Monday, 22 January 2018

When I were a lad.... Fort Leko

We found this when digging out the cupboard in the top of the house. I must have been given it for Christmas or a birthday when I was maybe 6 or 7? Over half a century ago!

I can remember many an assault on its solid ramparts by a mixture of Timpo and Britains soldiers. More recently, i.e. when I was perhaps 11, I recall laying the walls flat and using the raised bases as a breastwork in early Airfix ACW or WW2 (or both combined) games with my mate Jeff Wood. Its remarkable that this fort has survived five decades, several moves and a house clearance when my mum passed away without being skipped. Mind you, being retired I might finally get to feel the joy that hundreds of Apache braves, Mexican bandidos, unrepentant Confederates, Nazis and the odd alien never had by consigning it to the flames. 

10 comments:

  1. Oh Colin this has to be one of my favourite posts that I’ve read for ages! So many of my own memories came flooding back with seeing that first image. We Wargamers of a certain vintage have so much in common no matter where we live in the world. Now where’s that old Airfix Roman fort of mine...

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  2. Super find. Alas all my toys did not survive five nephews, but I still have the memories also, nicely jogged by your post.

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  3. The Airifx Roman fort was a favourite of mine. We even made an assault tower out of lolly pop sticks from an article in Airfix magazine, complete with toilet paper hide coverings. Sadly this scratch built tower did not last long as we discovered that a magnifying glass could set light with the covering with consummate ease in 1976!

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  4. Don’t bin it Colin, sell it, it must have value to toy collectors.

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  5. Off to EBay with you and get yourself some Timpo!
    Just some now, a few, not too much!

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  7. Splendid find........the old stuff is great. You definately need to get it into a game 😀

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  8. I used similar toy forts and WIld west buildings, dating back to the early seventies, in a large convention game last year: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.be/search/label/Crisis2016

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    1. Phil I remember seeing the Game you pit on.

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