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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year 2020 ! 馃尣馃尣馃尣馃帀馃帀馃帀馃馃馃嵕 wishes all friends and visitors Happy and prosperous New Year 2020 !!! Next year there will be a lot of new interesting posts covering a variety of toy soldier related topics. Wishing you a healthy and prosperous year ahead ! 馃挜馃挜馃挜


Torre de San Pedro Martir (Scale model 1/72)

The Torre贸n de San Pedro M谩rtir, popularly known as Castillo de San Crist贸bal, is located in the marine neighborhood of San Crist贸bal on the east coast of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, (Canary Islands, Spain). It was built by Governor Diego Melgarejo in 1578 within the comprehensive plan of fortification of the city undertaken by King Felipe II of Spain.Rebuilt in the year 1638, due to what he suffered after the attacks on the city of 1595 by Francis Drake and 1599 by Pieter van der Does.There are a number of towers in various parts of the geography of the archipelago, following a certain line of construction of the same characteristics. In this way, they can be considered "twins" of the Torre贸n de San Pedro M谩rtir to the castles of Gando, in Gran Canaria; San Andr茅s, in Tenerife; El Cotillo and Caleta de Fuste, in Fuerteventura; and Torre del 脕guila, in Lanzarote.On May 19, 1848, the engineer D. Nicol谩s de Clavijo y Pl贸, wrote a report about the repairs necessary to carry it out in the Torre贸n de San Pedro M谩rtir. For the amount of 6,875 reais of maravedies. Until 1878 he continued to receive military use, the year in which his dismantling was ordered. This 1/72 model is presented at the Naval Museum of the Canaries (Gran Canaria, Spain).

Monday, December 30, 2019

HMS Caroline (1914) in Alexandra Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Part 2)

More photos of the HMS Caroline and Belgian composite navy officers produced by NB, Triumf and Solido in 50s. 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Nativity scene on display for Christmas 馃尣馃尣馃尣 at Grand Canaria (Spain)

This Nativity scene was set on display for Christmas 馃尣馃尣馃尣 at Grand Canaria (Spain). Very nice work. It tells the most well-known bible stories.. 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Saracens and crusaders tonight ...

It was long time since I published saracens and crusaders. These saracens and crusaders were produced by Sunjade/Supreme.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

WW1 paper cutout postcard soldiers from J.Alan Fletcher

These WW1 cutout doughboys were published by J. Alan Fletcher  (US) in 1914.

Lineol Spahwagen Sd. Kfz. 231 and Elastolin panzerwaffe soldiers

The photographed armored car is Lineol Spahwagen Nr.1211 produced in 30s. The panzerwaffe soldiers are from Elastolin and Lineol.

Paper Soldiers Fletcher Cutout Postcard - WW1 Russian Soldiers in Action

Paper Soldiers Cutout Postcard - WW1  Russian Soldiers in Action. This postcard was printed by J Alan Fletcher (US 1914).


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Happy Holidays Greetings from ! (aka Toy Soldiers and Real Battles )  wishes  all friends and visitors a beautiful Holiday time and prosperous 2020 year ahead !

Monday, December 23, 2019

Paper cutout model Mitrailleuse de Reffye a.k.a. "Canon a Balles" (1866) from Imagerie d'Epinal

Imagerie d'Epinal. N° 892, Moyennes constructions. Canon 脿 balles (mitrailleuse).
This model was published in 1893. A mitrailleuse is a type of volley gun with barrels of rifle calibre that can fire either rounds at once or in rapid succession. The earliest true mitrailleuse was invented in 1851 by Belgian Army captain Fafschamps, ten years before the advent of the Gatling gun. It was followed by the Belgian Montigny mitrailleuse in 1863. Then the French 25 barrel "Canon 脿 Balles", better known as the Reffye mitrailleuse, was adopted in great secrecy in 1866. It became the first rapid-firing weapon deployed as standard equipment by any army in a major conflict when it was used during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71.

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HMS Caroline (1914) in Alexandra Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland

HMS Caroline is a decommissioned C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw combat service in the First World War and served as an administrative centre in the Second World War. Caroline was launched and commissioned in 1914. At the time of her decommissioning in 2011 she was the second-oldest ship in Royal Navy service, after HMS Victory. She served as a static headquarters and training ship for the Royal Naval Reserve, based in Alexandra Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the later stages of her career. She was converted into a museum ship. From October 2016 she underwent inspection and repairs to her hull at Harland and Wolff and opened to the public on 1 July 2017 at Alexandra Dock in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. Caroline was the last remaining British First World War light cruiser in service, and she is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland still afloat. She is also one of only three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War, along with the 1915 monitor HMS M33 (in Portsmouth dockyard), and the Flower-class sloop HMS President, (formerly HMS Saxifrage) usually moored on the Thames at Blackfriars but as from February 2016, in Number 3 Basin, Chatham. The navy officers at my photos are produced by Solido (Belgium) in 50s.

HMS Caroline in 1917

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Visiting the Titanic Kit sculpture in Belfast

The Titanic Kit is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Tony Stallard, located in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Completed in 2009, Kit is a bronze and steel sculpture of the RMS Titanic, 14 metres tall and 4 metres wide.The work is located on the quayside of the Abercon Basin, which is now known as Belfast Harbour Marina. Work began on the project in 2008, and cost £200,000. The project was funded jointly by the Titanic Quarter and Arts And Business Northern Ireland. Kit takes the form of an oversized Airfix model kit and has a number of components recognizable as parts from the RMS Titanic. The structure of the artwork gives the illusion that pieces have been broken off for its construction. In recognition of its history, the original shipbuilders of the RMS Titanic, Harland and Wolff were commissioned to build the sculpture.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Battle of the Bulge (December 1944) - Part 2

On these photos I put together the GAMA tank and the US Army and Wehrmacht soldiers from different makers: Elastolin, Leyla, Lineol, Triumf and Durso. The terrain is produced by TTCombat.

WW1 Russian Cossack paper cutout soldiers produced by Imagerie d'脡pinal (France)

French city 脡pinal is best known for the "Images d'脡pinal" – which is now a common expression in French language – the popular prints created by a local company, the Imagerie d'脡pinal, formerly known as the Imagerie Pellerin. These stencil-colored woodcuts of military subjects, Napoleonic history, storybook characters and other folk themes were widely distributed throughout the 19th century. The company still exists today, and still uses its hand-operated presses to produce the antique images. WW1 Paper cutout soldiers produced by Image d'脡pinal (France). Plate n ° 4. Russian Cossack charge: terror of the boches.

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Paper toy soldiers: Indian camps

This album "Indian camps N5" (Campements d'Indiens : album n° 5 脿 d茅couper, 脿 colorier) was printed in France by Berger Le Vrault Paris in 1929. Author : Hell茅, Andr茅 (1871-1945).

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Battle of the Bulge (December 1944) tonight ..

The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II, and took place from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg, towards the end of the war in Europe. The offensive was intended to stop Allied use of the Belgian port of Antwerp and to split the Allied lines, allowing the Germans to encircle and destroy four Allied armies and force the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis powers' favor.
On these photos I put together the GAMA tank and the US Army and Wehrmacht soldiers from different makers: Elastolin, Leyla, Lineol, Triumf and Durso. The terrain is produced by TTCombat.