Timpo Desert Fort pictures

Using my blog as a scrapbook (kind of what Pinterest was invented for), here are a couple of cheeky screen shots from an online auction site of the Timpo Desert Fort.

Never had this fort or knew it existed. However I still have my childhood Timpo Arabs and Foreign Legion, some of them in need of repair from brittle joints.

I have been slowly collecting the odd beaten up Timpo cowboy buildings for 54mm games.

There are lots more Timpo buildings at this site for some Timpo Nostalgia:


Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 29 August 2018.


10 thoughts on “Timpo Desert Fort pictures”

    1. MJT, I had never seen one either, hence the hasty screenshot. It is a good simple play fort by the look of it, but I didn’t bid as this fort being (semi) complete, in the box etc. it would go for Timpo collectors prices. It looks a little like a knight’s castle redone in Khaki / sand plastic, rather than the (slightly more accurate?) Airfix OO HO Foreign Legion Fort just like the BBC Beau Geste TV series.
      My scrappy childhood collection of a few Britain’s Deetail Arab or Desert Warriors, along with the few Timpo Swoppet Arabs and purple plastic Timpo Action Pack Arab figures, would also fight a wide range of enemies too. These ranging from the sword and dagger wielding ones fighting Knights and Crusaders through to the rifle ones fighting Waterloo figures and Legionnaires right up to WW2. Versatile figures. Happy days in the rockery and sand pit, sorry Desert and Mountains.
      Some Timpo Arabs are on my repair and painting desk at the moment.


    1. IRO, The fort your grandad made you would always be better.
      Only one of my childhood / family ‘boughten’ forts has survived, the others have warped and fallen apart, long since discarded by the rest of the family.

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  1. Something similar to this is in the Armies in Plastic catalogue.

    I’ve been experimenting with basic gaming with their 54mms at work; the kids prefer to build forts with the Jenga blocks we use for terrain. Hey, it still counts!


    1. The Jenga blocks is in the true spirit of H.G. Wells Little Wars and his Floor Games.
      It’s also not offputtingly expensive for a kid like some of the highly attractive Demo Games, magazine photos and Warhammer / Games Workshop material.


  2. I have just dug the remnants of my desert fort out of a box in my shed, given to me as a Christmas present in the mid 70s.

    I searched the net to find out more about this and pleasantly came across your site. I too have a couple of Arab and Foreign Legion figures mixed up with some cowboys and Indians, knights, Waterloo figures and various farm and African animals.

    The fort still has four sides. There are only three corner pieces; two have connectors missing. There are no doors I’m afraid, but I do recall many hours play. 😀


    1. A great thing to have these touchstones or portals to childhood games. It should prove an excellent backdrop for a display of your surviving figures, if not in regular tabletop or floor use.


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