April 30, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits


We are attending the 2015 AMPS show Thursday through Saturday in Auburn Indiana.
We will be right back here Monday!
This year's convention at Auburn, Indiana is widely viewed as THE armor modeling event that you just can't miss. Our site for the convention is the National Military History Center's WWII Victory Museum. Features include the largest armor-only vendor room on the planet, interesting seminars conducted by notable speakers, AMPS-judged competition, awards and of course a weekend full of terrific camaraderie with your fellow armor modelers. The theme for this convention is "First In The Line."  SHOW WEB SITE

MichToy's Caption This Image #83 Winner + This week's Image for Caption This Image #84

Caption This Image #83 Winner
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for last weeks image. Dan Rothenberger Jr. snags a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Dan and everyone who entered.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #84
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

April 29, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 29april2015

WILDER PRODUCTS
An excellent self described 'general overview of the brand so the modeller can easily understand the catalogue and the solutions they can find' by Oscar Ebrí Casola can be found on his blog BULLETPROOF Models


A Dose of Random Funny Stuff for 29april2015


Another stunning 1/35th scale diorama from the Vietnam era. More images HERE

A nice You Tube overview VALLEJO SURFACE PRIMERS - REVIEW & HOW TO GUIDE by Scale War Machines can be found HERE

April 28, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 28april2015

THIS WEEKEND>>>We will be attending...
April 30 – May 2, 2015
National Military History Center’s WWII Victory Museum, Auburn, Indiana
A Dose of Random Funny Stuff 


Images of a nice 1/72nd scale ACW vignette by Masahiro Fukaya using Italeri plastic figures  has been added to our Gallery page.


View a collection of great Steam Punk models on our FB Page!

April 27, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 27april2015

Here's a link to a simple & easy wood grain article on the Aeroscale blog


Always Tea Time??

A great WWI diorama built by The Brisbane Toy Soldier Collectors. More images HERE




April 25, 2015

New Manufacture at MTSC: Forest in a Flash

New at MTSC is Forest in a Flash and their Deciduous Tree Kits which are fast and easy to assemble and include beautiful plant material with thousands of tiny natural "leaves". Fully preserved and dyed in a wide range of natural looking colors these are available in a variety of summer greens as well as fall colors. Oaks, elms, aspens, maples, cottonwoods and many other tree types can be made. View the range HERE

Each package contains two bunches of material, instructions on how to make trees and styrofoam piece to use for assembly. All you need is some thread or wire and a little putty to make your vegetation. Each kit will make between 6 and 20 trees depending on the sizes you choose to make. Approximately 6” in height out of the package. 100s of applications & very realistic! Works in any scale including  1/72nd, 28mm, 1/35th, 1/32nd...the list goes on and on. Great for gamers too!

April 24, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 24april2015

Images of War - The Face of War Collection
Explore Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure Company's board "Images of War - The Face of War Collection" on Pinterest


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Glenn Bartolotti has a excellent website devoted to Step-by-Step Armor Finishing articles that currently has 43 volumes . These are available as reasonably priced downloads in PDF format at $1.95 each.

The latest issue – Step-by-Step Finishing German Armor Vol. 43 Sd.Kfz. 171 Panther Ausf. G 5th Panzer Div. 1945 and is available now HERE

Once paid for, the article is downloadable to your computer and is yours to save forever. This latest on the Panther Ausf. G is fourteen pages in length and comes in a new format; interactive! What I mean by interactive is that Glenn has incorporated not only a one-touch menu located in the top right-hand corner of the pages, when clicked on, will take you to the various chapters of the article, but has supported links on the products and various article related items that will take the reader directly to the item Glenn has showed within the article.

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 24
Is Now Available for Download

from the publisher..
We have a great issue for you with something for everyone. Barry Ford returns to our pages with a fantastic tutorial on how he painted his James Bond garage kit (and quite a nice cheesecake recipe :)). Regular contributors Marko Paunovic, continues his Malifaux,gaming table Odyssey; Marta Ślusarska explains how she created a base for her Demonic Puppy (don’t ask!) and Luke Wilson show us how he painted his award winning bust, Wasteland Warrior! We also have a pretty cool explanation from Javier Molina on how he created his Guther 1947 diorama and Jason Martin also continues his series about Exploiting light and colour.
We also have reviews from Scale75, Figopedia, Galapagos Miniatures, Gamers Grass and Dark World Creations. Martyn Dorey explains all about the Mr. Surfacer range of products and we also have a closer look at a Rototool and part 2 of the Plastcraft Games, made for Malifaux gaming scenery.
We kick the this issue off be a very cool insight interview from one of Europe's best painters and one of my personal favourites, Anna Machowska.’

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery.

April 23, 2015

MichToy's Caption This Image #82 Winner + This week's Image for Caption This Image #83


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #82 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks image. A customer in our shop suggested this one and it's such a great quote we attached it to this image. The quote is by Jules de Gaultier.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #83
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com


April 22, 2015

Product Spotlight: Rubicon Models 28mm plastic World War II vehicles and tank kits


Rubicon Models has just released five new 28mm kits. These highly detailed models have become very popular with gamers and modelers and these five are a welcome addition to the range. View the New Rubicon Kits HERE

The Rubicon website has an interesting article on the creation of a kit from 'Concept Design to Final Production' Read Here>>



#280017 StuG III Ausf G (SdKfz 142/1)
was produced between December 1942 and April 1945,  around 8,423 were produced.  The StuG III Ausf G is the final and by far the most common of the StuG series.
Notable features of this plastic kit include:
- Choice of Early / Mid / Late production
- Option to assemble vehicle as a StuH 42 with 105mm Howitzer
- Choice of original trapezoid-shape mantlet or the Topfblende pot mantlet (often called Saukopf “Pig’s head”) gun mantlet with or without coaxial mount
- Detachable Schürzen (side armour)
- Optional rear stowage rack
- Optional spare road wheels
- Optional periscope
Number of Parts: 54 pieces / 3 sprues


# 280019 SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. D "Stuka zu Fuss"
This highly detail plastic kit depicts a SdKfz 251 Ausf D with a Wurfrahmen 40 multiple rocket launcher.  The Wurfrahmen 40 frame is detachable enabling you to revert the vehicle into a standard SdKfz 251/1D personnel carrier.
Number of Parts: 64 pieces / 3 sprues

#280020 SdKfz 251 Ausf. D (3-in-1)
This highly detailed SdKfz 251 Ausf D is a 3-in-1 plastic kit.  The kit can be built to represent a SdKfz 251/ 7 (Assault Engineering vehicle), SdKfz 251/8 (Ambulance), or SdKfz 251/10 (with 37mm PaK 36 anti-tank gun). Number of Parts: 70 pieces / 3 sprues

# 280018 SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. D
This highly detailed plastic kit depicts a SdKfz 251 Ausf D version.  It comes with two machine gun choices; and a half open or fully closed canvas top (tarp) option. Number of Parts: 43 pieces / 2 sprues

# 280021 T-34/85 - Mid & Late War
With this model kit, you can assemble the T-34/85 into either a Model 1943 or 1944 version of the tank.  It comes with 2 turret top and 2 mantlet choices with oil drums & accessories options; and can be built as an OT-34/85 flamethrower tank as an option. Number of Parts: 50 pieces / 3 sprues


Rubicon Models manufacture hard plastic kits for the Tabletop Miniature Games and Military Modeling market. Each kit is easy to assemble, highly detailed and accurate. The first project is to launch a series of hard plastic World War II vehicles and tanks in 1/56 (28mm) scale. What distinguishes Rubicon from other companies in this field is not only fine detail and accuracy but also all of their kits are multi-variant. Each kit might have several choices of main gun, two choices of road wheels, three choices of gun turret, detachable protective armour or even two choices of hull.

The Rubicon name stands for:
- Great Detail & High Quality
- True to Scale & Historically Accurate
- Multi-Variant & Multi-Option
- Easy to Assemble (designed for Wargamers)
- Easy to Paint

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 22april2015

Braille Scale Collection by Kit Lao
See more in our It’s a Small World Gallery



Random Funny Stuff


Not Always Toys... But Also Art


 Picked up a copy of the new History magazine from National Geographic. I found it both excellent and fun to read. Great graphics and images with interesting articles from the final weeks of the Civil War to Ramses II The God King. Just a great all around general history magazine the should keep both younger readers and us 'more advanced' history buffs occupied for a few hours. 


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The Battle of Mongahela, July 9, 1755 By Maurizio Berselli. An original diorama featuring 40mm figures by Scorpio Models. See more images of this fantastic diorama our Gallery


April 17, 2015

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Gangland America BY Black Hawk Toy Soldier

Images get BIGGER when clicked!
Gangland America, the latest series from Black Hawk features the mobsters and molls of the 1920s & 30s. Cleverly designed so you can recreate any number of different scenes, scenarios and dioramas from Eliot Ness kicking in a speakeasy door (is that Bogie & Bacall?) or Bonnie & Clyde at a backroads gas station to a police chase and shoot out with John Dillinger. Capone, Purvis, Ness, Dillinger, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, the classic Ford V-8s...they're all here in beautiful 54mm, full color glory. 

The complete range:
BH-1201BE Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 - Blue
BH-1201GN Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 - Green
BH-1201PE Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 - Police 
BH-1201RD Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 - Red
BH-1202BE Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 Convertible - Blue 
BH-1202GN Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 Convertible - Bonnie & Clydes Car
BH-1202RD Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 Convertible - Red 
BH-1202YW Gangland America: 1932 Ford V-8 Convertible - Yellow
BH-1203 Gangland America: Dillingers Escape Car
BH-1204 Gangland America: Motor Cop - Shooting
BH-1205 Gangland America: Motor Cop - Falling
BH-1206 Gangland America: Gas Station
BH-1207 Gangland America: Clyde Barrow
BH-1208 Gangland America: Bonnie Parker
BH-1209 Gangland America: Posse Hunter
BH-1210 Gangland America: Highway Patrol 
BH-1211 Gangland America: Dillinger
BH-1212 Gangland America: Wounded Gangman
BH-1213 Gangland America: Cop - Shooting
BH-1214 Gangland America: Cop - Falling
BH-1215 Gangland America: Al Capone
BH-1216 Gangland America: Capones Bodyguard
BH-1217 Gangland America: Hit Man
BH-1218 Gangland America: Poker Game
BH-1219 Gangland America: Do Not Disturb 
BH-1220 Gangland America: G-Man



The Story via Black Hawk...
Gangland America
In the 1920s and 1930s, the United States confronted a crime rate never seen before. American Puritanism had long fought the evils of drinking when the first attempts at prohibition took place in the 1850s. The movement increased significantly during WWI and finally an outright ban for alcoholic drinks was issued in 1920. This circumstance boosted the eruption of a wave of underworld organized crime eager to meet the unattended – and overwhelming – demand for spirited beverages. The unprecedented crime wave culminated in the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, in February 1929.

To make the dramatic situation worse, in October of that year, the stock market crashed, which led to a worldwide economic depression and massive unemployment. Soon a new breed of outlaw arrived that, unlike the romanticized outlaws of the Old West, drove fast cars instead of riding horses and exchanged the old single-action revolvers and lever rifles with automatic pistols and submachine guns.

It was a time of violence and disorder that would produce a colorful gallery of rogues ranging from the kingpins of Chicago’s organized crime to restless, lonely characters that lived by the gun on the road, many of whom met a tragic and often bloody end. Black Hawk’s representation of this frantic, wild era is primarily based on just a few of the most important criminals from “Gangland America,” if only because their lives have been recreated by Hollywood in some unforgettable films. So we have Al Capone (1899-1947), who reigned over Chicago for seven years and will always be thought of as the epitome of a ruthless, organized crime leader. Then there were Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1904-1934), who began their crime spree in Dallas and travelled the central United States, captivating the attention of the American public between 1931 and 1934, before being riddled with bullets in a police ambush on a rural Louisiana road.

Last, but not least, is John Dillinger (1903-1934), who robbed 24 banks and four police stations, and escaped from jail twice. Dillinger arguably cast the most complete version of the Depression-era outlaw, due to his colorful personality and bravado. He was killed by federal agents as he exited a movie theater. 

But this miniature mosaic of Gangland America would certainly be incomplete without some characters from the other side: the law. Besides some anonymous policemen and citizens, the series includes a striking rendition of Eliot Ness (1903-1957). The agent famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago and the leader of “The Untouchables” has been recreated in full action, in a piece titled “Do Not Disturb”. The series also includes Melvin Purvis (1903-1960), the noted FBI agent that hunted Dillinger (and other famous outlaws like Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd), who appears in this series as “G-Man”. 

Finally, to complete the whole picture, there are several cars (Bonnie and Clyde’s included) and a typical period gas station.



April 16, 2015

MichToy's Caption This Image #81 Winner + This week's Image for Caption This Image #82

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #81
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks image. Daniel Jacobson is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Daniel and everyone who entered.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #82
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

April 15, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #79: Abraham Lincoln in Miniature

To commemorate of the 150th Anniversary of the death of President Lincoln we present different variations of Lincoln toy soldiers. Left to right we have the Marx plastic figure from the 1960s, a traditional style Lincoln from Wm Hocker Toy Soldiers, a current production Lincoln from W Britains and a russian produced Lincoln from the 1990s. Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation. His distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures. His eloquence of democracy, and his insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve. We are proud to make Lincoln our FOTW.
W Britains # WBN 31219




April 09, 2015

MichToy's Caption This Image #80 Winner + This week's Image for Caption This Image #81

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #80
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks image. It's a mash-up between the entries from Paul Sarbacker and Arley Mitchell and both are this weeks winners of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #81
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com


April 08, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #78: MIM Ancient Egyptians c1940s

I grow when clicked
MIM from Belgium
Although properly considered as “military miniatures,” MIMs were sold in the U.S. through toy-soldier outlets, as were Vertunnis and Courtenays, and found a place in many collections, displayed next to Mignots.

They were produced by Emmanuel Steinback from 1935-48, and came in two standards—MIM and NIMIM (NIMIM being the simpler one-piece casting, with a little less detail). Both are extremely well done by today’s standards, and command a dedicated following by those collectors who have been exposed to them.

Subject matter can encompass the range of history, from ancients to World War II, but the most in-demand would be the Napoleonics of the First Empire. Toward the end, as it ran into financial trouble, MIM tried to counter this by producing composition figures, such as a stagecoach set, etc., under the name INCAMIM. But it wasn’t enough. The composition stock and molds were then bought by Durso around 1948.

Identification is fairly easy on these 60mm solid lead figures—rectangular base and most carry number and name of figure under the base. Riders detach from horses. 

We grow when clicked

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 08april2015

We have all the Colors of Spring 
RIGHT HERE
"Marder in the Church" - A diorama in 1/144 scale.
Base size 5cm X 5cm, created by Makino
More in the GALLERY
Random Funny Stuff
When it's time for tea...IT'S TIME FOR TEA!
Spring is in the air! 
The Art of the Toy Soldier