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Airfix Kit Figures - Bren Gun Carrier & 6 pdr

Set 01309-7 and A01309

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The pickings from this set are a bit meagre, in more ways than one. First of all we get just two men to man the anti-tank gun - one holding a shell and one presumably doing everything else. These figures are also used in the 25 pdr Field Gun & Quad set, but new here are the second two. The first is, well, standing perfectly still and very straight, and looking very silly in the vehicle, while the second is driving the carrier even though he has no hands or legs. The key feature of these two is how small they are - both stand about 22 mm in height, and it's really hard to think of much useful employment for either.

All four figures are very rigid in pose, and just don't give the feel of men in battle, never mind men facing a German tank. The sculpting is quite poor too, with vague and unclear detail and a fair amount of flash. The two kneeling figures have pegs so they fit into separate bases, but these holes are much too large so the figures must be glued on, as must be done to the standing man. This diminutive figure, like all of them, seems to wear battledress, but his is the mirror image of what it should be, with the large map pocket on the right leg instead of the left, and the small field dressing pocket on the left instead of the right. All the figures have a really poor representation of the standard steel helmet, and lack even the basic items of kit, so a poor research job as well as poor sculpting.

It is hard to think of much you can do with these unsatisfactory figures - the first two have some possibilities, but the second virtually none. Another collection of figures that look their age.

Below are examples of how the completed kit was illustrated in Airfix catalogues.



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