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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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

B is for Believed to Be . . . Zang; Navy

Shot on Adrian Little's (Mercator Trading) stall last autumn, or - at least - removed to the sunlight outside and shot; these are believed to be previously unknown output from Zang - who would go on to work with Timpo and Britains (Herald) before being bought-out by the hollow-casting giant as their nascent plastics-arm.

1939-1945; Aircraft Carrier; Austerity Toys; Battleship; Composition Liner; Composition Navel Vessels; Composition Toy Navy; Composition Toy Ships; Composition Toys; Composition Troopship; Corvette; Frigate; Liner; Navy; Navy Models; Ocean Liner; Pumice Composition; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Submarine; Tramp Steamer; Troopship; Vintage Composition Toys; Vintage Toys; Warships; Wartime Composition; Wartime Toys; World War Two 1939 - 1945; World War Two Navy; WWI Toy Navy; Zang Composition; Zang Naval Vessels; Zang Pumice;
A small fleet; including submarines, two sizes of warship, a carrier, a liner in use as a troop ship and a couple of bog-standard tramp-steamers. Writing in the past of my theory re- the 'Zang for Timpo' being wartime rather than post-war, I suspect the same is true of these, they seem to be early-war (or  pre-/inter-war) designs?

1939-1945; Aircraft Carrier; Austerity Toys; Battleship; Composition Liner; Composition Navel Vessels; Composition Toy Navy; Composition Toy Ships; Composition Toys; Composition Troopship; Corvette; Frigate; Liner; Navy; Navy Models; Ocean Liner; Pumice Composition; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Submarine; Tramp Steamer; Troopship; Vintage Composition Toys; Vintage Toys; Warships; Wartime Composition; Wartime Toys; World War Two 1939 - 1945; World War Two Navy; WWI Toy Navy; Zang Composition; Zang Naval Vessels; Zang Pumice;
Close-ups of the large liner/troopship and aircraft carrier, a three-stack liner could be RMS Queen Mary or the ill-fated RMS Empress of Britain, while the distinctive twin-stack carrier with huge searchlight might be HMS Eagle, while the under-shots are liner to the left, carrier to the right.

1939-1945; Aircraft Carrier; Austerity Toys; Battleship; Composition Liner; Composition Navel Vessels; Composition Toy Navy; Composition Toy Ships; Composition Toys; Composition Troopship; Corvette; Frigate; Liner; Navy; Navy Models; Ocean Liner; Pumice Composition; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Submarine; Tramp Steamer; Troopship; Vintage Composition Toys; Vintage Toys; Warships; Wartime Composition; Wartime Toys; World War Two 1939 - 1945; World War Two Navy; WWI Toy Navy; Zang Composition; Zang Naval Vessels; Zang Pumice;
The underside of the submarine (top left) shows the instantly recognisable mauve-grey of Zang's pumice-mix composition. Battleship is top-left and bottom-right, with the smaller warship in the centre. Finally the tramp-steamers . . . err . . . steaming along!

They're all quite crude and finish is poor with a khaki wash on most and a stab-and-hope paint scheme on the two prime vessels, these would have been pretty unsellable after the war finished, but in the high-austerity of wartime, if stuff like Forrest Toys was beyond your budget, these would have filled a niche at Christmas, and very patriotic!

1939-1945; Aircraft Carrier; Austerity Toys; Battleship; Composition Liner; Composition Navel Vessels; Composition Toy Navy; Composition Toy Ships; Composition Toys; Composition Troopship; Corvette; Frigate; Liner; Navy; Navy Models; Ocean Liner; Pumice Composition; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Submarine; Tramp Steamer; Troopship; Vintage Composition Toys; Vintage Toys; Warships; Wartime Composition; Wartime Toys; World War Two 1939 - 1945; World War Two Navy; WWI Toy Navy; Zang Composition; Zang Naval Vessels; Zang Pumice;
Another shot of the carrier group, no German or Italian vessels were spotted in the editing of this post . . . see previous posts! Given the - one each of the two biggies and two each of everything else - vessel-count; possibly the contents of a full, single-set?

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