Several of the Atlantic Modern range of figures came with small vehicles or other accessories, and in many cases these were too small for the scale of the figures. In this set however there is an impressively large anti-aircraft missile launcher, bristling with missiles and looking very menacing.
The launcher itself is pretty large - about twice the height of a man - and is a towable device with a radar on top and two missiles on either side. It resembles the British Rapier system in some ways, or at least a combination of the ordnance and guidance components of that system. However what system it is meant to represent is unknown, and it may well be simply a generic model rather than a historically accurate one. It is quite a complex model with many parts, and the brief instructions on the box fall well short of giving clear guidance on how it is put together. We ended up with a spare part when we built ours, a part which neither featured on the diagram nor had any apparent place on the finished piece. Authentic or not, however, it is quite a pleasing model that certainly looks anti-aircraft-like!
The crew are the standard selection of poses that many Atlantic Modern sets provide, and indeed some are also to be found in other sets. Two of the men appear to be carrying one of the missiles, which as can be seen from the scan are considerably bigger than a man and look far too big and heavy for two men to lift. Waving signal flags seems a very old-fashioned method of communication given the technology of the launcher, and we were unclear as to the purpose of the range-finder in this anti-aircraft role!
The launcher fits together quite well, though as with the men there is a lot of flash to be removed first. The men are thin and poorly sculpted, and their uniform, though simple enough, does not seem realistic. The cartoon-like drawing on the front of some boxes of this set show much better dressed crew, and a launcher that looks very much like the Rapier, but as is so often the case, the contents of the box are completely different to its artwork. We can't claim to know anything about Italian anti-aircraft systems in the 1960s and 70s, but there is a strong suspicion that this set, though admittedly sold as a toy originally, bears little relation to reality. An interesting product, but not one that is likely to find much favour amongst modellers today.