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Set 83

Royal Fusiliers

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1975
Contents Varying number of pieces
Poses 11 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Brown, Green, Red and Blue
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)


Oh dear. Where do we begin. One look at the scans above should be enough to tell you all you need to know about this set. Whilst the choice of poses is reasonable it is hard to highlight any that have been well realised. Since the scans tell it all we won't bore you with the full list of criticisms. It is sufficient to say that these are very ungainly and pretty ugly figures, and are more comical than believable. The man at far left on the middle row is meant to be carrying the man next to him, but the result is, perhaps predictably, an absurd combination that looks as bad as any single figure in the group.

Clothing and equipment is more suggestive of British battledress than an accurate rendition. The skin-tight garments bear little resemblance to the real thing, and would be very uncomfortable if ever they had actually been worn in battle. Weaponry is chunky and poorly sculpted, and the men carry little or no kit. The shortcomings in the skill of the sculptor are made all the worse by some very odd design decisions. For example, most of the men carry a pistol in a holster - something the average British 'Tommy' would never expect to have been issued. The one officer figure is obvious thanks to the peaked cap, and it is precisely for this reason that he would not have actually worn it in battle (along with the clear advantages of the protective steel helmet).

Some Atlantic characteristics are also present, such as the mould marks that disfigure many of the men, but others such as the Atlantic tendency to produce very skinny figures are happily absent as these are quite well proportioned. On some examples the plastic has not fully filled the mould, as can be seen above in the second row, but generally we have not seen much flash on any of this set.

Some of the Atlantic World War II sets were quite good efforts and others were very poor indeed, and there is no doubt that this one is much nearer the bottom of the scale than the top. There is little concern for actual appearance, and certainly some of the most awkward and unconvincing poses ever rendered in plastic, so while there were precious few sets of British infantry around when this old set first appeared, and they were only a toy after all, these days there are many far superior alternatives for the modeller or gamer.


Historical Accuracy 4
Pose Quality 3
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 3
Mould 5

Further Reading
"British Battledress 1937-61" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.112) - Brian Jewell - 9780850453874
"British Infantry Equipments (2) 1908-2000" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.108) - Mike Chappell - 9781855328396
"British Infantry Uniforms Since 1660" - Blandford - Michael Barthorp - 9780713711271
"British Web Equipment of the Two World Wars" - Crowood (Europa Militaria Series No.32) - Martin Brayley - 9781861267436
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The British Army 1939-45 (1) North West Europe" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.354) - Martin Brayley - 9781841760520
"The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II" - Amber - Chris Bishop - 9781905704460
"The World War II Tommy" - Crowood - Martin Brayley & Richard Ingram - 9781861261908
"World War II Infantry" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Series No.2) - Laurent Mirouze - 9781872004150
"Militaria (English Language)" - No.19
"Military Illustrated" - No.95

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