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Porter Figure Restored To Duty

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Back in the 1920s my grandfather operated Standard Gauge Lionel. Before he died more than 40 years ago, he passed on most of his equipment and accessories in that scale to me, and since then I have in turn given it to my sons. But today I was going through a storage tub and came across a figure of a battered baggage porter with more than fifty-percent paint loss. I thought, maybe it can spend some time at my Elmer Station just for nostalgia's sake.

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So on the workbench it went to have some touch-ups with the acrylic paint I keep on hand for when the grandkids visit. Using color clues from surviving paint the Porter got a light restoration. It seems to be made of a composite material on a wire armature. Perhaps someone is familiar with these figures.

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Now on a few occasions the baggage porter will be restored to duty.
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Hi Bill,
Good job with the restoration.
I would have said that this was made be Elastolin, but after a search on the internet, I 'think' that it might be one made by TRICO in Japan.
At least it appears to be the same as this eBay listing, assuming that the listing is correct.
From a book I have, (Collecting Toy Soldiers by Richard O'Brien) it describes the composite construction for the german manufacturers this way, and I would think that the Japanese way would be the same, or similar.
A multi-part accurately machined brass mold is prepared and a cereal-like mixture of wood flour, kaolin and animal glue is hand pressed into both halves. A skeleton is inserted of thin wire having been bent to the proper shape by hand. The molds are then joined, air-dried and then heated for a time, to cure the figures.
David Leech, Canada
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