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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, July 3, 2017

Q is for Quintuplet of Queries

Best Q-title ever!

So here, indeed are five 'unknowns'

The first one is a real mystery, he's polystyrene or an earlier phenolic resin type which suggests France, he equally looks a bit Spanish, yet the cap-badge on his blanket (those must have a posh title?) resembles the Woffer's, who had a 'Derby-ram' as their regimental mascot, for years? 54 or 60mm Compatible

This chap is soft polyethylene, and looks to belong with those Argentinian Indians we looked at the other day (as far as paint gloss and plastic goes), but he is better finished, better detailed and better painted, again the yellow base could be Spanish or French? Small'ish 54mm.

Whenever I see 'odd' ceremonials, especially in tropical or summer dress, I tend to think Monaco; tourist novelty! But they can't all be, and the thought's irrational anyway!

This one was - I suspect - once in a vulcanised rubber, but he has now taken on the consistency of chalk or plaster (and was in two bits when I got him) which may be what he always was? Heading for a larger 60-mil size.

Game-playing piece or board-game target/objective token? Seems to be quite an early plastic 'thing' which has been carved straight into the mould tool with drills and a mouth stamping! He/she (what sex were Sphinxes?) could also be designed to be glued to something as a decorative ornament with the angled-blob behind the 'fascia' used to locate the item until it's fixed? No more than 15/18mm at most. Arcade token?

Not in the Plastic Warrior 'Hilco Special' publication (my first port-of call with these 'from hollow-cast' plastics), and the Joplin has gone back to Etheridge library (or wherever I got it from!), so? Clues? He's a pretty standard 54mm, prone firer, who looks a bit Hilco, a bit Sacul?

Anyone got any ideas on any of these?


Andy B said...

Only on sphinxes! The Egyptian ones tend to be male, often with a beard. The Greeks made the sphinx female. The piece you have is, as I am sure you know, based onthe original Giza example.

Hugh Walter said...

It does have quite a flat nose Andy! That's interesting though as our cap badge (Glosters) happily moniker'ed 'EGYPT', was err . . . quite 'well endowed' in the matter of décolletage - if you know what I mean! Clearly a Ptolemaic Sphinx . . .

Cheers Andy!