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Mail Call - July 2022 Q&A

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Mail Call - July 2022 Q&A

We get lots of questions every month, here's some Q&A from July 2023: Q: Are there any plans in the works to resurrect the Battle of the Little Big Horn Teepees?A: There's no plans yet, but it is a project I'd like to do. Q: I've been looking to purchase some Tim Mee Toy products, but the ones in question are the color blue; I noticed that the only army men in this color are packaged with black-colored soldiers or with a tan helicopter. Is it possible that when production resumes, that 48-piece Blue Army Men packs can be sold...

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Mail Call - June 2022 Q&A

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Mail Call - June 2022 Q&A

We get lots of questions every month, so I thought a compilation of questions and answers might be good way to share some information and updates: Q: Hi, I'm sure you guys get tons of emails about this, but what happened to the Boley M60 tank and will it ever come back? I saw you made a newsletter for it, but I saw it's pretty old now.A: The original molds for the Boley M60 tank are not available. Making a new M60 tank toy is still a project I'd like to do, but can't provide a timeline yet. Folks can...

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Women in the Military: JoAnn Ortloff

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Women in the Military: JoAnn Ortloff

JoAnn Marie Ortloff, Fleet Master Chief, USN, Retired The Navy’s first female Numbered Fleet Command Master Chief when assigned to Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet, 2009-2012. The Navy’s first female U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa Fleet Master Chief, May 2012-April 2015. The most senior enlisted active-duty female in the Navy at the time of her retirement in 2015. Branch of Service: United States Navy Rate/Rank: Fleet Master Chief, USN, Retired Dates of Service: 1982 – 2015 Birthplace: Suffern, New York Current Residence: Bullhead City, Arizona Spouse: Rich Ortloff Photos courtesy of FLTCM JoAnn Ortloff: JoAnn Marie Ortloff, Fleet Master Chief,...

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Women in the Military: Loretto Perfectus Walsh

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Women in the Military: Loretto Perfectus Walsh

Chief Loretto Perfectus Walsh (1896-1925) First woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy First woman to serve as Chief Petty Officer Birth: April 22, 1896, in Olyphant, PA Death: August 17, 1925, in White Haven, PA Burial: St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Olyphant, PA Branch of Service: United States Naval Reserve (USNR) Rate/Rank: Chief Yeoman (F) Dates of Service: March 21, 1917 – August 7, 1919 Awards: World War I Victory Medal Occupation: Stenographer Spouse: Frederick Bowman Chief Loretto Perfectus Walsh, 1917 Early LifeThe daughter of James J. Walsh and Catherine Cummings Walsh, Loretto Perfectus Walsh was born on April 22, 1896,...

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BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #11

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BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #11

Here's a way overdue and exciting update on the BMC Toys Plastic Army Women project: It's been an incredibly hectic and productive couple of months since the last blog update. The plastic injection molds went through several rounds of testing and refinement and finally arrived at the factory in Scranton a couple of weeks ago. They were tested again for pre-production and after just a small adjustment to a couple of ejector pins have been happily molding the final production figures.  Here's one of the molds installed with water lines connected and a bin of the initial test factory shots:...

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