Toy Boats Tiny Men

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Toy boats of wood well crewed by tiny men of lead …

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The tiny metal sailors are 25mm Crescent figures, c. 1950s /60s.

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The FH 133 West Wind Falmouth boat was locally made by the former Tree of Life Toys company  of Paul, Penzance.

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These two small wooden boats were picked up from a charity shop in Cornwall c. 2007. They are just the right size for Peter Laing 15mm figures or for the smaller OO/HO  Airfix figures and these Peco railway modelling sailors.

They also do quite well for my DIY Fimo cake mould figures of a Victorian naval landing party:

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Lostwithiel in Cornwall is an interesting cluster of antique and bric-a-brac shops, a great stop-off on the railway. There I saw this handmade 1950s much larger wooden toy boat.

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Bashed but with ‘patina’, this one probably won’t need much painting or repair.

It suits larger toy soldier or sailor  figures, 30mm to 54mm.

Excellent scenic items for a harbour scenario, garden “floor wars” or H.G. Wells’ The Game Of Islands.

Blogposted by Man of TIN, July 2016.

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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