In this fourth issue of Aces High, we deal with the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) during WWII. Bearing in mind that it would be impossible to cover the aircraft of all the nations which fought in this area, in just one issue, we have this time decided to focus on just Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force subjects. We have chosen the most iconic machines used by the greatest pilots: a Spitfire Mk.Vb, with its distinctive Vokes tropical filter; a Kittyhawk Mk.I, wearing the famous sharkmouth nose marking; a Bf 109 F-4 trop, finished as the mount of the legendary ace, Hans-Joachim Marseille; a Beaufighter Mk.VIF, with a slightly more unusual desert night-fighter scheme, and a Bf 110 E-2 trop, which served as fighter, bomber and ground attack aircraft. To complement our aircraft builds, we include step-by-step articles which show you how to paint a pilot figure, and a half-tracked truck.
The She-Ra Collector's Inventory is a guide to the world of Princess of Power collecting. With detailed information about all action figures, playsets, Mini Comics, and Fantastic Fashions, this guide is not only the most complete inventory to date of every She-Ra toy ever made, but is also a visual stroll down memory lane with hundreds of large, full color pictures of many of the most beloved toys of the 1980s. With easy to read accessory lists and check boxes to help the collector keep track of what items she already has and which ones she still needs to track down, there is also a price guide provided to help the savvy collector estimate the value of her collection. Whether you are a devoted She-Ra fanatic, an eBay seller who wants to know how to price and identify POP items for sale or just someone looking to remember the toys of their youth, The She-Ra Collector's Inventory is sure bring you back to Etheria and the world of She-Ra.
This colorful book captures some of the most beautiful and rare scale models of American Ford, Edsel, Lincoln, and Mercury cars and light trucks from the classic 1930-69 period. During the last thirty years, a small number of builders have devoted themselves to making, by hand, model cars in scale. Often limited to only a few hundred pieces, these unusual and expensive models have flawless finishing and astounding detail. For the first time ever in one source, the author has assembled hundreds of high-resolution color photographs from his and others' private collections, and from the builders themselves. Read about the history of these Ford replicas, the cars they are modelled upon, and learn where you can get them. This book is a must read for people who enjoy scale models and Ford Motor Company cars.
Tin toys had been made in Japan before the second World War but they reached new heights of realism in the 1950s. The post-war American occupation of Japan gave Japanese toymakers ready access to the lucrative American toy market and as a result most of the tin toy cars made in this period were based on American vehicles like Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Packards. Like the real things, these tin toys were big. A small one would be around eight inches long, with some of the largest stretching to eighteen inches. As such, tinplate was the ideal medium to capture the look of American styling of the 1950s, a period when size mattered and car manufacturers tried to outdo each other with the extravagance of their designs, the size of their tailfins and the amount of chrome. During this era of consumerism, Japanese toy production was at its peak, with exotically-named manufacturers like Marusan, Bandai, Yonezawa and Alps turning out vast quantities of tin toys. It proved to be a short-lived phase in the history of toy production. By the early 1960s, tin toys were falling out of fashion for various reasons: their sharp edges gave rise to safety concerns; die-cast models were becoming increasingly realistic and sophisticated, with many action features that appealed to children; the development of plastics in the toy industry made tin toys look increasingly old-fashioned. Half a century later, there are very few surviving examples of these magnificent play things. Bruce Sterling of New York has devoted years to seeking out the very best examples of Japanese tinplate cars and has built up what is probably the world's finest collection of these toys, every one of them in pristine condition, complete with their original boxes which are works of art in themselves. This book showcases 150 examples of the very rarest tin toy cars, many of them never having been pictured in books or magazines until now. Almost every major American motor manufacturer is represented here, together with a selection of commercial vehicles and a significant number of European cars too. All are illustrated in full color and described in detail, and fascinating insights are provided into both the real vehicles and the companies who modelled them, together with a guide to rarity and current values. This is a book that will be treasured, not only by specialist collectors, but by all who are passionate about vintage toys and classic vehicles.
The history of Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys and other makers of diecast metal cars has been covered in great detail in many books and magazine articles; by contrast, information on plastic toy cars is much harder to come by. Yet collectors are taking an increasing interest in plastic cars, particularly as the rise in the value of early diecast and tinplate models has put many of these out of reach of the average enthusiast.
For the first time, this book aims to provide a systematic introduction to the vast number of plastic cars made during the 1950s and 1960s. Years of research have enabled the author to uncover many fascinating facts about the companies who made these toys. Some were major players in the toy industry, like Tri-ang and Brimtoy in the UK, Norev and Minialuxe in France, Gama and Siku in Germany and Ingap in Italy. Many others, though, were more obscure, and some only modeled one car before disappearing without trace.
More than 250 photographs of these toys are included, with the emphasis being on the most colorful and realistic examples, all of them based on real vehicles of the period. In many cases, the toy is pictured alongside its original box, the presence of which can often double the value of the item to a collector. Readers will also find a handy glossary listing the names of many of the companies who were active in this field in the 1950s and 1960s, together with some evocative period advertisements and catalogue illustrations.
If you thought that a model car had to be made of diecast metal to be worth collecting, this book might change your mind . . . With 250 color photos, extensive appendices and identification aids this is a must have for any collector or dealer.
Collecting farm models is a popular hobby worldwide. Britains have been a leading manufacturer of these models for over eighty years, producing many initiative standard setting models. The company launched its first model baler in the late 1960s and its first combine ten years later, receiving the UK Toy of the Year Award in 1978 for the latter. Since launching these models, Britains has produced over 60 baler and combine models or variations from leading farm machinery manufacturers such as Bamfords, Case IH, Farmhand, John Deere, Krone, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Vermeer and Vicon. David Pullen has collected many of these models and researched their development. The book includes a long section describing how the range developed, plus details of prototypes and some of the manufacturing background. Also, to allow the reader to identify different model variations, catalogs are included in which individual models are examined – giving for each color photographs, their main features and issue packaging.
In 2003, My Little Pony collectors had something to celebrate as Hasbro reintroduced their beloved brand of brightly colored ponies for a third time. For collectors, this third generation (commonly called G3) has not only recreated the thrill of the hunt, but also offered a chance to pass the hobby of collecting down to the next generation. Summer Hayes has compiled the first guide to these new MLP items, complete with hundreds of full color photos of all ponies, accessories and playsets both with and without their packaging. With in depth coverage of each MLP item released since 2003 until today, online sellers or collectors will find on each page not only detailed photos for easy identification, but also handy checklists to keep track of accessories and other items that originally came with each set. Covering all sets, variants, and special offers throughout the My Little Pony Celebration, Friendship Ball, Butterfly Island, and Crystal Princess sets, The My Little Pony G3 Collector s Inventory is designed to assist the collector of any age or experience level to identify, organize and complete their collection!
In 2007, Hasbro began to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of My Little Pony with collectible ponies, playsets and more for young MLP fans and collectors alike. From convention exclusives and hard to find special offers to the sets available in retail stores, Summer Hayes’ The My Little Pony 2007-2008 Collector’s Inventory provides everything the collector of any age needs to organize their collection. With hundreds of full color photos of items both in and out of packaging as well as checklists for the collector to keep track of all the tiny accessories, this guide picks up where the Crystal Princess set left off and continues into the 25th Anniversary Celebration. Featuring fan favorites like the Core Seven, So-Soft and Dress-Up ponies, it explores not only the standard sized MLP figures but also the smaller Ponyville figures, large figures such as plush and McDonald’s fast food premiums, making it the ultimate reference guide for even the casual collector.
Britain's has a long, distinctive history producing farm model tractors for collectors, young and old, around the world. This book is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated guide for collectors of the model and toy tractors produced by Britain's in the ten years since it transferred all production to China. The book describes all the model tractors released in North America and Europe since 1998. As well as general releases it includes details and photographs of prototype and rare models. This is complemented by a catalogue describing the main features, differences, issue dates and codes of each model produced. Each is illustrated with six color photographs showing the model from different angles and the issue packaging.
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