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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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

H is for Hospital - Britains Hospital

Theo van der Weerden kindly sent a scan of the1985 Britains catalogue page dealing with the Hospital by way of a follow-up to the post the other day, and it prompted me to shoot the rest of the figures while their tubs were still kicking-around.

Ambulance Crew; Ambulance Toy; Britains Civilain Toy Figures; Britains Copies; Britains Hospital; Civilian Toy Vehicles; Deetail; First Aid; Hospital Toys; Medical Personnel; Medical Toys; Medics; Over Moulding; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Medics; Plastic Toy Figures; PVC Vinyl Figures; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Superdeetail; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures;
The scan; it shows three large sets and a Helicopter Emergency Ambulance playset. The helicopter had started life as an army/air one, and would go on to be exploited as the basis for farm, police and construction (?) helicopters in various configurations, including a crop-sprayer.

The three large sets seem to have the whole range between them, but smaller boxes were available with more intimate vignettes involving one or two figures and a few accessories. Unlike the Mettoy we saw the other say, I don't have the accessories for these yet, so we're only going to look at the figures.

Ambulance Crew; Ambulance Toy; Britains Civilain Toy Figures; Britains Copies; Britains Hospital; Civilian Toy Vehicles; Deetail; First Aid; Hospital Toys; Medical Personnel; Medical Toys; Medics; Over Moulding; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Medics; Plastic Toy Figures; PVC Vinyl Figures; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Superdeetail; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures;
Medical professionals include two doctors; one male, one female, a matron or ward sister and two nurses, these are all Superdeetail over-moulds and looking at them you can see how the Para's were supposed to end-up!

They are ably supported by a medical orderly/hospital porter who has ring-hands for stretchers or trolly-beds, but who doesn't line-up quite for pushing the wheel-chair, so I may be missing a figure there?

He too is a Superdeetail figure (making a 'full set' of six), the patients and casualties being more traditional painted PVC of the plain Deetail type. We have walking wounded, prone cases and seated figures, some of which have locating-studs for fixing to the accessories.

Ambulance Crew; Ambulance Toy; Britains Civilain Toy Figures; Britains Copies; Britains Hospital; Civilian Toy Vehicles; Deetail; First Aid; Hospital Toys; Medical Personnel; Medical Toys; Medics; Over Moulding; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Medics; Plastic Toy Figures; PVC Vinyl Figures; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Superdeetail; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures;
Here we see a hot-seat change for the wheel-chair (or wheeling-chair as they were originally called!), while the woman leaning against the wall has a stud, but doesn't fit in the chair, so must normally be fixed to something in the maternity unit? From whence (the maternity unit) comes the little baby.

Ambulance Crew; Ambulance Toy; Britains Civilain Toy Figures; Britains Copies; Britains Hospital; Civilian Toy Vehicles; Deetail; First Aid; Hospital Toys; Medical Personnel; Medical Toys; Medics; Over Moulding; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Medics; Plastic Toy Figures; PVC Vinyl Figures; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Superdeetail; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures;
Nurse Rhatschett conducts exercise-hour
in Camp Adolph! "Luft, zwei, drei, vier . . .
Luft, zwei, drei, vier, yetz die beine hochhalten, mine schatzen . . ."

Little babies; there's one in every-other mixed lot, and it's surprising how quickly the piracy-elves in Hong Kong managed to get-out copies of the Britains baby, although I'm not sure about the middle one . . . did Britains reproduce it themselves in two sizes? But the blood-stained one to the right is definitely a copy - someone's stitched Harold Wilson's face on to the baby's head! Yes; I'm trying to avoid any mention of the red paint.

Cheers for the scan Theo; got me to pull my finger-out!

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