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Monday, August 28, 2023

Fantasy World knights from Papo 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 🏰🏰🏰

Papo pays great attention to detail of its 8.8 cm plastic knights: shields , weapons, garb, and armor are painstakingly replicated. The Papo Prince Phillip Castle is an exciting, super-sized medieval castle that features a great cardboard toy castle.Photos from Château de Pau (France).

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Siege of San Sebastián 💥⚔️🏰🇪🇸

In the siege of San Sebastián (7 July – 8 September 1813), part of the Peninsular War (1807-1814), Allied forces under the command of Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Wellington failed to capture the city in a siege. However in a second siege the Allied forces under Thomas Graham captured the city of San Sebastián in northern Basque Country from its French garrison under Louis Emmanuel Rey. During the final assault, the British and Portuguese troops rampaged through the town and razed it to the ground.The city would not be rebuilt until 1821. Museum Motako Gaztelua (Castillo De La Mota) in San Sebastian (Spain).

San Sebastián: Castillo de la Mota 🏰 🇪🇸

Castillo de la Mota: the hilltop, medieval fortress of San Sebastián San Sebastián was initially a settlement and was founded as a city by King Sancho VI (the Wise) of Navarre in 1180 in order to control the direct access to the sea from the peninsula. The settlement was tucked at the foot of Monte Urguell which acted as a natural barrier from the blustery northern winds and tumultuous sea. However, the city needed protection from foreign attacks so, in 1194, King Sancho VII (the Strong) of Navarre ordered the construction of a protective wall around the city and a fortress at the top of Mount Urguell. The city lived a few centuries of relative peace before it was besieged by Franco-Portuguese troops in 1476. The fortress played a key role in providing shelter to city inhabitants during the assault. Afterwards, the Catholic Kings ordered the building to be further fortified. In the 16th century Carlos V ordered several additional reforms during, including the construction of a keep, a fortified barbican and gallows. He also ordered that all the trees be cut down to thwart attacks from foreign troops. Joris Hoefnagel’s 16th-century engraving provides an excellent idea of what the city and the fortress looked like during that period. In 1575, lightning struck a powder keg and almost burnt down the entire building to the ground. When it was rebuilt, the original architecture was maintained. In the 17th century, the engineer Tiburcio Spanochi was commissioned to further fortify the stronghold after it was struck by lightning (again). Its impregnable design was put to the test when the Duke of Berwick shelled the fortress incessantly for two weeks until he finally gave up. The fortress was also the object of several attacks and sieges during the Spanish War of Independence (1808-1814) and the Carlist Wars but emerged unscathed, ready to stand guard and protect the inhabitants of San Sebastián.


Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Is it the Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien tank ?

The Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien was a German tank project of the First World War. It was a radical design for a fast-moving, lightly armoured assault tank. Thirteen companies bid for the contract and in the middle of 1918, construction of a design by Captain Müller was assigned to the Oberschlesien Eisenwerk of Gleiwitz, which had partially completed two prototypes by October 1918. The project received the pseudonym Oberschlesien (Upper Silesia).Neither the ordered test models, nor the improved "Oberschlesien II" already planned were finished before the end of the war. This metal model was presumably produced  in Germany by an unknown maker.The model reminds the Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien that was never actually built .It appears that the tank's wheels and tracks are made of celluloid. The tank composition commander has a metal stahlhelm. The tank perfectly matches to Elastolin 105 mm composition soldiers.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Tissotoys : Polish Historical heroes 🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🐎🐎🐎⚔️⚔️⚔️

Tissotoys (Poland) produces plastic 8.8cm figurines representing fictional characters from Henryk Sienkiewicz's historical trilogy set in the realities of the 17th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: "With Fire and Sword", "Deluge" and "Pan Wolodyjowski". The offered series consists of Colonel Wolodyjowski, Pan Onufry Zagłoba and Zaporozhian Cossack Ivan Bohun.There is also one unnamed mounted Polish hussar figure.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Little drummers of the Deutsches Jungvolk 🥁🥁🥁

Drummers of the Deutsches Jungvolk were produced by Elastolin from 1933 to 1939. The Deutsches Jungvolk was section of the Hitler Jugend for boys aged 10 to 14.

Friday, August 4, 2023

Neumann Cossacks

These Cossack composite figures were manufactured by a Belgian manufacture - Neumann in 30s. Neumann made composite figures for a quite limited time period in the middle of 30s. WW1 French postcards depicting Cossacks.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Gonio VW-82 Kubelwagen with Elastolin and Lineol soldiers

This 1/24 tinplate VW-82 Kubelwagen was produced by Gonio (Czech Republic) in 90s. It perfectly matches Elastolin, Lineol and DS soldiers. Here I have some customized (umbau) figures.