Rather late in the year, I realised that I had missed out my plan of mentioning the 50th anniversary of 15mm scale and Peter Laing figures in the only dedicated online magazine to the 15mm scale The 15 Mill :
This eclectic free online magazine is edited and hosted by Martin Goddard, who runs Peter Pig 15mm figures.
Peter Pig are arguably now the heirs of Peter Laing, holding on in this scale against the current dominance of 28mm figures:
The 4th edition of The 15 Mill (back in November 2019) featured a fine selection of WW1 Peter Laing figures from the collection or blog of the ABC Gamers.
Here for November 2022 is my email turned article:
One of the three page ‘article’ out of our emails that Martin put together at high speed.
The original first 15mm and Peter Laing advert, Military Modelling November 1972
During the email conversations that became this late article, Ian M. Dury also offered for future publication some recent material about Laing’s collaborator and successor John Mitchell who took over the Peter Laing range and introduced resin tanks and terrain.
Here is the rest of my 15 Mill article:
Thanks to Martin Goddard for including this mention of the father of 15mm, Peter Laing.
He also included a link to the Peter Laing Figure Collectors MeWe Circle forum/ social media page set up by Ian M. Dury: https://mewe.com/join/peterlaingfigures
Blog Post Script
As mentioned at the start of the article, Martin wondered if Peter Laing were still alive. Ian Dury shared a Hereford phone number passed on to him by a Laing relative or acquaintance in 2012 that he had never got around to phoning. Martin phoned it. It was disconnected. The Laing trail goes cold again …
Peter Laing would be 96 by now, which places him firmly in the WW2 wartime generation, potentially as a serviceman in the final years of the War, certainly as a National Serviceman.
Anyway Happy Birthday 15mm scale, thanks to Martin for keeping it alive and here’s to Peter Laing, wherever you are!
Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN 12 November 2022