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Airfix

Set 1705

German Infantry

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1961
Contents 47 figures and 1 gun
Poses 18 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 21.5 mm (= 1.55 m)

Review

This set first appeared in 1961, and its age shows. These figures are much simplified representations of German infantry, and the detail is poor and ill defined. The faces are smooth featureless blobs except for a nose, and the hands lack fingers or any other sculpting. For some reason many have very narrow bases, making them easily downed on a rocky table, and there is flash galore. The range of poses is good, though again equipment is more symbolic than accurate. One figure seems to hold a Panzerfaust while another has a flamethrower. A third has some large weapon which would appear to be an anti-tank gun, perhaps the 28/20-mm 2.8-cm sPzB 41, but to be honest such precise identifications are pretty meaningless.

Of course these crude figures were always meant to be toys, and doubtless children everywhere cared little for such things. As the market grew, however, it was apparent that Airfix would have to completely retool the set if it were to compete, and the result was the birth of the type 2 set (see Type 2 set).

This set now lives quietly, long forgotten, in dark corners and attics, and in the collections of die-hard enthusiasts. One curious feature of this set is that it briefly included a prone man firing a rifle which was taken from the Airfix Japanese Infantry set, but done in grey plastic. This variant is most commonly to be found in the Beachhead playset.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 4
Pose Quality 4
Pose Number 9
Sculpting 2
Mould 3

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