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Set 16504

German Armoured Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 16 figures
Poses 16 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 20 mm (= 1.44 m)


The world is awash with sets of World War II Germans, with more than a few being produced by Preiser, but this set is a little different in that it appears in two forms. In the first form it is this set of multi-part hard plastic figures from Preiser, and in the second it is a traditional soft plastic set from Revell. All the poses are identical, so for a discussion of the poses and accuracy you should refer to the review of the Revell set.

As we have said, these figures are mostly made up of several parts. While this often allows considerable variation in possible poses, these poses are clearly pre-ordained so the components fit together in such a way as to make switching them quite difficult. The set also contains a small selection of extra pieces of kit, including several items of headwear clearly designed for figures with a flat head. Since there are none in this set we can only suppose that these were originally designed for another Preiser product. While you might not need to use any of these items for these figures, they are always a welcome addition to the spares box, although they are of course HO scale.

The sculpting is on a par with the Revell set, although the multi-part element means all the ugly extra plastic that was found in the Revell set is not present here, so the overall impression is better. As they are in HO (1/87th) scale their appeal will be limited for some, and they are not the finest set Preiser have ever produced, but with no accuracy problems and some very interesting poses this is a set with plenty of merit.


Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 9
Sculpting 9
Mould 9

Further Reading
"Blitzkrieg" - Concord (Fighting Men series No.6001) - Gordon Rottman - 9789623616010
"German Combat Equipments 1939-45" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.234) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850459524
"German Infantryman (1) 1933-40" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.59) - David Westwood - 9781841764627
"German Infantryman (2) Eastern Front 1941-43" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.76) - David Westwood - 9781841766119
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.311) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855326392
"The German Army 1939-45 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.326) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855327955

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