Sunday, July 18, 2021

Gaining and Losing - A Time of Change

Things here at the Berg household have been a bit unsettling of late. Some for the good and some for the yet-to-be-seen. Sooo, last year my oldest daughter (along with my granddaughter) spent the summer in Pennsylvania where my daughter met a guy introduced to her by an old school friend. They were a 'thing' and it looked like they would get married. After coming back home and settling in she got a call from him a few months back, wherein he said he was breaking up with her. "I'm done with men!" was the battle cry heard in our house for several weeks. Then about two weeks ago she mentioned he was coming out here to apologize in person. The next day they got married!!! WTF! That's not as unsettling as the prospect of my granddaughter moving out there and away from us. That little girl is my soulmate and it would break my heart if I couldn't see her. A lot of muddy water has flowed under the bridge between my oldest daughter, Bettina, and I and quite frankly I wouldn't miss her going too much - but the grand baby?? That would be a tough pill to swallow. Melody - my granddaughter - has gotten so big and is slowly becoming a techie at 7 years old, leaving behind her Barbie's and embracing computers, tablets, smart phones, and....

...and energy? Good Lord, she's got more energy than this whole household of old poots combined - and then some!

A slightly older picture - she's a tad taller now

So, if you're wondering where I've been and what I've been up to now you have it!

Opa Fritz

Sunday, July 4, 2021

TRAIN TIME: 4th of July Celebration Running My K-Line "The United States Army Train" Set No. K-1911

I don't always do something for the 4th of July but this year I thought it would be fun to break out and run an old Army train, one that I haven't run in 11 years! I'm kinda jumping ahead of my Train Time posts in that I've started a new layout: The Milwaukee North Western but progress has been slow and it really doesn't look much different than the set-ups that have been utilizing that space over the span of the past 6 years. 

The basis for this set-up is a few Marx tin-litho Army buildings, an MPC helicopter, Payton Little Green Army Men, assorted vehicles, and K-Line's "The United States Army Train" set No. 1911.

Well, anywho, here it is - Enjoy! Opa Fritz

The set came with a header bag of Jak Pak U.S. Infantry figures
There was actually a second bag of 6 figures stapled to the original bag of 18 figures

Non-firing cannon - but still cool!

This is only a missile transport car, not a missile launching car

Lighted caboose

I don't know what's in those cannisters but they're under intense guard!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Imperial Legends Western Play Set No.45014C

I saw this cool set in - I believe - a dollar store (can't remember now). It's a recent set, not at all vintage, but it has some interesting components in it. The figures are 54mm and there is a tripod with kettle with a separa fire underneath. The wagon is 10" (25.40cm) long overall x 3" (7.62cm) high and is a far better match size-wise to the Marx wagons I posted here than is the more ubiquitous Hingfat wagons (shown in a comparison shot below. The biggest detractor is in the wagon having only one lone horse pulling it. Also, it's not nearly as detailed as the CTS covered wagon but the price on these sets in fleabay hover around the $10 mark so are cheaper overall. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

Imperial (L) Hingfat (R)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Processed Plastic Wells Fargo Stagecoach

Here is a terrific stagecoach from Processed Plastic. They made this in a couple of color variants and I'm pretty sure there's an all brown version buried out in The Cave somewhere but I din't feel like mounting an archeological dig to find it LOL It has opening doors to accomodate riders (MPC 60mm ringhands would fit in here nicely - but the peg-butt ringhands would need to have the pegs cut off), molded on baggage on top and the horse hitch has a fifth wheel guide allowing for smooth rolling across a flat surface. The seated driver is a bit tricky to measure but after fiddling with the ruler, it appears he's 60mm.

Overall length is 11", Stagecoach body 5 1/2"L x 4"H x 2 1/2" W. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

PP/MPC comparison shots

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Multiple Toymakers Set No. 804 Stagecoach Attack

Here's a nice compact little playset from Multiple Toymaker's, the No. 804 Stagecoach Attack in a tote style box. The set as I bought it had the stagecoach designed for Multiple's 60mm ringhands with the 60mm driver but the remaining figures were the smaller 45mm non-ringhand type. As seen in other Multiple playsets I've posted here, the mix of 60mm & 54mm figures was not an uncommon practice. The set is incomplete as it is missing horses for the cowboys and Indians as well as the stagecoach driver - all of which I have somewhere out in the spares bin. There are 5 cowboys and 5 Indians (and there should be three horses for the riders provided), a tepee consisting of a printed plastic sheet which fits over a molded plastic frame, and of course the stagecoach. The MPC stagecoach featured in yesterday's post is actually from another playset and has a one-horse hitch, while this one has a two-horse hitch but you can see the type of driver it would have accomodated. The box is made from a lightweight cardboard and you can see where the flimsy handle is separated on one side - however, the box has survived in okay shape so that's a plus! Enjoy! Opa Fritz


From yesterday's post: this stagecoach has a one-horse hitch but the drivers would have been the same - and I do have more of them in The Cave