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8815 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment At the ready Painted
8815 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment At the ready Painted

£34.95


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8817 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment Kneeling At the ready Painted
8817 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment Kneeling At the ready Painted

£34.95


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8814 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment Standing Firing Painted
8814 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment Standing Firing Painted

£34.95


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8816 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment Kneeling Firing Painted
8816 Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment Kneeling Firing Painted

£34.95


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Old Toy Soldier Magazine 2020 Volume 43 Number 4 - Cumulative Indices 2010-2019
Old Toy Soldier Magazine 2020 Volume 43 Number 4 - Cumulative Indices 2010-2019

£9.95


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M54 65 Joachim-Napoleon Murat Mounted in Polish uniform Painted
M54 65 Joachim-Napoleon Murat Mounted in Polish uniform Painted

£23.45


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M54 65 Joachim-Napoleon Murat Mounted in Polish uniform Kit
M54 65 Joachim-Napoleon Murat Mounted in Polish uniform Kit

£23.45


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251 Toy Soldiers Set General Nathaniel Greene Painted
251 Toy Soldiers Set General Nathaniel Greene Painted

£24.95


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ToL 061 - Officer The 95th Rifle Regiment Painted
ToL 061 - Officer The 95th Rifle Regiment Painted

£26.95


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H010 - Dismounted Dragoon - Unpainted
H010 - Dismounted Dragoon - Unpainted

£19.50


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H003 - Model Soldier - Unpainted
H003 - Model Soldier - Unpainted

£19.50


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H001A - Model Soldier - Unpainted
H001A - Model Soldier - Unpainted

£19.50


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H004 - Model Soldier - Unpainted
H004 - Model Soldier - Unpainted

£19.50


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H002 - Model Soldier - Unpainted
H002 - Model Soldier - Unpainted

£19.50


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H001 - Model Soldier - Unpainted
H001 - Model Soldier - Unpainted

£19.50


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REAL MODELS - 02 - Gentleman Kit
REAL MODELS - 02 - Gentleman Kit

£39.50


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REAL MODELS - 01 - Germanic Warrior 3rd c AD Kit
REAL MODELS - 01 - Germanic Warrior 3rd c AD Kit

£39.50


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R20 - British Brigadier-General, dozing, complete set - Painted
R20 - British Brigadier-General, dozing, complete set - Painted

£69.50


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MK-004 Knight templar Painted
MK-004 Knight templar Painted

£47.25


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MK-003 Knight Norman Painted
MK-003 Knight Norman Painted

£47.25


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MK-002 Teutonic knight Painted
MK-002 Teutonic knight Painted

£47.25


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MK-001-TA Knight hospitaller Painted
MK-001-TA Knight hospitaller Painted

£47.25


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MK-001-HO Knight hospitaller Painted
MK-001-HO Knight hospitaller Painted

£47.25


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T54 098 IDF Soldier on Security Duties. - The Israel Defense Forces, Painted
T54 098 IDF Soldier on Security Duties. - The Israel Defense Forces, Painted

£46.25


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T54 098 IDF Soldier on Security Duties. - The Israel Defense Forces Kit
T54 098 IDF Soldier on Security Duties. - The Israel Defense Forces Kit

£12.45


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Tradition of London

830 Toy Soldier Set The
Minerva Armoured Car with
three Crew assembled,
unpainted

£145.95

Assembled unpainted


SKU: Toy-Assembled, Unpainted-830

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830 Toy Soldier Set The Minerva Armoured Car with three Crew assembled, unpainted

Belgian Army WW1

1914: THE WAR ON WHEELS

Tradition are proud to announce the release of a piece of automotive history: The Minerva Armoured Car

This all-metal model, complete with colourful crew, depicts one of the first generation of armoured vehicles to see action in World War One.

Even in the early 20th century, with its emphasis on standardisation, the officer classes of the Great Powers remained responsible for many articles of their personal equipment. Swords, pistols and binoculars were a matter of personal preference, as was the trusty stead to carry them forward. While still the preserve of the wealthy in 1914, the growing popularity of motoring meant a number of officers could choose to take both horse and horsepower to war.

Powerful luxury vehicles, such as the Rolls Royce and Lanchester, found their way to France with the well-heeled British officers of the BEF, while their French and Belgian counterparts soon discovered their immaculate garages to be within easy drive of the action. The rapid advance of the German armies through Belgium, and the subsequent ‘Race to the Sea’, created the ideal war of movement for wheel vehicles, far removed from the static trench struggle that followed.

Being at the sharp end of the Schlieffen Plan, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Belgians were the first to mobilise their automobiles for armoured warfare. In August 1914, with the conflict less than one month old, Lieutenant Charles Henkart placed his own vehicles at the Belgian Army’s disposal. They were taken to the works of Cockerill & Co. in Hoboken, and rapidly fitted with improvised open-topped armoured bodies, before being let loose on the advancing Germans.

Though the majority of subsequent Belgian armoured cars would use Minerva’s sturdy chassis, recent research suggests that these first prototypes were based around a German-built Opel and a Belgian-made Pipe. The metalled roads and flat terrain of the Low Countries were ideal operating conditions for armoured cars to employ speed and surprise. Raiding and skirmishing behind enemy lines, like mechanised cavalry, the daring exploits of Henkart and his aristocratic comrades soon attracted the attention of the Germany Army command.

On the 5-6th September 1914, some 450 German cavalry set an ambush for the armoured motorcade, and after a fierce two-hour battle, Henkart was killed and his command destroyed. In keeping with the elite nature of military motoring, the roll call of the dead read like a guest list for a society ball, including a count, a baron, and Prince Henri Louis Baudiuin de Ligne, who was fatally wounded.

 

Despite the untimely loss of Henkart, the armoured cars he pioneered would become a permanent fixture in the Belgian Army, seeing service as far afield as Russian. The official pattern was quickly standardised around the powerful 16CV chassis of a Minerva tourer. Founded in 1897 by the young Dutchman, Sylvain de Jong, the firm of Minerva began life manufacturing bicycles and motorcycles, before expanding into automobiles in 1902. The cars’ performance and build quality soon ranked them as one of the most luxurious marques available, being sold to the discerning British motorist through the dealership of a certain Charles S. Rolls.

The naming of de Jong’s company would prove prophetic, as Minerva was the Roman Goddess of both wisdom and strategic warfare. Together with the products of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, these powerful playthings of the elite were to become the first aristocrats of the armoured era.

Around 30 Minerva armoured cars were constructed before the Belgian factory was lost in the fall of Antwerp on 9th October 1914. Unlike their British counterparts, (with their fully enclosed Admiralty-pattern bodies and rotating turrets), the Minerva’s crew were left crucially exposed. A simple open-topped ‘bath tub’ configuration was adopted, both for ease of production and to provide a rigid structure. Having no doors, the crews were obliged to clamber ‘over the top’, and duck down to avoid incoming fire. The lockers on the sides and running boards made for convenient mounting blocks, but baling out under fire was a hazardous undertaking.

The cars were armoured with 4mm plates, and armed with an air-cooled 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun, fitted with a shield to provide some protection for the gunners. With no shortage of eager volunteers, the cars would have resembled small personnel carriers, with bulging crews as big as six when sharpshooters were on board. Off-road performance remained limited, despite the double wheels fitted to the rear axles to spread the load.

The cars were revised in 1916 to have armoured tops and turrets, but by then war of movement was long gone, and the baton of armoured warfare had passed to an even greater innovation: the tank.

Modelled by Andrew Stadden, the masters for this mighty Minerva were created with a combination of traditional figure sculpting and 3D printed components, generated from a custom computer model. A blend of precision and artistry, it is a striking record of the war where the internal combustion engine came of age.

 

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London

In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.

Tradition of London

830 Toy Soldier Set The Minerva Armoured Car with three Crew assembled, unpainted

£145.95

Assembled unpainted


SKU: Toy-Assembled, Unpainted-830

Viewed 764 times

Shop Location: C-16-6


Description

830 Toy Soldier Set The Minerva Armoured Car with three Crew assembled, unpainted

Belgian Army WW1

1914: THE WAR ON WHEELS

Tradition are proud to announce the release of a piece of automotive history: The Minerva Armoured Car

This all-metal model, complete with colourful crew, depicts one of the first generation of armoured vehicles to see action in World War One.

Even in the early 20th century, with its emphasis on standardisation, the officer classes of the Great Powers remained responsible for many articles of their personal equipment. Swords, pistols and binoculars were a matter of personal preference, as was the trusty stead to carry them forward. While still the preserve of the wealthy in 1914, the growing popularity of motoring meant a number of officers could choose to take both horse and horsepower to war.

Powerful luxury vehicles, such as the Rolls Royce and Lanchester, found their way to France with the well-heeled British officers of the BEF, while their French and Belgian counterparts soon discovered their immaculate garages to be within easy drive of the action. The rapid advance of the German armies through Belgium, and the subsequent ‘Race to the Sea’, created the ideal war of movement for wheel vehicles, far removed from the static trench struggle that followed.

Being at the sharp end of the Schlieffen Plan, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Belgians were the first to mobilise their automobiles for armoured warfare. In August 1914, with the conflict less than one month old, Lieutenant Charles Henkart placed his own vehicles at the Belgian Army’s disposal. They were taken to the works of Cockerill & Co. in Hoboken, and rapidly fitted with improvised open-topped armoured bodies, before being let loose on the advancing Germans.

Though the majority of subsequent Belgian armoured cars would use Minerva’s sturdy chassis, recent research suggests that these first prototypes were based around a German-built Opel and a Belgian-made Pipe. The metalled roads and flat terrain of the Low Countries were ideal operating conditions for armoured cars to employ speed and surprise. Raiding and skirmishing behind enemy lines, like mechanised cavalry, the daring exploits of Henkart and his aristocratic comrades soon attracted the attention of the Germany Army command.

On the 5-6th September 1914, some 450 German cavalry set an ambush for the armoured motorcade, and after a fierce two-hour battle, Henkart was killed and his command destroyed. In keeping with the elite nature of military motoring, the roll call of the dead read like a guest list for a society ball, including a count, a baron, and Prince Henri Louis Baudiuin de Ligne, who was fatally wounded.

 

Despite the untimely loss of Henkart, the armoured cars he pioneered would become a permanent fixture in the Belgian Army, seeing service as far afield as Russian. The official pattern was quickly standardised around the powerful 16CV chassis of a Minerva tourer. Founded in 1897 by the young Dutchman, Sylvain de Jong, the firm of Minerva began life manufacturing bicycles and motorcycles, before expanding into automobiles in 1902. The cars’ performance and build quality soon ranked them as one of the most luxurious marques available, being sold to the discerning British motorist through the dealership of a certain Charles S. Rolls.

The naming of de Jong’s company would prove prophetic, as Minerva was the Roman Goddess of both wisdom and strategic warfare. Together with the products of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, these powerful playthings of the elite were to become the first aristocrats of the armoured era.

Around 30 Minerva armoured cars were constructed before the Belgian factory was lost in the fall of Antwerp on 9th October 1914. Unlike their British counterparts, (with their fully enclosed Admiralty-pattern bodies and rotating turrets), the Minerva’s crew were left crucially exposed. A simple open-topped ‘bath tub’ configuration was adopted, both for ease of production and to provide a rigid structure. Having no doors, the crews were obliged to clamber ‘over the top’, and duck down to avoid incoming fire. The lockers on the sides and running boards made for convenient mounting blocks, but baling out under fire was a hazardous undertaking.

The cars were armoured with 4mm plates, and armed with an air-cooled 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun, fitted with a shield to provide some protection for the gunners. With no shortage of eager volunteers, the cars would have resembled small personnel carriers, with bulging crews as big as six when sharpshooters were on board. Off-road performance remained limited, despite the double wheels fitted to the rear axles to spread the load.

The cars were revised in 1916 to have armoured tops and turrets, but by then war of movement was long gone, and the baton of armoured warfare had passed to an even greater innovation: the tank.

Modelled by Andrew Stadden, the masters for this mighty Minerva were created with a combination of traditional figure sculpting and 3D printed components, generated from a custom computer model. A blend of precision and artistry, it is a striking record of the war where the internal combustion engine came of age.

 

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London

In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.

Tradition of London

830 Toy Soldier Set The Minerva Armoured Car with three Crew assembled, unpainted

£145.95

Assembled unpainted


SKU: Toy-Assembled, Unpainted-830

Viewed 764 times

Shop Location: C-16-6


Description

830 Toy Soldier Set The Minerva Armoured Car with three Crew assembled, unpainted

Belgian Army WW1

1914: THE WAR ON WHEELS

Tradition are proud to announce the release of a piece of automotive history: The Minerva Armoured Car

This all-metal model, complete with colourful crew, depicts one of the first generation of armoured vehicles to see action in World War One.

Even in the early 20th century, with its emphasis on standardisation, the officer classes of the Great Powers remained responsible for many articles of their personal equipment. Swords, pistols and binoculars were a matter of personal preference, as was the trusty stead to carry them forward. While still the preserve of the wealthy in 1914, the growing popularity of motoring meant a number of officers could choose to take both horse and horsepower to war.

Powerful luxury vehicles, such as the Rolls Royce and Lanchester, found their way to France with the well-heeled British officers of the BEF, while their French and Belgian counterparts soon discovered their immaculate garages to be within easy drive of the action. The rapid advance of the German armies through Belgium, and the subsequent ‘Race to the Sea’, created the ideal war of movement for wheel vehicles, far removed from the static trench struggle that followed.

Being at the sharp end of the Schlieffen Plan, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Belgians were the first to mobilise their automobiles for armoured warfare. In August 1914, with the conflict less than one month old, Lieutenant Charles Henkart placed his own vehicles at the Belgian Army’s disposal. They were taken to the works of Cockerill & Co. in Hoboken, and rapidly fitted with improvised open-topped armoured bodies, before being let loose on the advancing Germans.

Though the majority of subsequent Belgian armoured cars would use Minerva’s sturdy chassis, recent research suggests that these first prototypes were based around a German-built Opel and a Belgian-made Pipe. The metalled roads and flat terrain of the Low Countries were ideal operating conditions for armoured cars to employ speed and surprise. Raiding and skirmishing behind enemy lines, like mechanised cavalry, the daring exploits of Henkart and his aristocratic comrades soon attracted the attention of the Germany Army command.

On the 5-6th September 1914, some 450 German cavalry set an ambush for the armoured motorcade, and after a fierce two-hour battle, Henkart was killed and his command destroyed. In keeping with the elite nature of military motoring, the roll call of the dead read like a guest list for a society ball, including a count, a baron, and Prince Henri Louis Baudiuin de Ligne, who was fatally wounded.

 

Despite the untimely loss of Henkart, the armoured cars he pioneered would become a permanent fixture in the Belgian Army, seeing service as far afield as Russian. The official pattern was quickly standardised around the powerful 16CV chassis of a Minerva tourer. Founded in 1897 by the young Dutchman, Sylvain de Jong, the firm of Minerva began life manufacturing bicycles and motorcycles, before expanding into automobiles in 1902. The cars’ performance and build quality soon ranked them as one of the most luxurious marques available, being sold to the discerning British motorist through the dealership of a certain Charles S. Rolls.

The naming of de Jong’s company would prove prophetic, as Minerva was the Roman Goddess of both wisdom and strategic warfare. Together with the products of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, these powerful playthings of the elite were to become the first aristocrats of the armoured era.

Around 30 Minerva armoured cars were constructed before the Belgian factory was lost in the fall of Antwerp on 9th October 1914. Unlike their British counterparts, (with their fully enclosed Admiralty-pattern bodies and rotating turrets), the Minerva’s crew were left crucially exposed. A simple open-topped ‘bath tub’ configuration was adopted, both for ease of production and to provide a rigid structure. Having no doors, the crews were obliged to clamber ‘over the top’, and duck down to avoid incoming fire. The lockers on the sides and running boards made for convenient mounting blocks, but baling out under fire was a hazardous undertaking.

The cars were armoured with 4mm plates, and armed with an air-cooled 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun, fitted with a shield to provide some protection for the gunners. With no shortage of eager volunteers, the cars would have resembled small personnel carriers, with bulging crews as big as six when sharpshooters were on board. Off-road performance remained limited, despite the double wheels fitted to the rear axles to spread the load.

The cars were revised in 1916 to have armoured tops and turrets, but by then war of movement was long gone, and the baton of armoured warfare had passed to an even greater innovation: the tank.

Modelled by Andrew Stadden, the masters for this mighty Minerva were created with a combination of traditional figure sculpting and 3D printed components, generated from a custom computer model. A blend of precision and artistry, it is a striking record of the war where the internal combustion engine came of age.

 

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London

In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.

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‘The Signing of the Armistice’

The Signing of the Armistice

Marking the final centenary year of the First World War, Tradition of London is proud to present
Depicting the momentous event that took place in the Forest of Compiègne on the 11 th  November 1918, the set includes all six signatories of the famous armistice that ushered in a ceasefire at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. 


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The British Army Napoleonic War 1803-1815
In our 54mm Model Soldier Series
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