Part of my Christmas present from the family is this lovely £1 bag of plastic soldiers from a charity shop, popped in alongside Christmas presents as padding in a parcel.
Larger copies of familiar Airfix figures in two colours
Figures seen here in size order compared to the size of an original Airfix WW2 British Infantryman.
Again the slight size difference in the same bag of the same poses is interesting … two different factories? Two different mould tools?
These are HTI figures, made in China. Similar bags are still available in toy shops or online, including with the Airfix copy OOHO Centurion tanks.
How have sizes changed from the Airfix originals?
Defence cuts? I posted some comparison shots here:
I really like the running infantryman figure, it originated as the advancing Airfix German infantry man with rifle but in the process of copying over forty to fifty years has become more generic, simpler and smaller. It now has more of a traditional toy soldier look, especailly if painted up in gloss toy soldier paint style. I can never have enough of these!
How do they measure up as they get smaller?
The smaller running rifleman or standing rifleman is just under 38-40mm from base to the top of his helmet (or if you measure to the eyes about 35-36mm)
The larger running rifleman is about 42mm from base to top of helmet, 38mm to the eyeliner, which is the usual size that I have encountered these before on these smaller figures. Quite a size drop from the 54mm Airfix originals.
This brings these broadly into line with 40mm Prince August figures for example.
The tiny jeeps proved useful for my desert raid game as LRDG jeep trucks.
Blog posted by the easily pleased Mark Man of TIN, 21 January 2019