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Editorial

Another bumper issue, with contributions from regulars such a Bill Anderson and Norman Joplin, as well as numerous show reports. Bill turns his attention in this issue to Italian colonial adventures in East Africa, focussing on toy soldiers made in Great Britain. This conflict inspired many other makers. We plan a follow-up focussing on manufacturers from other countries. Norman shares some fascinating material about the earliest ever public toy soldier auction. The latter was held back in 1968, almost 60 years ago and heralded an explosion of interest in collecting toy and model soldiers which continues to evolve. With many specialist companies offering toy soldiers for sale in regular auctions all over the world, as well as the treasure trove opened up by eBay, etc, it has never been easier to find and acquire the figures we all love so much. Our latest show reports focus on events here in the USA as well as in Europe. The latter confirm that the hobby is thriving on both sides of the Atlantic. Gisbert
Freber concludes his discussion of early American toys, made with German designed slate moulds. Finally, your editor chips in with a report on a visit to the marvellous Miniature World, in Victoria, British Columbia together with a follow-up piece to his article on Renwal military vehicles and equipment published a few years ago, featuring a model of the Pershing IA Cruise missile.

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