Military toys, gone but not forgotten.

#1
I came across this by accident this morning and it got me all sentimantal.
http://www.stuffwelove.co.uk/superflightdeck.htm
I used to have one and played with it more than any toy I had before or since. In this day and age of political correctness where Action Man no longer fights nazis and the only decent toy tanks are based on fantasy, I realise that kids are missing out on decent military toys such as the Dinky Toy Chieften tank.
http://www.die-cast-toys.com/dinkymilitary.html

Can anyone else suggest any childhood military nostalgia on this snowy Monday morning?
 
#2
I don't remember Flight Deck but I do remember something similar that one of my mates had, which had a Westland Wessex that you were meant to land on a helipad. Anyone remember what that one was called ?.
 
#3
I had something like that. A helicopter which really flew (albeit on the end of a long rod) under its own power. It wasn't a Wessex but the idea was used by several different flying toys.
 
#4
Great little link - I had the JU 87 at the top of the dinky page in 1972 - hours of fun in the Dinky section thanx!
 
#5
I had the MRCA (Tornado), Cheiften, Geman half track, 88mm Guandseveal others. Quality toys.
 
#6
I had a Centurion tank, the armoured car and the scout car. I had several of Britains artillery pices, including a 25pdr, RHA stylee gun and a Wombat. They all fired plastic shells, which, once lost could be replaced by matchsticks.

The toy I always wanted but never had, was called Johnny 7, not, as the name suggests, a re-usable condom, but a weapons system described as a 'one man army' (TCH's dream). It fired grenades, AT rocket, and the handgrip/trigger was actually a detachable pistol. A mate of mine had one and I was inordinately jealous of him.

Pic found:
 
#8
Action Man's Training Tower.

I came downstairs on 25th May 1978 to find one fully assembled in the front room and had the best birthday ever.

Enough said.

 
#9
Zofo said:
Great little link - I had the JU 87 at the top of the dinky page in 1972 - hours of fun in the Dinky section thanx!
Mine had a metal bomb that took a cap for that authentic ghetto shattering bang. Sweet! :D
 
#11
handy little link that one I had the Tank Transporter and ,I think it was a centurian cos my old fellah was in a RASC tank transporter Sqn. thats the first time I have seen a Saracen in any scale, might have to put me hand in me pocket and send off for one( Ex RCT Mesen 8) ), I dont suppose any one knows where I can get hold of a Humber 1 ton(Known to all and sundry as The Pig ),not the real thing I hasten to add. 8O
Cheers
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#13
When the 'Colditz' TV series was running in the early 1970s, someone bought my little brother a German Colditz guard dressing up outfit, complete with plastic coal-scuttle helmet. Chr!st how the poor b@stard suffered as he was repeatedly jumped on from behind, garrotted or had his throat cut by me in my 'Commando' outfit. It all ended in blood and tears though when I hurled myself at him once too often, plastic dagger in hand, and he tw@tted me in the mouth with a cap-firing Luger pistol, necessitating 6 stitches and my extremely p1ssed off mother sitting in the local casualty department for four hours with me while waiting to be seen.
 
#14
ACRV-M1974-2A said:
Action Man CVRT - the ultimate fighting machine!!!
I had one of them, it was great until I decided to try and camo it up with some black paint I found in my parents shed, :(
Anyone remember when you bought an action man or accessory you got a couple of stars on the box which you would cut out and place in a coupon type book, depending on how many stars you saved you could get a free accessory pack etc.
 

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#15
ViroBono said:
The toy I always wanted but never had, was called Johnny 7, not, as the name suggests, a re-usable condom, but a weapons system described as a 'one man army' (TCH's dream). It fired grenades, AT rocket, and the handgrip/trigger was actually a detachable pistol. A mate of mine had one and I was inordinately jealous of him.

Corr! You, Mister V-B, are a star of the first order ! Gold star, milk monitor for the week guy :D

I thought this thing was just another hallucination of my long-gone childhood and , demme, you've found a pic !

I too always wanted one of these ( a very un-PC childhood... I can recall making pistols out of building blocks at Infant school...) but it was , like, £37/6d or some such pre-Decimal huge sum of money......dang!

Forcibly reminded of the Johnny Seven every time I see a pic of the M16/M203 combo so beloved of Hereford Hooligans and USF generally. Good to know I wasn't just making it up.....


( there, there y'old Goat...take it easy...one of these nice pink pills will see you right in no time....mutter,mumble...)

Lee Shaver
 
#16
stickybomb said:
Zofo said:
Great little link - I had the JU 87 at the top of the dinky page in 1972 - hours of fun in the Dinky section thanx!
Mine had a metal bomb that took a cap for that authentic ghetto shattering bang. Sweet! :D
I'm afraid I had to make do with going eeeeaaaarghhhh sssssssssssssssss baaaang!
 
#18
I was a great collector of airfix kits. Discovered to my total joy one day that if you send in the complaints slip claiming that part number 312(b) or somesuch was missing then you receive a very nice letter plus a complete kit back by return of post!

That set the scene for about four 'complaints' in the next two weeks. Unfortunately the sleuths at airfix smelt a rat (surprise) and on the last complaint (Red Baron's Fokker Triplane missing part 103 (Manfred's hat), I recieved by return of post.........part 103 (Manfred's hat). Ahh.....

This was particularly unfortunate because in my confidence I had toasted the original kit with matches to recreate a burnt out wreck to place in the No Mans Land of my trench warfare diorama.

Bugger...
 
#19
Ah yes.

Arguing among your mates who was going to pretend to be Union Jack Jackson, Sergeant Mac, or - best of all - Lord Peter Flint!! It goes without question that whatever the scenario it was always against a reluctant speccy-twat who had to pretend to be
a) sausage eating boxhead gestapo boy
b) slant eyed kamikaze son of Nippon.
and whose fate was invariably several dead legs and a nipple twist.

Oooh. Jumpers for goalposts.

But what do kids play with now? Perusing the shelves for suitable presents recently I was perlexed to find that Action 'Nazi-hunting commando para spy diver pilot' Man was now 'Skateboard Extreme', or 'eco-friendly (doesn't eat dolphins) poacher hunter' armed with a rocket skateboard or a big net.

For f~cks sake. My son will end up fancying other boys. I just know he will.
 
#20
Talking of kiddy toys, saw a bit of the 100 Greatest Cartoons last night. He- Man, a little after my time but loved the homo-erotic slant that they managed to put on it. Characters called Whip- Lash, Ram-man and Fisto. I think who-ever makes action man now would have used these mans if they weren't copyright. Action man is now about saving the environment and generally being a pinko.

Get back to the good old days when the height of toy technology was the little plastic bit to make his eyes move. Awsome.
 

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