Monday, 28 September 2015

BB`s Toy Figures 9 A New Start by Beano Boy.

This is a beginning of a new page in what some are now referring to as a Museum of old style toy figures. Certainly to some it contents is seen as a guide to what figures make up the set they are interested in. My e- mails confirm that to be the case. I look on it myself as a Journal,because nearly every day fresh toy figures arrive on a regular bases. I never know what next week will bring to my Collection,until i see it and shell out good Sterling Coin for it. I certainly am no expert on the matter of toys,and indeed being Colour-blind not even a good painter of them.  



1/32 Scale Armies in Plastic ZULU

Above and below pictures taken from E bay. O`Yes I bought both in bulk. I`ve never attempted to paint native African figures before so when i do it will be a complete change in my painting habits. A Diorama of the fighting at  Rorke`s Drift, is made possible because there were not to many British soldiers there. So a one to one representation is possible to achieve,and without to much cost. As for the Zulu a few boxes painted up now and again in order to increase the odds against the stubborn  defenders would be good. Painting 8.000 odd Zulu would take a while to do though,and i have no intention to do so. I`m not into cutting corners by way of speed painting. This is my hobby for a relaxed chilling out time painting calmly,not running or in this case painting a 4 minute mile.No,taking it easy is my style. I guess those into war gaming have that over eagerness to contend with,because they want to place troops on the tabletop as quick as can be. Whereas some like myself, do not have that rush to play. We just have to paint,and they have to paint ,and find time to fight wars. That`s A OK ,in my Book,because it is all part and parcel of this great painting hobby we all share.

AIRFIX Random Mix of Figures. There are only two Poses in these bags,and what you get is three figures to each pose. It`s Pot-Luck what figures you will get inside these bag`s because you cannot see into them until you open them up. They look like bags of Sweets,but with a big difference. You know whats inside the bag of sweets!

The Zulu Arrived Today

             Two boxes. Six poses in each,and three figures per pose. 18 Figures in the Box.

All are great looking toy figures. Made of soft plastic,and hopefully these will mix in well with other makes of 1/32 Scale Zulu.
The AIRFIX Bag Arrived
Space Warriors

                                                                Only two Poses

three figures to each pose. So I have made my Point,you pay your money,and It`s Pot- Luck, A Lucky Dip on what one gets. 

The last bag I opened had these 7 figures in it. Lucky draw indeed. I now have over three complete sets and a few doubles.A friend who i let have a few figures mentioned it to be the Flash Gordon Set of figures,which i must confess i did not know.  Just goes to show ,"We Live and Learn."  

A Call To Arms Zulu

Four Poses in The Box

I have the other box coming soon with the rest of the Zulu Poses. 
There are also two boxes of British Infantry that belong to this set. However I have had trouble getting them. 

                               These are the other four poses available. There is another set released in 1/32                                         scale,but I have had little success in finding it.
                               I have my doubts that it  actually exists for sale anyway.

Having 25% figures holding rifles is a great loss for this set. A Large ZULU Army would have a problem with those poses,but the animated style on the others works really well with them all. I would therefore except the 25% loss on these sets and not use that rifle pose at all.

The swords on these toy figures could have been much longer than they are.  The total absence of Battle axe and Spear makes them a bit odd looking in my opinion,but with a four figure set like this I guess it was decided upon just to have them welding swords.

Inspite of stuff already mentioned I do rather like them,and as you can see,
They are well fit for a Rumble!                                                                     


Buying a Heap from the 1970`s

                                                            Medieval toy Archers.

Cruising the Internet waves on E bay I came across a heap,yes a heap of broken toy figures. In fact there were lots of them,and i bought the whole Lot for the princely sum of £1.99.

I had bought some re-released Canoes last year with the hope of eventually filling them up,so i was most happy indeed to fetch out of this pile of massacred toys ,the fine looking Indian figures above,and the Cowboy below. They all had such a soapy wash.

I guess this guy will have such a big headache! 

I already had the Indian with the bow,but thought to add him to help set the scene. I paid £2.99 Postage on the Lot,and so obtained Six decent looking BRITAINS  toy figures for just under £5.00. They will go into The BRITAINS TOY COLLECTION,and imagine if they could talk what an adventure they would have to relate to the others there in a this nice comfy collection. As for the broken beyond redemption toy figures they went sailing into the bin.  The Local Norwich Council will not recycle that kind of plastic waste. So Landfill it is.

A Call to Arms 1/32 Scale Zulus Warriors at Ulundi .


I found this set of A Call To Arms  Zulus very difficult to photograph due to the fact they are made of very dark brown plastic. I`ve therefore added highlights to improve the look of them and try and bring out the detail on them out. Again another four poses.This is a very rare box of figures to find in the UK. I was lucky to find them,and they are most welcome in my Toy Figure Collection.

For the shot above I removed six figures from the back because
            i found these poses on a 4 Pose Set just did not work out pleasing         
to my eye.                                                                                    
Below a couple of test shots 

Thanks for stopping by. BB

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Railway Munitions Train Build Up by Beano Boy

Often is the case collecting Railway Engines and the trains,and rolling stock they pull takes years of collecting,which is good and proves that one has a real interest in the hobby. E bay is littered with stuff belonging to people who bought and realised the hobby was not for them. Shoddy Cheap stuff made in China,that break`s far to easy is often the cause of such action. 

Part One

An old idea comes to Light

Needing a fast fix up system for a railway munitions train,i opted  in favour of buying these 1/72 scale sets. So an idea that i`ve had for years is now coming to light ,and is made possible, but not one where every tiny piece has to be stuck together. I just wanted the basic size,shape and form,and these kits  made for war gaming purposes are perfect for my basic needs. Not being familiar with whats in these boxes other than having two models in them,I bought one box of each,in order to see if they will fit onto my railway stuff. Being sure that they will, i`ll be buying more of these and other reasonable  priced kits too. The plan is to run  munitions trains pulled by  Triang 50 odd year old Loco`s. So the build up of armour on the Allied side can also be put into operation using other quick sets for each unique train.


is owned by Hat Industries

these were re-ararmed with the short barrelled Gun as the medium tanks were being re-armed with the much longer barrelled Guns. Not being an expert on this period (WWII,) it seemed a sort of leap frog arrangement upon my reasoning upon the subject,which resulted in no wastage at all.

No Decals in the box


                     No Decals in the box. Thats no problem I`ll photo copy some

                        Any collection large or small has to include the German Tiger Tank!

                                                Wondering Down Memory Lane
                     A good  idea could & would also include Munitions Trains of The Great War .
A Classic one would be the Munitions Train with Britains Top Secret Tanks aboard,given to Russia to aid them in the war against Germany. The Russians handed it over to the Germans intact as part of a Peace Treaty. The Government of the day in Britain must have been Hopping Mad!
                                                    The Train can be viewed below.

                                                            Made in Britain

                                     As you can see they were soon put to use.
                                    However that is another amazing true story

                                                    Getting Back to this Topic



            All those listed above one Box only was bought in order to see the quality of the models
   With the small combined price of around £24.00 that i paid for these I am well impressed                     with all of my six model`s from the very affordable low end of the market place.            
                                                           To conclude my review.

                                    A most famous Tiger Tank was Numbered 007.
                                                                       Part Two

                                                                      An Update
                                     Another box was bought of those already seen.

                                                        Four Anti-aircraft Guns


                                                      Two Boxes of Heavy Artillery

                                                                     Two Boxes
                                                                     Two Boxes

                                                                       Two Boxes
               Total for the German Munitions Train:24 Tanks, Four Heavy 105mm Guns,
                 and Four 20mm Anti-aircraft Guns and 8 Gun Crew.

            Total Cost to Date  £112.00  Compared to the cost of a new Loco,that is Very Reasonable!
            This will involve lots of rolling stock,of which I`m glad to say i have plenty of.

 Also for the Train two Boxes of these ,and I managed to come by some good looking Flak Guns too,like those in the photo below.     £6.74 a Box was a Brilliant Price to pay.  

                                                    Another two for the Train 1/76 scale


                                                               That`s it for now. BB