Not just another of my favourite sets, but the one I would have saved from a fire in the late 1970's, I had about two sets, which was actually bits of three or four sets including the lesser common grey ones, I added various metal figures (Vikings, Normans, the odd Role Playing Adventurer) in various scales and most of two Airfix sets of Robin Hood, painted them all up to match with oxide brown bases, and they took-on all-comers!
Waterloo Helmet now in the British Museum.
The ancient Celts used very light chariots with thin wheels that bore more resemblance to Egyptian armoured-corps than this stone-wheeled silage/turnip cart. But that was still a big hole in the archaeologists field waiting to be dug back when this set was turned-out, and as a cart it has it's usefulness...after-all, the massacre of Boadicea's forces was due to them being pressed against a mass of baggage/followers-on in the rear, with a convoy of vehicles like this.
Although: it's only the missing wheels that can be compared to Pharaohs cavalry, the flat square deck with thing central pole/draw-bar is not a bad stab at the real thing, which would have had lightweight hand-grips/guard-rails and leather strapping-suspension, like the springs on an old army bed!
The walls are a bit thin - like all these Airfix forts and one day I intend to try lining the inside with a second set of walls, cut-down, to give them the required thickness, putting the out-buildings, err...outside!
The fort was also available as a stand-alone model should you experience trouble getting the play set to appear under the tree at Christmas, you could go the 'save your pocket-money' route...itself quite a feat as this was several shillings when those who where lucky enough to get pocket-money, tended to get sixpence a week or something...but a few car-washes and some weeding later...a shiny new piece of invader-architecture was yours!
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