Spotted these very traditional lead figures on Ebay. Thought they would be a nice addition to the collection, and useful too. Further research showed that they were made by the English company Charbens, during the 1950s. They portray American soldiers with Browning HMGs, the larger is the 1917 model, the other is the M2 design. I don't actually collect WW2 American but painted one of the figures as intended. Another was drafted into my post-WW2 French army, they also used the 1917 model for many years. While the M2 was supplied to the Soviet Army in WW2, so painted the figure as a naval rating in a reefer jacket. With delivery, came to £10 (Thanks George). Will eventually base these with a suitable supporting figure.
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Sunday, 24 July 2022
Hardly cheap, it totalled £19.90 to obtain these figures. I suspected they would be costly, the two naval officers are sought-after additions. I was determined to get them as eight figures will provide crews for my two United States gunboats, the other two castings will join my Royal Navy flotilla.
Spoke to Paul Watson, as I wanted to find out more about the figures. Paul confirmed the officers are Johillco, two ratings are Taylor & Barrett, the remainder are Britains, set 1530.
It would have been nice to have obtained American naval figures, in their iconic 'Dixie' hats. But further research showed that these made an appearance in 1886, but only become fully established by 1900. The old uniform print and cards confirm a more typical uniform. So the new figures will do fine.
Have uploaded a photo of the fleet, now they have acquired naval ensigns. One of the US gunboats flies the distinctive Revenue Service flag.
Sunday, 17 July 2022
With some eighteen military units in the Montreal area, the American plan was to establish their headquarters in Longueuil, from which to stage their assault on the city. The Empire garrison was uneasy, but took comfort in knowing that their twelve military units were in a fairly strong position, and supplies of food, etc, were still entering the city. But when news arrived that a relief force, comprising five units, was approaching from Quebec, the American commander was obliged to delay his assault and despatch six units down the St.Lawrence, to counter this movement.
After their despatch, the American commander received a full intelligence report (D5), indicating that the Empire was planning to utilise their new Barney E1 (Tank) He immediately ordered two more units (D2) to join the original six. Unfortunately, they would take some eight 'moves' to arrive (D6, D2).
SET UP The Empire Relief Force was approaching at double time, keen to utilise their new fangled weapon, and confident of sweeping aside any opposition.
Friday, 15 July 2022
My plasticard model is inspired by a toy tank manufactured by the Liverpool based company WHITEANCO. This was designed by a veteran of WW1, Lieutenant Colonel Walter 'Barney' Barnard, as a tin-plate, wind-up toy. He originally offered the design to Mecanno, but they declined. Whiteanco embraced the idea and started manufacturing it in 1919. I do think its a rather splendid collectable. Examples still appear in auctions, normally selling for about £300.
Here is my rendition. I don't mind admitting, I had some issues concerning the colour, which led to it being left on the shelf for some time. My initial paint attempt ended in something peach coloured, that had to go. The second attempt was far too yellow, that had to go too. Have ended up with Ordnance grey, which is a nice contrast to the national emblems. The E1 refers to Whiteanco's model number.
(For my Dominion War campaign, this tank has a crew of six, and can fire two medium guns per move. this is the largest of my plasticard armoured vehicles.)