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Friday, April 29, 2022

NVA soldiers produced by Anton Röder “Lisanto”

The Anton Röder “Lisanto” company produced compsition soldiers before 1945 and then resumed its production during DDR time after the founding of the NVA. But the exact start of NVA figures is unknown. In the trade fair journal of the Leipzig trade fair for the spring fair in 1959, the company Röder advertised "plastic soldiers" for the first time. The advertisement with the statement "plastic soldiers" was last published for the spring fair in 1964. According to the last managing director of A. Röder, the company was instructed by the DDR state to stop the NVA figures production and hand over this production to PGH Effelder. This happened in the mid or late 1960s, the exact time is not known as well.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Muji wooden blocks: Suburbia

Muji is a Japanese retail company which sells a wide variety of household and consumer goods. Muji's design philosophy is minimalist, and it places an emphasis on recycling, reducing production and packaging waste, and a no-logo or "no-brand" policy. Muji produces little nice bags with sets of wooden blocks. One of them is the Suburbia set.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Elastolin Fackelträger Elektrisch Beleuchtbar

Elastolin electrically illuminated torch bearer. This is quite rare composition soldier (n 40) that was produced from 1934 to 1938 in Germany.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Belgian Special Forces Group and Military Police

These composition Belgian Special Forces Group and Military Police 7cm soldiers were produced by different Belgian makers : Durso, Solido and GJ (40s/50s/60s).

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Lineol passage through tank obstackles with 5 bars

In the end of 30s, Lineol started production of the Westwall (The Siegfried Line) fortifications. The passage through tank barrier was made of wood and had 5 bars. Lineol produced also barbed-wire barricades.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

1916 The Easter Rising (Part 2)

On Easter Monday 1916,24 April 1916, Irish nationalists launched an armed revolt against British rule in Ireland. The British Army brought in thousands of reinforcements as well as artillery and a gunboat. There was street fighting on the routes into the Dublin city centre, where the rebels slowed the British advance and inflicted many casualties. Elsewhere in Dublin, the fighting mainly consisted of sniping and long-range gun battles. The main rebel positions were gradually surrounded and bombarded with artillery. There were isolated actions in other parts of Ireland; Volunteer leader Eoin MacNeill had issued a countermand in a bid to halt the Rising, which greatly reduced the number of rebels who mobilised. With much greater numbers and heavier weapons, the British Army suppressed the Rising. Pearse agreed to an unconditional surrender on Saturday 29 April, although sporadic fighting continued briefly. After the surrender, the country remained under martial law. Although quickly suppressed by the British Army, the rising was a seminal moment in modern Irish history, helping pave the way to the nation's independence in 1922.

Friday, April 15, 2022

1916 The Easter Rising

The Easter Rising was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week in April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans against British rule in Ireland with the aim of establishing an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was fighting the First World War. Organised by a seven-man Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916 and lasted for six days. Members of the Irish Volunteers, led by schoolmaster and Irish language activist Patrick Pearse, joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connolly and 200 women of Cumann na mBan, seized strategically important buildings in Dublin and proclaimed the Irish Republic.


Saturday, April 9, 2022

WW2 Kriegsmarine captain

This interesting composition 7cm figurine of German Kriegsmarine captain was produced by Ekalin in Germany (70s ?).

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Old GAMA tank ...

This rare GAMA tank that was produced in Germany around 1944/45.The Panzerwaffe soldiers are produced by Kienel, Elastolin and Lineol.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Lineol Brennendes Haus (Nr.Z61)

The other side of the Lineol Brennedes Haus (Burning House) Nr.Z61. The flamethrower trooper and infantry soldiers are produced also by Lineol (Germany).