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I’m a 56-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, October 20, 2021

A is for Ahhhhhh! The Children's Crusade!

Well, you've seen me frustrate myself wreaking a big red Dinky London omnibus, while my brother sleeps oblivious next to me, you've seen the the pair of us as biscuit-chomping cowpoke gunslingers, now I seem to be a crusader!

I have absolutely no recollection of this whatsoever, however I think it might be 1969 (I look about six - far left) when I stayed with my Godmother while our parents were in the 'States. The guy in the middle is her son Charles, who was a couple of years older than me (so eigh'tish in this shot?), and while I thought the other guy might be an old friend Tobin, I suspect he's actually some one from the School I attended while staying there (Bishops Stortford), as my brother is absent and he must be my age/from my class, as Charles was a year or two above . . . or even attending a different school?

Could be a school-play? But 'Blondie' hasn't gone to the same lenths with his costume? Although his bow looks a little more professional than mine! Am I Robin Hood to Charles's Friar Tuck, or a man-at-arms to his crusader?

Fun thing to find!

The Children's Crusade

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

News, Views Etc . . . Airfix Blog Update - Astronauts

01741; 01741-7; 4D Puzzle Model; 4D Puzzle Models; A00741V 08 525; Airfix; Airfix 1971; Airfix Clones; Airfix Vintage Classics; Aliens; Astronauts; Astronits; Civilian; Fame Master; Fancy It Agencies; Giant Aliens; Giant Plastics Corp; Hing Fat; HO/OO; JE Toys; Jean Höffler; Jean Hoefler; Lev Prokoliev; Lew PROKOLIJEW; Lion; Moon Landings; Moon Rover; Moon Shot; NASA; Novelty Headquaters Inc.; PMS; Polish Toy Soldiers; R&L Astronits; Space; Spacemen; TUSZYN TRANSFER UL NO 3; Wing Mau; Woolbro Rack Toy; Woolbro Spacemen;
As the title says - I've added some stuff to the Airfix blog's Astronaut post, in fact I think I've nearly doubled the size of it, with lots of new comparisons, the 50th anniversary issue, a Polish set, more links, a repaired link and a new link in the older section . . . 16 images with blurb in total, so there might be something over there to interest Loyal Readers!

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More of a security guard than an assistant!

What I have done over there is remove all the spurious brand-tags, and I will do it on all the posts there in the fullness of time, there were going to be many-more comparison brands than the tag-limits allow-for, and that will be the case on all posts in the end, so they'll have to be served by the meta-tags. And some of the things which are there 'only', will eventually get a box-tick here and their own A-Z listings or thematic pages?

Next day - forgot to add the link; now added above - Doh!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

News, Views Etc . . . Design Eye

As I mentioned last night, I've put the Design Eye A-Z entry up here;

http://smallscaleworld-d-e-f.blogspot.com/2021/10/design-eye-design-eye-publishing.html

I haven't done as much on those blogs as I'd hoped this year, but the day when I really get stuck into them is not far off, or nearer, whichever gives you more hope!

D is for Design Eye - Ultimate Explorers 'Ancient Egypt'

Sad that the series only ran to the two sets, but then the recent Klutz sets with figures only managed four titles, while the ones a contributor found in Europe for PW magazine was only two as well, I think, but between the three similar lines you get a clue as to what a larger run might include - Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gladiators, Medieval, Pirates, Space, Circus, Farm & Zoo . . . I guess a Phidal Disney for 5.99 is easier - more figures less craft faffing!

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Figures; Ancient Egyptians; Design Eye; Design Eye Publishing; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Obelisk; Egyptian Pyramids; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Lake Nasser; Pyramid Toys; Ramesses II; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Temple at Abu Simbel; Temple at Karnak; Toy Sphinx; Ultimate Explorer;
Because similar things lend themselves to similar photogenicity (if that's a word, and if it isn't; it should be!), so this post is almost the same as the last one, just with different images, which might make the blurb sparser?

Cover and contents here, similar mix, but paints and an ink-stamper up the ante on craft in the absence of a catapult! The 30 (3x10) HO figures of the medieval set are replaced by only 12 (3x4) in this set, but there's less play-value in civilians I suppose! The booklet doesn't seem to have a byline/given author this time and another board-game is printed on the back of another fold-down . . .

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Figures; Ancient Egyptians; Design Eye; Design Eye Publishing; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Obelisk; Egyptian Pyramids; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Lake Nasser; Pyramid Toys; Ramesses II; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Temple at Abu Simbel; Temple at Karnak; Toy Sphinx; Ultimate Explorer;
. . . of an imperial or religious monument, this being a conglomeration of the Great Temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel (famously moved under UNESCO funding, several hundred meters, in my childhood to save them from being flooded by Lake Nasser after the building of the High Aswan Dam), married with a pair of obelisks and Karnak's restored Khonsu Temple walls as a backdrop.

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Figures; Ancient Egyptians; Design Eye; Design Eye Publishing; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Obelisk; Egyptian Pyramids; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Lake Nasser; Pyramid Toys; Ramesses II; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Temple at Abu Simbel; Temple at Karnak; Toy Sphinx; Ultimate Explorer;
They are rendered as they would have been at the time, so colourful and no missing heads! there's also a couple of Sphinxes and a pop-up religious procession, again it's all sized to use the small figure included in the set.

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Figures; Ancient Egyptians; Design Eye; Design Eye Publishing; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Obelisk; Egyptian Pyramids; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Lake Nasser; Pyramid Toys; Ramesses II; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Temple at Abu Simbel; Temple at Karnak; Toy Sphinx; Ultimate Explorer;
Card game playing pieces lye behind a two-sided painting guide for both sizes of figure, but the guide is clearly using larger-sized models of the three diminutive sculpts, it would take a master-painter indeed to get that level of detail onto the actual figures, also they look more Egyptian here!

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The two finished 'wealthy Egyptians' actually looking more Babylonian or Biblical! I only have these in the hard polypropylene type plastic, I don't know if a soft PVC'ish issue ever occurred? The one thing I failed to record when doing these shots, was the other issuer (there's two versions [earlier publisher?] of one back-cover) and it may be that there's a link between issue and plastic type? I can add anything relevant to the A-Z post at a later date?

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Figures; Ancient Egyptians; Design Eye; Design Eye Publishing; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Obelisk; Egyptian Pyramids; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Lake Nasser; Pyramid Toys; Ramesses II; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Temple at Abu Simbel; Temple at Karnak; Toy Sphinx; Ultimate Explorer;
Upper shot is a reverse-order of the previous post's, the lower shot is the same image as last time - I forgot to take two slightly different ones! The Crescent 'berserker' was found to be only 50mm to his helmet top, so the king is approximately 54mm to his eye-line which is how some measure them anyway, you could call them 60mm at a pinch, it's all subjective and the Horus figure in this set has  a very deep base - he slips on to one of the card press-outs if I recall correctly.

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Figures; Ancient Egyptians; Design Eye; Design Eye Publishing; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Obelisk; Egyptian Pyramids; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Lake Nasser; Pyramid Toys; Ramesses II; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Temple at Abu Simbel; Temple at Karnak; Toy Sphinx; Ultimate Explorer;
Those press-outs include a number of Pyramids (about 10?) in various (7 or 8?) sizes, a gold-plated funereal-barge and attendant tender!

I also found an image which belongs on the previous post so I'll add it there later, while there are a couple of scans which will go on the A-Z entry, and which I'll try to get done later tonight.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

D is for Design Eye - Ultimate Explorers 'Castles'

Looked at in Plastic Warrior's little brother One Inch Warrior, many years ago now, and not by me, but I made it my business to track them down once whoever had covered had done so!

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer;
Interactive books, or 'activity packs', there were two and we will look at the other shortly, Castles dealt - obviously - with medieval forts, and you get some figures in two scales (approximately 54mm and 15mm), some plastic jewels for craft projects (make a crown type of thing, a clip-together catapult, a booklet (authored by Susan Churchill), a scroll, some game-playing paraphernalia and the game itself, which hides . . .

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer;
. . . a fold-down fort! Specifically, the entrance to a Norman castle tower/keep with raised walk-way to a barbican gate-house, draw-bridge and mote. It's quite a complicated arrangement with several layers and various connecting pieces, along with a couple of other features.

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer;
Here on the left the rooms of the keep are revealed by a fold-back section of the wall being pulled away, while on the right a wooden portcullis can be raised and lowered - a slight 'continuity error' is that it takes the drawbridge chains with it!

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer;
The figures; Earlier this year I suggested elsewhere that the king might be based on a statue of Alfred the Great, but then spent a few days trying to track it down on Google and while finding several, including a couple in similar garb, none of them were the right pose, so it may be a more unique sculpt, or based on another statue (Richard I, or John - it still looks familiar?), he's compared with the similar figure from the other, Egyptian, set.

Above them are the three poses of small figure - crossbow, longbow and swordsman. I have found sevearl sets over the years (and lost one!), and I now have samples in both a hard polypropylene (left-hand trio) and a soft PVC or replacement material in a similar soft rubbery composition - right-hand.

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer; 
Airfix figures of this age tended to 23mm, so they are getting on for 20, but the knights are a tad smaller, while the Egyptians have heavy bases, so 15mm or 'HO' compatible is a better bet, they can be used with the fold-down fort . . . or on the carpet.

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer;
The catapult is a little unsteady in that the swinging arm is rather suspended in thin-air and held in place by a rubber-band. On the left a pair are accompanied by Airfix yobbo's of the Sheriff of Nottingham's mob for size reference.

On the right the machine is compared with stone-throwers from Zvezda (lower, similar wheeled-catapult), Orion (white, a later Einarm with wrought-iron spring action) and the Elastolin Onagar, but here in its undecorated (and rather glue-smeared) for-France Ougan-branded guise.

British King; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Design Eye; Elastolin Onagar; Fort Play Set; Fortress Battle Set; France Ougan; Interactive Books; Interactive Toy; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engines Part 1; Medieval Toy Figures; Orion 72015; Orion Einarm; Orion Medieval Siege Engines; Ougan Onagar; Ram and Einarms; Siege Engine; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Susan Churchill; Ultimate Explorer;

Well, he follows me all the time and they were in the queue! Taken on 19th May, for those getting hot under the collar . . . and it's a question answered! Egypt next.

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A few hours later - I found this in the folder for the Egyptian set, it's a cage behind sliding wall sections, there's a winder behind it (as artwork, not working!), so you can send your pitiful prisoners into the dungeon to rot!
 

G is for Gods - Moving in Mysterious Ways?

We've had a couple of these string-of-coincidence posts over the years of the Blog, and it's about time for another, and this is a particularly odd series of coincidences, which follow-on from the previous post (below or 'older post') as a starter.

Ceremonial Troops; Guards Division; Guardsman Toy Soldier; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Made in Hong Kong; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Plastic Costume Figures; Royal Guards; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes;
I found this figure in the flower-bed under the bay-window this afternoon when I got back from town and saw a flash of scarlet under the bush. Now I've raked leaves and the detritus of passers-by from under there dozens of times and know it had to be new, but "WTF"?

It looked like a Cavendish figure, and as I was washing it, I remembered dropping the Cavendish box when I was loading the car from the garage to take a load up to the storage unit  a few weeks ago, so that mystery was solved, sort of!

Also, while cleaning him, I was thinking, 1) "It shouldn't have been loose, on its own, it should have been with the rest in their bag?" - when I occasionally drop the boxes (150x150x200mm) the contents don't get damaged as all the little card-backed 4x5½" self-seal bags act like air pockets, so you just gather-up the escapees and sort them back into the box, and 2) "it doesn't look like the Cavendish figure?"

So I got-up the Cavendish articles dealing with the Guardsmen here at Small Scale World; there have been two in recent years, and sure enough, he wasn't the Cavendish pose, although by then I had a half an idea what he was, and that's the big coincidence, as I think he's from the pencil sharpener family of that previous post!

Ceremonial Troops; Guards Division; Guardsman Toy Soldier; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Made in Hong Kong; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Plastic Costume Figures; Royal Guards; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes;
The only clues are the two locating studs which are the same as the loose Beefeater, and that the scrap of remaining base between the feet is the same red as others we've seen in that set, not the heavy base of the Cavendish figures, there are other differences between the Cavendish and this chap pose-wise (bearskin is slimmer, he's got a Lee Enfield not an SLR etc...), but they are the only real clues to his identity, so it remains provisional.

Now, I have half a memory of stuffing  a figure through the gap in the top of the Cavendish box a while ago, out of lazyness while sorting, and thinking that'll need putting in the bag next time I've got them out for a reason -  clearly I hadn't looked closely at him!

I then wondered if he'd come from Chris or Peter in a mixed lot recently, so searched the 'H is for . . . ' posts in the queue (including charity shop posts there's sixteen in that bit of the editorial waiting-line!), but I can't find him, so he must have come in with one of several mixed lots I've managed to find in the last few months - well, since I posted the two boxed sets on a Faceplant group a few months ago (last/most recent Cavendish post on that tag). He might have been in a lot from Adrian / Mercator back in May/June time?

But that seems to mean that a figure which I barely noticed coming-in to the collection, and which I needed for the last post I edited, was accidentally put in a box, which weeks or months later would be the only box dropped, and the first dropped for a while, and where in picking up the spillage I missed the one interloper (I thrashed that bed this afternoon and found nothing else!), only to find him in time to both recognise him and to tack him up here as a follow-up to the follow-up which was the previous post? The Gods . . . see? They're laughing at us!

Anyway, there you go, under my nose for a while . . . he's a better sculpt than the Hong Kong takes on Cavendish's figure, and will probably turn-out to be another of the pencil-sharpener/cake decoration/novelty set . . . bargain!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

F is for Follow-up - Novelty Toppers & Sharpeners

Last time we looked at these I titled the post "M is for More to Come . . .", so confident was I that we were only going to scratch the surface, and further predicted a return, and while this isn't perhaps as full as I had visioned that future follow-up, it does widen the field and reveal some new poses . . . although it also clears a few duplicates out of Picasa, so apologies for that!

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
The first duplicate shot is - I think - the original Shackman set's listing shot, which I'd downloaded before winning the lot we looked at last time! But it reminds us of what we looked at then!

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
I'd also shot the comparisons and the 'new' policeman several times shoving the images in different folders, only to re-take them for that previous post!

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
This arrived this morning; I haven't even done the feed-back yet - next thing on the list, it's the man for the lady dancer in the boxed set, no branding, and very different packaging to the stock-box from Shackman, and never/hardly ever been out from the looks of him.

Clearly not a Spanish-anything, he's sort of Tyrolean, but more accurately a Slovakian Folk Dancer (Czech's tend to red or white trousers, while the true Tyrolean's wear short lederhosen or longer, black velvet trousers with high white stockings), not that the blue seems terribly Slovakian, but A) it's a cheap toy, B) it was a very brief Googling, in image results and C) I don't really care, but he's not a Spanish Dancer, whatever the HONG KONG box says!

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
These were (are?) both still being offered by an Argentine seller on feeBay, and seem to be an earlier iteration, loosely channeling the Disney cartoon of Peter Pan, base is flat (no step/plinth), but sharpener looks to be the same design as the others. L-in-a-triangle brand-mark means nothing to me, yet?

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
While these chaps are from the 1965 (or '68?) catalogue from Wilton in the 'States, we're looking at a full license here, I think, from Hanna-Barbera Productions, but the same bases as the Peter Pans', and definitely the same sharpener-units, it may be that they were all coming from a smaller factory among the many in HK, who only specialised in these and jobbed to everyone?

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
A new colour for the sharpener in the Policeman's pale blue, and a new pose in the Native American lady - another Commonwealth knock-off - both from feebleBay.

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
Returning to the new figure, a bag of what I suspect are wholesaled Christmas cracker inserts and a cat! The inserts include a green plastic copy of the standard die-cast alloy sharpener of our youth, two hexagonal ones, a hippo-outline (or at least I think it's a hippo, it's not terribly clear!), a heart-shape and a round one pretty similar to the one basing many of these figurative novelty sharpeners, but quite modern/current.

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
The new one is marked Hong Kong on the underside of the sharpener, has an unmarked plinth, and a box code which is in sequence with some of those we saw last time, but not the Wilton or Shackman codes, I guess it depended who the end user was and whether they chose to adopt the manufacturers code, or re-number in line with their own 'in-house' cataloguing system/s.

All of which brings us to three plinth types; flat, flanged single-step or edged double-step, coming with or without a pencil sharpener which itself can or cannot be a separate piece in crackers, gum-balls etc . . . and a selection of subjects from the Wild West, through dancers to civic & ceremonials, some of which are ex-Commonwealth, some based of Commonwealth-Van Brode sculpts and some quite original, with - now - Disney knock-offs and HBP characters . . . what next?

674 - A; American Indians; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; Commonwealth; Commonwealth Indian; Crescent; Crescent Clones; Crescent Cowboys & Indians; Disney Peter Pan; First Nation Peoples; Hanna-Barbera Productions; HBP; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Huckleberry Hound; Lido; Lido Copies; Lido Figures; Made in Hong Kong; Marked 'GERMANY'; Native Americans; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Peter Pan; Plastic Costume Figures; Policeman; Quick Draw McGraw; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tourist Keepsakes; W. Germany; Walt Disney Figures; West German; Wild West; World Dolls; Yogi Bear;
Because we're looking at mostly sharpeners;this is a follow-up to this post and suggests there were two each, cowboys and Indians in the 'West Germany'-marked set of pencil sharpeners utilising the Crescent/Lido poses? There may - of course - be more, but four as two-pairs seems sensible, and only those four keep turning-up? Another evilBay image.

F is for Follow-up - Belgian Footballers

This is following-up on this post, but these aren't marked Pak-Me-Mee, and are a pinkish-flesh off-white, rather than the creamy off-white of the aforementioned pudding-mix premiums.

110mm Figures; 4 1/2 Inch Figures; 4.5-inch Figures; Belgian Football Player; Belgian Premiums; Dumortier Brothers; Flemish Figurines; Food Premiums; Football Premium; FootBaller Premiums; Four Inch Figures; Novelties; Novelty Toy; P. Dumortier Fres; Pak-Me-Mee; Plastic Figures; Plastic Footballers; Prenez-Moi; Pudding; Pudding Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wallonia;
Luckily, with eight to find (in any variation) I managed to score two more, so that's five in the bag now; an instep-pass and a flicky back-kick.

I shot them against an 1898 atlas I found, I don't think the boarders have changed much, even after two World Wars, but I recall a Belgian farmer helping himself to a piece of France a while back - top lad!

110mm Figures; 4 1/2 Inch Figures; 4.5-inch Figures; Belgian Football Player; Belgian Premiums; Dumortier Brothers; Flemish Figurines; Food Premiums; Football Premium; FootBaller Premiums; Four Inch Figures; Novelties; Novelty Toy; P. Dumortier Fres; Pak-Me-Mee; Plastic Figures; Plastic Footballers; Prenez-Moi; Pudding; Pudding Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wallonia;
Not much to add really, they are what they are; unknown maker, simple but nice sculpts (although the back-kicker is the daftest pose so far) in hard polystyrene and around the 4-5" / 100-130mm mark - that back-kicker again, he's much taller than the others! I tagged them 4" and 110mm last time, so that'll do, and I've included the Pak-Me-Mee/Dumortier tags as they were the same tool-production.

Monday, October 11, 2021

N is for Nottingham Mafia

Which by now I'm sure you've worked out is my moniker for Games Workshop! It's not that I dislike them in the same way I dislike the management at Lego, and I love their products more than I love Hestair Kiddy Bricks.

But they are a bit of a cartel, and they do milk their more sycophantic followers (it's more than a fan-base, it's a cult!), and they have contributed to the inflationary drive of adult 'hobbying'. Still it's a successful strategy . . . hell, through last year's lock-downs their shares were giving better dividend returns than the best guilt-edged bonds!

Anyway, because they are self-aware enough of their failings to realise some people may have trouble investing fully in the 'franchise', all at once, at the start of the exercise, to - from time to time - issue card figures or scenic items in their magazines, to give you something to play-with/around, and here are a few of those figures.

Card Board; Card Board Toys; Card Figures; Cardboard; Games Workshop; Games Workshop LotR; Games Workshop Orks; GW Orks; GW The Magnificent Sven; JRR Tolkein; JRR Tolkien; Lord of the Rings; Paper Figures; Paper Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Magnificent Sven; Tolkein; Tolkien;
The big blue 'Magnificent Sven' sheet came within White Dwarf magazine decades ago, I think, and you get 12 characters and a killer-wolf-dog-lion thing, all decorated in a cartoony style reminiscent of contemporary graphic novel stuff from the same era, you also get three figures and a couple of weapons to colour yourself . . . or use as wraiths!

The Lord of the Rings sheets use photographic images of someone else's professionally painted miniatures to encourage you to greater heights, they were 'army-builder' sheets in early issues of the part-work which were meant to be replaced by actual figures from later issues of the part-work.

Card Board; Card Board Toys; Card Figures; Cardboard; Games Workshop; Games Workshop LotR; Games Workshop Orks; GW Orks; GW The Magnificent Sven; JRR Tolkein; JRR Tolkien; Lord of the Rings; Paper Figures; Paper Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Magnificent Sven; Tolkein; Tolkien;
While these four Orks (or whatever they are) are more recent, but I can't remember where/when I added them to the collection? I've probably got the details in the hand-written archive/manuscript notes and I suspect they were just taped to the cover of a White Dwarf in a little bag.

The three samples have different fixing systems, with Sven's mob and enemies being a  single sheet printed both sides with a fold-back base, giving a reversed L-shaped cross-section. The LotR and ork sets have two prints and two bases which can folded into an A-frame tent, or an upside-down T, depending on preference, the T however will benefit from a piece of scrap-card laminated to the base - dotted line - to provide the same rigidity/stability you get doubling-up the two layers on the A-frame.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

L is for London, HMS London - Gallipoli and the Dardanelles

These all come from an old envelope with an Edwardian stamp and the faded message "Taken aboard HMS London" in pencil, although some of them have clearly been taken ashore at 'Anzac Cove'. My Grandfather, eventually Admiral Hall, was conscripted across from the Merchant Marine (in 1915 - I think?) and served on HMS London, from Wikipedia;

"HMS London was the lead ship of the London class of pre-dreadnought battleships built for the British Royal Navy. The Londons were near repeats of the preceding Formidable-class battleships, but with modified armour protection. The ship was laid down in December 1898, was launched in September 1899, and was completed in June 1902. Commissioned the same month, she served with the Mediterranean Fleet until early 1907. She was assigned to the Nore Division of the Home Fleet for nearly a year before transferring to the Channel Fleet. Rendered obsolete with the emergence of the new dreadnoughts in late 1906, she underwent an extensive refit in 1909, after which she served with the Atlantic Fleet. She was assigned to the Second Home Fleet in 1912 as part of the 5th Battle Squadron, and was temporarily fitted with a makeshift ramp for experiments with naval aircraft until 1913.

Following the outbreak of World War I, the squadron was attached to the Channel Fleet before London was detached in March 1915 to participate in the Dardanelles Campaign, supporting ANZAC forces as they landed at Gaba Tepe and Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. She remained in the Mediterranean, supporting the Italian Royal Navy in the Adriatic Sea until October 1916. Returning to the United Kingdom, she was inactive until being converted to a minelayer in early 1918, which entailed the removal of her main armament. She served with the Grand Fleet's 1st Minelaying Squadron until the end of the war. Placed in reserve in 1919, she was eventually broken up for scrap in 1920."

The photographs appear to be 'official' or semi-official enough to assume there will be copies in national archives somewhere (IWM or NMM), and apart from the developers stamp and a penciled number (suggesting they are from a larger set) there is nothing else to date or place them, so I can only post them here with minimal blurb and the requested acknowledgement to Alfieri!

Convoying


Seems to be a ship's service with the ship's company to the left, a god-botherer and some officers in the middle and soldiers (presumably ANZAC's) to the right. I don't think this is on London - too many turrets?


Some soldiers getting a bit of sun on deck - note the shadows.

Bombardment in support of the landings?

Landing Fleet

On Board Ship

Summer dress.

Winter dress.

My brief research seems to say London only lost seven crew in the whole war, each death having a different date, so likely to be accidental or medical/natural causes rather than a major action; she had a 'quiet' war, however, there is a second series of Dardanelles shots, which I packed, sealed and took to storage before remembering I wanted to scan them as well (so we'll have them in a year or two now!), among which was a shot which appears to show one of the main six-inch guns blown-up (overheating, cooked-off round, lucky Turkish shot?), which - in doing so - appears to have damaged the pom-pom/12-pounder (?) in the center of the anchor-chain capstan (?) to the left here; that is not their normal configuration!

So; it may be that what we see here is someone getting an award for actions undertaken in that incident? Equally it could be something as boring as a pay-parade, they seem to be receiving something in their hats, and there's a queue behind the guy in the center.

ANZAC Positions

Remarkably similar to the scenes at the end of 'Gallipoli' the movie as Mel Gibson's 'Franc' is running through the line to try and get the message through.

One of those Light Horsemen?

A limber, a stack of bicycles (?) and landing barges in the background.

Relaxing on an unloading pontoon.
Look at the pile of stores at the foot of the scarp.

The previous shot must have been taken from the far pontoon, looking across the nearer pontoon toward where the photographer is standing in this picture, the stores now to the left.

A landing barge up against a pontoon

Eventually I will hand all this archival material to a museum, but this is only a fraction of what I've found, and while most of it is going to storage without being scanned, I will get it all up here over the next few years, god willing! There is a fascinating sequence taken off Murmansk/Archangel, obviously of the 1919 Anglo-American invasion of Russia (one of the last boxes we had to tick! There's only about 15 nations on the planet we haven't at least shot-at now!), which shows shell-damage (presumably from 'Red' shore-batteries), one hole being inspected by a member of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, who was on-board ship! While the bulk of it is later inter-war or RIN/IN stuff.

U is for Unknown Paratrooper and Other Animals

Another lazy-post in that I don't need to do much more than post someone else's photographs, but of interest, if only in the hope that if anyone knows Lieutenant Cole, who served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, probably in 1969, they might show him these (I can even let him have the originals) if he's still around, he'll be in his late 70's now, I guess.


Whether the snakes were unwelcome visitors to the base or a training area/range, or part of some survival course's training equipment . . . or menu (!) I don't know, but Lieutenant Cole seems pretty at ease handling them, although he's staying pretty alert in the second shot I feel?

Probably taken - as I say - in Fort Bragg or it's environs in 1969, but I don't know who by (so the LT may have had his own copies?), and showing - I think Eastern Diamond-Backed Rattle Snakes? In the first shot certainly, the other two . . . it's hard to tell in B&W! The shots could have been taken earlier, my father had several trips over there I think, helping Charlie Beckwith, so these shots could be from '66 or around thereabouts?

In 1969 Dad had a six month liaison-exchange at Ft. Bragg, and took Mum, they were billeted with a US army officer's family I believe, but my brother and I were left here, staying with friends . . . we got smart orange/black sneakers (early All Stars?) and army-green tank-tops with Staff Sergeants stripes out of the deal though!

As Mum had possession of these photographs; I'm guessing they are from that visit? Also as a young woman, she had had a pet Grass Snake (Jezebel) - which she wore round her neck - in London in the 1950's, so would have enjoyed seeing these.

That's it, a couple more curious 'tears in rain' among the many I've been unearthing . . . Gallipoli later.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

T is for The Author - Circa 1979!

Someone posted this on Faceplant, after it's hiatus yesterday - never has so much outraged-panic been wasted on such a technical non event, by so many, for so little gain!

Me (right) with my two best mates, a disco queen from Sri Lanka, a Mod/Rude Boy from Greece, via-Brentwood and a scruffy little runt 'Greebo' from Hampshire, the three of us were pretty inseparable for two/two-and-a-half years, we never joined any of the cliques or 'gangs' so tended to hang-around together. You're looking at a shipping magnate, a Colonel in the Rifles and err . . . a toy Blogger! Is that a mullet? Christ, I look like a Redneck!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

News, Views Etc . . . more Giant and 6H-3!

I've posted a quickie over on the 'But is it Giant' Blog, not quite as complete as I'd like, as I've mislaid one of the samples! However, with a few links to previous posts here at Small Scale World, I've cobbled-together a post on  . . .

Anti-Tank Obstacles; Atlantic Wall; Barbed Wire Entanglements; Bunkers; Defence Line; Defence Works; Dragons' Teeth; Fortified Position; Giant; Giant Barbed Wire; Giant Bunkers; Giant Hong Kong; Giant Plastics Corporation; Handy Home Hobby Hints; HO - OO Barbed Wire; HO - OO Bunkers; HO - OO Dragons' Teeth; Home Guard; Homemade; Hugh Walter's Modelling; Hugh Walter's Tips; Marx Bunkers; Modelling Hints; Modelling Tips; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wire Entanglements;
. . . the defence works of Giant, with the closer copies - there's tons else in other scales!

As there is an additional (to the above screencap) mention of Dragons' Teeth at the end of the post, I've used it as a thin excuse for a barley credible segue to another of Hugh's Handy Helpful Home Hobby Hints - No.3 no less!

Anti-Tank Obstacles; Atlantic Wall; Barbed Wire Entanglements; Bunkers; Defence Line; Defence Works; Dragons' Teeth; Fortified Position; Giant; Giant Barbed Wire; Giant Bunkers; Giant Hong Kong; Giant Plastics Corporation; Handy Home Hobby Hints; HO - OO Barbed Wire; HO - OO Bunkers; HO - OO Dragons' Teeth; Home Guard; Homemade; Hugh Walter's Modelling; Hugh Walter's Tips; Marx Bunkers; Modelling Hints; Modelling Tips; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wire Entanglements;
Dragons' Teeth

Needed:

  • ·         1x diamond-corrugated meat (or fish) pack from your local supermarket, corner shop, convenience store or Eastern import emporium!
  • ·         1x washing-up liquid
  • ·         1x washing-up brush
  • ·         1x burst of elbow-grease
  • ·         A pair of scissors or a craft-knife 

Anti-Tank Obstacles; Atlantic Wall; Barbed Wire Entanglements; Bunkers; Defence Line; Defence Works; Dragons' Teeth; Fortified Position; Giant; Giant Barbed Wire; Giant Bunkers; Giant Hong Kong; Giant Plastics Corporation; Handy Home Hobby Hints; HO - OO Barbed Wire; HO - OO Bunkers; HO - OO Dragons' Teeth; Home Guard; Homemade; Hugh Walter's Modelling; Hugh Walter's Tips; Marx Bunkers; Modelling Hints; Modelling Tips; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wire Entanglements;
Instructions:

  • ·         Eat, or otherwise dispose of the meat . . . or fish!
  • ·         Clean the packaging
  • ·         Dry the packaging
  • ·         Cut the diamond-corrugated section away from the rest of the packaging
  • ·         Et viola!

Obviously you can then cut them into blocks or strips, or to fit round the corners of bunkers or ends of bridges &etc. I weight mine with blobs of Plasticine in the hollow underside before painting, but two-part epoxy might work, or basing will keep them firmer, you might also use the sheet to mass-produce plaster versions?

The example above produces slightly short, flat Dragons' Teeth (but big enough to 'ground' AFV's in 20mm, 1:76th, 1:72nd and 28mm war-gaming scales/sizes), but different food packers use different designs so there are others out there, these were found in a Polish/Turkish deli' (yes - of course Brwreakshit was a nonsense, but we're stuck with its bigotry for a while now!) a month or so ago, but I first made some in around 1980, which look almost the same!