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

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King & Country - Operation Barbarossa

King & Country - Operation Barbarossa




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Monday, November 25, 2019

French Renault Char B1 tank produced by D.C. Dommage et Cie 1935

The Char B1 was a specialised break-through vehicle, originally conceived as a self-propelled gun with a 75 mm howitzer in the hull; later a 47 mm gun in a turret was added, to allow it to function also as a Char de Bataille, a "battle tank" fighting enemy armour, equipping the armoured divisions of the Infantry Arm. Starting in the early twenties, its development and production were repeatedly delayed, resulting in a vehicle that was both technologically complex and expensive, and already obsolescent when real mass-production of a derived version, the Char B1 "bis", started in the late thirties. Although a second up-armoured version, the Char B1 "ter", was developed, only two prototypes were built. Among the most powerfully armed and armoured tanks of its day, the type was very effective in direct confrontations with German armour in 1940 during the Battle of France, but slow speed and high fuel consumption made it ill-adapted to the war of movement then being fought. After the defeat of France, captured Char B1 (bis) would be used by Germany, with some rebuilt as flamethrowers, Munitionspanzer, or mechanised artillery. This composite model of the Renault Char B1 tank was produced by  D.C. Dommage et Cie (France) in 1935.




General Walther von Reichenau inspects a destroyed Char B1 bis, June 1940.
A Char B1 bis disabled in 1940 in Northern France

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Children having fun playing war with tin soldiers. August 1914 (Paris).

Children (Boy Scouts) having fun playing war with tin soldiers. Préfecture de police. Service de l'Identité judiciaire [Photographe] August 1914 (Paris). It seems that they are playing with the Britains made soldiers...

Flat tin soldiers collection of Paul Armont

Paul Armont (1874–1943) was a successful playwright and screenwriter, and olso one of the most important French collectors before World War II. Armont was his stage name. He was born as Dimitri Petrococchino in Rostov. In 1929, the "L´ILLUSTRATION NOEL 1929" published the article of Armont's brother-in-law Gustave Rossi about flat pewter figures . This was the first big release about pewter figures in France in those days. Already around 1934 Armont began to publish his collection on A3 plates - each figure precisely in 1: 1 - in color. This was certainly not a simple undertaking at that time and the circulation was comparatively small. Each blackboard has its own leaflet in transparent with explanations of the figures. The figures were probably painted by "Maitre Hamel", the favorite painter of Armont since WWI (http://www.flats-zinnfiguren.com/Armont/index2.html).
L´ILLUSTRATION NOEL 1929

30 - Years - War - French Infantry

 1700 - Louis XIV


These photos of Paul Armont were taken by Thérèse Bonney (1894 - 1978). © The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley / Thérèse Bonney / BHVP / Roger-Viollet



Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Battle of Brisbane

"The Battle of Brisbane" was a drunken WWII brawl between the US and Australia. Tensions run high during war. In 1942, the American and Australian soldiers allied to fight the Japanese were as tense as ever. The stakes were high for both nations, but higher for the Aussies. In the early days of the war, an Allied victory was anything but assured and Australia faced the real possibility of a Japanese invasion. The Battle of Brisbane was a riot between United States military personnel on one side and Australian servicemen and civilians on the other, in Brisbane, Queensland's capital city, on 26 and 27 November 1942, during which time the two nations were allies. At 6:50 p.m. on Nov. 26, 1942, the pubs in Australia's third-largest city were closed and the streets flooded with allied soldiers. Private James R. Stein of the U.S. Army stopped on the corner of Adelaide and Creek Street to talk to three Australian troops when a U.S. MP stopped Pvt. Stein and asked for his leave pass. Growing more impatient as Stein fumbled through his pockets, the MP demanded he hurry up. Stein's three Aussie friends told the MP to cool it. An exchange occurred, but nobody knows exactly the order in which it happened. Amidst some shouts and curses, the MP raised his baton, which drew a response of shoving and flying fists. Passing Australians stopped to help their fellow troops as more American MPs ran to the scene. Alarm bells and whistles began to go off, blanketing the shouts and the punches. Outnumbered, the Americans retreated to a nearby Base Exchange, but were followed by the Aussies, who hurled rocks, sticks, bottles, and even a street sign. The MPs set up a perimeter outside the building and, by the time MP Lt. Lester Duffin arrived on the scene an hour later, 100 Australians were fighting to get through the cordon. Americans were said to be aggressive with Australian women, and Australian troops were annoyed that American troops were better paid, equipped, and fed — not to mention that U.S. troops had access to cheap cigarettes, liquor, and other luxury items that Aussies couldn't even get. The whole situation was a powder keg waiting to explode — and it did.
Toy composite soldiers from Durso and Triumf (Belgium 1940s/1950s).




Friday, November 22, 2019

WW2: German troops are entering a village ...

WW2: German troops are entering a village somewhere on the Eastern front ...Composite toy soldiers from Lineol and Elastolin (Germany 30s).




Thursday, November 21, 2019

The "Red Baron" - Baron Manfred von Richthofen (Imperial War Museum)

Baron Manfred von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron", was the most famous WW1 airman. He commanded the "Flying Circus", a squadron of brightly painted aircraft. A brilliant tactician, cool - headed pilot and inspirational leader,  von Richthofen was both feared and admired by Allied airmen.He shot down as many as 80 Allied aircraft, keeping serial numbers and engine parts from his "kills" as trophies. 

  

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Stalingrad Battle : Operation Uranus (Part 2)

The plastic red army soldiers from TSSD and Biplant, and the tinplate T34 produced by MSB (DDR in 50s).


Exploring Medieval Birmingham 1300

The model interactive of medieval 14th century Birmingham on display in the exhibition 'Birmingham: its people, its history' at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.















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Monday, November 18, 2019

The First Battle of Ypres (19 October – 22 November 1914)

The First Battle of Ypres ( 19 October – 22 November 1914) was a battle of the First World War, fought on the Western Front around Ypres, in West Flanders, Belgium. The battle was part of the First Battle of Flanders, in which German, French, Belgian armies and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) fought from Arras in France to Nieuport on the Belgian coast, from 10 October to mid-November. My Belgian and British troops are presented by composite soldiers from Lineol, Elastolin, Durso,Nazaire Beeusaert, Solido, Au Bon Marche and Clairon. The attacking German troops are made by Leyla, Elastolin, Lineol, Armee and Kienel. You can also see the Britains Deetail 9740 18 Heavy Howitzer. This gun is really amazing !




Sunday, November 17, 2019

Cooking the perfect steak with a flamethrower ...

Cooking the perfect steak with a flamethrower...These Durso and Elastolin flamethrowers have been helping me to cook the perfect steak ...Did you think that flamethrowers are primarily used only against battlefield fortifications and bunkers?



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