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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Playing With My Toys - Military Convoy 14 Oct 2017

Soooo, I've got all these toys I've been blogging just sittin' around doing nothing! In a rare period of  'me' time last week I decided to pull out most of my smaller military vehicles and see what I could do. Using the display base originally built for my American Civil War toys, I re-purposed it into a convoy route. There's approximately 135+ vehicles shown here (I didn't even bother to include the larger MPC stuff) and, using the photos, decided to put together a short video as well. It was fun being able to pull these out of boxes and off shelves and just play for a change - I mean, looking at 'em is cool and all that, but sometimes even collector's just wanna play! Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina












































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Monday, October 16, 2017

Giant of Hong Kong Viking Ship

I stated in a previous post that I had a bunch of Giant Plastics of Hong Kong sets growing up back in the day because they were cheap and the folks could buy a nice set for very little money. One of my all time favorites of the line was their Viking ship. I just thought this thing was awesome and it still is! These ships go for a king's ransom today so when one became available that I could actually afford I scooped it up. My sample is missing the steering rudder (? - I'm not a 'boat' person, not sure of the terminology) but is otherwise in decent shape. Giant never made oarsmen for these boats, what you got were standing figures, along with the other warriors that came with the sets. The boat itself is 7 3/4" (19.68cm) L x 1 1/2" (3.81cm) W (hull) x 5 1/4" (13.35cm) H to the top of the mast.

This may be the last 'Giant' post for a while as all I have are bits and pieces of other sets, not really enough to do a decent post, but the past few entries do tie in to the whole Medieval/Viking/castle theme we've got going of late. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina