Home cast British Army figures Schneider moulds l

Fine semi flats and their mould from my homecast mould collection – Schneider mould 69

In between duelling and forest skirmishes, I have spent my spare time over the last few days stocktaking, sorting through cupboards and restowing groups of scattered figures into ‘like’ themed boxes.

The Lucky Products plastic 30mm Revolutionary War flats reminded me I had other flat figures and moulds stowed away.

I know that many of you including Alan Tradgardland Gruber have been unearthing hidden and forgotten treasures like these German marines or sailors


Alan Gruber’s German marines (semi flats)

Although I do not yet have a copy of that particular sailor home cast mould, I recognised these sailor figures from the attractive flats or semi flats page in The Collectors All Colour Guide to Toy Soldiers by Andrew Rose (1985), widely available second hand.

A page of joy to stare at for hours …

These homecast figures are often known as Schneider moulds. Here is the Schneider S and arrow logo, together with the mould number 69.

Size comparisons between Britain’s 54mm,40mm + Schneider figures & Lucky Products plastic flat

How tall? You decide depending on how you measure your figures. Feet to top of head?

These semi flat figures are depending how you measure your figures between 45 to 50mm tall or two inches?

Alan’s German sailors identified alongside my Redcoats and Prince August homecasts
I often see these Redcoats from my mould 69 type for sale online or at antique shops at daft prices

Blue sailors, white sailors – Andrew Rose, Toy Soldiers book page on semiflats and homecast figures

I quite frequently check these pages as people send me emails through my blog comments asking for help about figures they have dug up, found in their family collections that need repairs or need IDing. I don’t do repairs for others but am often happy to help ID these figures where I can.

Richard Camp’s Homecast ID site seems to have disappeared from the links at Hugh Walters Small Scale World but there is always the Facebook Homecasting group.


or the British section International Flat Figure collecting and painting Society


Who will my semiflat homecast Redcoats fight?

Why Close Wars contenders “soldiers versus natives” in the homecast form of Settlers versus Indians mould no. 56, of course.

Previously on Man of TIN blog, homecast Schneider moulds


Schneider Settlers & Indians, mould number 56, this time back into the melting pot …

and an unusual zinnfiguren poem by early victim of the Nazis Joachim Ringelnatz


Attractive box graphics for no. 56 Schneider Settlers and Indians

Blogposted by Mark (Thin Semi flat ) Man of TIN, 2/ 3 June 2020

B.P.S. Blog Post Script

Here is a slightly odd photograph in response to Colin Torres’ request about front end shots of these Schneider semiflat figures, which I interpret hopefully rightly as wanting to see how rounded or thin these semi flats are.

Front and side shots next to a current British penny for comparison.

A well spent Pound?

Slightly smaller scale figures and vehicles – Airfix centurion tank copies

Part of my Christmas present from the family is this lovely £1 bag of plastic soldiers from a charity shop, popped in alongside Christmas presents as padding in a parcel.

Larger copies of familiar Airfix figures in two colours

Figures seen here in size order compared to the size of an original Airfix WW2 British Infantryman.

Again the slight size difference in the same bag of the same poses is interesting … two different factories? Two different mould tools?

These are HTI figures, made in China. Similar bags are still available in toy shops or online, including with the Airfix copy OOHO Centurion tanks.

How have sizes changed from the Airfix originals?

Defence cuts? I posted some comparison shots here:


Airfix original 54mm figure getting smaller and stranger with each generation of copies

I really like the running infantryman figure, it originated as the advancing Airfix German infantry man with rifle but in the process of copying over forty to fifty years has become more generic, simpler and smaller. It now has more of a traditional toy soldier look, especailly if painted up in gloss toy soldier paint style. I can never have enough of these!

That red coat ‘Toy Soldier’ look



How do they measure up as they get smaller?

The smaller running rifleman or standing rifleman is just under 38-40mm from base to the top of his helmet (or if you measure to the eyes about 35-36mm)

The larger running rifleman is about 42mm from base to top of helmet, 38mm to the eyeliner, which is the usual size that I have encountered these before on these smaller figures. Quite a size drop from the 54mm Airfix originals.

This brings these broadly into line with 40mm Prince August figures for example.

The tiny jeeps proved useful for my desert raid game as LRDG jeep trucks.




Blog posted by the easily pleased Mark Man of TIN, 21 January 2019

Landing Craft (Carton) Two – more How To photo


Some magazine inspiration for my LCC Landing Craft Carton

Previously on Pound Store Plastic Warriors …

This is the first blog post on my carton craft


Now here is how I did this in easy to follow stages:

Marking out the carton with Sharpie pen
The carton cut to size
Stapling begins to shape the craft.

Stapling gets tricky round the back end unless you have a very nimble slim stapler and cast iron fingers.

Details such as the machine gun cupola are added, secured by hot glue gun or staple.

The machine gunner figure is cut down to size to fit in at a low profile and so can be changed. A different sized / scaled  or nationality figure  can be added and removed easily.

A small square of Magnetic strip on base should secure the figure in place. Previous attempts to glue the figure  to the lid to make him interchangeable  (seen in early photos in background) left him too high up and exposed.

Detailing of hatches and radio masts or flag poles

Details such as the hatches from scrapbook crafting thin wooden  ‘Scrabble’  squares and cocktail stick radio masts or flagpole pennant masts are added.

Hot glue gun and staples are used to secure the back flap section, sealed with a coffee stirrer strip secured with hot glue.

Front view – gift card voucher cut to size and glued into place.

Next step is to glue into place coffee stirrers to strengthen and ‘box’ the sides as desired. Further coffee stirrer strips can be added to cover staples and add to the appearance of the front landing flap.

Add as required to create a suitable boxy feel of a tough little craft.

Strengthening with coffee stirrers glued on.

Next step is to paint base colour grey with acrylics which seem to work well enough on the waxy plastic surfaces. Several coats of paint and varnish required.

Your landing Craft should still float in flat seas like a pond with not too choppy waters.



Additional details of fenders, lettering and ropework can be added as desired. I looked at this advert for King and Country figures and Landing Craft for ideas.


The Real Thing and Seaside Military History

I have a soft spot for The Rangers shown in the King and Country advert for their Normandy ’44 range. These brave men trained on the cliffs around the lovely North Cornwall seaside town of Bude, where they were billeted on the local townspeople and are very fondly remembered. The Bude cliffs were a good enough  match for the cliffs in Normandy.

On D-Day the Rangers  scaled  the cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc to capture a battery of big guns at a great cost in dead and injured, only to find that some of the coastal guns were fake. The barrels seen in aerial photographs were large tree trunks or telegraph poles. Not all the Atlantic Wall defences were what they seemed! They had to track down and destroy the real ones nearby. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointe_du_Hoc

There is  a poignant small display about the Rangers and their equipment  in Bude’s The Castle Museum, an unusual early Victorian house on concrete and sand created by Goldsworthy Gurney. Memories of the Rangers in Bude – https://youtu.be/QMnhb5lNsWA

Goldsworthy Gurney a haphazard inventor pioneered the Steam Waggon or Steam Car, including a viewing by the the British army in the 1830s. If it had been commercially successful, the British Army could have headed off to Crimea with Steam Powered armoured vehicles and gun tractors almost half a century or at least decades earlier. Pure Steampunk! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldsworthy_Gurney#Gurney’s_steam_carriage

If you find yourself in holiday in the area …

Being a few miles from the English Civil War battlefield at Stratton  and other wartime sites such as Davidstow Airfield / Wartime Museum, there is much that Bude has to offer the history tourist including its pre-Victorian  “Canal” (1819).


Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 28 July / 2 November 2019.


BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Project Update #4


New sculpt photos released – Update No. 4 on the Christmas 2020 releases of Plastic Army Women by Jeff Imel at BMC toys can be read here:


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An African-American woman soldier is included as they have made up a significant part of the current female American military.

That’s #FEMBruary 2021 sorted!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN 22 October 2019

Celebrate World Mental Health Day

Huzzah for the tiny plastic men (and women) who keep us all healthy! 

Celebrate the contribution of our wonderful hobby and hobby community to positive mental health on World Mental Health Day today –



Blog crossposted from Man of TIN blog, 10 October 2019 World Mental Health Day.


Instant Airfix Featherstone WW2 by the Death Zap! Wargaming Pastor


Attractively improvised game and games table (I’m sure Little Wars / Floor Games author HG Wells would  approve) with Featherstone rules, scrambled together by the Death Zap!  blogger The Wargaming Pastor: 

These pictures recapture the spirit of the games of my youth.

Enjoy! Blog posted by Mark  Man of TIN, 28 September 2019

Hello and Farewell to the Horses

British Heart Foundation pound bags of random horses and some new reading

Too likely to rain to do any homecasting in the garden so I headed to the coast. In a nearby seaside town I found no new seaside shop plastic soldiers but two charity shop ‘pound bags’ of random plastic toy horses.

Oddly one of the newish paperbacks that caught my eye today is German author Ulrich Raulff’s history book / memoir ‘Farewell to the Horse’ (2015) about the changing relationship of horses over the last century or so. Translated into English by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp,  it was published in the U.K. by Penguin 2017/18 https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/294/294612/farewell-to-the-horse/9780141983172.html

Some of the smaller horses – 2nd and 3rd row from top are mostly Airfix OOHO horses
Bottom right some Airfix OOHO 20-25mm horse, pony and French infantry figures for scale, alongside some Pound Store 32mm-ish figures – a little too big?


When making my Pound Store conversions, Doug Shand in the comments asked about horses for making these cheap figures into cavalry. I tried casting some Prince August Holger Erikkson forty millimetre scale horses. A bit too big and wide. I scoured the internet for cheap horses but it was difficult to find any I judged from pictures to be the right scale.

I think the larger horses are closer in size to 28 to 30mm figures than my Pound Store 32mm-ish conversions, unless you want big troops or natives on small ponies.

I placed several Spencer Smith metal and plastic horses and infantry on or alongside the horses to see if they were suitable. Some figures like the AWI tricorne officer might work on horseback. However Spencer Smith already do perfectly good cavalry. I have few 28mm figures but put a WW2 Russian female officer from Bad Squiddo on horseback for comparison.

As with all toy horses, many of them have no base and do not stand up on their own. The smaller ones (smaller than most of the Airfix ones) may be slender OO railway modelling horses (and the solitary cow).

The bizarre non-equine extras – a kneeling cow, a statuesque duck and random prehistoric reptile / fish. Duck cavalry anyone?


Farewell to the Horse?
The horse book (being partly based in Germany) should be interesting to read in relation to the email comments that Tony Adams at The Miniature Wood Screw Army has made to me about the Not Quite Mechanised state of the horse drawn German Army of WW2, compared to the more motorised transport of the armies of Britain, France and America. Amptly illustrated here on these online forums:



Not a bad haul for a grey mizzly day by the sea. A little money gone to charity, a little less plastic tat gone to landfill. Single use plastic? Not this stuff, as it’s at least second owner.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN on 21 September 2019.