Hing Fat 54mm Samples group 3: The next instalment of painted Hing Fat 54mm plastic sample figures are these WW2 Italian infantry.
You may have read in my previous posts on WW2 French Infantry and WW2 Russian Infantry about how these arrived as a Lockdown gift from Peter Evans. These are spare sample figures – Peter imports these China Made figures and regularly sells sets of Hing Fat figures on his eBay shop figsculpt.
The whole unpainted Italian set in bright green plastic (!) can be seen on Peter’s eBay shop here:
Image: Figsculpt EBay site with permission.
I compared these Italian figures to the Airfix WW2 Italian Infantry which I painted in OOHO and 1:32 scale back around 1980. The latter larger figures are quite the collectors’ item now, due to a short production run.
The Hing Fat Italian’s eleven poses included this curious Bersaglieri, those of the splendid feathers on the hat or helmet and the impressive running trumpet playing.
Something about the gloves and jacket suggested snow clothing, so I checked out a suitable WW2 figure (albeit an Alpini?) Funcken’s Arms and Uniforms 18th Century to the Present Day – see further below.
The boots or legging on these Italian figures range from puttees to leather knee leggings. I like the contrast of the curious green grey leather of Italian equipment with the white snow jacket.
Hing Fat figures are toy soldiers, not military models. They are sometimes criticised for their over large weapons but these would survive vigorous play unlike some more fragile figures.
One of the other figures has the curious soft fez headgear worn by blackshirts. Again in various uniform books, these are shown in Italian grey or desert khaki, so I opted for a desert khaki figure for contrast.
These fez figures would make some interesting Spanish Civil War conversions.
Finally the figure that look most like the Airfix poses, the lying down crawling whilst throwing a grenade action pose. I have amounted him on an MDF bases so you can see home more clearly and he can stand.
What took a while to track down before posting here were my Airfix Italian Infantry figures, not much used since they were painted c. 1980 / early 80s. I remember these coming out, a brand new set of Airfix figures, an exciting event worth saving the pocket money for.
Here to finish off are some comparison shots of Hing Fat and the nearest equivalent Airfix figures:
So an interesting set, worth a few sets acquiring for games or conversions.
Next week’s sample will be … a surprise. (I haven’t decided yet.)
Meanwhile check out the Hing Fat range on Peter Evans Figsculpt eBay site.
Blog posted by Mark Norris, 27 April 2021
11 thoughts on “Hing Fat 54mm Plastic WW2 Italian Infantry”
Good to see these Duchy of Volare Cantare, sorry Italian, figures painted up. I have a similar set of these figures and I have to say I like them a lot. Mine has one or two different figures to yours. I don’t mind the oversized weaponry and think some of the poses are really interesting, like the mortar armed figure for example. Interesting to see them with the slightly more refined Airfix fellows. As you say rightly the H F are toys but are none the worse for that and will serve us gamers well. Your review has encouraged me to go shedwards and look out mine. There’s a spare mortar man awaiting painting. With feathers in their headgear and some interesting hats they are a stylish bunch, well worth bringing to the attention of folk.
I often thought that the Airfix Italians were a well-dressed, slender and elegant lot.
As you say these are toys (or toy soldiers) and ones I would be (and still am) happy to play with. At least the chunky (heavy) weapons are stout and moulded on. I look forward to seeing what you do with your Volare Cantare Forces.
Interesting challenge – which sets do I buy for the Christmas cupboard?
Exactly how tall are airfix figures in inches? I’m interested in buying some, but am not sure how large they will be compared to the soldiers I already have.
I believe that Airfix 1:32 are traditionally around 54mm – I shall measure some for you tonight. You can see the rough sizing where I have put old Airfix figures next to or against these sample Hing Fat figures.
Yeah, that sizing is indeed rough. The Hing Fats arent really the best quality in my opinion, but I suppose they could be good if you wanted a TON of guys for cheap.
Quantity has its own quality, as various generals or leaders are supposed to have said.
I think you have to see them as Toys or toy soldiers, not Military Miniatures. People comment on the oversized weapons on some figures and ranges (the 8th Army especially). Some of the helmets (Germans) are a little small.
To me where they are available in shops, they are the equivalent to what Airfix or Matchbox were when I was young.
They are Toys, they are fun and I’m happy to have them on my table (or garden).
The Airfix 1:32 releases (preorder for ‘summer’ 2021) are here in the U.K. Airfix Shop https://uk.airfix.com/shop/figures – there is also a US shop section.
How tall are airfix figures in inches?
I shall do a Usual Suspects photo with tape measure in inches and cms and Several airfix and Hing Fat equivalents etc for comparison.
From bottom of base to top of hat about 2 to 2 and 1/4 inches. I will photograph a range of Airfix and Hing Fat figures to show this.