Austin-Putilov armoured car made by MKI the Moscow Toy Plant, it's plastic and looks like the chassis and turrets have been produced in blow moulds. Collector Aleksey Dmitriyev in Russia tells me that it was made in the 1970's or 80s, it feels much earlier to me but there you go, I know virtually nothing about Russian toys, except that I like them! I found these pics while idly searching the net (as you do) and fell in love with it, so I thought I'd share it.
Friday, 7 May 2021
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
I recently unearthed these photos I took a few years back of a rather fine model battleship, it was in the window of a high end antiques gallery just outside Hastings in East Sussex, the place was shut and I wouldn't be able to get back there later so I had to take the pics as best I could through the glass. The model was about eight feet long (from memory) and I thought it was amazing, but I know nothing else about it. Does anyone recognise the ship? the four smoke stacks might give a clue, could it have been a shipbuilders model or a film prop? I have no idea but I thought, if I like it, then maybe someone else will too, and I think it's too good an image to leave forgotten on an old memory card. Double click the pics to see the detail, it's taken a lot of punishment over the years but not beyond restoration I think.
When I look at the damage strewn across the decks of these old models it makes me ponder on the carnage left in the aftermath of a sea battle between such steel leviathans.
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Came across this on YouTube (as you do) and thought it was worth sharing, it's some kind of Science Channel documentary and I think it's Russian made, but it's about Toy Soldiers A word of warning it's over 26 minutes long, so not for the faint hearted, I don't have the attention span any more so had to dip in and out of it, but there is a lot of good stuff in there if you're prepared to persevere. Now get a coffee and a bun then settle down to enjoy.
Sunday, 7 February 2021
Three of my all time favourite figures, two versions of Kiplings "Gentleman in Kharki" and "The Handy Man". The outer figures are hollow Ivorine plastic, made in 1900, in the centre is the hollowcast lead version made by Fry around 1920, the rifle barrel has been repaired and looks a bit long but it works well enough, I'm struggling over the decision to repaint him or not.
Saturday, 7 November 2020
Some time ago I thought it would be a good idea to start a Jacobite collection, I gathered together what figures I had to hand and started painting but somewhere along the line the project just ran out of steam. Since then they've been sitting in a display case amongst my other C18th armies, until last week when the need to free up space meant they had to find a new home. while they were out I thought I'd take a few pics, and here they are: