Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Moritz-Gottschalk Take-a-Part Wooden Castle

Okay, yet again I'm gonna claim complete and total ignorance of the subject I'm featuring. Not castles, but rather toy castles. More specifically toy castles made by Moritz-Gottschalk. I've seen their products offered up on fleaBay all the time but I really have no clue as to their entire toy line. I'm not even 100% sure that today's featured castle is one of theirs. But hey, here it is for you perusal nonetheless. The edifice breaks apart and stores in the wooden base which also serves as a box. The wooden square tower, walls, and gate connect to the base via small pins. The remaining pieces simply rest atop the base and can be switched around at will. A chain permanently connects the gate to the trap door, and upon storage it must be squeezed through that door to fit in the box. I believe the large round tower is missing either a witches hat cupola or perhaps a crenelated platform. I don't have pictures to show a complete toy so I'm guessing on that point. The castle measures 12" (30.48cm) W x 12 1/2" (31.75cm) D x 10 1/2" (26.67cm) H. I haven't had time to pose it with any figures but it looks to be compatible with anything from 45mm-54mm figures. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Britains Deetail WWII German Infantry (Continued) - Pt 6 Series 1 Figure No. 607

Back in December of last year I posted some Britains Deetail WWII German Infantry Series 1 figures. The problem was, I didn' have all six figures in the series and only manged to feature four of them. Well, I managed to pick up a complete set and photograph the two missing pieces. Here's No. 607. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

here's a complete set of six Series 1 WWII German Infantry

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Keystone No. 251 Fire Department

Here's the last of the three known keystone Fire Stations/Fire Departments, the No. 251 from ca1950. My source claims all three stations came out about the same time but I find that unusual. This is a more modern looking structure. The doors on this one are lever activated vs. the dowel-&-string arrangement of the the previous two with the actuating lever on the outside front of the building. That alone make me believe that this station came out later than 1950. There is a water tank inside that fills from the top but has no outlet from the bottom, but apparently feeds the water hydrant placed on the sidewalk just in front of the tank. As my sample is incomplete I would need to see photos of how this feature looked when properly set up and how it worked. The siren mechanism is housed inside the building (and works great on my sample BTW) but is activated by a wire lever sticking out of the 'SIREN ALARM" standing on the sidewalk out front. The base measures 17 3/4" (45.08cm) W x 10" (25.40cm) D. The building measures 17" (43.18cm) W x 7 1/4" (18.41cm) D. It is 8" (20.32cm) H overall. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina