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Revell

Set 02519

British Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1998
Contents 48 figures
Poses 12 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Very Dark Green, Light Tan
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)

Review

This was the second of the Revell modern series, and depicted the British Army as they appeared in the late 1990s. Though not actively engaged in a war at this time, numerous UN peace-keeping missions plus other operations meant these men were kept busy despite the end of the Cold War.

By the time this set was released, Revell had dropped their average number of poses in a box to 12, and those that are used here are reasonable. We were not too keen on the crawling man with the LAW 80 - something about his posture reminded us of the Atlantic moderns - but apart from that there were no particular gripes.

The men wear the CS95 clothing and the large medley of packs and pouches that is the 1990 pattern. This seems to have been accurately done, which is to be expected since it was current issue. The kneeling sniper has camouflage over his upper body and is a nice addition.

The weaponry is a good selection of the sort of kit available, and has also been accurately done. The rifles are the SA80, and a couple of the men are carrying or using the LSW (Light Support Weapon). One man has what seems to be the 51mm light mortar, which can be carried and handled by one man. Another is firing a heavier machine gun, the 7.62 GPMG, which comes on a tripod and includes the ammunition belt being fed from a box. In this model the operator is attempting to feed the belt himself, but in fact this would always be done by a second man, which this set lacks. Lastly there are two men with LAW (Light Anti-Armour Weapon). As well as the crawling man already mentioned, there is one standing ready to fire the weapon. We couldn't help feel that in real combat he would be much more likely to be at least kneeling rather than presenting such a good target himself, but perhaps he is behind cover (he certainly should be). All the weaponry is fairly well done so it can be easily identified, but some detail is missing. Finally the third figure on row three has a PRC-349 radio used for section level communications (which makes him a section signaller), while the second figure on row three has a PRC-351 radio used for battalion and company comms.

The quality of the sculpting is good and the figures well proportioned. There was no real flash, though originally these were made in a very dark green - almost black - which made them very difficult to see properly. Our biggest problem with this set was that the men average just 22mm tall (just over 1.5 metres at 1/72 scale), which is far too short for troops at the end of the twentieth century. Revell's moderns should be taller than anything else they have produced, but these figures are actually the shortest. Though they look OK by themselves, when placed next to figures from other sets they seem like teenage cadets, which is a great pity.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 8
Sculpting 8
Mould 9

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