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  • #75904

    Russell Phillips
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    My wife got me a load of (mostly unpainted) soft plastic Napoleonic figures. I’m guessing they’re Airfix or HaT, but I don’t know a great deal about Napoleonic uniforms, so I’m struggling to identify them. I’ll post photos of some of them below, if anyone could offer ideas as to what they are, I’d be very grateful. Each one is numbered to make referencing easier.

    Number 1
    Number 1

    Number 2
    Number 2

    Number 3
    Number 3

    Number 4
    Number 4

    Number 5
    Number 5

    Number 6
    Number 6

    Number 7
    Number 7

    Number 8
    Number 8

    Number 9
    Number 9

    #75907

    AdmiralHawke
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    I think I know a few:
    1) Esci French line infantry
    2) Italeri French line infantry
    4) Esci French Guard artillery
    7) Esci French Guard infantry
    9) I think Airfix French Guard infantry
    None look like HaT to me. 8 may be Revell.

    Try http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com to confirm. 🙂

    #75908
    William Harley
    William Harley
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    Here you go Russell, think I have got number 1 and 2 the correct way around.  Just click on the links.

    Number 1      http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=102

    Number 2      http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=191

    Number 3      http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=543

    Number 4      http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=107

     

     

    #75910
    William Harley
    William Harley
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    Some more, for some reason the links won’t post.  So just cut and paste them Russell and it will take you to the reviews.

    Number 5       http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=442

    Number 6       http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=316

    Number 7        http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=420

    Number 8       http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=312

    Number 9     http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=419

    #75914

    Russell Phillips
    Participant

    Thank you both, that’s very helpful. William, don’t worry, I can get to the pages easily enough.

    I haven’t used plastics for many years. I didn’t even know about the Plastic Soldier Review website!

    #75932
    Ochoin
    Ochoin
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    #75933
    Ochoin
    Ochoin
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    The HaT site is useful, too.

    http://www.hat.com/

     

    Apart from shots of their sets , there’s “Everything Toy Soldiers” with readers’ contributions.

     

    donald

    #75934
    Tim
    Tim
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    I don’t think anyone has identified number 3.

    They have the Airfix style and I’m about 75% sure they are the Airfix British Hussars.  We had most of the Airfix Napoleonics – we played like 2 games using made up Napoleonic rules and most of the time actually used the yellow figures (during our time in the 70s, they were moulded in yellow plastic) as engineers in our outdoor wargames on the side of my parents’ house.  🙂

    #75940

    3 are Airfix British Hussars.

    2 are one of the Italeri French Line kits, they seemed to revert to the Esci mould after that

    #75968

    Russell Phillips
    Participant

    Thanks everyone. I’ve got all of these identified now, and there’s a much better chance I’ll be able to identify the other figures that I’ve got.

    Now I just need to get around to painting them 😉

    #75991
    Cerdic
    Cerdic
    Participant

    Those Airfix hussars look a bit dodgy to me. They are definitely from the Airfix British Hussars set, but a really rubbish quality casting. Maybe they are cheap knock-offs?

    #75997

    I have a set in front of me and to be honest a lot of the later Airfix stuff was a terrible casting. (My older figures are the same plastic colour.)

     

    Recent WW1 figures are brutal.

    #76025
    Cerdic
    Cerdic
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    That is very interesting!

    I haven’t bought any since the 1970s and the difference is night and day. The old ones were so much crisper with really well defined detail!

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