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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Airfix Catalogue 2021

2021 is going to be another great year for building Airfix models, with plenty of new introductions in most of your favourite categories. This digital edition of the catalogue is fully searchable. 

 The catalogue (148 pages) is located here: 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

German Wehrmacht flag-bearer

This German Wehrmacht flag-bearer in goose step marching (Fahnentrager im Parademarsch 13/51) was produced by Elastolin from 1936 till 1941.There was also the Leibstandarte SS "Adolf Hitler" version of this figure in a black uniform (33/13/51).

Have a nice weekend! 🥁🥁🥁

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Durso: Free Belgian Forces soldiers

Free Belgian Forces composition soldiers produced by Durso (Belgium) in 50s.These WW2 Belgian soldiers are wearing British uniforms and Brodie helmets.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Students attending a physics lesson in a Napola school

National Political Institutes of Education (Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten; officially abbreviated NPEA, commonly abbreviated Napola for Nationalpolitische Lehranstalt meaning National Political Institution of Teaching) were secondary boarding schools in Nazi Germany. They were founded as "community education sites" after the National Socialist seizure of power in 1933.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Schuco Trommel-Soldat: 1930-1939 - Germany

This Wehrmacht wind-up drummer wearing a stahlhelm was produced by Schuco (no. 991/1) in 1930-1939 in Germany. After wind-up, the figure spins around and hits the drum.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Found on eBay: 29 WW1 German Gardejäger wooden soldiers

According to the seller these soldiers in white trousers with a green uniform jacket, a shako cap on their head, field packs on their backs and a rifle in their hands were all painstakingly handcrafted in the winter of 1949 (each figure has a different date). Each figure stands on a small base and is about 10 cm high.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Schusso marines

Not a lot of people know that Schusso, a German composition soldiers maker, produced also Kriegsmarine soldiers ... These 7.5 cm marines were produced in 30s .

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Elastolin advertising leaflet from 30s

Elastolin advertising leaflet from early 30s: Elastolin soldiers of all nations. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Wooden soldiers and cannons from Soly Europe

Soly Europe is a Czech manufacturer of wooden toys for kids. Soly produces interesting sets of wooden soldiers and cannons in 9cm / 13.5 cm scale.


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Kriegsmarine soldiers on assault

Elastolin produced several types of attacking Kriegsmarine (Kaiserliche Marine) soldiers in 30s. These figures are quite rare today. Recently I got these 4 Kriegsmarinefigures from Germany ...

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Elastolin railway figures (Eisenbahn-figuren)

These Elastolin railway figures from 30s (scale 5cm) are representing line workers with a shovel and a hoe. The naked torso figure looks like Vladimir Putin ?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

100 year old Elastolin toy figures enrich the Diakoniemuseum exhibition

WW1 10cm Elastolin composition figures are the latest exhibits from the exhibition “Field hospital and traveling cinema. The Inner Mission in Bavaria between the Empire and the Weimar Republic ”in the Diakoniemuseum Rummelsberg (13 November 2018). Dorothea Mirwaldt from Feucht found an old wooden box while cleaning up a friend's attic in Nuremberg - full of Elastolin toy figures from the time of the First World War: soldiers, nurses, pastors. Now the latest “treasures” can be seen in a showcase for visitors.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Will we ever know why Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland ?

On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess (26 April 1894 – 17 August 1987) made a solo flight to Scotland, where he hoped to arrange peace talks with the Duke of Hamilton, whom he believed to be a prominent opponent of the British government's war policy. The British authorities arrested Hess immediately on his arrival and held him in custody until the end of the war, when he was returned to Germany to stand trial at the Nuremberg trials of major war-criminals in 1946. During much of his trial, he claimed to be suffering from amnesia, but he later admitted this was a ruse. The Court convicted him of crimes against peace and of conspiracy with other German leaders to commit crimes. He served a life sentence in Spandau Prison; the Soviet Union blocked repeated attempts by family members and prominent politicians to win his early release. While still in custody as the only prisoner in Spandau, he hanged himself in 1987 at the age of 93. After his death, the prison was demolished to prevent it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. In 30s, Elastolin and Lineol produced composition 7.5 cm figures representing Rudolf Hess. At this photo you can see the Elastolin one.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

9th of May - WW2 Victory Day in Russia

Victory Day marks the end of World War II and the victory of the Allied Forces in 1945. Adolf Hitler had shot himself on April 30. On May 7, German troops surrendered, which was formally accepted the next day, and came into effect on May 9. That's why Russia celebrates WWII triumph on 9th of May.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. This is my small collection of surrendering German soldiers produced by different French and Belgian makers (Domage et Cie, Durso, Triumf) in 40s/50s.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Part 2 - Battle on the Grass 🏹🗡⚔🛡

The second set of photos dedicated to the unknown battle of Teutonic and Livonian orders against Novgorod and Pskov Republics (c.1250)...(Plastic soldiers from Sunjade).

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Imperial German Navy

The Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) was the navy created at the time of the formation of the German Empire. It existed between 1871 and 1919, growing out of the small Prussian Navy, which primarily had the mission of coastal defence. Kaiser Wilhelm II greatly expanded the navy, and enlarged its mission. The key leader was Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, who greatly expanded the size and quality of the navy, while adopting the sea power theories of American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan. The result was a naval arms race with Britain as the German navy grew to become one of the greatest maritime forces in the world, second only to the Royal Navy. Lisanto Kaiserliche composition marines produced in 30s (Germany).

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Marx Toys Catalog 1978

The catalog contains the following famous Marx Toys sets of plastic soldiers - Battlefield (WW2), Fort Apache, Navarone, Martian Landing, Bravo Squad, Red River and Prehistoric Dinosaurs Set.
The Marx Toys Catalog 1978 (80 pages) is located here: