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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, November 12, 2019

V is for Vehicles

Continuing with the contents of Joe's salesman's sample case; we arrive at the road transport, and some clues to the dating of the set, a set which the factory have shown an interest in buying-back, but aren't answering queries-on - often the way, as I discovered with the Tatra premium guys.

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The vehicles are pretty crude, even by the standards of the basic range currently in Dregano's catalogue, and point to that period immediately after the war (World, Second - for younger readers!), when Germany was suffering the same (or worse) privations as everyone else they'd involved in their [not-so] 'grand social experiments'!

Lack of money, materials, machine tools and manpower which would place this sample around 1950, maybe a bit earlier? The sedan-cars with their teardrop back-ends are a post-war trope, while the lorries are pretty generic. And again; bread-sliced, but thicker, 'doorsteps'!

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The ladder for the fire-engine is particularly crude and home-made looking, from scraps, compared to the farm fencing (previous post), this looks like it was made by a monkey, and not a pink-one! Ignoring the cars, this ladder would appear to be trying to take us back from 1950, to 1945 or even late-war - and it could be old stock?

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The yacht is equally home-made in appearance, we whittled this sort of thing from lumps of fir-bark when we were kids - a penknife and a cocktail stick; you were captain of your own vessel!

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However, the little train has been finished to exactly the same quality as the trains being sold by these companies today (another point I made in that old post on the subject - the timelessness of a lot of this stuff), having had a proper sanding and a polished-gloss finish; compare with the saw-marks and roughness of the fire-engine.

This would be pushing our date the other way, closer to '54/55 maybe? By this time the likes of Koho, Manurba and Siku were filling shelves with the multiple colours of their shiny, 'dimestore' polymer toys and novelties, so this is a strictly erzgebirge view we're taking here!

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Even the picket-fence is better finished than the fire-ladder, with a formal, factory-imposed geometry lacking from the scraps used on the ladder. If I had to narrow it down (at gunpoint), I think a fair stab at a date for this set is 1952? . . . ish!

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Again the close-up reveals a roughness you wouldn't get now, and (as far as I know) didn't get before the war, although some wartime plywood WHW's such as the 'DRK collector children' - are the same poorly finished splinter-risks!

The boat is par-for-the-course size wise, but the lorry/truck is a little on the big size compared to the other examples I've seen - both old and modern? But then I suppose it's no larger than the little two-horse/two-axle wagons you find?

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