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Set 7416

US SAM FIM-92 'Stinger'

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2014
Contents 4 figures
Poses 4 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Tan
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)


The FIM-92 'Stinger' was a standard surface-to-air missile weapon that was widely used by the US military through the 1980s and beyond, making it perfectly suitable for this 'late 80s / early 90s' themed set. The weapon itself is very nicely sculpted, and for the one apparently about to be launched the IFF antenna is a separate piece. Also the weapon is separate from the gunner, so the sight is well done and everything is really crisp without any excess plastic.

All the men are dressed alike, in that they all wear standard BDU with ALICE gear and PASGT body armour and helmets, which again has been properly done and is perfect for the period. The man not directly involved in the use of the weapon has a peaked fatigue cap which is also fine. Details are excellent, particularly on the kit, and it is pleasing to see that everyone wears or has eye protection, which is something often overlooked on figures from this era. The poses include the man firing (gunner), another finding targets (team chief) and a third carrying the weapon. The soldier just standing may seem surplus to requirements, but he is still a great figure, as are they all.

Three of the four figures require some assembly, but in general this is easy to do and certainly improves the natural poses. The figures are supplied with separate bases, as shown above, but as usual can also be grouped onto a single base with a marker for use in wargames as seen here. This is not a particularly likely scene in reality, but as a game piece it is of course fine. These are some lovely figures and a worthy addition to an unusual range.

Further Reading
"American Web Equipment 1967-1991" - Crowood (Europa Militaria Series No.37) - C Monroe - 9781847973153
"Inside the US Army" - Osprey (Elite Series No.20) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850458558
"Modern American Soldier" - Weidenfeld (Uniforms Illustrated Series No.16) - Arnold Meisner - 9780853687627
"Modern Military Uniforms" - Silverdale - Chris McNab - 9781856055345
"US Army Combat Equipments 1910-1988" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.205) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850458428

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