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TSMF Issue 197

Welcome to another great issue of Toy Soldier and Model Figure! This issue offers Jim Mannion’s contribution on how the 70th anniversary of D-day inspired Mike McBrine to create a diorama commemorating the event. This issue also features Stuart Hessney’s report on a visit to the Scott J. Dummitt Presents shop, Keith Nairn-Munro’s chronicle of the history of Highland and Lowland Scottish troops, and Steve Rhea’s article on the legendary Davy Crockett. As always, the pages are full so start reading to catch up on all the latest TS&MF news!...

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TSMF Issue 220

This edition features a fantastic new format and two special sections, with one bannered “Professor Pestana’s Whimsical World” and the other is "Toy Soldiers Go West". Also in this issue is a report by Colin Romanick on the 3rd Annual W. Britain Model Figure Symposium. John Lord Booth II, one of the new owners of W. Britain, shares his fascinating "Collector's Story". Besides being filled to the brim with features and reviews, this edition encompasses brand new trivia and brainteasers to inject extra fun into the proceedings. ...

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TSMF Issue 219

This edition puts an exclamation mark on how worldwide this wonderful hobby of ours is with reports about far-flung events in Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula, Canada and the United States. Also in this issue is a fond tribute by James H. Hillestad for his longtime friend, Leonard John Taylor of Trophy Miniatures. The article is richly illustrated with examples of Trophy’s creative and colorful output. A.J. Mergenthaler marks the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. Military miniatures are deployed to illustrate his account of the Iberian conflict, which was fought from 1936 to 1939 and presaged the horrors of World War II. On the lighter side, writer Deb Weissler profiles Canadian hobbyist Gareth McGorman. He arranges small soldiers in unique, eye-catching situations, then uses a camera to create cartoons reflecting his wry sense of humor. As usual, there’s lots more in store in this edition, so please start turning the pages, enjoy and, as always, happy collecting!...

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TSMF Issue 218

In issue 218 of Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine, Steve Rhea gets the ball rolling by detailing how he collects miniature mounted men in tribute to his Uncle Dennis Bell’s service in the U.S. Army’s 8th Cavalry Regiment. Collector Keith Nairn-Munro has created vignettes inspired by the role played by the British 17th Lancers in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. In “ACW Engines of War,” The Toy Soldier Museum’s James H. Hillestad researches the role of railways during the War Between the States. As usual, there’s lots more in store in this edition, so please start turning the pages, enjoy and, as always, happy collecting!...

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TSMF Issue 217

Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine issue 217 is filled with articles, reviews, and more, covering the best of the best in the toy soldier and model figure industry. This issue covers a fond tribute to E.J. "Joe" Shimek II including a detailed profile on Joe's avid life as a collector. Gregory Urbach delivers an account of the 27th Annual West Coaster Toy Soldier & Miniature Figure Show while The Toy Soldier Museum's James H. Hillestad discusses British military mascots and their roles throughout history. All of these and more are featured in this issue of Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine–don't miss out!...

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TSMF Issue 216

This edition features a double-dose of articles by longtime contributor Curtis Sleight. He kicks things off with an article about the military customs and traditions behind the flags carried by toy soldiers and model figures. A number of standard-bearers from Curt’s own collection illustrate his text. In addition, Curt delivers a report on the 22nd Annual Florida Toy Soldier, Action Figure, Toy & Collectibles Show. New contributor Frank Jastrzembski recounts nostalgic childhood memories of deploying his eclectic plastic army in extensively researched, meticulously organized and wide-ranging backyard battles. ...

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TSMF Issue 215

Hayden Hammersmith gets the ball rolling this month with an article titled “The San Jacinto Project.” It’s a very interesting account of how King & Country Ltd. undertook a major commission from a U.S. museum to build a 70-square-foot diorama re-creating 1836’s decisive battle of the Texas Revolution in 1:30 scale. New contributor Mike Williams shares details about the World War II Imperial Japanese Army’s “Woodpecker” guns. Matthew W. Adams recounts a story from his family’s history about a deadly Indian raid targeting a frontier homestead in Colonial America. In “A Blast From the Past,” A.J. Mergenthaler reminisces about collecting figures manufactured by Historical Miniatures during the World War II era. The U.S. company turned out composition figures for a brief time during the 1940s. Plus so much more included in this issue. Happy collecting!...

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TSMF Issue 214

Clyde Cocke kicks things off this month by re-creating the 19th-century Nile Wars with a British square trying to fend off Mahdist warriors while a relief column tries to march to the rescue. Andres Flores and Joseph Neumeyer both share peeks at some of their incredibly detailed diorama work. Elsewhere, Paul Garson turns up the heat for a look at flame weaponry figures inspired by the historical use of incendiary devices to set battlefields ablaze. In addition, Keith Nairn-Munro musters military miniatures to chronicle the colorful history of British India’s Madras Light Cavalry As usual, there’s lots more in store in this edition, so please start turning the pages, enjoy and, as always, happy collecting! ...

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TSMF Issue 213

Editor Stuart Hessney kicks things off with a piece titled “The Toy Soldier Turns 30.” It’s an account of a great day out at The Toy Soldier’s 30th anniversary open house hosted by Carol and James H. Hillestad, in Cresco, Pa., USA. A.J. Mergenthaler delivers a report about the Miniature Figure Collectors of American Show and Mart in Valley Forge, PA. “Every Soldier Tells a Story” is Colin Romanick’s survey of W. Britain’s new foray into World War II collectibles. Gus Gardner updates fellow collectors on additions to a nostalgic toy soldier series based on British Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897. As usual, there’s lots more in store in this edition, so please start turning the pages, enjoy and, as always, happy collecting!...

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TSMF Issue 212

In this month’s edition, a richly illustrated “Collector’s Story” features German hobbyist Gisbert Freber’s Q&A interview with U.K. resident Rob Wilson. He’s a lifelong collector with wide-ranging interests and great expertise on the history of toy figures. Joseph Reed, a tuba player and toy soldier collector from Britain, composes a harmonious convergence between his pair of passions and photos of real military bands in “The Tuba & Toy Soldier.” Elsewhere, Editor Stuart Hessney shares an account of the 2015 Chicago show in words and pictures. The 35th annual show featured a plethora of prototypes, lifelike dioramas, rarities and a changing of the guard. As usual, there’s lots more in store in this edition, so please start turning the pages, enjoy and, as always, happy collecting! ...

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