Recycled Fridge Magnet Bases

Recycling old fridge magnets into magnetic base strips for toy soldier storage boxes …

I found a small cache of these old disused flexible fridge magnets being thrown out at work, so before they were binned, I snaffled or scrounged them (with permission).

I have recycled them into either figure basing strips or the magnetic strips on the bottom of toy Soldier storage boxes, as the magnetic polarity ‘thing’ goes.

After peeling the shiny advertising paper label off, they are thin enough to easily cut with scissors. This has saved a pound or two on magnetic self adhesive tape and also saved a tiny patch of landfill.

Blog posted by Mark the scrounging Man of TIN on 12 May 2019.

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1p and 2p coins to stay in UK circulation

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/1p-and-2p-copper-coins-to-stay-in-uk-circulation/

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog 9th May 2019.

Seaside Pound Store Plastic Clockwork Airships and Paddle Steamers

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Potential airships from  submarines? Sky boats from Paddle Steamers? 

I spotted these lovelies in a seaside plastic gift shop whilst looking for plastic pirates and other plastic ‘tat’.

Into my Pound Store modelling brain leapt the thought – steampunk airship bodies? Silver and bronze and wood panelled?

Civil War Paddle Steamer bodies, reversed and given some planking at rear?

They wind up well and on a smooth wood floor just keep rumbling for a long time along like speedy WW1 era landships.

These will all need a jolly good wash before painting, so they may have some proper launching, sea trials and naval manoeuvres first (otherwise known as “putting them into the bathtub”). Just to clean them up you understand …

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Imported or distributed by Kandytoys, purveyors of lovely beach toys and seaside plastic tat across the Southwest. 

My steampunk brain started working overtime on the dirigible possibilities of wiring     on a plastic bottle ‘gas barrage balloon’  and fixing the whole on a stand. Maybe Steampunk Submarines and Paddle steamers will be easier.

A bevy of WAAF style balloon handlers might be required for such dirigible beasts (they were not nicknamed ‘pigs’ by their WAAF crews just because of their shape). So far Bad Squiddo only does suitable crews in the form of WW2 Ack Ack searchlight Girls in 28mm, which may be a little small?

I have seen the beautifully painted original of  Laura Knight’s  detailed painting of such balloon girls, well worth seeing if you can http://www.damelauraknight.com/artwork/a-balloon-site-coventry-1943/

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Dame Laura Knight, Barrage Balloon site Coventry 1943 (Imperial War Museum collection Art.IWM ART LD 2750) Non-Commercial reuse. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/15503

This whole airship business might be because I have just finished the second Mortal Engines book by Philip Reeve and have the third one lined up.

Post apocalyptic / Futuristic ‘Municipal Darwinism’ (city eats city, town and suburbs). Steampunk with strong echoes of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Star Wars. Airships, mech troopers, predator cities on gigantic caterpillar tracks, submarine ice breakers …  what’s not too like? (Did I mention Steampunk enough?)

It’s not a million pulp or steampunk miles away from the Edwardian to 1930s era Scout ‘Wide Game’ ideas over on my sister channel, the Man of TIN blog.

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32mm Pound Store conversion Airship Troopers? 

They will hopefully compliment my Flash Gordon style 1930s airship or starship troopers converted from Pound Store 32mm plastic figures

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Pound Store conversion  32mm crews for scale of these futuristic steam punk Paddle streamers and sky boats. At the very least, bronzed and silvered up, they would make a great steam punk submarine and Paddle steamer base for gaming scenarios. 

Distracting Cheap plastic joy! More tat for the painting table?

Blog posted by Mark,  Man of TIN on 6 May 2019.

BPS – Blog Post Script

I have yet to see the much maligned Peter Jackson directed Mortal Engines movie, as  I became too busy near Christmas to see it in the cinema. I will catch up with it on DVD soon. Watch the Trailer here: https://youtu.be/IRsFc2gguEg

 

 

 

Le Toy Van Space Rocket

 

 

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Le Toy Van’s lovely wooden space rocket and blue pound store Space Marines …

On my travels I spotted a seaside toy shop which had this lovely  wooden space rocket from Le Toy Van for only £5.

I thought it would fit perfectly for my 1930s space troops from  Poundland / pound store 32mm plastic toy soldier conversions from 2017:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

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Choose your colour of space forces – little green men …

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/little-green-men-pound-store-plastic-space-warriors/

I also tried it out with one of my 50mm Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team Space Men. At this size, this would be more of  a personal space craft than a space troop or squad transport.

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Le Toy Van do the three styles of rocket seen on the label. You can also see the  porthole astronaut sticker that I removed to make it more versatile. 

Le Toy Van, a UK firm, have a shopping website https://letoyvan.com/products/space-rockets-1

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Three colours of rocket …

I would be very tempted to respray another one of these rockets a more 1930s gold or silver.

Flash, aaa – aaagh!

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 16 April 2019.

 

The Joy of Pound Store Block Figures

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49p to £1 each set  – that’s what I call pocket money toys. Shame about the builder’s missing arm …

I liked the look of these blister pack figures with equipment, they have good pocket money  “play value”. I picked these packs up for half the usual £1 price at UK high street store Wilko.

Oddly I didn’t  notice at the time of  rapid buying that one of the builder’s arms was missing. If you look carefully in the photo of the blister pack, you can see his arm is clearly missing. Each pair has an obviously male and less obviously female figure.

Not a promising advert for this builder and his safe use of the sprue of power tools enclosed!

For the sheer love of toys, I thought I would photograph these figures before I  passed them on to younger members of the family.

Obviously these cheaper “bootleg-o” figures which are compatible or fits with other construction kits. The missing arm shows that maybe the production values are not quite the same as the more expensive Lego  but they are highly affordable for children and parents on limited pocket money and imaginative to boot. You aren’t paying any film franchise costs as you do with Lego.

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The figures out on a baseplate … with a spare builder’s arm found from the toy box.

Previously I have mentioned the Wilco Blox figures alongside the Poundland underwhelming non-brand unofficial but charming superheroes.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/rip-stan-lee-and-farewell-from-the-pound-store-superheroes/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/the-unincredibles-more-pound-store-superheroes/

The Wilkoblox.com shows the current range. All the screenshots below are from the April 2019 Wilko Wilkoblox website.

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/toys/construction-toys/c/858

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/en-uk/toys/construction-toys/all-wilko-blox/c/1246

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I love these  space / superheroes figures …

I think the 50 figure wilkoblox set is highly attractive and would frame nicely on the wall – tempting.

Wilkoblox – Multiracial, cross generational, lots of female role models such as police officers, builders and  other emergency services. Overall a pretty imaginative set but sadly without personal tools or equipment …

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Great superheroes, green aliens, space type knights …

The  military selection is limited but there is an attractive 10 in 1 tank set, that you could build in 10 different ways.

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You would obviously have to buy 10 sets if you didn’t want to break each model up every time.

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Nicely photographed on model landscapes though …

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Attractively landscaped photos

The surprise odd one out is one of the photos for the  5 in 1 military helicopter set, showing a young girl playing with the helicopter.

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Inspiring a whole new generation of pilots or helicopter engineers? Some good STEM / STEMettes role model inspiration.  Screenshot from April 2019 website of Wilko / Wilkoblox

There seems to be a general lack of small arms and personal equipment. The Internet, Etsy and Ebay has plenty of Lego compatible military figures and equipment.

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Cropped or not cropped? When product photography goes slightly awry in the distance …

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on 12 April 2019.

My Plastic Warrior Show in a box!

 

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Plastic Warrior flyer leaflet tucked in the box of 130 odd plastic figures to repair

I haven’t made  it to the Plastic Warrior Show in London yet (the next one is Saturday 11th May 2019).  I hope all those who travel to this annual event have a great social time and a good rummage through the boxes and trays of plastic figures. http://plasticwarrioreditor.blogspot.com

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Speedwell WW2 German Afrika Korps figures

Instead I have been rummaging through a fabulous box of 130 broken or damaged plastic figures bought from Barrie (“Redhalliwell” on eBay)  for £3 to £4. Strangely no one else bid. That’s about 3p a figure – sent straight to my door!

Barrie mentioned interestingly that 2019 “is our 32nd Show. When we first started it was mainly collectors who came but now we get a lot of 1/32nd war gamers coming as there are cheap figures to be had.” (2019 Show details at end of post).

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Some interesting hat conversions to Kepis or cap comforters. UNA (left) Herald copy (right)
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Another view of these interesting cap conversions – Korean War? American Civil War? 

These playworn battle scarred veterans deserve some care and attention. Some Plastic figures from the 1950s and 1960s are now more brittle than others and these clearly have seen better days. My Broken Britain’s metal hollowcast figures in some ways will outlive these.

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Starlux standard bearer
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A dance troupe or 60mm 7th or Union Cavalry? (6 C20 figures, one C21) Crescent figures
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Crescent knights and a fine unmarked  Robin Hood figure. Two Crescent M6 M2 (right)
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Crescent knights  (far left and right), Britain’s Deetail 2 and 3, Timpo fourth.
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Three unmarked but fine tricorne redcoats
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A slinky Hong Kong copy of a Herald hula dancer?
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Airfix Waterloo figures and a fine ‘premuim type’ musketeer who would make a fine female pirate! 
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Timpo and other fallen  desert warriors.
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Mechanics, milkmaid and a ‘golden balls’ footballer
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Unmarked Beefeater /  Yeoman of the Guard
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Oversize 60mm Crescent Indians 1 and 3, and a Lone Star 54mm Indian for scale.
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Three Crescent C2 lasso cowboys and a Kellogg’s conversion, looking almost pirate like. Lone Star (fifth along)
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Attack of the 60mm Tall Mexican! Crescent C25  Mexican and Britain’s Herald (left) and Lone Star (right)

A few hours later the harsh sunlight was fading and photography was easier.

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Lone Star Harvey Paratroops and Infantry except for  a larger Crescent P6 figure running (back right) and Crescent K2 flame thrower  (front right)
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A fine Lone Star Harvey Series paratroop Officer with pistol, who could be a great space police figure too.
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Bashed and battered Britains and Herald American Indians
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Three fine charging Confederate butternuts to repaired. No maker’s name shown.

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A mixed and bashed band to paint and repair. Lone Star Harvey Series and Kellogg’s
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Some figures were more bashed than others but still useful figures for repair. Headless Lone Star guardsman next to Herald Scotsman (right)
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Mostly Britain’s Herald Life Guard and Household Cavalry
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Damaged Herald British Infantry and Hong Kong copies.
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More damaged Herald British infantry and copy (fourth) with damaged Bullpup rifles

More damaged 1950s and 1960s khaki infantry, one Crescent figure with a melted base and a Crescent mortar man.

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Airfix British Eighth Army and left unmarked “desert rat”
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Feisty Timpo swoppet style figures. The damaged Digger in bush hat has a very old Donald Featherstone look to his face.
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Battle scarred veteran Airfix US Infantry to repair.
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Airfix and other random WW2 Infantry – large Crescent K32 radioman
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A fine horse with a broken  back leg to repair.

These should be 130 useful figures for the conversion and repair box.

Interestingly my usual repair glue – fast setting standard Superglue  cyanoacrylate –  does not seem to work on these plastics. Any better ideas?

I know there is a special Plastics Superglue with an activator.

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From a previous post comment  by snaves?
Reminder: the PLASTIC WARRIOR figure show
Saturday 11 May 2019
The Harlequin Suite
The Winning Post Inn
Chertsey Road
Whitton
TW2 6LS

60+ tables packed with figures, mainly reasonably priced and LOTS of “junk” boxes
Further details tel: 01483 722 778

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 30 March 2019.

Vintage Pound Store Transport

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15mm Peter Laing figures  for scale against these tiny plastic vintage China Made cars

An interesting web sales site on Etsy and online is The Swagman’s Daughter, a fabulous website by Leonard Holder listing lots of vintage items from old warehouses that she has cleared. https://swagman.myshopify.com

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheSwagmansDaughter

These six attractive small vintage cars were about £3 a set plus postage. They may still have some more.

https://swagman.myshopify.com/collections/toys/products/copy-of-4-vintage-1960s-racing-cars-4cm-old-shop-stock-made-in-hong-kong

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I wasn’t entirely sure what overall size they were but having a variety of scale figures, I was sure they would suit some figures in my collection.

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The Peter Laing 15mm figures seem to match well enough too. I have some WW1 Peter Laing figures to paint and I think that painted up in khaki, these small cars will make effective staff cars and small lorries. They remind me of the Marne taxis of WW1. My chances of finding affordable 15mm  original Peter Laing vehicles are pretty slim.

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Six adaptable little vehicles, effectively 50p each. 

Yesterday’s pound store charming plastic tat today!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 28 March 2019.