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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Kienel Berlin : Trenches and Terrain 1938

Recently, I have acquired this  set of trenches and bunkers produced by Kienrl Berlin in 1938. This is a really strong line of defense !

Friday, April 16, 2021

Lineol German casualty and injured figures

Contrary to a popular myth, German Wehrmacht casualty and injured figures were produced by Lineol in great quantity (Germany 30s).

Thursday, April 15, 2021

1942 USSR military DIY paper toys book

Military toys by Kalinina N.: Guide to homemade toys. For preschool. age. - [Moscow]: Detgiz, 1942 (Kirov). - 16 p., 12 illustrations.

The book is available here:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Belgian Armed Forces post 1945

The harsh lessons of World War II made collective security a priority for Belgian foreign policy. In March 1948 Belgium signed the Treaty of Brussels, and then joined NATO in 1948. However the integration of the armed forces into NATO did not begin until after the Korean War, to which Belgium (in co-operation with Luxembourg) sent a detachment known as the Belgian United Nations Command. These Belgian army composition soldiers (Scale 7.5 cm) wearing US uniform were produced by Durso (Belgium) in 50s. The US tinplate tank was found in an Indian souvenirs shop :)...

Friday, April 9, 2021

WW2 French army motorcyclists from DC

These WW2 French army motoclysts (Scale 7.5 cm) made of flour plaster were produced by DOMAGE et Cie (DC) (Paris, France) in 30s/50s. The figurines are very fragile. It's better not to drop them.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Hausser/Elastolin trenches showcase

This is installation study by the company Hausser that may have been made for a new show piece with 7-cm composition figures. The photo was published in Andreas Pietruschka and Helmut Lang's book - "Elastolin Schaustücke: Original-Schaustücke der Firma Hausser von 1913 bis 1960 ". You can purchase this book at Amazon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Britains Ltd: North American Indians

The inclusion of cowboys and Indians in the Britains company's range came about in 1908 respectively, with the onset of moving pictures. Before the advent of television, many children made weekly trips to the cinema where the program included American films and serials with cowboys and Indians. The serials were left in a 'cliff hanger' situation to ensure a return visit the following week. Consequently, cowboys and Indians became a prominent feature of children's games. The influence and popularity of the American Wild West saw it continue to spread into our popular culture via radio and later television not through only toy model cowboys and Indians but also through toy guns, bows and arrows, dress ups, and tents. These North American Indians produced by Britains in 1908-1935 are presented at MAAS museum (Australia) collection.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Elastolin recruits training

In 30s Elastolin produced several figures of Wehrmacht recruits supervised by a Feldwebel (Sergeant) . Recruits are practicing physical exercises and goose-step. First spring sunny days..

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Maneuvers of Elastolin soldiers and vehicles near the Westwall

This photo of an Elastolin showcase demonstrates Wehrmacht maneuvers near the Westwall - Siegfried Line. The official name for German defensive line construction program before and during the Second World War that collectively came to be known as the "Westwall" (or "Siegfried Line" in English) . The photo was published in Andreas Pietruschka and Helmut Lang's book - "Elastolin Schaustücke: Original-Schaustücke der Firma Hausser von 1913 bis 1960 ". You can purchase this book at Amazon.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Elastolin: Wehrmacht hand grenade throwers

My recent trophies.. These two Elastolin Wehrmacht hand grenade throwers are quite remarkable. They represent very late Elastolin war production around 1943. I used a Hans Liska's illustration at the background..

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Elastolin: Army marksmanship training unit

Elastolin produced this army marksmanship training unit practicing pigeon shooting. Poor pigeons...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hausser system of shelters and trenches

Recently I have seen at Ebay this wonderful original Hausser/Elastolin factory showpiece of the large WW1/WW2 fortification system with trenches and shelters produced in 30s for 7 cm composition soldiers. The size of this construction is 200cm x 100cm. It consists of 23 trenches elements !

Swiss soldiers in a bivouac

This set of Swiss soldiers in the milatary camp was produced by Lineol (Germany) in 30s. This version with soldiers wearing helmets is considered to be more rare comparing to the common version where soldiers are wearing side caps.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Discovery Channel: The History of the Plastic Toy Soldier

At Processed Plastics (Tim-Mee Toys), millions of plastic army men are churned out annually. Originally aired on "Our Favorite Toys" broadcast on the Discovery Channel, 1997. Narrated by Daniel Stern.
Please use the link below to watch the video:

Monday, March 29, 2021

A rare, complete set of Nazi S.A. tin soldiers, from the 1940s

A rare set of tin soldiers depicting Nazi S.A. troops. Demi-round, hand painted lead figures made during, or just before WWII. Most likely the manufacurer is Georg Spenkuch, Germany.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Britains Super Toys Models Catalog 1974

Britains Super Toys Models Catalog 1974 contains the following sets of Britains models and soldiers: Motorcycles, Tractors and Dumpers, Farm tractors, Wild Life Animals, Waterloo: Napoleonic wars, Gun models, Knights and Turks, American Civil War, Wild West, Herlald (Made in Hong Kong).


The full catalog (24 pages) is available here: