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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, April 15, 2019

T is for Toy Fair 2019 Reports - Amerang - Solido

Slowly getting through the London Toy Fair reports, and still with Amerang, another offering from who (whom, which?) was a rather interesting development, if now getting a bit boring . . . having previously be issued as partworks under various brands in the former Soviet Bloc & Europe (and Australasia - I think?) as well as being 'cleared' through The Works a few years ago!

Clearly not cleared thoroughly enough . . .

'Wirblewind'; 88mm Flak Gun; Altaya; Amerang; AMX; Artillery Gun; Artillery Tractor; AVF Models; Cromwell Tank; Die Cast AFV's; Eaglemoss; Flak-panzer IV; Half Track; Helicopter Toy; Heuy Helicopter; Huey UH1B; Hugh's Aircraft Corporation; Kennsington Olympia Toy Fair; Korean War; Krupp Protz; London Toy Fair 2019; Matchbox Toys; Model AFV's; Model Aircraft; Panther Coelian; Panzer Anhanger; Patton Tank; Sd.Kfz. 7; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Solido; The Works; TK Maxx; Toy Fair 2019; Tractor; Trailer Tractor; Universal Group; Universal Matchbox; Utility Helicopter; Vietnam War; War Master; Whirlwind Panzer;
. . . as they are now appearing under Solido's banner, shipped-in to the UK by Amerang, good news if you like AFV's, excellent news is you're building war-gaming armies and feel you don't have the prerequisite modelling skills?

On display was a selection of WWII AFV's and aircraft, along with a nice Korean War Patton I and Vietnam-era Huey 'Slick'. The full range (as seen before) has more modern-era stuff in the line-up, but then the aircraft are from a previously different/separate part work series (currently still running in the UK I believe (forthcoming post - if I ever find time!)), so I'm guessing Solido have chosen the more popular subjects from both ranges to maximise sales and minimise further 'clearance'!

Basically - some manufacturer in China has developed exquisite ranges of AFV's and aircraft in a constant 1:72nd scale, with fine plastic detailing on die-cast bodies - which rival the best Corgi has to offer, and they are selling them (as contract-manufacture) to anyone who wants them, and about six brands/publishers, so far, have taken-up that opportunity. Except . . . of cource . . . it's at least two factories; as we saw here.

Consequently they are not rare, and those eBay bottom feeders who bulk-purchased at 2 or 3-quid from The Works and them put them on the feebleBay for 6, 8, or 10-smackers-a-pop, should be taken outside and shot for the black-marketeers they are! [Not so 'far left' now, am I James? Seems I can be as right wing as you and your Mosque floor-plan researching, gun-loving bred'rin!]

'Wirblewind'; 88mm Flak Gun; Altaya; Amerang; AMX; Artillery Gun; Artillery Tractor; AVF Models; Cromwell Tank; Die Cast AFV's; Eaglemoss; Flak-panzer IV; Half Track; Helicopter Toy; Heuy Helicopter; Huey UH1B; Hugh's Aircraft Corporation; Kennsington Olympia Toy Fair; Korean War; Krupp Protz; London Toy Fair 2019; Matchbox Toys; Model AFV's; Model Aircraft; Panther Coelian; Panzer Anhanger; Patton Tank; Sd.Kfz. 7; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Solido; The Works; TK Maxx; Toy Fair 2019; Tractor; Trailer Tractor; Universal Group; Universal Matchbox; Utility Helicopter; Vietnam War; War Master; Whirlwind Panzer;
Panther 'Coelian', an experimental vehicle which saw little or no service, hence the unpainted, surface-rusted turret. Like Flak-panzer IV 'Kugelblitzen', 'Maus'es' (mice? Misen? Misen to picen!) and E100's, there are X10-many more in war games armies than ever left the factories it's all a bit silly, really! Wouldn't stop me buying one though - ah, yes; the hypocrisy of the pink monkeys!

'Wirblewind'; 88mm Flak Gun; Altaya; Amerang; AMX; Artillery Gun; Artillery Tractor; AVF Models; Cromwell Tank; Die Cast AFV's; Eaglemoss; Flak-panzer IV; Half Track; Helicopter Toy; Heuy Helicopter; Huey UH1B; Hugh's Aircraft Corporation; Kennsington Olympia Toy Fair; Korean War; Krupp Protz; London Toy Fair 2019; Matchbox Toys; Model AFV's; Model Aircraft; Panther Coelian; Panzer Anhanger; Patton Tank; Sd.Kfz. 7; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Solido; The Works; TK Maxx; Toy Fair 2019; Tractor; Trailer Tractor; Universal Group; Universal Matchbox; Utility Helicopter; Vietnam War; War Master; Whirlwind Panzer;
Safer ground with a Patton tank - painted by Dr. No's henchmen it seems! Didn't save the Gloster's did it . . . fussa-russa!

But a nice model of a machine which - where previously issued in this size - has always been highly inaccurate, whether Japanese pull-back or clockwork's imported by Riko or the Airfix 'readymade' which couldn't decide if it was an M '46, '47 or '48 or what it's turret should look like (despite trying two designs!) in the 1960's or later Hong Kong stuff based on Blue Box's effort copied by Rado, et al in the 1970/80's . . . hell - they still turn-up; horrible little squat-lumps of wasted polyethylene!

'Wirblewind'; 88mm Flak Gun; Altaya; Amerang; AMX; Artillery Gun; Artillery Tractor; AVF Models; Cromwell Tank; Die Cast AFV's; Eaglemoss; Flak-panzer IV; Half Track; Helicopter Toy; Heuy Helicopter; Huey UH1B; Hugh's Aircraft Corporation; Kennsington Olympia Toy Fair; Korean War; Krupp Protz; London Toy Fair 2019; Matchbox Toys; Model AFV's; Model Aircraft; Panther Coelian; Panzer Anhanger; Patton Tank; Sd.Kfz. 7; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Solido; The Works; TK Maxx; Toy Fair 2019; Tractor; Trailer Tractor; Universal Group; Universal Matchbox; Utility Helicopter; Vietnam War; War Master; Whirlwind Panzer;
Lovely! What can you say, better that Airfix, Hasegawa or Fujimi, that's for sure, and the fact that the anhanger (trailer) tractor behind has a different camouflage and no tilt, while the gun-tractor has a full tilt (apparently in two parts), suggests multiple purchases could be cross pollinated to quickly produce a fleet of (6?) different-looking vehicles.

'Wirblewind'; 88mm Flak Gun; Altaya; Amerang; AMX; Artillery Gun; Artillery Tractor; AVF Models; Cromwell Tank; Die Cast AFV's; Eaglemoss; Flak-panzer IV; Half Track; Helicopter Toy; Heuy Helicopter; Huey UH1B; Hugh's Aircraft Corporation; Kennsington Olympia Toy Fair; Korean War; Krupp Protz; London Toy Fair 2019; Matchbox Toys; Model AFV's; Model Aircraft; Panther Coelian; Panzer Anhanger; Patton Tank; Sd.Kfz. 7; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Solido; The Works; TK Maxx; Toy Fair 2019; Tractor; Trailer Tractor; Universal Group; Universal Matchbox; Utility Helicopter; Vietnam War; War Master; Whirlwind Panzer;
Hugh's Aircraft Corporation Utility Helicopter 1 . . . B! I think this is actually painted-up as a South Vietnamese airframe of the type thrown into the sea in large numbers at the end, as US Aircraft Carriers and amphibious assault ship's decks filled with the fleeing regime's hardware? Loving the tiger-stripes!

In the background is an AMX, is it painted for Chad or South Africa or somewhere like that? And if you're thinking it has limited use on the war game's table, I can assure you the 3rd Fantasian Motor Rifle Division had a heavy reconnaissance regiment requiring 9 of them on the table!

'Wirblewind'; 88mm Flak Gun; Altaya; Amerang; AMX; Artillery Gun; Artillery Tractor; AVF Models; Cromwell Tank; Die Cast AFV's; Eaglemoss; Flak-panzer IV; Half Track; Helicopter Toy; Heuy Helicopter; Huey UH1B; Hugh's Aircraft Corporation; Kennsington Olympia Toy Fair; Korean War; Krupp Protz; London Toy Fair 2019; Matchbox Toys; Model AFV's; Model Aircraft; Panther Coelian; Panzer Anhanger; Patton Tank; Sd.Kfz. 7; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Solido; The Works; TK Maxx; Toy Fair 2019; Tractor; Trailer Tractor; Universal Group; Universal Matchbox; Utility Helicopter; Vietnam War; War Master; Whirlwind Panzer;
A couple more in the box, I NEED a Protz! I think the Flak-panzer IV 'Wirblewind' is the same model Matchbox branded about 15 years ago, which would make them the first to carry these models (albeit as a small and hard to find range), long before Altaya (or was it Eaglemoss?!) et al, and further suggest that at least one of the contract manufacturer's may be (or have been) part of the Universal Group?

War Master from Solido via Amerang, ex-everybodyelse! Get 'em when you see 'em or you'll be paying double on evilBay in a few years time! Or - as they aren't that cheap anyway - wait and see if they are churned through The Works or TKMaxx in a year or two - somewhere in the Far East, there's a warehouse the size of an aircraft-hanger (or two); full of 'em!!

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