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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, January 9, 2019

B is for Box-ticking - Revolutionary Russians & Modern Spetznaz - Italian Makers

Back across the pond and heading south to the Med'; like my US sample, the Italian sample is nothing to write home about, which is probably why I'm writing it here! However; I do have all of them in small-scale, so at some point we'll have a look at them, probably over on the Airfix Blog as comparisons with their late-issued set.

54mm Figures; 54mm Russians; 54mm Toy Soldiers; Atlantic 54mm Troops; Atlantic Russian Cossack; Atlantic Russian Toy Soldiers; Atlantic Soviet Cossack; Atlantic Soviet Russians; Atlantic Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Russian Cossack; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; WWII Plastic Toy Figures; WWII Russian Cossack; WWII Toy Soldiers; Cossacks, 1:32nd Scale Figures; 1:32nd Scale Russians; 1:32nd Scale Toy Soldiers; Atlantic 1:32nd Scale Troops;
A revolution era Cossack (who would cover through to the end of WWII and our shameful repatriation of the German-allied Cossacks) from Atlantic, on a slightly small, flying horse!

He's one of those figures who tends to slide off his mount as soon as you glance at him, but if firmly fixed and painted-up, he's be a really nice stand-alone figure.

1:35th Scale Figures; 1:35th Scale Russians; 1:35th Scale Toy Soldiers; Marx 1:35th Scale Troops; Esci Russian Spetsnaz; Esci Russian Toy Soldiers; Esci Soviet Spetznaz; Esci Soviet Russians; Esci Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Russian SF; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; WWII Plastic Toy Figures; WWII Russian Spetsnaz; WWII Toy Soldiers; Spetznaz, Ertl Russian Infantry; Ertl Russian Toy Soldiers; Ertl Soviet Infantry; Ertl Soviet Russians; Ertl Toy Soldiers; A-Toys Russian Spetsnaz; A-Toys Russian Toy Soldiers; A-Toys Soviet Spetznaz; A-Toys Soviet Russians; A-Toys Toy Soldiers; Soviet Border Force, Russian Paratroopers, Russian Marines
The Esci/Ertl/A-Toys set of Modern Russian special-forces or Spetsnaz should probably contain the 15 poses of the small-scale set, or at least twelve, so very much a part-set, and at a 1:35th scale, a bit small for most of their contemporaries in the toy world.

Size apart; accuracy with these is nice and all the weapons are recognisable while the kit/uniform is vary Afghan campaign 'summer' dress. The hat looking a bit like our 1930's boy scout hat (or the US 'Smoky Bear' hat) was (is still?) also used by the border forces, while the wide, flat beret is also used by regular paratroopers and marines.

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