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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Tin toy soldiers in Franco-Prussian War

The Franco-Prussian War was a conflict between the Second French Empire and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia. Lasting from 19 July 1870 to 28 January 1871, the conflict was caused by Prussian ambitions to extend German unification and French fears of the shift in the European balance of power that would result if the Prussians succeeded.These tin toy soldiers are presented at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

Friday, October 4, 2019

ESCI-ERTL 1992 catalogue

ESCI-ERTL HO Catalogue 1992. Here are the toy soldiers and and vehicles in 1/72 from the last catalog of the world famous Italian manufacturer.

WWII German Soldiers,
WWII Russian Soldiers,
WWII British Soldiers,
WWII American Soldiers
WWII Tanks and armored vehicles,
Anglo-Zulu War

Please use the link below to download the pdf catalog (16 pages):

Thursday, October 3, 2019

It's Friday tomorrow !

It's Friday tomorrow ! (US WW2 GIs produced by Leyla in 60s/70s)...

How lead soldiers are born (Istituto Luce video 1937)

The almost artistic work with which lead soldiers are born. This Instituto Luce video shows Austrian lead toy soldiers representing  medieval knights and soldiers of the great battles of the Napoleonic era.

Please use the link below to watch the video:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Paddle steamer Sirius (National Maritime Museum of Ireland)

Paddle steamer Sirius (National Maritime Museum of Ireland)

Paddle steamer Sirius was the first ship to cross the Atlantic under steam power. She was owned by the St. George Steam Packet Company, Cork and was commanded by an Irishman, Capt. Richard Roberts R.N.

Length 60 meters.
Draught 5 meters.
Beam 14.3 meters
703 tons gross

There was a story at the time that the crew of the Sirius had to burn timber fixtures from the ship towards the end of the journey. This story was later used by Jules Verne in his book "Around the world in 80 days". The Sirius at 703 gross tons was too small for the transatlantic route and returned to its normal route between Cork and Glasgow. In 1847 while travelling in dense fog, she was wrecked off Ballycotton just east of Cork, with a loss of 20.