Thats all very sound-advice chaps well done... just pulled my Ski Patrol out of his box & sure enough Alan Hall had done his cross stretch on my Skis...If yours are like this they can be easily repaired & made to look like new again.
In my case (I play Guitar) I have long fingernails.. (just ask the wife then) use your nails to gently prise the springs back together into shape.. only do about 5mm each time & repeat this along the stretched part of the spring. I was surprised how malleable they are.
Also, these 1st issue Skis are so well made & designed, even have the snow grooves underneath & the little tips on the top... mine are marked Hasbro Japan.. (maybe GI Joe ?)
If you place your Skis in a display box like I do, you make wish to wrap the bindings in a small piece of clear cello, thus preventing any metal stain from creeping into your lovely white snow suit.
ps. Be CAREFUL with those Ski Pole sticks... they are so delicate & fragile, I can hardly bear to touch them fearing they may snap... how any of these survived childplay defeats me.
And whilst I'm on this subject, been meaning to post the following for as long as I can remember.
This is my Mountain & Arctic fella -
I picked him up fairly early in my collecting, and he came in the same format as the Para Regt card I posted in the thread 'Parachute Regiment Card - what one?', as in still sealed on its original backing card but with the outer surrounding packaging removed, and not long after I decarded it to put on a figure (I didn't know better in those days). The Skis shown are not the ones it came with, they were quite badly yellowed and I still (even after all this time) haven't got around to replacing them (they had the small metal spring loops on them, the ones shown are the ones that require elastic bands and are incorrect for this set). My point is regarding the Ski Poles. These are the ones that I removed from the card with the rest of the outfit, but I have never seen another Mountain & Arctic set with poles that have painted tips and handles? In the beginning I thought that they were first issue Ski Patrol poles, but the tips are too big, and seem to match the other non-painted Mountain & Arctic types -
Anyone else have this type of Ski Pole with their Mountain & Arctic set?
AL1 - The binos weren't on the card, I added them.