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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, October 15, 2018

H is for Heads-up! C&T Auctions - 12th December

A reminder that C&T are preparing their pre-Christmas auction as I type, and already it's shaping up to be a bit of a humdinger - as I believe the expression is, with signature collections of Britains hollow-cast, Delhi Durba and Skybirds to bid for.

14/20th Hussars; Britains 21st Lancers; Britains Boxed Sets; Britains Foreign Service Order; Britains Set 270 Hussars; Britains Set No. 94; C&T Auctions; Derek Goldberg Collection; Empress of India's Own; Hollow Cast Toy Soldiers; James Hay Stevens; James Opie; Kit 16 Armstrong-Whitworth Atlanta; RHA; Royal Horse Artilery; Skybirds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
We've looked at a fair few Skybirds over the years here but nothing compared to what's going to be in the sale, although some of the better pieces I've shot at shows may well be among those items on offer in December?

14/20th Hussars; Britains 21st Lancers; Britains Boxed Sets; Britains Foreign Service Order; Britains Set 270 Hussars; Britains Set No. 94; C&T Auctions; Derek Goldberg Collection; Empress of India's Own; Hollow Cast Toy Soldiers; James Hay Stevens; James Opie; Kit 16 Armstrong-Whitworth Atlanta; RHA; Royal Horse Artilery; Skybirds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
As well as vintage (and veteran) Britains hollow-cast figures there are plastics in the sale including the 'Crazy Clown' (and other) circus, while other metal includes Heyde railway figures, Vertunni, CBG, flats and named Courtenay's knights.

14/20th Hussars; Britains 21st Lancers; Britains Boxed Sets; Britains Foreign Service Order; Britains Set 270 Hussars; Britains Set No. 94; C&T Auctions; Derek Goldberg Collection; Empress of India's Own; Hollow Cast Toy Soldiers; James Hay Stevens; James Opie; Kit 16 Armstrong-Whitworth Atlanta; RHA; Royal Horse Artilery; Skybirds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
I don't know much about hollow-cast, but I know a nice set of old toy soldiers when I see it, even if it's outside my budget!

JAMES OPIE AT C & T AUCTIONEERS 

FINE TOY SOLDIER AND FIGURE SALE
TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Catalogues available 10 days before the sale

COLLECTION OF THE LATE PAT CAMPBELL
PART II

14/20th Hussars; Britains 21st Lancers; Britains Boxed Sets; Britains Foreign Service Order; Britains Set 270 Hussars; Britains Set No. 94; C&T Auctions; Derek Goldberg Collection; Empress of India's Own; Hollow Cast Toy Soldiers; James Hay Stevens; James Opie; Kit 16 Armstrong-Whitworth Atlanta; RHA; Royal Horse Artilery; Skybirds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
The sale is scheduled for Wednesday the 12th December 2018, and previews can be seen at www.the-saleroom.com; well worth bookmarking and stick it in your diary!

Thanks to James Opie for some of the images (more with a reminder in a week or two), and he was also one of the respondents re. the Selcol buildings we looked at here earlier.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A is for Archive - Minimodels 'Scale figures'

It's funny, they thought to correct me on two 80-odd years old Spanish rubber figures last Christmas, yet seem to know nothing about anything, especially space figures! That was priceless the other day, they couldn't have got it more wrong between them if they'd tried, but then - by making it up as they go along - they are trying to get it wrong, comedy cretins and too funny, just too funny, he's got a little black box with his brain in it!!!

LP are not especially 'rare' and have been much covered here and elsewhere.
You don't know Co-Ma's Selenites yet?
They are not Thomas or Poplar; Thomas spacemen with bases are piracies.
Poplar were a Thomas offshoot.
Solpa are Greek not French - But then Schilling are American not German!

Amusing, yet pathetic - I mean it's painful to watch as you hear the gears clunking. If you're going to sit in my dust copying my recent output, at least try to get it right! Then the next day the idiot lectures the knowledgeable Frenchie and we get 'everybodyelsesstuff' Because Stadsstuff hasn't got the rightstuff and it takes ten of them and FacePlant.TwitSpacestuff to get it right!

Almark; Almarks; American infantry; German Infantry; Havent; Hornby Group; Japanese Infantry; Lines Brothers; Lines Group; Mini Models; Minimodels; Pedigree Toys; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Scale Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Triang Mettoy Playcraft;
Anyway, thought I'd put this up here as the Cock-whacking Monkey Lizard got a bit confused about these in his attempts to 'elucidate the Vichy' a year or so ago, despite it mostly being here at Small Scale World for some years!

Almark; Almarks; American infantry; German Infantry; Havent; Hornby Group; Japanese Infantry; Lines Brothers; Lines Group; Mini Models; Minimodels; Pedigree Toys; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Scale Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Triang Mettoy Playcraft;
If they are painted -

They are from Minimodels, of Havent in Hampshire (posh name for-/posh end of- Greater Portsmouth!), another of the many subsidiary works of Lines Bro's Tri-Ang/Metoy/Playcraft. Paint is minimal with gloss weapons and matt flesh and uniform/equipment-highlights. We have looked at some of the better pieces before here and they were sold from counter-display pick-boxes
Almark; Almarks; American infantry; German Infantry; Havent; Hornby Group; Japanese Infantry; Lines Brothers; Lines Group; Mini Models; Minimodels; Pedigree Toys; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Scale Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Triang Mettoy Playcraft;
 If they are unpainted -

They are Almark who offered them as boxed sets, on the runners as multi-pose type construction kits for home assembly, a few years after the Minimodels issues, in part to tie-in with their WWII publications. Almark didn't offer all the 'extras', but went on to commission some further sculpts from the original artist Charles C Stadden, which were issued as metal kits, we have looked at some of them too!

Minimodels were founded in 1947 by Bertram Francis (a former toolmaker) in London.

Minimodels moved to a purpose built factory in Havent between 1954 and 1956.

Minimodels were sold (by choice) to Lines in 1958.

Minimodels were the manufacturer of Scale Figures.

Minimodels were the marketer of Scale Figures.

Minimodels were a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lines and/or a administered as a branch of Triang-Mettoy-Playcraft.

Scale Figures was a sub-brand/brand-mark of Minimodels and sister-brand to Scalextric.

Minimodels were the contract-manufacturer for Almark.

Almark were the 'Jobber'.

Almark Model Products was a sub-brand/brand-mark of Almark and sister-brand to Almarks Transfers.

There is no, and never has been an Alamark Minimodels.

They are all dead! . . . Except Pedigree - strangely; they seem to be abeyance, possibly by/for the Hornby Group, the Pedigree name being held by a shell-office in Margate?

Saturday, October 13, 2018

V is for Very Vast Vac-formed Village!

I had an eMail the other week from Graham Smith who'd found the Selcol page on the A-Z Blogs asking me what I knew about these (below); I had to point out that I knew no more than was on that page, which was . . . nothing! By the time you read this though, these will have been added!

1:32nd Scale Toy Buildings; G Scale Buldings; Garden Railway Buildings; Garden Railway Village; Like Big Big Triang Trains; Like Spot-On Cotswold Village; Like Timpo Toys; Model Buildings; Model Church; Model Railway Buildings; Model Village; O Gauge Buildings; Selcol; Selcol Buildings; Selcol Model Village; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Selcol, large scale village

Graham writes;

"I am interested in model villages and have seen your "Small Scale World" website. I have some SELCOL buildings made from white plastic which have to be painted and they lose the paint very easily, as you can see from the attached photos. I wondered if you have seen any others (I have a Market Hall which seems to be a different scale) and also if these buildings were based on those in or near Braintree near their factory which you mentioned."

Now, having established I know nothing about the buildings as Selcol per se, it has to be pointed out I am no expert on Braintree or its environs either - I had a school-friend who lived in Brentwood!

1:32nd Scale Toy Buildings; G Scale Buldings; Garden Railway Buildings; Garden Railway Village; Like Big Big Triang Trains; Like Spot-On Cotswold Village; Like Timpo Toys; Model Buildings; Model Church; Model Railway Buildings; Model Village; O Gauge Buildings; Selcol; Selcol Buildings; Selcol Model Village; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Given that we will sort most of it out to some extent in the next few minutes; can anyone from the Braintree area or with knowledge of these buildings (or indeed; Selcol's wider production) help; particularly with that last question?

I asked around at the Sandown Park show with no luck but to draw an interesting selection of blank faces and have asked a couple of other experts to no avail, yet, as with all these things, dozens of people must have been involved in the design, production and marketing of the buildings, and - at least - hundreds involved in the purchase and use thereof, back in the day?

1:32nd Scale Toy Buildings; G Scale Buldings; Garden Railway Buildings; Garden Railway Village; Like Big Big Triang Trains; Like Spot-On Cotswold Village; Like Timpo Toys; Model Buildings; Model Church; Model Railway Buildings; Model Village; O Gauge Buildings; Selcol; Selcol Buildings; Selcol Model Village; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
A close-up of one of the little (not that little!) thatched-cottages; they seem to be blow moulded, or rotary-moulded (the larger hole?) polyethylene, hence the failure of paint to adhere, and to have been filled with expanded polystyrene-foam, for rigidity.

The subsequent/resulting plug is clearly marked Selcol, so the one fact which is known is that they are Selcol! Now, there's a possibility that they were originally beach-toys, sold unpainted to place round your sand-castle, but I think that's clutching at straws, and that they were designed for garden railways, being scaled somewhere between O-gauge (building dimensions) and G (figures in the next shot).

1:32nd Scale Toy Buildings; G Scale Buldings; Garden Railway Buildings; Garden Railway Village; Like Big Big Triang Trains; Like Spot-On Cotswold Village; Like Timpo Toys; Model Buildings; Model Church; Model Railway Buildings; Model Village; O Gauge Buildings; Selcol; Selcol Buildings; Selcol Model Village; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
A couple of the people I've spoken to on the subject have drawn the obvious parallel with the Spot-On village from Tri-Ang/Mettoy, but that was 1:42/48'ish, against the 1:35/32'ish of these, and I can imagine the PoplarPlastics bus drawing up to this rotunda/market cross/corn exchange to pick-up the [not so] little people and take them into the nearby city!

You can see - from the damaged sections - the polystyrene foam inside, and Graham's railway viaduct in the background! He runs O gauge trains including Triang, Big Big, and Timpo rolling stock and has been doing so for 46 years!

Any information on these, such as when they were advertised, any other buildings in the range or whether they represent real subjects - from Braintree or anywhere else; would be much appreciated by Mr. Smith - and other Garden Rail, or Model Village fans - I'm sure.

As an aside, does anyone know if John Ruddle's buildings have been featured in any works other than the one shot shown in an old modelling magazine? Graham; being a fan of such things, is keen to see them, and having been lucky enough to 'have the tour' myself, I know they are worth a look - being taken from Victorian Edinburgh to Kabul, via Khartoum and back via Calcutta, in a walk round a modest suburban lawn is a real treat!

Friday, October 12, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

It rolls around quickly enough; this Friday malarky! Another bumper crop of shows this weekend, not so many Auctions in the next week, unless you know better . . .

. . . but if you do and you haven't told me about it, it won't be here will it!

One of the 'Midlands Posse' emailed me to point out that it was the Birmingham Toy Soldier Show last weekend and I didn't list it, but there was nothing in my sources and nothing in my eMail; so it didn't get a listing! As it's all metal, and all glossy-mag' Ad's now, I guess they are advertising elsewhere to other 'types'!?

In the meantime; that I know of . . .

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 13th October 2018
Bristol (North) - Chris Dyer Fairs
BAWA Health & Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
Web. - www.chrisdyerfairs.co.uk
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00
Admission £2.00

Chester - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs
The Cheshire Country Club Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Cheshire, CH2 1PR
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission £2.00
Free Parking

Nottingham - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend, evening fair)
Bluecoat Academy, Nottingham, NG8 5GY
Mob. - 07951 072 790
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission unknown, accompanied under-16's free
Light refreshments
Free Parking

Plymouth - Events Frontier - 'Devcon' Sci-fi and Comics Convention (day 1 of 2)
Plymouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2BJ
Mob. - 07508 548 938

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Sunday 14th October 2018

Coventry - Barry Potter / BP Fairs
The Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, children £1, eraly bird (from 08:00hrs) £6
Free parking

Huntingdon - J&J Fairs
International Indoor Areana, Kings Bush Centre, Wood Green Animal Shelters, London Road, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH
Tel. - 01522 880 383 (J & J Webb)
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission £3, Seniors £2.50p, 1st Child £2

Leigh - Barry Stockton - Train & Toy Collectors fair
Leigh Sports Centre, Sale Way, Leigh, WN12 0HQ
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362

Plymouth - Events Frontier - 'Devcon' Sci-fi and Comics Convention (day 1 of 2)
Plymouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2BJ
Mob. - 07508 548 938

Wincanton - Toytrac - 'Toytrac 2018' Model Farming Show
Wincanton Racecourse, Old Hill, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8BJ (venue)
27 Mayflower Court, Highbridge, Somerset TA93BQ, GB (promoter)
 
Tel. - 01278 785 295
Sponsored by Britains Farm Toys (Tomy)
Can be found on Twitter and The Facebook

Worthing  - SRP Toyfairs
Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9HS
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs

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Tuesday 16th October 2018

Wootton Basset - Steven Clements Fairs - Wootton Basset Evening Fair
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, SN4 7EN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Café
Free parking

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Thursday 18th October 2018

Thatcham - Steven Clements (evening fair)
Thatcham Catholic Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Refreshments,
Free parking

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Auctions

Reminder - Today
Ledbury - John Goodwin
3-7 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2DX
Tel. - 07968 694 746 (11th and 12th October only)
Viewing - Thursday 11th October 15:00-19:00hrs and morning of sale from 08:00hrs
Sale starts 10:00hrs - finish.
Trains, ephemera and advertising goods

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Monday 15th October

Lewis - Wallis and Wallis
West Street Galleries, Lewis, Sussex, BN7 2NJ
Tel. - 01273 480 208
Fax. - 01273 476 562

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Tuesday 16th October

Ludlow - Mullock's Specialist Auctioneers and Valuers
Ludlow Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2BT
Mullock's
01694 771 771

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Thursday 18th October

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Tel: 01635 580595
Fax: 0871 714 6905
Express Music and Entertainment
(not sure if this is happening, check before travel)

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Thursday 18th  AND  Friday 19th October 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Thursday 18th - general toy sale
Friday 19th - trains/model railway sale

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Other Events

Saturday 13th October 2018

Announcements; Auction News; Events; Miscellaneous; News Views Etc...; NLETE; North London & Essex Tramspost Events; Show Dates; Show News; Show Reports; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Theydon Bois; Toy Fairs; Transport Bazaar; Vintage Bus Displays;
Theydon Bois - North London & Essex Transport Events (NLETE) - Transport Bazaar & Vintage Bus Displays
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Essex, CMI6 7ER
11:00 - 15:30hrs
Admission £3.00, accompanied children free
Free rides around Epping Forest.
No public car parking, refreshments, stalls etc . . .

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Saturday 13th AND Sunday 14th October 2018

Announcements; Auction News; Events; Great Electric Train Show; Hornby Magazine; Key Events; Milton Keynes; Miscellaneous; News Views Etc...; October 13th/14th; Show Dates; Show News; Show Reports; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fairs;
Milton Keynes - Key Events - The Great Electric Train Show
Arena Milton Keynes, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
Tel. - 01780 480 404
Sponsored by Hornby Magazine
New venue

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Thursday 18th October - Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Announcements; Auction News; Beano; Beano Comic; DC Comics; DC Thompson; DCT Dundee; Dennis the Menace; Events; Gnasher; Leicestershire; Loogabarooga Festival; Loughborough; Miscellaneous; News Views Etc...; Show Dates; Show News; Show Reports; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fairs;
Loughborough - Various Events/Promoters - 'Loogabarooga Festival'
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Highlights include;
- 80 years of the Beano comic
- Comic Art by J.P. Reynolds (at the Charnwood Museum)
- Illustration Workshops
- Public Readings
- Vintage Book Fairs (with an 's'!), and other activities. The umbrella event celebrates illustration in publishing.

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here - FOR FREE - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!

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Announcements; Auction News; Events; Lego Minifigs; Lego Star Wars; Miscellaneous; News Views Etc...; Show Dates; Show News; Show Reports; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars Toys; Toy Fairs;
 Random shit off the internet!