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Fujimi

Set 76025

German Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released Unknown
Contents 10 figures
Poses 10 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Green, Grey
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)

Review

The small range of World War II figures from Fujimi are old and generally leave much to be desired. As well as the rather bizarre German Infantry with Gasmasks, they produced this set of ordinary infantry. Sadly this set is both confused as to its subject matter and very poorly done by modern standards.

The majority of the figures have separate arms, and all have separate weapons, so the poses we have shown can be varied somewhat. Half the poses are prone, which is not a problem but is an unusually high percentage, but most of the poses as moulded are fairly awkward and nothing special.

In terms of accuracy this set is as confused as the box art. The men wear early war uniforms much as depicted on the box, yet have been given some late war weapons. Leaving that contradiction aside the uniforms are reasonably accurately done, as are the weapons, which include rifles, machine guns, assault rifles and a Panzerfaust, but lack a lot of detail.

What really lets many Fujimi products down is the quality of the sculpting. When these figures were made they cannot have been particularly impressive, but by today’s standards they are dreadful. The separate arms fit very poorly and imprecisely on the shoulders, and detail tends to come and go in places. General anatomy is quite poor, with several men being hunchbacks or having limbs of considerably different lengths. Faces are minimal, as is detail in areas such as kit, although there is little of this on the figures anyway. Mould marks, the curse of early plastic figures, are much in evidence and seriously disfigure the men. In some cases these marks are on both the front and back of the figure, so there is no escape. As parts of a construction kit they are very poorly engineered, leaving gaps between parts and overlaps where arms are too thick for the receiving shoulder. Some of the helmet shapes are very strange, and...well you get the picture, and it is not a happy one. On our fairly modern issue there was a very great deal of flash, although earlier batches may have suffered less from this. Also we found some items such as some hands had failed to mould at all, which again may be a sign of a deteriorating mould.

Like all Fujimi figure sets, this one comes with an 'accessory' - in this case a mound of earth. There is absolutely nothing more you can say about this - it’s just a mound of earth. Not even a potentially defensible position like the bomb crater shown on the box - just a mound of earth.

The standing figures have been provided with separate bases, which are the standard Fujimi shape of long, thin and irregular. The array of separate weapons, while not going to win any awards, is rather better done than the men. Amazingly this product is still available, despite the huge choice of vastly superior soft and hard plastic alternatives from various companies. Their small size, 1/76 scale, makes them even less well matched with most figures on this site, and merely provides one more reason for having nothing to do with these very poor models.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 5
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 3
Mould 2

Further Reading
Books
"Blitzkrieg" - Concord (Fighting Men series No.6001) - Gordon Rottman - 9789623616010
"German Combat Equipments 1939-45" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.234) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850459524
"German Infantryman (1) 1933-40" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.59) - David Westwood - 9781841764627
"German Soldiers of World War II" - Histoire & Collections - Jean de Lagarde - 9782915239355
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.311) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855326392
"World War II Infantry" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Series No.2) - Laurent Mirouze - 9781872004150

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