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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Joshoin Temple Devoted To The Russo-Japanese War

This is a temple located in the mountains on the east side of Okabe-shuku. The main temple houses 223 wooden statues of soldiers and sailors built to memorialize the heroes who died during the Russo-Japanese War (Feb 8, 1904 – Sep 5, 1905) from this area and is also known as the "Hyotai Temple". Wooden statues were created in the Meiji era based on photographs of the died heroes, and their facial expressions and costumes are completely different. Photos are sourced from Tokyo Fox.


Playmobil Riot Police forces

Riot police forces in the city of Playmobil. An illegal demonstration erupts in the city of Playmobil and the riot police team quickly moves in to disperse the crowd.
I found also this interesting Playmobil stopmotion video on Youtube:

Friday, January 29, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

Alpini 1914-1918 La Sorgente ๐Ÿ”⚔️๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

The Alpini are the Italian Army's specialist mountain infantry. Part of the army's infantry corps, the speciality distinguished itself in combat during World War I. These Alpini paper soldiers were produced by La Sorgente (1966).

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Belgian soldiers with flamethrowers

I think that the best soldiers with flamethrowers were produced by Belgian makers of composition toy soldiers - Durso and Solido. At these photos you can see 2 Durso flamethrowers and 1 made by Solido (the sitting figure). The barbed wire obstacles ("Spanish rider" or "Knife rest") are my own DIYs.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday Night: Elastolin parade

Elastolin produced several versions of Reichswehr/Wehrmacht composition soldiers standing at attention (stillgestanden). These musicians and the flag bearer are quite rare figures today. The marching  marshal with sword is Werner von Blomberg. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lineol MG Figuren - service of machine-gun ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Lineol's product line of MG figures was not very rich in comparison with the similar Elastolin's one. But Lineol MG figures are still very interesting collectable items.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How to display vintage military toys ?

Vintage military toys can be great complements to a display of authentic relics such as this WWI-era Marklin toy submarine and a 1930s Elastolin toy of Admiral Raeder displayed with a WWII German Navy dagger.
Please see the full article about military toys collecting  here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Elastolin Wehrmacht cavalrymen ๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด

These Elastolin Wehrmacht cavalrymen are quite common and well preserved till our days. It is also strange that this common figure is not presented in any Elastolin catalogues as far as I am aware. In 30s similar composition cavalry figures were also produced by other German toy soldiers companies: Schusso, Strola and Leyla.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Elastolin : Sanitary group with doctor ๐Ÿฉธ๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿฅ

Doctor standing, bandaging wounded soldier . Elastolin (657/1) : 1933 - 1941.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Eskader - Modell-Katalog 1940

Eskader - Modell-Katalog 1940 . This Swedish catalog contains models of airplanes and ships. You can also find Wiking Wehrmacht models ( (Scale 1:200). 

The catalog is located here ( 32 pages): 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Elastolin: Swiss Pioneers and MG figures

Elastolin combat troops included "Pioniere" ("combat engineer and construction troops") [series 662/-] and MG figures carrying tinplate machine guns ( "Infanterie") [series 600/-]. The presented figures were produced in the end of 30s for the Swiss market.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Haselbach’s tin figures

J.C. Haselbach of Berlin (1848–1900) was a plrolific maker of 40-50 mm tin figures. He entrusted the engraver Wildt from 1848–55 with the care of a large number of his moulds, reputedly between 5,000 and 6,000. Of particular appeal was the parade of Frederick the Great, displaying the most popular units of that army. He also made European soldiers, Thirty Years’ War and the Crusades, battles in India and Mexico, the Battle of Woerth-sur-Sauer (Franco-Prussian War) and the Crimean War.

 This tin knight (H:12 cm) with movable arms and visor was probably produced by Haselbach around 1860/80. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Lineol artillery - Swiss army

In 30s, Lineol produced end exported a lot of composition soldiers of foreign armies. This artillery crew set was produced for the Swiss market. The tinplate haubitze is also made by Lineol. Achtung.. Feuer!