think some of these poses have appeared in larger scale Hong Kong/China sets, but as you can see these are all in the HO and OO-guage compatible size-range. Thanks Dario.

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