Sunday, April 29, 2012

May brings flowers and New Plastic

CTS's announced WW2 German Medical Sets have arrived ahead of schedule   Also TSSD WW2 mini sets will be here in 2-3 weeks.  The first will be long coat German Infantry.   Someone has reported these are being made of resin.  

I do not collect WW2 and the pictures here are all from a member as noted.  I am interested however that once again TSSD is trying resin.  I say trying because the word is its use for the Earp sets was a failure.  Like WW2 I do not care for resin much.  We all know about Barzso sets.  And we have seen Conte's attempts.  Conte returned to plastic and  Barzso is trying plastic again.  This time in 54mm (they will match Accurate/Imex) 

Perhaps the notice they are using resin is incorrect?  If not then maybe they have come up with a useable form of this material at what we hope is a good price..  We will have to wait and see.

In any case look for some new items in May.....including some FOAM items from AIP.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


One manufacturer while announcing the release of a new set yesterday stated his set will be in a color that will match the  color of another manufacturer for the same nationality of troops.  This is too many great news.  I do not think this firm will begin making larger scaled figures (60mm) as they are a producer of playsets utilizing many other figures (such as Airfix)  that are 54mm in size.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CTS Sale

CTS has a Sale going on that includes their new German Army WW2 Medical Team.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


One plastic manufacturer who had a few of his recently released figure sets labeled as large by collectors has stated on the web, I am told,  in so many words that yes they are indeed large.   It was further stated that he does not make figures to match the scale of those produced many years ago and that the growing trend in plastic and metal (metal ???) is to make larger figures. Well their you have it. They are large, they are gonna continue to be large. Oh yeah and do not criticize them. 

We like this and applaud this manufacturer for putting the word out there.   The do not criticize part we do not like so much and will address that in the future.

Not to worry as several other manufacturers continue to make figure sets that are close to those of years ago. Check out CTS, AIP and Paragon.
Now that's a large figure.......

Monday, April 23, 2012

Back in the USSR

Fire from the houses
Click to enlarge, especially "Fire from the houses"
Both photos by WW2Chas. (C.Egan Sr)

Sunday, April 22, 2012


1861 Robert E. Lee is named commander of Virginia forces. And to think he was first offered command of all Union Forces!

Re-Issue Update

The MARX Superman and Reclining Nude re-issues are available from Hobby Bunker.

Scale again ? ....Yeah!

Scale is more then height. Of course it is.. scale also determines what figures I can MIX in my dioramas. And I want to use as many brand of figures as possible in my dioramas. So don't tell me a figure is 1/32 or 54mm when it is so painfully obvious that it most certainly is not. In doing so you make me wonder what form of measurement you are using. So let us employ some truth in marketing. Label figures with their scale please. In this manner I will not buy them and bitch later. I will just not buy them.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New..Old ? Marx

I note that the MARX reclining nude woman (re-issue)seems to be available again. This is good news to me as I can place him in one of my dioramas. We also see that reportedly someone is/has released the Marx Superman figure. Again we can think of a diorama to use him in. While a dealer is known for the "Nakid" lady none seems to have been named for the Superman.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cover the retreat...

Click and Click.........

Buying Time.........

Click and Click........

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bang up history fact

1922 Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman's record.
Marx made this figure but the info I received is sketchy at best.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Oh No Politics!!

Give us the info Mitt!
Is that all ya got Mr. Prez ?


1865 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America, died at 7:22 a.m. Lincoln had been shot in the back of the head the previous evening while attending a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C
A few companies have produced a Lincoln figure.

History Birthday

1934 - Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander, to the comic strip, Blondie. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling.
Marx made 2 sets of the family. But of course I can't find mine...sigh....Anyway here is a picture from the web of the second set. In both sets produced Baby Dumpling is not a Baby.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hell bent for leather

1860 The first Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fun out West

No riding and ah roping for these guys! (don't forget to click twice)
Bad Guys by Marx, Reisler, Timpo, Rel, and Britians. Horses by Atlantic and building by New Ray.

Thristy Work

Last Man Standing

Click to enlarge......


One of my favorite Lemax figures who I have not found a good scene for until today!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Forts in War.....

1861 Fort Sumter is shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.
A few years later on this same day in 1864 Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, in Tennessee.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Henry Clay

1777 - Henry Clay ‘The Great Pacificator’: U.S. Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams; three time unsuccessful candidate for president of U.S.: “I would rather be right than president.”; died June 29, 1852
The items above at times helped him remain Right.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Just some photos

French Rangers cross the Dead Line along with some Indian allies. The Fort defenders wait them with their muskets thrust thru the loop holes of the wall.
The French force the gate
The HQTS Staff, some Rangers and a few civilians (in white) look on in shock at the French fighting their way into the Fort. An officer of the Light Company with sword up raised rallies his men to drive them back. Remember click to enlarge...and again for an even larger view

Sharp History

1849 - Walter Hunt of New York City patented the safety pin. He reportedly sold all rights for a mere $400.00

Blogs and Bloggers

So did all of you read our new heading and check out the link "What is a blog"?   Remember I am blogging for me.  If you enjoy it fine if not that is fine too.  But please ....blogging about why you don't like my blog ?   According to "What is a blog" I see that sort of behavior is acceptable.  Blogger,Com however doesn't find it acceptable it should be noted. And I do not  have to like it. I guess this whole blog thing is a Catch-22.  So I will continue to blog away and again if you do not like it well then ...go away.

Monday, April 9, 2012

What is a blog ?

Friday, April 6, 2012


One manufacturer we are told is now soliciting Show Dates with the intent I believe of providing his happy clients with this much sought after information. His dealers should like it too as maybe now they will able to get a handle on what shows this manufacturer will attend and undersell them. Of course that still leaves his use of EBAY.

And yet more History

1909 - Commodore Robert Peary became the first man to reach the North Pole which he found occupied by folks with seemingly their own problems! LOL LOL

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Today returns......

1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Campaign Page has a few new photos.....

Marx Madness ?

OK you remember we mentioned that MARX Custer set that was on EBAY for that obscene price. Well it seems the seller (MARXTOYMUSEUM) now selling a set on a piece by piece basis on EBAY. What little I know of this seller comes from a few friends and an issue of Playset Mag. IMHO most do not like the "owner" at all. Real or imagined he has one heck of a reputation in the MARX hobby. If it is true didnt Louis Marx Jr do his homework ? I am also confused that he is selling items yet he enjoys a non-profit status again thanks to Louis Marx JR we are told, and he sells/offers different degrees of Museum Memberships on an annual basis. And did we mention that he also operates a web site called the Marx Connection where, you guessed it, he also sells Marx items. Are these excess property of the Museum ? Part of his personal collection ? oh well. Nice job if ya can get it. More to come no doubt.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

History is no fool

April 1st 1863 - The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the United States.