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Set 8045

British 25 Pdr Gun

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 6 figures, 1 gun and one limber
Poses 6 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Tan
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)


This product, which greatly resembles a similar one from Tamiya in 1/35th scale, has been included on this figure site because the gun includes a good number of crewmen, and what is more crewmen which have yet to be made in soft plastic. The six figures are of British forces in the desert, and they are a pretty convincing set of poses, with many stripped to the waist. All the figures have separate arms and in some cases two part bodies, which allows much more realistic poses than usual. The poses, which are largely as shown on the box art, are actually interacting with the gun, which is not always the case with artillery figures.

As with many hard plastic figures of this vintage, these are not the greatest sculpting job as the detail is a bit vague in places. However the overall form is OK and the arms fit comfortably enough on the shoulders, although they don't seem quite as natural as figures sculpted in one piece. There was no flash on our example, but none of the figures come with bases, so a trip to the spares box will be necessary.

Since there is no soft plastic set of British desert artillery for World War II this set can fulfil a need. While it won't win any beauty awards it does the job well enough and is worth knowing about for any dioramas or wargames of the North African campaign.


Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 9
Sculpting 6
Mould 10

Further Reading
"Allied Artillery of World War Two" - Crowood - Ian Hogg - 9781861261656
"Desert Rat 1940-43" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.160) - Tim Moreman - 9781849085014
"Khaki Drill & Jungle Green" - Crowood - Martin Brayley - 9781847971098
"Montgomery's Desert Army" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.66) - John Wilkinson-Latham - 9780850452501
"The British Army 1939-45 (2) Middle East & Mediterranean" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.368) - Martin Brayley - 9781841762371
"Tropical Uniforms" - Wessex Military (British Soldier in the 20th Century Series No.6) - Mike Chappell - 9781870498050
"World War II Infantry" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Series No.2) - Laurent Mirouze - 9781872004150

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