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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.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

F is for Follow-up - Guards Musicians, 35mm

We looked at six of these after the May '17Plastic Warrior show and I got a message from Mr. Morehead at PW Towers at the time suggesting there might be ten poses, however I suspect - with the storage-set previously mentioned; now out of storage - that there are only the eight?

Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Coldstream Guards; Cymbalist; Grenadier Guards; Guards Band; Guards Division; Guards Drummer; Guards Fifer; Guards Musicians; Irish Guards; Palace Guards; Plastic Guards Band; Plastic Guardsmen; Queens Guards; Royal Guards; Saxophonist; Scots Guards; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Guards Musicians; Toy Guardsmen; Welsh Guards; 1 Cake Decorating Plastic Toy British Guardsmen Figurines Britains Eyes Right Copies II-001 Close-up line-up front
Two from the percussion section with a rather large 'side-drum' placed [centrally] off the waist-belt, and a cymbalist. The Brass section has four practitioners, with - from the left (and Mr Morehead will correct me if I'm wrong . . . at least there's no sousaphone!); trombone [Tuba], saxophone, bugle (? [Cornet!]) and French horn (?) while woodwind have two; oboe [Clarinet] and flute/fife [I was corrected!].

Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Coldstream Guards; Cymbalist; Grenadier Guards; Guards Band; Guards Division; Guards Drummer; Guards Fifer; Guards Musicians; Irish Guards; Palace Guards; Plastic Guards Band; Plastic Guardsmen; Queens Guards; Royal Guards; Saxophonist; Scots Guards; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Guards Musicians; Toy Guardsmen; Welsh Guards; 2 Cake Decorating Plastic Toy British Guardsmen Figurines Britains Eyes Right Copies Close-up Line-up Side
Some of them have two arms (for three parts), others have the whole as a single-moulding (for two parts), Britains got round the problem with plug-hands, here we just have quite complicated sculpting (for Hong Kong) and the obvious effort gone-to in manufacturing them is repeated in the fine painting. The drummer is the exception with four-parts - and a sticker.

Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Coldstream Guards; Cymbalist; Grenadier Guards; Guards Band; Guards Division; Guards Drummer; Guards Fifer; Guards Musicians; Irish Guards; Palace Guards; Plastic Guards Band; Plastic Guardsmen; Queens Guards; Royal Guards; Saxophonist; Scots Guards; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Guards Musicians; Toy Guardsmen; Welsh Guards; 3 Cake Decorating Plastic Toy British Guardsmen Figurines Britains Eyes Right Copies II Details and arm movements
The percussionists in close up to show how the arms move and to give an idea of size.

Re. the point about cavities earlier today, you will notice that these are not all exactly the same height, the moulding here used for the cymbals is smaller than the others with a slightly squidged headdress, this will be a cavity thing (multiple cavities), but the arms fit all the figures, except the saxophonist who's arms don't like parting at the elbow-line and he insists on poking himself in the eye with his instrument!

Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Coldstream Guards; Cymbalist; Grenadier Guards; Guards Band; Guards Division; Guards Drummer; Guards Fifer; Guards Musicians; Irish Guards; Palace Guards; Plastic Guards Band; Plastic Guardsmen; Queens Guards; Royal Guards; Saxophonist; Scots Guards; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Guards Musicians; Toy Guardsmen; Welsh Guards; 4 Cake Decorating Plastic Toy British Guardsmen Figurines Britains Eyes Right Copies DSCN9294 peter Evans' Converstions Star Toys S for Star
A quick reminder of Peter's donation/additions and how they have been cleverly placed in old HK Swoppet bases (two S-for-Star/Star Toys and another buckshee one) with the remains of the icing/cake spike sheered-off, flush, with a blade.

14's enough for a bandstand 'soirée', all I need now is an O-gauge railway with lavish Victorian park gardens!

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