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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The colours of Fall and Tippco WH-196

Sd. Kfz. 231 was the standard reconnaissance variant built from 1937 to 1941. From July 1941, any need for a 231 was fulfilled by producing a 232 without the additional radio equipment. The official name was Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 231 (8-rad). Tippco (Nuremberg, Germany) produced its 1/24 tinplate windup model WH-196 of Sd. Kfz. 231 in 30s.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Starlux WW2 Red Army soldiers

The Starlux company comes from an artisanal toy factory in Meudon, created by Élie Tarroux in Paris in 1930. The first composition soldiers were produced by Élie Tarroux till the end of 40s. In 1946, Pierre Beffara, succeeding his father-in-law Élie Tarroux, began manufacturing figurines in plastic material. At the height of its activity, the company employed up to 250 people,many of whom worked from home to paint the figures.The company was liquidated in 1996 Some quite interesting WW2 Red Army plastic 1/32 soldiers produced by Starlux in 70s.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Battle of El Alamein (Part 2)

The British 8th Army soldiers made by Britains Deetail (1970s/80s) and Germans from DSG (2000s) and Starlux (France).

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Antique Indian Terracotta Figurines 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

An charming and unusual group of Indian cold painted terracotta figures, each depicting a person from different areas of India. (19th Century, India). National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Tipp & Co - Tank 208 (100 schuss panzer)

This tin, lithographed, windup 100 round tank/100 schuss panzer was manufactured from 1938 to 1942 by Tippco Toys Company (Tipp & Co., TCO) of Nuremberg, Germany. It represents the PzKw I German tank. When wound with a key this working example travels forward as the hammer inside the tank strikes where the amorces would go. You would put a 100 round cap strip in this, wind it up and watch it go. Tippco was the third well-known manufacturer, after Lineol and Hausser, to produce a PzKw I model. This one, however, is a bit too big for the 7.5 cm soldiers in terms of scale. However, it is an elaborately crafted model. A strong clockwork motor provides the necessary drive and the operation of the amorces firing of the MGs. Unfortunately the turret is rigidly mounted on the chassis so that it is not possible to aim at targets.