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Atlantic

Set 118

Landing Craft Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1974
Contents Varying number of pieces
Poses 2 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Dark Green
Average Height 20 mm (= 1.44 m)

Review

The first two words of this set's title are correct - it does include landing craft. However there is no sign of infantry, and the titles in other languages are a better description, simply referring to 'equipment'. What you get here is one landing craft and one jeep-type vehicle per sprue, and as ever the number of sprues varies between the many different forms of packaging Atlantic used.

As with most of the Export series, the box illustration bears little relation to the look of its contents. The landing craft is absolutely tiny at about 5 scale metres in length. The one and only crewman (there is not room for any more) sits at the back with a machine gun in front of him. This weapon has only one purpose - to shoot the backs of anyone who is unfortunate enough to be in the craft at the time. Place a figure in the boat and the muzzle of the gun lines up with their chest. Since the man is not below the gun it could not be used for anti-aircraft duties, which really makes it rather pointless. The bow door hinges, but even this is less than the height of a man.

The vehicle is also more a toy than an authentic model. It too is very small, and does not look like any actual vehicle used by the Italian army. The one advantage of its diminutive size is that it fits in the boat, so long as the owner does not mind losing all the paintwork on both sides.

Two seated men come with the equipment, and they sit reasonably well in them, though their presence underlines the size problem. They both wear a naval-looking uniform which seems to include life-jackets, though the detail is not good.

There are very few parts for each construction, but because of the large amount of flash it takes longer to trim the pieces than it does to assemble them. These are clearly more toys than military models, and are not much use to anyone. If they are placed alongside a standard 1/72 scale figure then they seem even more ridiculous, so all told this is a set of poor figures and very poor equipment.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 1
Pose Quality 1
Pose Number 1
Sculpting 3
Mould 2

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