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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Cooking BBQ chicken drumsticks with a flamethrower ...

These two Belgian soldiers firing flamethrowers are helping me to cook BBQ chicken drumsticks ... I really like these Belgian composite soldiers with flamethrowers produced in 40s/50s by Solido and Durso. The streams of fire are made very realistic.

Lego WW1 Video - The Battle of the Somme - stopmotion

On July 1st, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme began. The British sent thousands of soldiers over the tops of the trenches to take the German positions on the opposite side. The Germans, however, knew the attack was coming and were very well prepared. The advancing British were quickly cut down by rifles, machine guns, and artillery. Although some of the British were able to break through the German lines, the majority were unsuccessful. Altogether, the British suffered 57,000 casualties making it the bloodiest day in their history to this day. The Battle of the Somme would go on for another four months and claim the lives of thousands more.

Please use the link below to watch the video from JD Brick Production :

Saturday, December 14, 2019

WW2 German Lineol-made Flak 36 battery in firing position

The German WW2 heavy Flak 8.8 cm gun batteries consisted of four guns arranged in a quadrilateral with a main fire control centre some 100m away. An auxiliary command centre was positioned centrally between the four guns. The battery was usually protected against low level attacks by two or three troops of light 20mm Flak 30. When the flak batteries pinpointed an aircraft the guns were fired in salvoes designed to burst in a sphere about 50m in diameter. Each gun could fire a shell to 20,000ft and could knock out an aircraft within 25m of a shell burst. Shrapnel could still inflict severe damage on an aircraft at up to 200m from the burst. This Flak 8.8 cm gun, the projector, the stereoscopic rangefinders (Entfernungsmesser) and the majority of the Flak crew soldiers were produced by Lineol in 30s. You can also see some Flak and Wehrmacht soldiers produced by Elastolin, Schusso and Durso.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Cannons from Millmount Tower overlooking Drogheda town

Millmount Fort is without doubt one of the most dominant features of Drogheda, sited as it is atop its great mound, and clearly visible from most parts of the town and the surrounding areas. It was fortified as a motte by the Normans in the 12th century and a castle was later built on its summit. The fort offered Cromwell the strongest resistance he encountered during the siege of 1649. About 1808, the old fortifications were demolished and the present  tower and defensive perimeter was erected.
The fort was considerably damaged when it was shelled from the town by Free State forces during the civil war in 1922 and was finally restored by Drogheda Corporation. It has been open to the public since June 2000.On December 13th 2008 , two replica 8lb cannons were fired for the first time and a new permanent Military Exhibition opened by the Mayor of Drogheda , Clr Frank Maher .

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

War Years Remembered Museum (Northern Ireland, Ballyclare)

War Years Remembered was established in 1994 by David McCallion. The collection spans over 100 years of military and social history during the greatest two impacts of the twentieth century, The Great War and The Second World War. War Years Remembered has grown over the years, from a not for profit organisation to a registered charity. Its final goal is to find a permanent home and seek registered museum status. We aim to further develop the collection of vehicles, medals, personal items & stories, ephemera and photographs. We also hold many unique items which cannot be found in any other museum. Our dream is to become a major attraction that will provide an enjoyable, interesting and educational experience to all who visit. The journey does not end here. As War Years Remembered evolves, the collection evolves growing larger from the generosity of items donated by you the public so that your own family's story can be told. We pride ourselves in preservation, protection and presentation as well as the restoration of items held within the collection (

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My collection of WW 2 Gama tanks (Panzerwaffe)

Gama is the acronym for Georg Adam Mangold, founder of the company in Fürth, Germany in 1882. Georg Adam Mangolde began making tinplate mechanical toys and production continued through World War II, the Occupation era and into the late 1950s with a wide range of lithographed tinplate. In the 1930s, the rise of militarism in Germany saw a resurgence in production of military toys and the Panzer was top of the list! Gama offered tanks in sizes from 3.5" to 7.5" inches in length in wind up with sparking flint mechanisms. The smallest tank at my photos is not Gama, this tank was produced by Gescha (Germany). The panzer officers are produced by German makers as well - Elastolin and Lineol. Some of the panzer soldier figures are Gama made. These 7cm Gama figures are fully compatible to those produced by Elastolin & Lineol.

Monday, December 9, 2019

WW1 US Army "Doughboys" soldiers produced by Trico (Japan)

I recently received these nice composite WW1 US Army "Doughboys" soldiers produced by Japanese company Trico /Esabe in 30s. These company was based in Nagoya, Japan and produced composite toy soldiers, railroad figures, farm figures and civilian figures from 1933 to 1955. These doughboys figures are made in very unusual poses. I really like the doughboy kneeling machine gunner (operating the M1914 Hotchkiss gun ?), the doughboy decontamination wearing gas mask and the doughboy sitting on crate, with sword. It is interesting that Trico produced only US Army toy soldiers for export. I didn't find any Japanese Imperial Army soldiers produced by Trico.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Croix de Guerre and WW1 French Elastolin soldiers

The Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) is a military decoration of France. It was first created in 1915 and consists of a square-cross medal on two crossed swords, hanging from a ribbon with various degree pins. The Croix de Guerre may be awarded either as an individual award or as a unit award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in dispatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit. The unit award of the Croix de Guerre with palm was issued to military units whose members performed heroic deeds in combat and were subsequently recognized by headquarters.

WW1 French Elastolin soldiers produced in Germany in 30s.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Soldiers of the foreign (Ausländer) armed services produced by Lineol and Elastolin (Germany)

Lineol and Elastolin ,famous German toy soldiers makers, produced also soldiers representing the foreign (Ausländer) armed services.These include British, American, Danish, Dutch, Belgian, Ethiopian, French, Swiss, Italian, Hungarian, Romanian, (British) Indian, Chinese and Japanese. Lineol and Elastolin used the "standartised" approach to production of its foreign figures by adding a head with the correct helmet to a headless conventional body and then painting the figure accordingly. 
That is why English, American and French soldiers are armed with the German-style "potato masher" hand grenades rather than the Allied "pineapple" hand grenade, and that is why they carry a standard German gas mask canister.
Several other European nations used also the German stahlhelm for their own armies. This made it possible for Lineol and Elastolin to create figures representing some foreign armies simply by painting standard German figures with German heads in the color(s) of a foreign uniform. Therefore, it is helpful to have a good reference book such as Andrew Mollo's The Armed Forces of World War II to correctly identify them—particularly when distinguishing between German, Hungarian and Swiss personnel.

Elastolin soldiers (from left to right: German wearing the Stahlhelm, French wearing the M15 Adrian helmet  and Italian wearing the pith helmet from the Italo-Ethiopian War)
Lineol soldiers (from left to right: Danish wearing the Danish M1923 helmet, Swiss wearing the Swiss M18/43 helmet and British wearing the Brodie helmet )

Thursday, December 5, 2019

This merciless Danish attack...

These Danish soldiers were produced by Lineol in 30s... It's a really merciless attack of Danish troops.The Gama tank 65 was produced in Germany (the end of 40s). 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Francisco Franco and Spanish WW2 soldiers

Francisco Franco and Spanish WW2 soldiers produced in 30s.It's interesting that Franco has a porcelain head. Premium grade figures of Franco were made with headless composition bodies that were then fitted with special-made porcelain heads that captured their facial features and expressions with exceptional clarity. These command premium prices from collectors.

Friday, November 29, 2019

WW2 Red Army soldier

This Red Army soldier was produced by Belgian company Triumf in 1945 - 1950. It's a quite rare find these days..

Thursday, November 28, 2019

2 Mao Zedongs and one teapot

2 Mao Zedongs and one teapot.
Mao Zedong( 26 December 1893 – 9 September 1976), also known as Chairman Mao and Mao Runzhi (courtesy name), was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Ideologically a Marxist–Leninist, his theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

MiniArt Catalogue 2018

WW I Military Miniatures 1:35
WW II Military Miniatures 1:35
What If…? 1:35
Military Miniatures 1:35
Miniatures 1:35
Aircraft Miniatures 1:35
Dioramas 1:35
Building and Accessories 1:35
Historical Figures 1:16
Historical Miniatures 1:72

Please use the link below to download the catalog (38 pdf pages):