Pound shop transport for pound store figures

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Some  battered transport to transform into ‘a set of wheels’ for my pound store platoons.

Lovely charity  shop find, this one was  found on its own amongst lots of other no doubt highly desirable collectibles (to someone else). One slightly battered, slightly wonky of wheel Matchbox Ford Model T 1912 lorry, only 99p and some careless previous owners.

The price label below the 99p  reveals it has sat there for a while at £2.99 attracting no interest. I checked it out later on EBay, they are common enough and battered ones are worth about £1 to £2.

Sold to the gentle-Man of TIN for transporting tiny footsore Pound Land pound store plastic warriors of just the right size (£1 for 100 figures).

Unfortunately the back doors don’t open, but there is space to put some suitably converted or Fimo-made figures in the driving compartment.

These Pound Land 100 figures for £1 are about 32-34 mm high, and I’m sure this Ford Model T would stretch or shrink to working with 30mm or 28mm figures. A little too big for HO/OO First World War Airfix figures.

Alongside the Poundland figures is one of my c. 28 to 30mm  silicone toy soldier mould  creations, described below:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/back-to-basics-toy-soldiers/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/more-diy-gaming-figure-making/

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‘Make your own enemies’ with Fimo / polymer clay using a silicone toy soldier cake craft moulds alongside a WW2 American from a pound store / party bag filler.

 

Maybe a paint scheme for early 20th century “Imagi – nations” would turn this into an Army supply lorry? Ambulance?

I might change its paint work to something more ‘War Department’ requisitioned, reflecting the fact that the British Army had on Available to requisition a number of subsidised motor lorries of civilian origin at the start of WW1, glimpsed in a recent book gift 0f C.F. Klapper’s British Lorries 1900 to 1945 (published by Ian Allen, 1977).

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A great source of inspiration for what to do with my Matchbox charity shop find.

I was given this book as I am finding out a little more about  steam wagons and steam lorries; one of my great uncles was a ‘steam waggon stoker’ in civilian life before his conscription and death in WW1.

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Hundreds of Chain  Drive lorries like this restored Albion 3 tonner were bought pre 1914 / WW1 by companies with War Office subsidy to be requisitioned for use in event of war. Photo courtesy of S.W. Stevens-Stratton from C.F. Klapper’s British Lorries 1900 – 1945.

I  am also considering the  Matchbox ford Model T lorry’s  possibilities for Home Guard WW2.

Remember the fabulous Corporal Jones Ford type lorry from Dad’s Army?https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jones’_van_(Dad’s_Army) 

The Poundland £1 for 100 plastic figures look at first a little too modern / American for this WW1/2  role. I thought I had  no suitable WW1 / WW2 figures around the 30mm size, until I remembered some curious pound store partybag figures that might just do the job.

To match a Matchbox lorry for £1, what could be better or more fitting than a very cheap pound store type 30mm-ish set of Matchbox WW2 copies?

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4 British poses and 2 American poses, all miniature Matchbox copies –  imported mini party bags of about 6 figures for about 16p. Penny /Euro cent / Canadian and US coins included to give rough scale. As far as I can tell Henbrandt Toys do not currently import these.

The first set of these c. 30mm  figures came as free bonus pack of soldiers with a cheap set of 8 mini friction bizarre tank plastic kits bought for a few pounds at a garage / convenience store. These strange snap together tanks deserve a separate blogpost in themselves at a later date.

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Searching the Internet, I found a supplier of these 30mm-ish WW2 figures via a party bag supplier for about 16p a pack of 6 soldiers. I bought all the last 16 packs they had and haven’t seen them around much since.

Some of the figures  suffer heavily from plastic flash so you will need to spend time with your scalpel.

An unfortunate lack of enemy troops means the ‘British’ might have to fight ‘American’ troops unless you have some suitable enemies from other 28/ 30 / 34mm figures like the Poundland £1 for 100 figure buckets / bags.

…maybe these ones could look like suitable  enemy infantry or paratroops with a suitable paint scheme.

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Painted grey, could these pass muster as a suitable invading Imagi- Euro-Nation’s troops or paratroopers for the WW2 British Pound store troopers?

Some of the Pound Land figures which have modern / American helmets might make passable  German or Euro Imagi- Nation troops for the WW2 British / Americans to fight against with suitable paint conversion.

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Suitable troops for each transport including a US flatbed lorry and US jeep from a pound store bag. The jeep is almost a small lorry!

The American figures  have their own pound store transport cribbed from past packs of mixed scale pound figures (you know the type,  range of scales, 54mm figures, smaller vehicles and aircraft, strange accessories).

Lots of pound store warrior possibilities.

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The Home Guard on exercise … where’s Private Godfrey gone?

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog, March 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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