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Showing posts with label Durso. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Durso. Show all posts

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Belgian army artillery crew operating the British BL 5.5-inch Medium Gun

Belgian army artillery crew operating the British BL 5.5-inch Medium Gun. The artillery crew in produced by Durso in the end of 40s/50s. You can notice that the Belgian army soldiers from Durso are wearing the American uniform. In the end of 40s, Durso changed the uniform of its Belgian army toy soldiers moving from the previous British uniform (Free Belgian forces) to the US one. The BL 5.5-inch Medium Gun is produced by Crescent in 50s (Great Britain).

Saturday, October 12, 2019

White cossacks from Neumann (Belgium)

This white army cossack composite figure was produced by a Belgian manufacture - Neumann in 30s. Neumann made composite figures for a quite limited time period in the middle of 30s. The company released nice sets of mountain troops : Alpine hunters (Chasseurs Alpins) and Ardennes hunters(Chasseurs Ardennais). Neumann also made soldiers inspired by the Italian-Abyssianian conflict of 1935. The soldiers had the oval base with broken corners and stamped with the inscription "Fabrication Belge". The similar inscription was also used by Michel Klimov (1905 - 2004) for his early famous Durso soldiers also produced in Liege.The cossacks soldiers were one of the most popular themes in the Neumann toy soldiers product line. Jean-Louis Boussart in his book "Le jouet a Liege de la Belle Epoque aux annes 50" recalls his conversation with Michel Klimov, the Durso company founder (known also as monsieur Durso), about Neumann soldiers. Klimov told him that the pre-war Neumann cossacks were the fruit of the work of Russian White Army immigrants, Neumann workers, living in Liege.The Cossack theme was really dear to them.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

In combat with a gas mask ...

WW1 French soldiers wearing gas masks (Durso, Belgium) in combat. The Renault FT 17 wind up tank (Victor Bonnet, France) supporting the attack. Terrain is my own DIY creation ...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

LÉ James Joyce (P62) ship and navy officers

LÉ James Joyce is an Offshore patrol vessel. She was built at Appledore Shipyards, Devon and was commissioned in 2015. She is the second of three OPV’s recently ordered by the Navy. LÉ James Joyce is currently assisting in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, having taken over from the LÉ Róisín. Vital stats: Length 90 metres – Weight 1,933 tonnes – Top speed 23 knots.
These navy officers are produced by Durso and Solido (Belgium) in 50s.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

ARM Cuauhtémoc

ARM Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy, named for the last Mexica Hueyi Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc who was captured and executed in 1525. She is the last of four sister ships built by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain, in 1982, all built to a design similar to the 1930 designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss, like Gorch Fock, USCGC Eagle and the NRP Sagres. Like her sister ships, Colombia's Gloria, Ecuador's Guayas and Venezuela's Simón Bolívar, Cuauhtémoc is a sailing ambassador for her home country and a frequent visitor to world ports, having sailed over 400,000 nautical miles (700,000 km) in her 23 years of service, with appearances at the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, ASTA Tall Ships Challenges, Sail Osaka, and others. The navy soldiers are made by Durso (Belgium) in 50s.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Clear prop ! Sopwith Camel 🇬🇧

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the best known fighter aircraft of the Great War.
The pilot figure is produced by Schusso (Georg Schuster, Georgensgmünd bei Nürnberg)(
and the mechanic is made by Durso (Belgium in 50s).The Sopwith Camel biplane model is manufactured by New Ray (US).

Portrait of Major Wilfred Ashton McCloughry MC, the Commanding Officer of No. 4 Squadron AFC, and his Sopwith Camel, 6 June 1918

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WW1 French Offensive : En avant !

This WW1 French offensive is led by the tinplate VeBe Tank (Victor Bonnet) produced in France (30s).
The attack is also supported by early  Durso composite soldiers from Belgium (30s). The tank's clockwork works really well !

Saturday, June 29, 2019

PGH Effelder and Lineol DDR NVA army soldiers (50s)

These DDR NVA army soldiers were produced by PGH Effelder and Lineol in 50s. The T34 with a clockwork drive (spring drive), was manufactured by MSB.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol : 11 May – 16 September 1939

The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol were the decisive engagements of the undeclared Soviet–Japanese border conflicts fought among the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Japan and Manchukuo in 1939. The conflict was named after the river Khalkhyn Gol, which passes through the battlefield.

Belgium toy soldiers - Durso and Trumpet (30s/40s). The armored car is produced by Gustav Buchmann (Switzerland 30s) .


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Hessmobil artillery tractor and the 1st of May - International Workers' Day !

1st of May - International Workers' Day !

This artillery tractor was produced by German Company Hess as the Hessmobil tractor in 30s and it was converted by Elstolin for military needs. The tractor has an inertia driven flywheel friction motor.
The Red Army soldiers are produced by Durso and Nazaire Beeusaert in 30s/40s.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

WW1 French troops : Preparation for Nivelle Offensive in April 1917 (Part 2)

Groupe d'armées du Nord on the northern flank of Groupe d'armées de Reserve (GAR) had been reduced to one army with three corps and began French operations with preliminary attacks by the Third Army on German observation points at St. Quentin on 1–4, 10 and 13 April, which took some of the German defences in front of the Siegfriedstellung (Hindenburg Line) in preliminary operations. The main attack on 13 April made very little progress, against a German defence relying mainly on machine-gun fire and local counter-attacks. On 9 April the British Third Army attacked to the east of Arras from Croisilles to Ecurie, against Observation Ridge, north of the Arras–Cambrai road and then towards Feuchy and the German second and third lines. To the south of the road the initial objective was Devil's Wood to Tilloy-lès-Mofflaines and Bois des Boeufs, with a final objective of the Monchyriegel (Monchy switch line) between Wancourt and Feuchy. The Third Army attack on the German defences either side of the Scarpe river penetrated 6,000 yd (3.4 mi; 5.5 km), the furthest advance achieved since the beginning of trench warfare. Most of the objectives had been reached by the evening of 10 April, except for the line between Wancourt and Feuchy around Neuville-Vitasse. The village fell that day, although the German garrisons in some parts of Monchyriegel held out for several more days. The Third Army consolidated and then advanced on Monchy-le-Preux. The French toy soldiers produced in 30s by Elastolin, Lineol, Durso and Nazaire Beeusaert (NB) . The armored car made by Gustav Buchmann , Langnau (Switzerland).