Pound Store Plastic Air Power and Pilots

I picked up this red plastic biplane from a children’s magazine about 10+ years ago, I think it was the Children’s BBC TV Grandpa in My Pocket magazine.

It looked like it might be suitable for 30 to 40mm figures.

Here it is alongside two SAE Madeira sample 30mm figures I bought last year from Tradition Of London online.

I found these vintage SAE Madeira 30mm figures quite slender in comparison with other 30mm figures.

Screenshot / photos from my blog post: https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2023/05/16/when-30mm-marks-little-soldiers-met-my-kitbashed-28mm-marines-and-mountain-men/

Two shiny pilots from the 30mm SAE Madeira (Holger Eriksson) Range look very slender in comparison.

L to R (above) Marks Little Soldier (MLS) 30mm Officer, our two SAE pilots, then orange spaceman conversion from Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 28mm Wargames Atlantic conversion to mountain trooper and Warlord Games 28mm conversion.

As an alternative, the new Mark’s Little Soldiers 30mm or some of the larger 28mm figures might suit this two-seated biplane aircraft better?

30mm MLS character figures feature a very 1920s 30s type pilot figure

although in keeping with the pound store ‘penny dreadful’ nature of this blog, one of those penny figures with a US tanker type helmeted figure looks like he could be painted as a pilot with flying helmet and possibly life jacket?


So there you go, an interesting aircraft, one that you might find as a jumble or charity shop find.

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 18 May 2023


Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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