Friday, June 29, 2012


The CONTE site has been updated twice in the last week or so.  Oh my!  Calm down mention of NEW plastic. Come on you didn't really think their would be did you ?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Words of Warning ?

As collectors most of us dislike the above words.  We are an impatient lot.  And what is worse once a new item arrives we are demanding the next.  Such is human nature.  But to make matters worse some manufacturers seem to never deliver.  I know their are no time parameters for 'Coming Soon"  but.......   Many manufacturers  turn out their products as stated.  But they have faults too in that these guys  expect their products  to be welcomed with out criticism.  We get the impression lately that manufacturers/dealers stating thanks for your support actually mean Buy All Our Products!  This is too funny but others agree with us.  Coming soon is a Catch-22

Monday, June 25, 2012

In the Greasy Grass

June 25, 1876 - Indian Chief Crazy Horse won the two-hour Battle of the Little Bighorn, Montana, wiping out the army of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Custer, who led the battle against the Sioux Indian encampment, was among the 200+ casualties. Ironically, the only survivor of Custer’s forces was a horse, Comanche.

Dog gone camera. This will have to do until I can take another photo.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Summer is taking its' toll and as you see I have not posted much as of late. Very HOT here. To recap news from our emails we noted AIP has some new releases and some re stocking. TSSD has 3 new sets coming among them more of those HUGE Romans and Barbs. The mini-sets had some bugs ? And they have combined all of their Civil War cavalry into one set. Paragon will have its' next release at OTSN in the Fall.

The Marx Convention (in Wheeling) has come and gone and collectors and dealers all have reported on the web they had a great time. That's great.

Must be more news out there but this is just about the stuff I like.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


June 19th 1536 - Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, is beheaded.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Days

June 17, 1872

George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas–a town which had previously been "dry."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Giddy Up

June 12, 1862 - Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart begins his ride around the Union Army outside of Richmond, Virginia.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

EBAY SIlliness

For sale is a EMPIRE TOYS BLUE PIONEER FRONTIERSMAN FIGURE. This toy is in excellent condition. It has some light edge wear as can be seen in the photos. He is also missing the rifle butt which is broken off. Otherwise this toy is complete and is in very nice condition.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Given the advertisement info we assume the NEW AIP playset is a World War I Trench system. But considering the definition of a trench and the pictures supplied by AIP this is IMHO just a emplacement or earthworks. Your call and your money.

A What ?

Battleboard. I have seen these for quite some time now in the pages of Playset Magazine. Now on closer examination I find I just do not get it. They are bases. Just bases. Ok so you can switch "displays". But I mean who buys these. Well to each his own.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Heads Up!!!!! or down.......

June 11, 1509 - Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. Many years later..........

OK ....wait for it.........No No ...He divorced this one. Anne Boleyn his second wife got the axe.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

No Spoils System yet

June 6, 1833 - The first U.S. President to ride in a railroad car was Andrew Jackson. President Jackson boarded a B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) passenger train in Baltimore, MD.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012


June 3, 1911 - Gold is discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rock bottom pricing

Saw this in 2 places on the web regarding Cunnyngham Collectibles.......

We're reducing our Confederates in price to $6.99 a bag! That's extremely low!! As in, that's about what they cost us to make! But it's time to clear out the last of the inventory. One bag is $3 shipping. Two and Three bags is $5 shipping. You order 4 or more, and the shipping is on us!!

Good deal but also a bit of a shame. TSSD stated collectors need to support the VERY few manufacturers out there. Of course we do not agree with this literally UNLESS, one the product is good and two it is something YOU want. But we feel this product is quite good and given the reportedly vast number of ACW collectors we would have thought the sales would have been strong. So if you didn't get these the first time around give them another look see.

Maybe not such a good move ?

I love to use MARX figures in my Dioramas and photos but I do not spend big bucks on the old stuff. I do like to read about those great playsets. And I love the re-issues otherwise I would never own many items. But I got to mention I find it strange when someone produces re-issues in what seems to a guy like me to be the original color and material. I guess folks just do not care.

More AIP

Armies in Plastic will release on or about June 15 some of their Camel Corp (Gordon Relief) sets with RED plastic riders by popular demand. The 'demanding folks" most likely being us ignorant Yanks who think all British troops wore RED prior to WWI. Oh yes for the record the British Artillery didn't wear BLUE in that time period either. I think I complained about that before.

Restock at BARZSO

All of you who love the FIW will be happy to know Barzso has restocked most of his French sets. Check out his website. At present they are the best around. The AIP French were IMHO just too big.

Sick Nick


His wife has listed a LINK on the TSSD site for viewing pictures of the show.

Keep Nick in your thoughts. He has had a few tough years we are told.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Batter Up

June 3m 1888 The classic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat," written by Ernest L. Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner.

Could not locate my Lido Ball Players so we decided to use this cool photo.

What again ?

June 2, 1774 The Quartering Act (of 1764), requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted.

Friday, June 1, 2012


May 31, 1889 The brassiere is invented !!!!