Another side to my hobby is collecting WW1 pilot figures in the 'Toy Soldier' style - see
I bought these 60mm figures of EBay recently the one on the left was labelled as Russian Pilot 1914 the one on the right was untitled - but is wearing a German 'Steelhelm' (!?) both have 1897 printed on their bases . I have been unable to trace them on the Internet , I was assuming that 1897 was a trade name ? so I will continue my investigations . I'm not sure of the practicalities of wearing a steel helmet whilst flying but its an unusual figure so I'm going to paint them up for my collection and will post the results when finished.