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Set 35006

U.S. Aerospace Ground Equipment Set

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1984
Contents 4 figures with various accessories
Poses 4 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24.5 mm (= 1.77 m)


The bulk of this set is taken up by the ground equipment that might be found on a US airbase.

Pictured on the box artwork, the major items are:

  • A/M32C-10 Air Conditioner
  • A/M32A-60A Generator
  • NF-2 Lighting Unit
  • TTU-228/E Hydraulic Test Stand
  • MC-1A High Pressure Compressor

In addition there is a fire extinguisher, tool wagon and chokes, but since we know nothing about any of these we will skip straight to the four figures that this set has to offer.

There is not a great deal of information on the fairly unglamorous ground crews that kept the US Air Force flying in the 1970s and 80s, but everything here looks fine. The crew all wear work clothes, likely to be of a denim material, with a shirt tucked into trousers and service shoes. Three of them wear ear-defenders for obvious reasons, and one wears glasses while another wears a baseball cap. One also wears a high-visibility waistcoat, and the colour of the waistcoat and cap helped define the role and team of the wearer, along with lettering on both. All this is perfectly authentic for the supposed period (i.e. contemporary with when the set was released).

All but the third figure have separate arms, giving them a nice realistic pose with arms held forward as shown. Presumably the intention is for them to be interacting with the equipment or the plane, and everything works well in our view. You can vary the angle of the arms if you have a particular piece of equipment in mind, but as generic technicians etc. these look fine. The third figure, which comes as a single piece, seems to be signalling to the pilot but looks OK to us too.

The sculpting is really nice, with excellent textures and detail that is just the right level of sharpness. Well proportioned, these figures look very good, with the separate arms fitting well with the body. There is almost no flash, though since no one has a base none stand except the crouching woman. As they are made in a hard plastic it would be very easy to glue them to a base if required. The one down side is a couple have a sink hole in the middle of their back - not enormous, but enough to look bad if not remedied prior to painting.

These are obviously meant to decorate a diorama of a US Air Force plane from somewhere around the early eighties, although given the number of pieces of equipment it seems to us that just four poses would not make a particularly good job of that. However the poses that are here are great, and each is really well done, so if such a scene is of interest then these figures would surely fit the bill.


Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 10
Mould 8

Further Reading
"Air Force Uniforms 1 (Canada & USA)" - Bellona (Encyclopaedia of Military Aviation Series) - Andrzej Galazka - 9788311085572

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