HäT 8010 Napoleonic Russian Artillery

Figurines HaT 8010 Artillerie russe (première édition) - 1/72 - 1997

Napoleonic Russian Artillery (first set)

 

1/72e - 24 figurines + 4 canons - 24 figures with 4 canons

 

 

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.

Il nous reste encore quelques boîtes de cette référence.

Le produit que nous mettons en vente fait partie de la première série fabriquée, la première édition sortie en 1997.

 

  • Date Released: 1997

  • Contents: 24 figures and 4 guns

  • Poses: 6 poses

  • Material: Plastic (Medium)

  • Colours: grey

  • Average Height: 22 mm (= 1.58 m)

 

Review from Plastic Soldier Review

 

At Borodino in 1812 the Russians fielded about 640 pieces of artillery on a front barely three kilometres broad - that's an average of over one gun per five metres. As the Napoleonic Wars continued, artillery saw its role greatly expanded, and Russia was at the forefront of this movement. 

 

It should be stated right from the start that there are two versions of this set in existence, as there are with some Airfix sets. The first version consists of the 24 artillerymen and four guns (the set sold here), with each gun having a choice of three barrels. 

 

Having six poses for a gun team is pretty good compared to many other manufacturers, and all these poses are appropriate. They are very similar to the Esci artillery poses with the addition of two men with handspikes to manoeuvre the gun. As a result the same criticism of the Esci officer must be levelled at this set, that he could not usefully be holding an unsteadied telescope with just one hand. In addition all the figures are quite thin and weedy, which is a great pity. Apparently this was not so with the original masters, but a number of production problems rendered the final result much thinner then intended. They are also lacking in some detail - for example, the coat tails on all the men are completely plain. 

 

The men wear the 1812 pattern shako which has been correctly sculpted with the cords that all Russian troops wore even in battle. The rest of the uniform is also correct for the 1812 - 15 period, though none of the men have the typical Russian greatcoat rolled across one shoulder. However logic would suggest that this would have been set aside before going into action as it would only serve to encumber the crewman and make him overly hot. 

 

The guns are particularly useful because each carriage has the choice of three barrel types. These are the 6 pdr cannon and the 10 and 20 pdr unicorns, which were a type of howitzer peculiar to the Russians that fired at low trajectory. Equally, the carriages for these types of gun varied, so having one carriage for all three is not ideal. The carriage that is supplied is a much simplified model of the real thing, but it is not too bad. The wheels fit on to pegs on the axle, giving a better and more accurate appearance than the method used by Esci. 

 

This was one of the earlier HaT sets to be released, and clearly they were still learning about the many problems that can occur during production. However all the necessary parts fit well, and it is good to see that this manufacturer is taking the time and trouble to improve its earlier sets.