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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.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

F is for Follow-Up - Fire Engines

I had two eMails following the two fire service posts earlier in the week, in the order they arrived, first this dropped into the in-box, courtesy of Brian Berke, who by some miracle of synergy had managed to photograph one of the aforementioned . . .

. . . Lledo 'Days Gone' DG5 Shand-Mason Horse Drawn Fire Engine earlier in the year, but not a Lledo one; a real one . . . in New Zealand! The Ashburton museum in Christchurch to be precise, and the co-incidences don't end there as my Grandmother's family on my late father's side lived in Ashburton, North Nott's!

Meanwhile Theo van der Weerden wrote to adjust my guesswork re. makers (they were both Lledo in the middle collage) and to point out that the red Lledo is representing, or liveried for, the Ware Fire Service (the WFS on the bonnet).

Many thanks to both Brian and Theo for further colouring the previous posts.

F is for Follow-up - APS-Politoys 'Texas'

Putting away the folder with the other day's article in, I found some old evilBay images from 2012, which are worth a look, and while continuing to sort Wild West (a long overdue task) I found a couple of other items of interest, so, a quick follow-up to this post is the order of the day.

APS Cowboys; APS Indians; APS Italy; APS Politoys; APS Texas; APS Wild West; Cowboy Horses; Cowboys; Cowboys and Indians; Hong Kong Copies; Indian And Cowboy Toys; Indian Toy Figures; Indians; Policar Italy; Polistil. Politoys Italy; Politoys APS; Sleigh; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Texas Cowboys; Texas HK Copies; Texas Indians; Texas Wild West; Toy Sled; Toy Sledge; Toy Sleigh; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toys; Wild West Figures;
Having seen my two grow to three in the article preparation and five by the time I'd finished, all foot; it now seems I have one of the mounted figures, and with the two feathers not the lasso pose I think I've seen as a cowboy? Maybe they issued it as both by removing the feathers from some as cowboys? Anyway it means they're not outnumbered by the cowboys. Neither he nor the horse are marked as far as I can see.

Below him is what appears to be a factory painted, Hong Kong copy of the Crescent firebrand figure, but via Texas and following the pattern of theirs with a single foot-plug - removed from the right-hand example, sadly neither example came with a base, but it may be he plugs into a wagon or something?

APS Cowboys; APS Indians; APS Italy; APS Politoys; APS Texas; APS Wild West; Cowboy Horses; Cowboys; Cowboys and Indians; Hong Kong Copies; Indian And Cowboy Toys; Indian Toy Figures; Indians; Policar Italy; Polistil. Politoys Italy; Politoys APS; Sleigh; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Texas Cowboys; Texas HK Copies; Texas Indians; Texas Wild West; Toy Sled; Toy Sledge; Toy Sleigh; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toys; Wild West Figures;
Hoovered-off feebleBay back in 2012, this is marked APS rather than Texas, and is very different to the Britains/Timpo type arctic sled at the other end of the link in the last post, this being more Santa's sleigh (. . . or a dog-taxi!), which is ironic as Theo sent me the original shot by way of a Santa follow-up!

APS is the parent or umbrella for Politoys, who also used Policars and Texas as brands and became Polistil (when switching to die-cast; steel=stil?), as all abbreviations stand for something APS must stand for something but as far as I know, no one as deciphered it yet, the S may be for S.p.a.. (like our Ltd, or the German GmbH or USA's LLC etc...), the P probably Poli- or Poly-something which leaves the A, possibly united, or amalgamated or something like that? Does anyone know?

Anyway, the 'general' toy range often gets marked with APS in a round-angled triangle, with you can see here (just not in detail) along with the same MADE ITALY as the Texas figures the other day.

Also - Angelo is not one to sit on his laurels, and has already sent me another very interesting set of images, as I also have some 'Italy' marked stuff, of the same or similar subject matter, there will be a bit of correspondence before it publishes, but next week sometime, maybe!

Friday, December 13, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events Saturday 14th-Friday 20th December 2019

Well! It seems like the Tories have won a landslide? Never have so many turkey's voted for Christmas so close to the oven. Being on the 'losing side' albeit as a Liberal voter rather than Labour, it not for me to pontificate now; I can only temper my disappointment with the hope that the Yahoos and Morlochs get everything that's coming to them.

I would also add that it was a full-moon yesterday and it's Friday the Thirteenth, so one can't be that surprised . . . oh . . . and news just coming across from the 'Well Fancy That' department is that a government requested and paid for independent report came out today (the day after a General Election) stating that waiting times in the NHS got worse last month, that's the NHS Boris was assuring us he loves like a brother . . . oops! If you voted Tory yesterday and are poorly, I hope you'll have the decency to go to the back of that queue before an over-worked nurse sends you there?

And - this close to Christmas - there's precious few events to drown one's sorrows in, nor - indeed - celebrate, and anyway, we'll all need to start husbanding our money!


Toy Fairs

Saturday 14th December 2019

Gateshead - Jim Corr Fairs - Toy, Train & Sci-Fi Fair
Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0EF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Maidstone - Michael Spencer - Maidstone Vintage Toy Fair
Lockmedow Market Hall & Leisure Complex, Barker Road (Hart Street entrance), Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8LW
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01622 298 159
Mob. - 01732 840 787
09:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2.50p
Park & ride, pay and display parking, refreshments


Sunday 15th December 2019

Stafford - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Stafford Showground'
The Preston & Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
Fax. - 01604 771 070
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission £4.00 (early-bird £8), OAP's £3.50, Children £1,
Free parking

Pudsey, Leeds - Steel Promotions - Leeds (Pudsey) Toy/Train Fair
Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson's Corner, Stanningley Road, LS28 5TA
Internet presence unknown
Tel. I - 0161 283 1255
Tel. II - 0161 766 2012
10:00-15:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Café, licensed bar


Auctions

Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th December 2019

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Web - www.specialauctionservices.com
eMail - mail@specialauctionservices.com
Tel. - 01635 580595
Fax. - 0871 714 6905


Overseas Events

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019

Dulles (USA) - Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
Dulles Exposition Center, Chantilly, VA, Virginia, USA (venue)
Greenberg Shows, 280 Carlton Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188, Illinois, USA (organiser)
Web. - http://greenbergshows.com/
Tel. -  ++6302 794 087
Fax. - ++2405 974 482
10:00-16:00hrs
Admission is $10 Saturday (for both days) or $9 Sunday (on-site ticket sales cash only), children 11-or-under free

Sunday 15th December 2019

Montvale (USA) - National Collectors Club - Montvale Train & Toy Show
The St. Joseph High School, Montvale NJ, 07645, New Jersey, USA (venue)
PO Box 604, Englishtown, N.J. 07726, New Jersey, USA (John)
PO Box 812, Ramsey, N.J. 07446, New Jersey, USA (Joe)
Web. - http://www.eastcoasttrainparts.com/98mar8.htm
Tel. I - ++7328 455 966 (John)
Tel. II - ++2013 275 254 (Joe)
09:00-15:00hrs
Admission $7.00
Featuring America's premier model train dealers


Links

Because of the time difference, this may be of use to you if you happen to be near North NY State and read this in the next hour or two!



News
A World War II mascot teddy bear that went to war in a tank fetched £4,000 at auction earlier in the week. That's a Christmas story if ever I read one!


H is for How They Come In
Has gone almost as quiet as the show dates and auctions, but I still managed two things to show you this week;

A leery, purple and puke-green bag of Moshi Monsters, something which is on the long-list and has been since I announced the imminent staring of them (and there ilk - they are piling-up) on the Blog about two summers ago!

And I also managed an almost perfectly 54mm Santa Clause - caught in the act of stealing someone's door-wreath! And I think he's going to announce the theft by ringing a bell to wake them . . . bad Santa! He's poured resin, but it's that 'polystone' stuff which loks quite chalky.


Other Stuff

Only a horse this week, in the figural line (and Santa I suppose!) on the advent-calendar front and more 'hobby-' than 'cavalry-', note also how the different lighting and backgrounds change the colours of what is identically-coloured chocolate, always shot with flash, stopped-down two grades.

News, Views Etc . . . Additions

I've added a couple of pieces to the Airfix 'Early Figures' page courtesy of Danny O'Neill in Australia . . .


1st Type Herald Sentry; 2nd Type Herald Sentry; Airfix 54mm Figures; Airfix Model Figures; Airfix Toy Soldiers; Australian Toy Soldiers; Boxed Sentries; Boxed Sentrys; Britains Herald; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Sentries; Coles Australia; Coles Stores; Coles Supermarkets; Early Airfix Figures; Early Airfix Toy Soldiers; Early Airfix Toys; Early British Toy Soldiers; Fethalite; Fethalite Plastic Products; Herald Boxed Sets; Herald Models; Khaki Infantry; Khaki Infantry Page; Khaki Infantry Sentry; Paratrooper; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Pilot; Plastic Sailor; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Sailor; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Woolworth's; Woolworth's Stores;
. . . and some Britains boxed sets to the Khaki Infantry page which I shot on John Begg's table at the Plastic Warrior show two years ago; the show review post wasn't strong so I'm cannibalising it for useful images! Actually this one is not the best image, but it is useful!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Vectis Friday

Tommorow's sale includes a limited-edition Terrance Cuneo print of the Mallard - expect a mouse diving off the rails or riding the locomotive . . . I can't spot it, and not all his painting have one but . . .

Lot 5453

"The Model Train sale to be held on the 13th of December will feature OO Gauge British Outline Locomotives and Rolling Stock from Bachmann, Hornby (China), Mainline Railways, Lima, Heljan and others. Plus HO USA & Continental Outline from Liliput, Proto, Roco and Fleischmann; N Gauge, Hornby Dublo 2- and 3-rail, and Triang. Further lots include Wrenn Railway, OO Gauge Kitbuilt, Meccano & Other Constructional Toys, Live Steam and Gauge 1 & Larger. There are further lots from the Lawrence Scale Models OO Gauge Single Owner Collection, plus O Gauge ex-shop stock and others, Hornby, Modern and Further O Gauge and Kit/Scratchbuilt; Plus, Railwayana, Books, Magazines, Catalogues & Jigsaws, Pictures & Prints and our usual good selection of General Trains."

T is for Two - Of The Few!

As we lose the forth-to-last remaining Battle of Britain fighter-pilots, here's a couple of really very interesting model 'planes, the first is the less fascinating maybe, being a chunk of Alli', the other is a real treat. Both shot on Adrian Little's Mercator Trading table at Sandown Park, but photographed several months apart.

B&S; Barratt And Son's; Bergan Toy Company; Beton; Bolton-Paul Defiant; Bristol Blenheim; De Havilland Comet; Die Cast Toys; Fighter-Bomber; Lead-Alloy; Metal Aeroplanes; Metal Models; Palitoy; Slush-Cast; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Supermarine Spitfire; Toy Aeroplanes; Toy Aircraft; Toy Airplanes; Toy Planes; Whitemetal Model;
I think this is probably a 1st-year or 1st-term (Christmas) an apprentices or engineering student's test-piece, due to its crudity and lack of true mirror-symmetry . . . and the fact that the engines point outward, or that it lacks a notable or noticeable cockpit!

However, one or two people who saw it at the show thought it might have had a more commercial aspect, remembering similar stuff from their childhoods. Being older than me I'm not going to argue with them and will leave it to your judgement.

It's an aluminium casting, but appears to have been poured, not pressure-injected, resulting in softer lines and a rougher surface, and might be trying to be a Bristol Blenheim fighter-bomber?

B&S; Barratt And Son's; Bergan Toy Company; Beton; Bolton-Paul Defiant; Bristol Blenheim; De Havilland Comet; Die Cast Toys; Fighter-Bomber; Lead-Alloy; Metal Aeroplanes; Metal Models; Palitoy; Slush-Cast; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Supermarine Spitfire; Toy Aeroplanes; Toy Aircraft; Toy Airplanes; Toy Planes; Whitemetal Model;
We know what this is because it's written on both wings! A De Havilland Comet, but issued in a natty army-green, rather than the more famous racing scarlet! It's also marked with the B&s cipher of Barratt and Son's - similar to the cipher of the Bergan Toy Company (Beton)!

What I find so fascinating about this slush-cast lead-alloy (whitemetal) model is that it's almost identical in production values or properties to the early Supermarine Spitfire and Bolton-Paul Defiant models from Palitoy, not because it's copying them, but because they were aping the previous technology, prior to discovering the full potential in the properties of the new materials.

The way the propellers are fixed on with nails set into the casting, the whole profile of the wings and fuselage, even the marking position and style is similar!

Thanks to Adrian again, for the photo-op'.

C is for Carved Cedars and Cathay's Colonial Clones

I know; it's a clumsy title, but we've had Totem's before and in more than one configuration, so I tried to play it safe! Looking at the carved boughs of Reverence found in the Northern woodlands of North America and specifically the Britains Herald model and its may copies.

Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Totem Poles; Britains Wild West; CMV Totem Pole; Herald Hong Kong; Herald Totem Poles; Herald Wild West; Hong Kong Totem Poles; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Native American Indian; Native Totem Poles; Plastic Totem Poles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Totem Poles; Vintage Totem Poles; Wild West Totem Poles;
On the left are two early Britains Herald Totem Poles, the rust-brown one being the better 'full paint' version, the greyish one being the later 'reduced-paint' variant. Next to them on the right is the newest member of the family (as far as joining goes), the CMV copy, which came from Chris Smith earlier this year and may be among the earlier of the Hong Kong copies, being closest in size and colouring.

Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Totem Poles; Britains Wild West; CMV Totem Pole; Herald Hong Kong; Herald Totem Poles; Herald Wild West; Hong Kong Totem Poles; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Native American Indian; Native Totem Poles; Plastic Totem Poles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Totem Poles; Vintage Totem Poles; Wild West Totem Poles;
Britains themselves procured the dark arts of the toymen of aitchkay for the Herald 'Hong Kong' Totem, which was more of a hollow-backed relief statuette, glued to a separate base, with minimal paint and the whole in polystyrene. By the time it came-out (1970's) tastes had changed somewhat, and it's there more as a box-display scenic accessory, that an integral part of the play environment - I mean they could have glued a flat-back on it?

Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Totem Poles; Britains Wild West; CMV Totem Pole; Herald Hong Kong; Herald Totem Poles; Herald Wild West; Hong Kong Totem Poles; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Native American Indian; Native Totem Poles; Plastic Totem Poles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Totem Poles; Vintage Totem Poles; Wild West Totem Poles;
The CMV pole is second in this line-up with an equally decorated one (equally early?) to its left and two undecorated ones to the right. One of the undecorated ones has the later, more stable Britains base in its clone-DNA!

Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Totem Poles; Britains Wild West; CMV Totem Pole; Herald Hong Kong; Herald Totem Poles; Herald Wild West; Hong Kong Totem Poles; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Native American Indian; Native Totem Poles; Plastic Totem Poles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Totem Poles; Vintage Totem Poles; Wild West Totem Poles;
The painted one introduces gold, for the de'Luxe look! I think it's the same maker, and probably slightly earlier than the right-hand one in the previous line-up. Likewise the two shield-shaped based ones are colour variations of the previous example.

The last two are similar, but both have differences from each-other.

Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Totem Poles; Britains Wild West; CMV Totem Pole; Herald Hong Kong; Herald Totem Poles; Herald Wild West; Hong Kong Totem Poles; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Native American Indian; Native Totem Poles; Plastic Totem Poles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Totem Poles; Vintage Totem Poles; Wild West Totem Poles;
PSTSM look away now - as we will see in a minute; these are all smallies or 'Plastic Smalls' and therefore of no interest to you, even though none of you read this Blog because it's so crap . . . heeheehee; Hi guys!

The dark purple-brown one is a modern one marked China and as you can see although all to a similar size, they are three different mouldings, with the pale brown one the best - quality wise - the red one the worst.

I actually had one of these first, decades ago, but quickly realised large-scale Totem Poles were more in scale with HO or OO sized figures than the 54/60mm peeps they came with, so started collecting all totems as a side-collection, despite a dearth of Woodland Indians in the toy world back in the day!

Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Totem Poles; Britains Wild West; CMV Totem Pole; Herald Hong Kong; Herald Totem Poles; Herald Wild West; Hong Kong Totem Poles; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Native American Indian; Native Totem Poles; Plastic Totem Poles; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Totem Poles; Vintage Totem Poles; Wild West Totem Poles;
Twelve Wooden Totems, Standing in the Woods
Twelve Wooden Totems, Standing in the Woods
And if one Wooden Totem, Should get Dropped by a Lumber-Jack
There'd be Eleven Wooden Totems, Standing in the Woods

Except they are polymerised-ethylene!

H is for How They Come In - Often from America!

The same day Peter's parcel arrived, another hitched a ride with it on Postie's trolley, in fact with both of them sent regular-mail and the postmen working under cut-hours (or under-cut hours!), he didn't even knock, just tucked one on the other, behind the wood-stack in the porch and I found them both returning from the station with the daily Metro!

It was from Brian in New York, and had all sort of goodies in it!

CMV Khaki Infantry; CMV Toy Soldiers; DC Justice League; Dolgen Corp; Dolgencorp for Dollar General; Greenbrier Internetional; Greenbrier Soldiers; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Imperial Soldiers; Imperial Toys; Marx Copies; Mattel Flixstars; Mattel Justice League; Mattel The Rock; Mattel WWF; Michelangelo; Monogram TMNT; MPC 54mm Troops; MPC GI's; Mummy Army; Payton GI's; Skeleton Army; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Hero's;
He sent three bags of the Flixstars from Mattel we looked at last time he sent some! I'm going to have to keep one mint, but don't know yet which of them will be the two to open, but I must say I think they're fun, and from the front they all make nice figures.

CMV Khaki Infantry; CMV Toy Soldiers; DC Justice League; Dolgen Corp; Dolgencorp for Dollar General; Greenbrier Internetional; Greenbrier Soldiers; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Imperial Soldiers; Imperial Toys; Marx Copies; Mattel Flixstars; Mattel Justice League; Mattel The Rock; Mattel WWF; Michelangelo; Monogram TMNT; MPC 54mm Troops; MPC GI's; Mummy Army; Payton GI's; Skeleton Army; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Hero's;
I opened this one straight-away, because the packaging is a huge thing, and I can scan the card sometime for the archive, which will stack flat 'for posterity'! He's a bigg'un, about 80mm if we assume they grew to human size, and from Monogram 'the new'.

Funnily-enough I found the old Playmate's 54mm'ish TMNT's while putting that Plume Brisse (or whatever it was) Indian premium away the other day and I thought that with the ones we've seen in the last few years and others including the Yolanda Sobre ones we might have a round-up of turtle ninja, mutant-teenager figuress in the spring!

CMV Khaki Infantry; CMV Toy Soldiers; DC Justice League; Dolgen Corp; Dolgencorp for Dollar General; Greenbrier Internetional; Greenbrier Soldiers; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Imperial Soldiers; Imperial Toys; Marx Copies; Mattel Flixstars; Mattel Justice League; Mattel The Rock; Mattel WWF; Michelangelo; Monogram TMNT; MPC 54mm Troops; MPC GI's; Mummy Army; Payton GI's; Skeleton Army; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Hero's;
This year's packaging colour-way from Dollar General/Dolgen, I would save it for October, but thought I'd clear the decks now, as we can compare all three - to date - next year, they being; black, orange and purple cards. Still unfair that the Mummy's get ten poses and the Skeletons only eight!

CMV Khaki Infantry; CMV Toy Soldiers; DC Justice League; Dolgen Corp; Dolgencorp for Dollar General; Greenbrier Internetional; Greenbrier Soldiers; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Imperial Soldiers; Imperial Toys; Marx Copies; Mattel Flixstars; Mattel Justice League; Mattel The Rock; Mattel WWF; Michelangelo; Monogram TMNT; MPC 54mm Troops; MPC GI's; Mummy Army; Payton GI's; Skeleton Army; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Hero's;
Brian also sent three bags of some of his finds on the secondary market; the top bag has a mix of MPC 54mm (which I know I'm short of) and Hong Kong Monogram clones, the middle bag are the Payton (? I'll check before I blog them again) copies of the Marx hard plastic polystyrene figures. We did look at them, but it was ages ago, so they will prove really useful when I return to them here.

The last bag was particularly kind of Brian as we've already had the images - indeed it leaves me with a quandary as I'd like to shoot them again (now they're here!), but with some more CMV shots (for that is what they are) from Chris Smith added to the mix, they were/are fully covered on the khaki infantry page, so I'll have to be patient, or get a grip on an A-Z entry!

CMV Khaki Infantry; CMV Toy Soldiers; DC Justice League; Dolgen Corp; Dolgencorp for Dollar General; Greenbrier Internetional; Greenbrier Soldiers; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Imperial Soldiers; Imperial Toys; Marx Copies; Mattel Flixstars; Mattel Justice League; Mattel The Rock; Mattel WWF; Michelangelo; Monogram TMNT; MPC 54mm Troops; MPC GI's; Mummy Army; Payton GI's; Skeleton Army; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Hero's;
A return to Mattel with these two 65/70-mil'ish figures, a nice Batman and The Rock - who's pretty-much escaped me but I know of him from my Brother's enthusiastic gabbling on the Fast & Furious franchise!

I shot the card backs to illustrate a point previously highlighted - the mass of consumer information you find on these things, these days - they must be as 'safe' as a lungful of mountain-air!

CMV Khaki Infantry; CMV Toy Soldiers; DC Justice League; Dolgen Corp; Dolgencorp for Dollar General; Greenbrier Internetional; Greenbrier Soldiers; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Imperial Soldiers; Imperial Toys; Marx Copies; Mattel Flixstars; Mattel Justice League; Mattel The Rock; Mattel WWF; Michelangelo; Monogram TMNT; MPC 54mm Troops; MPC GI's; Mummy Army; Payton GI's; Skeleton Army; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Hero's;
Mr. B also sent three more of these large stretchy 100mm combat types from Greenbrier/DTSC for Imperial with a new colour and a new pose - the bazooka firer. Thanks as always to Brian and wishing him and the rest of you a Happy Christmas . . . I know - but it's not far off; any-day-soon and it'll be in the past already!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

News, Views etc . . . Vectis Sale Thursday Next

Press release for tomorrow's TV and Movie relayed sale;

Lot 4092

"The TV and Film related sale to be held on the 12th of December features over 400 lots. Items in the sale include Palitoy Vintage Action man outfits, figures and accessories, Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr Who and Gerry Anderson, plus James Bond, Masters of The Universe, Lord of the rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel and DC. There is a selection of TV and Film related diecast models, space related tinplate items and vintage gaming consoles. The sale will also include Part 3 of The North West Autographed Memorabilia Collection, which includes signed photographs, books, magazines, toys and displays from The Rat Pack, Gene Wilder, Take That, The Beatles and many more. The sale will also include books, magazines, and Comics, jigsaws and games, DVDs, and VHS. "

H is for Horse-drawn Hose-artists

Writing the blurb for the previous post reminded me I had shot all the Lledo back in the summer! So here's the firefighting element - Days Gone: DG5 Shand-Mason Horse Drawn Fire Engine - as a non-follow-up, follow-up!

1983; 1986; 27 Chicago Fire Brigade; 5 Lake City; 5 Lake-City; Chicago Fire Brigade; Days Gone No.5; Days Gone: DG5; DG5; EN3 4LE; Enfield; Fire and Rescue; Fire Appliances; Fire Brigade; Fire Engines; Fire Service; Fire Truck; Firefighter Toys; Firefighting Element; Horse Drawn; Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Horse Drawn Shand-Mason; Jack Odell; Lake City Fire Brigade; Lledo Fire Engine; Lledo London Ltd.; LLL; London Fire Brigade; London Fire Service; Models of Days Gone; Pumper; Shand-Mason; Shand-Mason Fire Engine; Shand-Mason Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Truck;
There were three figures in two poses, and variations exist in painted (it wasn't just the dray master) and non-painted figures, a batch of washed-out blue (middle left)* polymer (properties of a nylon or polypropylene) and a frame-runner variation with 'ears' on (upper pair of arrows), possibly due to a change in the production cycle, they look like they were to be grabbed by someone or something, but whether they was later added or earlier removed I don't know. The same runner looses a small tab found at the bottom of the other type - lower arrow.

* The brighter-blue ones in the previous post were created by my colourising the photo's which were washed-out by shooting them through glass.

1983; 1986; 27 Chicago Fire Brigade; 5 Lake City; 5 Lake-City; Chicago Fire Brigade; Days Gone No.5; Days Gone: DG5; DG5; EN3 4LE; Enfield; Fire and Rescue; Fire Appliances; Fire Brigade; Fire Engines; Fire Service; Fire Truck; Firefighter Toys; Firefighting Element; Horse Drawn; Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Horse Drawn Shand-Mason; Jack Odell; Lake City Fire Brigade; Lledo Fire Engine; Lledo London Ltd.; LLL; London Fire Brigade; London Fire Service; Models of Days Gone; Pumper; Shand-Mason; Shand-Mason Fire Engine; Shand-Mason Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Truck;
I have two still boxed and this is - I'm pretty sure - the earlier (1983'ish) one, following the general pattern of the Matchbox model which Jack Odell would have been only too familiar with. Some of the limited edition sets also had the manes and tails painted on the hoses and/or the collars.

Numbered engine 27 of the Chicago Fire Brigade (it's not only 'Engine'-v-'Appliance', there's been a move away from 'Brigade' to 'Service'?) and showing only six models in the line, on the back of the box, which has windows both sides to better display the complete assembly with painted figures.

1983; 1986; 27 Chicago Fire Brigade; 5 Lake City; 5 Lake-City; Chicago Fire Brigade; Days Gone No.5; Days Gone: DG5; DG5; EN3 4LE; Enfield; Fire and Rescue; Fire Appliances; Fire Brigade; Fire Engines; Fire Service; Fire Truck; Firefighter Toys; Firefighting Element; Horse Drawn; Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Horse Drawn Shand-Mason; Jack Odell; Lake City Fire Brigade; Lledo Fire Engine; Lledo London Ltd.; LLL; London Fire Brigade; London Fire Service; Models of Days Gone; Pumper; Shand-Mason; Shand-Mason Fire Engine; Shand-Mason Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Truck;
Both my machines are of American subjects; Lake City is in Florida. By 1986 you had to fit your own unpainted figures which were tucked behind, where one of the windows used to be, but the range had increased to 16 with plans for three more. I quite like this version with the steam-pump painted red.

1983; 1986; 27 Chicago Fire Brigade; 5 Lake City; 5 Lake-City; Chicago Fire Brigade; Days Gone No.5; Days Gone: DG5; DG5; EN3 4LE; Enfield; Fire and Rescue; Fire Appliances; Fire Brigade; Fire Engines; Fire Service; Fire Truck; Firefighter Toys; Firefighting Element; Horse Drawn; Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Horse Drawn Shand-Mason; Jack Odell; Lake City Fire Brigade; Lledo Fire Engine; Lledo London Ltd.; LLL; London Fire Brigade; London Fire Service; Models of Days Gone; Pumper; Shand-Mason; Shand-Mason Fire Engine; Shand-Mason Horse Drawn Fire Engine; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Truck;
An older shot (2014) which has been sat in Picasa waiting for the main chance, only to be overshadowed by the 'storage lot'! In both sets of photo's the colour variation is not clear, but the greyer-blue is the lower runner here.