Toy Boats Tiny Men


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



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


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


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:




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.



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.


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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