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Elephant Bill
Elephant Bill
by J. H. Williams
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, nostalgic and fascinateing, 14 July 2014
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If you want to learn about Elephants; read this book. If you want to learn about the fall of Burma; read this book. If you'd like to learn what it was like to work as a white man in the colonial twilight of Empire; read this book....if you not interested in these subjects, but like a yearn, or enjoy autobiographies....read this book...otherwise find something else to do.

It's really about the Elephants, their history, how they work and how to work them.

A wonderful read about a forgotten age which wasn't that long ago.


Grow Your Own Jesus
Grow Your Own Jesus
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Price: £3.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 14 July 2014
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Brilliant!


The World Encyclopaedia of Model Soldiers
The World Encyclopaedia of Model Soldiers
by John G Garratt
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars An old soldier, getting older, 14 July 2014
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In it's day this was a sublime labour of love, yet - while it is still a major reference work, particularly to minor players, and the older worlds of toy and model soldier collecting - it's now becoming very dated, and its cracks are beginning to show, which is why I've given it only three stars.

Garratt's relative hatred and/or dismissal of most plastic and a fair few war-gaming figure companies was always known, but his reporting of most modern production is actually full of errors.

Some of the inaccuracy is down to the fact that so much more is known now than when he wrote this (late 1970's), but as one reads one can also see how he draws inaccurate conclusions, invents companies, duplicates companies under two entries or appears to cross-reference memories (of conversations?) to render the entries completely at odds with the facts, or leaving them bearing each-others truths, and its not just in plastics or with war games figures; he does it with composition, the then 'new toy soldier' producers, French and US makers, kit manufacturers &etc...

Having said all that, it's still the first port of call for many a new 'name' when researching, I look upon the book as an old friend (this is my second copy), and if you are a serious collector of toy soldiers, model figures or toys in general, you should have this book and keep it prominent on your shelves - for all its faults.


Collectible Toy Soldiers (The Collectible Series)
Collectible Toy Soldiers (The Collectible Series)
by Dominique Pascal
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Pictures, 1 April 2014
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A coffee-table book needs lots of good illustrations, this has them. It is therefore; a nice coffee-table book...don't expect chapter and verse on Toy Soldiers though!


War Games and Their History
War Games and Their History
by Christopher George Lewin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force, 1 April 2014
Superbly researched, superbly Illustrated and written with a deep knowledge of the subject and a love for it. Occasionally getting a little bogged-down in the minutiae of game-play mechanics (as an enthusiast would) for the casual reader maybe, but for anyone interested in games or board-games, anyone interested in War-gaming or Military toys any student of social history &etc...a vital read and one you should have on your shelf, as you will dip into it again and again.


Plastic Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s: The Collector's Guide
Plastic Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s: The Collector's Guide
by Andrew Ralston
Edition: Paperback

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could Do Better, 8 Mar. 2010
To be fair to the author, he not only doesn't claim it's a comprehensive guide, he goes out of his way to state it's not! However, it rapidly becomes clear that the author only really likes medium scale, realistic-to-prototype family saloons, coupes and such-like. Oh, he doesn't like ethylene either, so that's half the book's scope gone before you start.

Format is a bit of introductory blurb to each section (Country by country), thumbnail scetches of a few companies, then lots of pictures, but with three or 4 photo's per page, there's a lot of blank paper. What is present is nice, don't get me wrong, it's what's missing that's the problem.

There are few small-scale (except when he visits Europe, when he pays lip-service to Ingap and gives Wiking a bit of coverage). I think there were only two military vehicles in the whole book! Commercials are in the minority, there's no construction stuff, in the American section he's failed to cover more makes than he has named. Britain likewise; no Kleeware, Poplar/Thomas/Taffy - not mentioned, Tudor Rose fair better but Beeju get a catalogue cover and one twisted bus? Raphael Lipkin get a 'whole line' to themselves, actually they get an Antar in civilian colours on page 24, but he hasn't looked underneath!

The disappointments are legion, but...The section on France is strangely very informative and quite comprehensive, I guess he perticularly likes the French products?.

This is a very well illustrated book on a narrow subject, not reflected in the title. The author is clearly a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable collector, but this book seems to have been rushed out 4 or 5 years before it should have been, and the gaps show. Wait until you can get a second-hand copy or get 'Dimestore Dreams' for the American story, and wait for something better.


Collecting Toy Airplanes: An Identification and Value Guide
Collecting Toy Airplanes: An Identification and Value Guide
by Ron Smith
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars OK for what it is, 7 Mar. 2010
This is clearly one mans collection, listed, with - mostly Black and White - illustrations of each item. I bought mine for a couple of quid, and don't regret it, it will provide a fraction of use to the referance library, but if you are serious about Toy/Model aircraft, stick with the Web, or Mike and Sue Richardson.


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