Portrait figures are one of the most fascinating facets of collecting composite toy soldiers. A look at the numerous portrait figures produced by Hausser and Lineol during their heyday.
Figure Series by Hausser / Elastolin and Lineol
When collectors talk about their hobby of collecting composition toy soldiers, they usually refer to the 7 and 7.5 cm scale models as being their favourite. These have been the most collected sizes for many years. The reason is probably that these types of composition figures are the most common and they are easy to find. Also there are enough catalogues ...
88 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
The 8.8cm Flak (Flugabwehrkanone = anti aircraft gun) was one of the most effective and feared German guns of the Second World War especially in ground combat. Thousands of enemy tanks may have been destroyed by this weapon and it was also highly successful as an anti-aircraft weapon. This gun had been in development since 1928 and was available to ...
Figures of Abyssinian and Italian soldiers appeared for the first time in 1937 in a Lineol sales catalogue. Some of the African warriors were wearing the traditional dress of tribes from Abyssinia. However why did Lineol start a new series of figures? The reason for that was the Italian-Abyssinian War of 1935 to 1936.
When Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini came into power in 1922, his dream was to re-establish the old Roman Empire. Two Italian colonies, Eritrea and Somalia, ...
He was born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, in Gori, which is now in the Republic of Georgia, in 1879, but in 1910 adopted the pseudonym Josef Stalin, Staling meaning "a man of steel." Both his parents were Georgian peasants neither of whom spoke Russian. Stalin however was forced to learn the language of instruction during his school life at the Gori church school which he attended between 1888 until 1894. Suposedly the best pupil in the school, "Soso" as his friends referred to ...
Light Field Howitzer 18 L/28
During the summer of 1926 the German army command asked for an improvement of the "leichte Feldhaubitze 16" (light field howitzer 16), which had been in service already in World War I. This task was given to the Rheinmetall company. The results of the project, named "leichte Feldhaubitze 18" (leFH 18), were models L/25 and finally L/28. This gun could be used for direct and indirect fire. Its improved aiming device allowed its crew to fight even against mobile targets, like tanks. This ...
Sharp Shooters by Hausser and Lineol