This site is created for collectors of mainly composition vintage toy soldiers produced by great toy makers of the past: Elastolin, Hausser, Lineol, Durso, Kienel, Starlux, Leyla, Schusso, Armee, Trico, Duro, Durolin, NB, Triumph, GJ and many others.

Toy soldiers and real battles: September 2019

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland: Ships in Bottles

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland houses a fascinating and extensive collection of Ships in Bottles put together by the lighthouse keepers in the many lonely hours spent on duty off the coast of Ireland.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

French WW1 souvenirs depicting Marshal Joseph Joffre

Marshal Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre (12 January 1852 – 3 January 1931), was a French general who served as Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western Front from the start of World War I until the end of 1916. He is best known for regrouping the retreating allied armies to defeat the Germans at the strategically decisive First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. French WW1 souvenirs depicting Marshal Joseph Joffre (Museum of the Great War in Meaux).

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Andrea Miniatures (Spain) Digital Catalog 2019 : Worlds Premier's Line of Miniatures

Andrea Miniatures (Spain) Digital Catalog 2019 contains 1/32 and 1/72 figurines representing different collection topics:

  •  The Army of Charles V 
  • The Great War, 1914-1918 
  • The World War II, 1939-1945 
  • The Napoleonic Wars 
  • The Roman Army 
  • The Golden West
  • Medieval Knight Series 
  • The Third Reich 
  • British Colonials 
  • Samurai 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • Vikings 
  • Asterix collection
  • Pin ups and many others including accessories.. 

Please use the link below to download the pdf catalog (200 pages):

Monday, September 23, 2019

In combat with a gas mask ...

WW1 French soldiers wearing gas masks (Durso, Belgium) in combat. The Renault FT 17 wind up tank (Victor Bonnet, France) supporting the attack. Terrain is my own DIY creation ...

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker and 'the Red Baron' - Manfred Von Richtofen,

The original Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker, a German World War One fighter plane, was made famous by Manfred Von Richtofen, 'The Red Baron'. He downed at least 70 allied pilots until his death on April 21, 1918, Vaux-sur-Somme, France. This Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker (1/32 scale model) is made by New Ray US (The "Classic Planes" Series) . The pilot figure is produced by Froha (Germany). German bivouac soldiers are from different German makers : Elastolin, Schusso.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

American Presidents from Louis Marx and Company

The set of US miniature presidential figures that was issued by toy manufacturer Louis Marx and Company in the 1950s and 1960s. I have some of these Marx presidents figures produced in Hong Kong.

King and Country's : Pike & Musket

King and Country's : Pike & Musket - The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of civil wars and political machinations between Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") and Royalists ("Cavaliers") principally over the manner of England's governance. The first (1642–1646) and second (1648–1649) wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third (1649–1651) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The war ended with Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651. The outcome of the war was threefold: the trial and execution of Charles I (1649); the exile of his son, Charles II (1651); and the replacement of English monarchy with, at first, the Commonwealth of England (1649–1653) and then the Protectorate under the personal rule of Oliver Cromwell (1653–1658) and briefly his son Richard (1658–1659). In England, the monopoly of the Church of England on Christian worship was ended, while in Ireland the victors consolidated the established Protestant Ascendancy. Constitutionally, the wars established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament's consent, although the idea of Parliamentary sovereignty was only legally established as part of the Glorious Revolution in 1688.

Please use the link below to download the pdf catalog:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Different models of WW2 German Wehrmacht vehicles presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum.

Different models of WW2 German Wehrmacht vehicles presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum.

Krupp Protze Kfz 70 truck,Sd.Kfz. 8 artillery tractor  and the German military band bus (Dennis Falcon No 11 bus was commandeered for the German military band during the Guernsey occupation ).
Renault FT 17 tank captured by Germans - Beutepanzer

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WW2 German recognition wooden models of Russian tanks

I found these WW2 German recognition wooden models of Russian tanks at the La Vallette Underground Military Museum (Guernsey, UK). These models were used by German soldiers during the Guernsey occupation for training purposes.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The relief map of Audenarde (Oudenaarde - Belgium) from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

The relief map of Oudenaarde (Belgium)  made in 1747 is quite exceptional from a technical point of view. Its turnedwood base, its blue frame embellished with gold, its gilded cartouche in the centre of the flood plain and the amount of detail on the map make the Oudenaarde made model the prize exhibit. It was made by Nicolas de Nezot, who also created the relief map of Lille and Aire-sur-la-Lys for King Louis XV. Its state of conservation is equally unusual: no traces of earlier restoration were found on its surface. The relief map of Oudenaarde as it is displayed here, closely resembles its original look.

Map dimensions: 5.53 x 4.22 M = 23 m2 (11 tables !).
Scale : 1/600

Sunday, September 15, 2019