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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

1969; Waterloo Highland Infantry, S35 / 1735 / 01735 / 01735-2 / 901735 - HO:OO

A timeless set that still holds its own today against the subsequent sets from Esci/A-Toys and Italeri. A whole bunch of mostly useful poses, the standing firer was a tad odd, but painted-up it wasn't that awkward, and a lot of people don't like the stabbing-down pose, which is seen as a waste of box-space for something more useful.

As a kid I thought maybe they were just cleaning the fresh sorry; French blood off their bayonets!

 1980 catalogue, this was also one of the little 'thumbnails' (as we'd call them now) on the 'Long Box' box type.

1982 catalogue image gave us two of the thumbnails, these make for nice painting guides.






 Sorting!
 In the Crimea, the whole regiment was layed-low by a bug that went round...hey; old jokes work!




Hermitage Dairy tea-leaf collectors cards - Black Watch 1800's, officer on the left, private on the right.

Prince/Prinze August painting guide



01735; 01735 1986 to 1996; 01735-2; 01735-2 1973 to 1978; 01735-2 1980 to 1982; 1/76 scale; 9 01735; 9 01735 1983 to 1984; 9 01735 Limited Availability 1983; Airfix Figures; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Card Board; Cardboard; Cardboard Model; Colourful; Dawson & co; Dawson Castle; Highland Toy Figures; Highlanders; Hours Of Fun; In Pack; Instructions Enclosed; No Cutting; No Gluing; S35; S35 1969 to 1972; Slot Together; Slots Together; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers Not Included; Surbiton; Surrey; Tower of London; Waterloo Highland Infantry; White Tower;
One of those weird throwbacks to that point in print-history where commercial art was giving way to full-colour photography; yet some editors continued to use artists, to convert what were obviously photographs! Think also; Hamlyn's Wargaming book (David Nash) or Usborne's model guides.

On this card model of a castle from Dawson & Co., we see the Highland Infantry have been used to illustrate the scale of the fort (and its play value) which the artist has rendered beautifully - even down to their bases, or the shadows of the drawbridge where it stands slightly proud of the table after folding and/or gluing.

01735; 01735 1986 to 1996; 01735-2; 01735-2 1973 to 1978; 01735-2 1980 to 1982; 1/76 scale; 9 01735; 9 01735 1983 to 1984; 9 01735 Limited Availability 1983; Airfix Figures; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Card Board; Cardboard; Cardboard Model; Colourful; Dawson & co; Dawson Castle; Highland Toy Figures; Highlanders; Hours Of Fun; In Pack; Instructions Enclosed; No Cutting; No Gluing; S35; S35 1969 to 1972; Slot Together; Slots Together; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers Not Included; Surbiton; Surrey; Tower of London; Waterloo Highland Infantry; White Tower;
All bar the 'stupid' poses from what must be one set, although one 'stabbing-down-guy' has got into shot and you might have expected the piper and standard to be used? Either the bases were painted to match where they were to be positioned on the finished model, or they were posed unpainted and the artist added colour? I don't suppose we'll ever know!

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