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Atlantic

Set 115

Italian Bersaglieri

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1972
Contents Varying number of pieces
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Green
Average Height 20 mm (= 1.44 m)

Review

These figures are weedy, poorly sculpted and with a good deal of flash and mould marks. As a result they are instantly recognisable as Atlantic. In this case the figures are of the famous elite Italian Light Infantry, the Bersaglieri, with their trademark cockerel feathers on the right side of their helmets.

Apart from the helmet these men wear the battledress that varied little between all the NATO countries in the years after the Second World War. The two large ammunition pouches are authentic for this unit, but detail is poor and other features and weaponry are difficult to identify. The figures are quite well posed, though the grenade-thrower is completely unconvincing. Equally, the man with the mortar is not a good figure, and his weapon is a much simplified model of the real thing. However the heavy machine-gun is quite nicely modelled, though we were unable to identify it or decide if it is accurately depicted. Finally the motorcycle is an interesting touch, with the separate rider fitting quite well onto the saddle.

As the scans testify, these are not well made, though of course they are pretty old compared to most other figures. They are also true HO scale, so do not work well alongside figures from other manufacturers. Worth a casual glance, but not likely to hold your attention for long.

Ratings

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

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