Odd Plastic Hong Kong Copies from Ian Dury

I recognised the Atlantic Roman figure No. 5 but the others?

Fellow Peter Laing collector Ian Dury recently sent me some 15mm Peter Laing Victorian Parade range figures (that had come originally from Tony Adams) and added some spare Airfix AWI figures to add troop strength to my ImagiNations armies. Thanks Ian.

Ian also included a couple of Hong Kong figures “that I might find interesting.”

Clearly marked Hong Kong on the base, so pre-1997 handover?

One (no. 4) looks like a scaled down OOHO version of the Greek Trojan Herald figures of the 1960s? They should be able to join my Airfix Roman figures.

The encyclopaedic site of Small Scale World by Hugh Walter mentions and shows these figures 2 to 5 as Giant related Hong Kong figures. Thanks Hugh!

Part of Small Scale World HK Romans long blog entry

http://smallscaleworld.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_10.html

Peter Laing 15mm Victorian Parade series figures alongside the plastic Indian on a pony

I noticed that the Native American Indian warrior on horseback is a close match for Peter Laing’s slender 15mm figures, so he shall no doubt join them in action one day. He should fit in well once the tail is fixed with some simple drilling and a pin link for the tail.

Peter Laing’s horses are quite distinctive or as Phil Barker described them in his 1970s KTG: Know The Game series Wargaming booklet  “Horses sometimes a little strange”. This often helps you pick out Laing figures amongst job lots of old 15mm figures.

The plastic Ancients will join the Airfix and Atlantic figures that have survived from childhood for future repair, painting and gaming.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 25 July 2021

Airfix OOHO British Paras painted at last

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog (sister blog to this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog) –

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/airfix-ooho-british-paratroops-chubsters/

I have finally painted my OOHO Airfix British Paras after forty odd years, these tiny cousins of the much pirated pound store copies of the familiar 1:32 version 2 British Paratroops.

X Files image of those familiar 1:32 Airfix Para clones from my post
https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/25/its-behind-you-mulder-and-scully/

Trivia fact – The scarce Version 1 of the familiar 1:32 Paras from 1969 were large copies of some of these OOHO figures. Now scarce and mostly crumbling, I have about three bashed ones of them left.

More Airfix OOHO images on the original blog post … enjoy!

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/airfix-ooho-british-paratroops-chubsters

Toys for a Pound online pound store Build and Play series WW2 and modern 1:72 tank kits

£1 each – “Assorted – One supplied” – so you don’t get to choose which aircraft or which tank.

These snap together kits sell individually (so you can choose your model) for £5 on the Tank Museum website with some favourable reviews. Webpage for these toys on Toys for A Pound

You can see more of the range of these kits on the Tank Museum web site or this eBay site.

Random assorted modern aircraft kits also available in 1:65 scale. Again you can see the range at tonycottrell2010 eBay site As with most pound store products, once they have sold out …

I haven’t bought or tried these Build and Play kits, they may be good for gaming, steampunking or kit bashing.

However I have bought from Toys for A Pound online store , buying their very cheap modern Plastic Soldiers and Military block figures.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/03/20/online-pound-store-plastic-warriors-affordable-joy/

https://toysforapound.com/products/military-characters-4pc-block-figure-set?_pos=2&_sid=bebdad370&_ss=r

And their Special Forces

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/specia-force-more-christmas-toy-soldiers-from-the-online-pound-store/

https://toysforapound.com/products/special-forces-soldiers-mini-army-figures?_pos=1&_sid=9b09b6b90&_ss=r

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 14 July 2021

Popsicle Landing Craft?

Storm those Normandy beaches!

Vintage version 1 1960s OOHO Airfix US Marines recently rebased and painted https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/from-the-halls-of-montezuma-airfix-version-1-us-marines-1963/

Invade that Pacific Atoll with your new Popsicle landing craft!

One of the happy curses of gaming and scrap modelling is the inability to look at what something is supposed to be used for, without rapidly working out how it could be recycled or repurposed for the gaming table.

It’s summer and the DIY lollies or popsicle makers have arrived.

What else could these be?

A shame that Lakeland or Lekue or whoever don’t manufacture more of these popsicle moulds in blue or grey or camouflage. That light green is a little too light and one tone.

A pleasant diversion here in Pound Store Plastic Warriors land from making landing craft out of milk cartons?

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/milk-carton-creation-no-1-cheap-landing-craft/

Enough Vintage Airfix?

To make it properly a Pound Store Plastic Warriors post, I have reshot the landing with Pound Store type play mat backdrop and figures and found cardboard scenery, Atlantic Wall style.

Blue clad marine infantry (Airfix US Infantry copies) and light tank support versus green infantry (ditto) with bizarre rocket and searchlight battery.

Blogposted by Trash Puppy Mark Man of TIN on 11 July 2021

Tankette Tuesday #1

First version Airfix US Marines and this small light US Army tin plate tank
Pound Store Plastic OO HO US Infantry Airfix copies

Tankette Tuesday came about by chance in our comments on Alan (Duchy of Tradgardland) Gruber’s occasional Flat Friday slot (of flat figures).

Everybody loves a Tankette – what’s not to love?

So occasionally on a Tuesday, I shall post the odd picture of real or model, old or new Tankettes.

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Today’s Tankette #1. US Army Tank MS262

Some of you might describe this as a ‘light tank’ when used with OOHO figures rather than a Tankette, depending on the size of figures you use.

It’s all a scale thing anyway, tankettes.

These tiny modern tin clockwork little tanks or tank-ettes came from Jesters.com (originally made by blechfabrik.com) a few months ago:

https://www.jesters.com/us-army-tank-tin-toy-retro-clockwork-vehicle-toy.html

These lightly armoured light tank / tankettes will be appearing on my games table at some point.

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Anything else on Jesters.com, a Kent based company, while we are about it?

Yes! There is a much larger, more expensive 16.5cm length version of a tinplate M4A1 “Sherman” tank. (The accompanying text says this tinplate tank is not a toy). Difficult to get a scale idea of the Sherman without a figure alongside.

https://www.jesters.com/sherman-tank-tin-toy-retro-clockwork-toy-military-vehicle.html

Jesters also stock traditional board games including Asalto or Sepoys and Officers, an old board game with an attractive Brimtoy board with 19th Century prints.

Asalto or “Officers and Sepoys” boardgame, a “Nineteenth Century siege game”.

You can read more about this abstract tactics game and its rules, similar to Fox and Geese, and its strange move of huffing.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asalto

I’m sure if you want to try the game out, using the Asalto rules on Wikipedia, you could rough out your own Asalto game board and suitable figure playing pieces.

So there you are, Tactics and Tankettes, all in one Tuesday post.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, Tuesday 6 July 2021

Vintage Airfix AWI British Grenadiers paint conversions to King’s Guard ImagiNations

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog on 4th / 5th July 2021:

Vintage Airfix AWI British Grenadiers paint conversions to King’s Guard #ImagiNations

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/wip-kings-guard-paint-conversions-of-vintage-airfix-awi-british-grenadiersvv/