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I’m a 58-year-old Aspergic gardening 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.

Friday, May 20, 2022

M is for Matters Arising

A few things which got a closer shot or a comparison of one sort or another as this year's show plunder was being put away . . .

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
A quickie comparison between the unknown cloaked fantasy figure on the left and a Dimensions for Children (DFC) cloak wearer on the right. The unknown one is more sci-fi than swords & sorcery though and I wonder if it might be from the large Toyco set which contains the solid copies of the Colourform space alien figures?

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
The pilots in close-up, the larger one is a patch above Zang to be honest, and like the better versions of the standing infantryman, has a much neater base, so I think definitely another maker, or a later second version?

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
Cleaned-up the Airfix bikes; but they're shot to bits! I needed two riders and I didn't have the cap-wearer, so they are useful, and two pairs of blue wheels will prove equally useful at some point in the future I'm sure. I suspect the 'cutter' was trying to make them look more like scramblers, and I may clean them-up by removing the stunted remains of the mud-guards and guard supports

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
Because they were both to hand as I was putting-away; comparison between the Cavendish (etc.) on the left, and the KT/Shackman et al, novelty plinth/pencil sharpener figure on the right. Cavendish is a stiff 'At Ease', the other is 'easy'!

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
I thought he'd gone up here already, but I got the left-hand figure a while ago, the one on the right - last Saturday (Sandown tomorrow!), they are the fourth Airfix non-beagle dog, so I now have all four which will go on the Airfix Blog's Bergan/Beton page shortly! I think it's meant to be a Springer Spaniel, which means they are all working/hunting dogs - Setter/Lurcher-Greyhound /Alsatian . . . or; farm dogs.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
Three of these are from forthcoming posts on the latest donation from Chris Smith, one was here and five came-in on Saturday. Colour, shade, base marks, copies - the more we find, the more we discover we still had to find! Mostly ABC (or their tool) but there are others!

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
Two of the figures from PW's show needed the old hot water treatment to get them standing up, one also wasn't shot clearly the other day so I've re shot him here, I suspect another Argentinian figure (silver paint) but more original in the sculpt than the other five which were added to the pile last weekend.

The Jecsan circus (clairvoyant/soothsayer?) figure didn't really respond to the hot water, despite two pouring, straight from the kettle! She stands better, but not flat, the infantry man did much better but needed a jiggit pared-off first.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
Well, the blue one didn't clean-up as well as I'd hoped, the black marks seem to be some kind of bituminous splashes which have stained the substrate, so I'm stuck with the 'new' faint ones but he is an improvement on a week-ago!

While the silver one did need a clean, it was only the flash than made him look cleaner, the two other colour ones however have cleaned-up to the point where the flash has rather washed them out! On the left a 5th which was hanging out in the 'TBS Space' tray, from Chris as well I think.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; Airfix Dogs; Airfix Motorcycles; Captain Video; Cavendish Guards; Clairet France; Clairet Romans; Composition Pilots; DFC; Dimensions For Children; Dimentions For Children; Dogs; Fantasy; KT Guards; Motorcycles; Pilots; Plastic Warrior; PW 37th Show; PW2022; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toyco; US Marines; Winco Condar; Zang; Zang Composition; Zang Pilots;
Not quite as nice as the other one, and more Romanesque than Greek (I've seen them online as 'guerrier Grec/Romain', so it's an acknowledged factor of the set), but still a lovely figure, this one has had his replacement weapon blobbed to his hand with glue, at the 'other end' I will drill the hand out as with the previous find.

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