HäT 7016 Airfix reissue

WW2 Australian Infantry

Figurines HaT 7016 Seconde guerre mondiale - Infanterie australienne - 1/72

WW2 Australian Infantry

 

1/72e - 48 figurines.

 

Dès 1996, notre société (Mycroft's brother) a pris contact avec le créateur aux Etats-Unis et a ainsi été la première société à importer la production Hät en France avec un contrat d'exclusivité pour plusieurs années.

Nous avons encore quelques boîtes de cette référence.

Il s'agit d'une réédition d'une boîte produite à l'origine par Airfix.

 

  • Contents 48 figures

  • Poses 14 poses

  • Material Plastic (Medium)

  • Average Height 20 mm (= 1.44 m)

 

Review from Plastic Soldier Review

 

This set is a reissue of Airfix set 01750 but in a HaT box.

Australia and New Zealand played a significant part in World War II, with their troops serving mainly in North Africa and the Mediterranean during the early stages. Once Japan entered the war their emphasis shifted, and most forces were committed to homeland defence and operations in south-east Asia. Several manufacturers have depicted these outstanding soldiers in 1/72 plastic, including this fine set from Airfix. 

 

During their service in Europe and Africa, Australian troops wore uniforms closely resembling those of the British. However these figures are clearly dressed for the campaigns in Asia and the Pacific. All wear the slouch or 'wide awake' hat, which is of course their most distinctive feature. By this stage of the war much equipment was supplied by the US, but these men still have many British elements in their costume. They wear standard combat dress for operations in the region, and the long US-supplied gaiters which were preferred to the short British equivalents. They wear British webbing, which was less common by this time, and we would have liked to have seen a few wearing the British Steel helmet, so while their appearance may not be wrong it is perhaps not as typical as it could have been. 

 

The poses include the usual staples for World War II sets, but they have been done well. The man carrying a box on his shoulder helps to remind us that a lot of time was spent in mundane marches, and the casualty sitting on the ground is interesting as he has his right leg in a splint. The man using his rifle as a club would not have been able to swing it properly as he is holding it half way down the barrel, and we are dubious about the value of such a pose in a twentieth century subject. The officer is waving a machete and also has his revolver drawn, but is correctly dressed like his men. All the poses are beautifully done with a lot of life and a high degree of anatomical realism. 

 

The prone man firing the Bren gun has been moulded from the sides, which means the bipod that supports the gun is solid. Also the crawling man has very hunched shoulders which is necessary to allow the hat to touch his back and avoid excess plastic, but it looks a little odd. Apart from these points our only problem with this set is how surprisingly short the figures are. The traditional thickness of the Airfix base goes some way to hide the fact that these men are very short indeed - noticeably shorter even than the Matchbox set, which is done in HO (1/87th) scale! 

 

Leaving their diminutive size aside, this is an example of some extremely nice sculpting, and in any event the thick bases mean they can comfortably stand alongside figures from other manufacturers. With only a fairly small amount of flash and well defined detail that was the trademark of later Airfix sets, this is a worthy set.