SPECIAL THANKS. I would like to thank Paul Watson for his sponsorship of several lead figure collections on this blog. Having decided to clear his spare/surplus figures, he generously forwarded them on with no other requirement than they deserved to be restored.

Monday, 31 May 2021


Have recently completed two new vehicles. The first was a truck I picked up on Ebay for £10.30 delivered. The original canopy was actually a money box with the words 'happy holidays'. It really didn't do justice to the actual die cast model, and it gave me pleasure to replace it with a plasticard body, carved to look like painted wood. Had problems painting over the door logos, might sand it down and repaint the entire door. I like this model, and with the colour combination of red, black and grey it will look fine attaching it to several armies.

The second vehicle is an old LONE STAR jeep, probably made during the 1960s or 70s. It was in a bad way, and needed paint stripping. Decided to paint some US emblems, added some clear plastic for a windscreen, and used the surplus steering wheel from a previous conversion to complete the model. OK, its not really 1/32 in scale but using actual toys for wargaming grants me certain liberties.


  1. Wonderful conversion and paint job on the truck Michael! It can have so many uses on your wargame table. You can use it to transport supplies and troops. It can serve as cover or use it to ram through defenses! A great addition to your already stellar motor pool!

    1. Cheers Brad, thats pretty much my view. The colours also compliment the toy soldiers, so will enhance any photos. That means as much to me as the actual game.