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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.

Another £1 bag of charity shop soldiers

Hanging amongst the random bagged toys in our local BHF shop were some figures that I did not recognise or have. Back home after a little web research I discovered these to be various 1/72 Revell WW2 Infantry sets from the 1990s.

For some reason, I’m not sure why, I didn’t post this at the time of buying earlier in the year. They have thus been accidentally saved for some Lockdown cheer!

I tracked down which figures they were through the ID photos on the very useful Plastic Soldier Review website.

Fifteen Revell US WW2 Infantry 1990 http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=350
Two stray but interesting poses from the Revell British 8th Army set (1994). It could be cold at night in the desert.

Fifteen Revell US WW2 Marines 1993 http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=353

I wasn’t familiar with these Revell figures as these three sets were first produced between 1990 and 1994 when I had stopped buying plastic WW2 figures. I already had the Airfix or Matchbox figures if needed then.

Two small squads with some dramatic poses and useful figures, good for a skirmish game. Even if these are under a third of a box set in quantity each, for a single Pound, who could argue?

There you go, another Pound to charity – the good old BHF and its random toy bags.

Another bag of aggressive playthings and random toy soldiers kept out of the pocket money clutches of today’s skint children, preventing them becoming the historical figure gamers of the future. I can live with that slight guilt. This skint eternal boy and 70s Airfix kid needs them more!

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 15 April 2020

BHF Charity Shop Toy Bag of Trucks £3

Under the current lockdown I’m not going to town and the charity shops will be shut as “inessential” anyway, so here is my last lucky find from late February / early March 2020.

Inside were two usable 30mm to 32mm (Pound Store figure scale) larger vehicles that I recognised from childhood. I had these same cars. Hmm. Thinks: Were they a little too familiar from childhood? When I got home I went and checked the toy cupboard. My childhood ones were still there. Nobody in the family had had a secret clearout.

These larger vehicles work well enough with the small Pound Store figures or any other 30mm-ish figures you might game with.

The Corgi Toys Land Rover 109″ W.B. is one I still have, it has always lived in the farm and zoo animals box. I always thought it used to be part of a Safari set.

This new charity shop one is already camouflaged and has good patina.

The old vintage car is the 1909 Thomas Flyabout from Matchbox Lesney Models of Yesteryear No. Y-12, “by courtesy of the Harrah Collection Reno USA” no less. This still exists as the National Automobile Museum http://www.automuseum.org and a Thomas Flyer can still be seen there http://www.automuseum.org/?exhibition=thomas-flyer

This charity shop one is minus its windscreen, back seat and plastic canopy. This would still work well as a staff car or a light lorry with a khaki or field grey paint scheme. It could be box backed to make a lorry, take a machine gun or anti aircraft gun or even make the chassis of an armoured car. I should be able to convert a Pound Store figure to drive, etc.

The other two fillers are bashed Matchbox Lesney type trucks that I also remember from childhood. The Lesney Matchbox Foden Concrete Truck No. 21 has clever gear wheels underneath to make the concrete mixer go round as you push it along. Simple but fun.

I have placed a small Airfix 60s vintage figure alongside for scale. These may end up painted khaki or field grey as part of a logistics convoy, but they are almost too nicely bashed for this.

Toy cars played a big role in my primary school break times as you could fit them easily into your pocket or school bag. We were lucky enough in my primary playground to have solid metal drain covers, tree roots, Tarmac, slopes and a low brick wall at perfect height backed by a grassy slope that were all great for marble games, toy cars and dirty knees.

Most of my 1970s toy cars have now been passed on to younger generations of the family where they still get played with on an old road map carpet playmat. The best ones had figures inside driving, openable doors and, like the gritter truck, space to put cargoes.

The design of the gritter truck No. 70 is clever, having a tiny chute out of the back so as you drive it along it spreads true ‘grit’. I remember this as being very good for sand play and sand pits. Real gritty “play value”, this one!

£3 well donated to charity.

Looking forward to more charity shop finds when the town, the high street and pound stores are open again for those cheerful ‘inessential’ journeys.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 2nd April 2020.

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

BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter final days to back this project

Only a day and a half left on the BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter which finishes 18 December 2019:


Images from the 2019 BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter newsletter / website


Jeff Imel at BMC has smashed his first 6 stretch goals and is close to the final one to add a K9 and Dog handler to the range of poses.

I’m pledged for a few bags next Christmas 2020 and they do UK / International shipping.


Previously on Pound Store Plastic Warriors:


Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog 16 December 2019

Lost and Found: RLS’ The Dumb Soldier 2019

What once was lost but now is found: my hardy heroic radio man returned at long last from the garden.

Lost and Found

Pottering around the garden gathering leaves before work, I spotted this lone warrior, left behind on duty months or years long ago after some forgotten garden game – just like the one in the Robert Louis Stevenson RLS’ poem The Dumb Soldier.

“Hallo? Hallo? Come in Base, over.”

His radio aerial was almost intact when I found him but now needs some repair.

Long has he been on duty reporting back to base on all he saw.

When he finally gets painted, he shall get rewarded for his long service with some corporal or sergeant stripes. I have marked his base up to remind me.

The Dumb Soldier poem can be found in my blogpost here:



Two of my recent beach find soldiers amongst other beachcombing finds.

This figure is one of mine, lost long ago. I have found figures before on beaches, as well as bought wrecked figures from metal detectorists and repaired them back to gaming use.

I’m not alone it seems in finding figures on beaches as this plastic pollution / beachcombing report from Cornwall Live website shows:

Cornwall Live gallery: Modern plastic beach soldier finds includes a copy of Matchbox US Infantry.

Whilst even more unusual are the well weathered and wave shaped, beach battered figures found on a beach shown on Etsy:

November 2019 Screen shot Magic SeaFox on Etsy

I recognise the Britains Kneeling Officer washed overboard from the Assault boat, two recent plastic clones of a (Matchbox) American and a China made Pound Store set German infantryman.

I wonder – What’s the most interesting thing that has turned up in your garden or on beach-combing trips?

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 29 November 2019

Defence cuts affect Poundland’s XTA Alien Defence Force now 50 figures for £1

TXA Total Extreme Action? Cyber Combat soldiers Alien Defence Force – UK contingent of 4 nations

The Space Marine figure was missing from my box’s random assortment of poses.

The usual mostly useful poses for conversion
Figures of all three nations USA Germany UK – UK formerly green figures.

Defence Cuts from 100 figures for £1 down to 50 for £1 – still good value!

This slow dropping of figure numbers per £1 has been going down steadily over two years, reported here:



Funtastic now become TXA Cyber Combat. What a great HQ address & PO Box number to have.

It’s like the Third Doctor Who’s UNIT friends have moved to Willenhall.

Formerly ‘Epic Battles’ – increasingly tiny EpicBattles … Batallas epicas!

Epics – getting smaller with austerity cuts all the time.

Historians of Plastic Tat packaging will value this visual record.

I have noticed that the plastic is slightly harder or tougher, more game token and less flexible than before.

Update: the Germans are now blue, not silver. The space pilot figure does exist!

Other sources and suppliers

At a recent seaside store I found the ‘older’ Combat Force 100 figures in handy two colour pack of traditional green and tan 32mm-ish figures for £2.

Just noticed the MISSION ‘red ink stamp / dripping blood’ crossover font …

All still good 32mm figures, ripe for paint or scalpel conversion, as shown on some of my previous posts, for example:






Posted by Mark, the (easily pleased despite being 50% less) Man of TIN on 15 / 16 November 2019