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Set 5042

International Brigade Artillery

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 10 figures, 2 guns and 2 bunker parts
Poses 10 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Soft)
Colours Various
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)


With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, many in Europe and elsewhere saw it as a fight against the spread of Nazism and Fascism, and the republican Spanish government soon had many foreign volunteers asking to join their fight. The motives for these men were varied, but for the most part they intended to serve as infantry, which they did. Organised along standard lines into battalions, most of their artillery support was provided by the Spanish themselves, although there were a few guns manned by International Brigade members, mainly anti-tank guns.

Much of this set has been seen before, and none of it is likely to set the modelling world alight. The top row shows some artillerymen which seem to be original, at least to BUM if not to this set. They wear fairly typical clothing for the Civil War, but are really poorly sculpted with very indistinct detail. The poses themselves are OK but these are very ugly figures, and as they are made in the same weak plastic that others in the BUM range suffer from, they are easily damaged.

Next we find the gun for these men - the Schneider 70mm mle 08, a French mountain gun produced under licence. This is quite a nice model but much simplified.

The third and fourth rows show items previously made and released by LW as their Soviet 45mm Anti-Tank Gun 1932. Since these have already been reviewed we will not repeat our comments here. Like the Schneider this weapon did see service in the Spanish Civil War.

Finally we have two identical 'bunkers', or at least part thereof. This piece is very simple and quite crudely produced, with plenty of flash. It is a copy of one made by Marx in more than one scale, and is really no more than a toy. Since it hardly relates to the rest of the set, it would seem to be no more than filler, which is something many BUM sets contained. In similar vein, the set includes a number of paper posters for the period.

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