Well I’m having a big clear out this year and one of the first to be sorted are these 1/32 scale figures that I purchased as a kid when we arrived in the city (Melbourne) from the country in 1966. Before this the only way to get figures was from the cereal box and of course they were the worst ones. Funnily enough they were called OK’s and they had a set of cowboys in them, I can’t remember if there were any Indians, I don’t seem to have any in the old trunk. My sisters, all older than me had left the farm and gone to boarding school so I was left alone to consume these wretched OK’s. Well I might have been a tiny skinny kid at the age of eight years, but I’m sure Mum was surprised how I quickly I got through a bloody big packet in a week or so!! If she had taken time to check my twelve plump chooks (hens/fowl) the penny might have dropped!! The quality wasn’t too bad but I was a kid then in the early 60’s who couldn’t afford to be fussy. I have found two of the these fellows, I’m not sure if it shows but when one of my aunts gave me a ‘Boys Own’ kind of book with the cartoon of Rin Tin Tin I naturally had to paint them as US cavalry!! (there are some traces of navy and yellow on them if you can see that). It was going to be another three years before we owned a TV set, and wow was that bloody grand!
Now I have waffled on so much and used up my allocated space I’ll rush through! There are a few modern military guys that really blew me away when I was given them (around the same time as I was struggling with the bloody cereal problem) as a Christmas gift from the big old guy, (can we still call him Santa?) along with a Hornsby train set!! I think this was the first time I did a wee dance! No not a small dance like our Scottish friends would say but one that all kids do when beside themselves with delight and nearly wet themselves. I’m sure you have all witnessed one at some time or another or did one recently when you received some really fantastic models as a gift from family or friends. Of course this was done when no one was around!
Well enough said the rest are the ones I purchased in the city and I and a mate used to play with them endlessly, so much so that they were left out in all types of weather and so are pretty brittle now after fifty odd years. I’m sure if they were kept indoors they would still be in good nick!
Well I have given you all an earful so I’ll sign off until I post some of the old 1/72 guys next time.
Keep fit and thanks for checking out my sight as it’s much appreciated, I am trying to be reciprocal!!